A Starting Mom Blog Society had always been in the back of my mind. I toyed with the idea for a couple of years before taking the plunge. I feel that mom bloggers are the new voice of America. Every mom blogger is a vital part of the blogging world. I want to create a community that encourages each and every member to speak up and tell the world what’s on their mind!
Q What is it that sparked the idea for Mom Blog Society? When you had the idea how many people did your community start out with?
A The idea came to me when I first started blogging. As we all know, learning the art of the blogging can be a daunting task. In the early years of my blogging career, I had so many questions, but no where to get the answers. Thus, the birth of the idea of Mom Blog Society began.
Q I read that early on you didn’t spend a lot in marketingHow To Make Money Blogging. Read more … » but approached your businessHow To Survive Bumps In The Road Get Your Business Back On Track. Read more … » from a more personal side. With so many mom blogging communities what do you think set Mom Blog Society apart from everyone else and how did you get people who had never heard of you or the society before to be interested?
A That’s true, I didn’t spend “moneyWho Wants To Make Money Blogging. Read more … »” marketing Mom Blog Society in the form of banner advertisement. I literally wanted to get to know the members of Mom Blog Society on a more personal level. Before starting Mom Blog Society, I was an avid reader of many, many, blogsHow To Make Money Blogging. Read more … ». I began the growth of Mom Blog Society by personally inviting each and every blogger myself. I didn’t want Mom Blog Society to be just another community with a “nameless, faceless CEO” I want the members to know I’m there and that they can count on me for support as they ventured through the blogosphere.
Q What is the number one key to your continued growth?
A Getting personal! I spend a lot of my time literally getting to know bloggersBloggers Get Organized With See It Bigger Planner. Read more … » on a more personal level. I spent countless hours helping bloggers with problems that arise on their blogs. I think Mom Blog Society’s continued growth is based on mutual trust and respect between one another.
Q Walk us through your work day. ( coffee, social networks, calling sponsors, advertisers , etc)
A Most of my day is spent collaborating with sponsors, running campaigns, answering emails, and keeping things afloat. Finding time to socialize is becoming harder with each passing day, but I feel it’s important to keep personal. So I work hard to squeeze time in to talk to my blogger friends, even if it’s just a quick message.
Q Did you have a mentor or did you just learn as you go?
A I pulled my hair out as I went! In fact, I still pull my hair out on a regular basis. It’s a learning process, just like any business. The more you want to learn, they easier it is to grow. You have to find your comfort zone and once you do, it’s like a glorious spring day.
Q I know that you have many moms who follow you, so I won’t ask what blog is your favorite I will ask , when you visit a blog for the first time, what exactly makes you want to stay? What exactly makes you want to leave?
A I love a clean, crisp, well-designed blog. First impressions are everything. When I visit a blog that looks like someone took a bucket of paint and threw it in hopes of making a beautiful design, I find it hard to stay and learn more about that particular blog.
Q Did you have a hard time finding advertisers for your society when you first started?
A No in fact, advertisers came right to me. I turned many away as I didn’t feel they were a good fit for our community.
Q As a fellow entrepreneurWhy Women Still Can’t Have It All Yes We Can @TheAtlantic. Read more … » I know you have to learn to press through the “No’s’ If you want to be successful. What were some No’s you had to push through in the beginning stages of Mom Bog Society?
A If I didn’t think a product or advertiser was a good fit for Mom Blog Society, I simply didn’t accept the offer.
Q With so many social networks out there, how to you decide which ones you will spend time on to really bring your audience to Mom Blog Society? Why did you pick that ?
A I love Hootsuite, they make it easy for me to get the word out when I need to. I also spend some time on FacebookMake My Morning Blog Hop 3/12. Read more … » talking with and meeting new people.
Q What do you love the most about owning Mom Blog Society?
A I love the fact that I’m constantly meeting someone new! It’s very gratifying to help a beginning blogger learn how to use social networking, do a reviewReading Rainbow App Review Technology & Books Living In Harmony . Read more … » or even participate in their first giveawayFriday Weekend Flash Giveaway With Mompreneur Mogul. Read more … ».
Q What is the hardest aspect of being a CEO?
A A lot of people depend on me. I’ve never been very good at letting people down. So, making sure I deliver is probably the hardest part. I love seeing everyone happy, and I find I spend a lot of time working on this.
Q Some people start a business with everything in place and others do it as they go. What is the best piece of advice you can share with other bloggers wanting to start a business or follow in your footsteps?
A Any business will change as it grows. Start out with and idea and run with it. You never know where that little idea is going to end up.
Q When it comes to all the sponsors. all the reviewsCircle Of Moms By POPSUGAR Video Series Great Tips! Plus 2014 Kia Sorento. Read more … », all the giveawaysWin Paypal Cash In A Flash Giveaway! On Mompreneur Mogul. Read more … », how do you handle everything you must be exhausted?
A I love this part of my job. Yes, it can be exhausting, but when you love what you do, when you find your calling, you’d be surprised how much energy you have to put intoFriday Flash Paypal Cash Giveaway. Read more … » it. I also have some help from a couple of wonderful bloggers. Abby Billings creator of MommyA Blogger’s Book Review Of Get Famous Mom Bloggers Resource That Left Me Humbled. Read more … » Moments with Abby (http://mommymomentswithabby.blogspotA Blogger’s Book Review Of Get Famous Mom Bloggers Resource That Left Me Humbled. Read more … ».com/ ) has been a member of Mom Blog Society since it launched. She currently manages our guest postMake My Morning Blog Hop 3/12. Read more … » department. I don’t know what I would do without her loyalty! And then there’s my sidekick Pamela Maynard creator of Mom Does Reviews (http://momdoesreviews.com) Pam has been with Mom Blog Society from the start too. We’ve developed a friendship that keeps us in constant contact. Pam is currently the Marketing Manager of Mom Blog Society.
Q Lastly if a blogger was sitting with you right now face to face, and she was discouraged because she hadn’t made any money blogging, didn’t know what to do, and was about to quit, how would you encourage her?
A I think a lot of bloggers have come to this crossroad. The first thing a blogger needs to determine is if their blog is simple a personal endeavor or if it’s a business. Mostly like, the blogger on a personal journey isn’t going to make money bloggingMake Money Blogging 5 Tips For Busy Women. Read more … ». When you starting thinking of your blog as a business, that is when you will find your success. And, if you already think of it as a business and you are not finding the success you desire, then it may be time to try a new approach. I think we all struggle with this, what works for one blogger may not work for another. Finding your own avenue in the world of business blogging takes time. As with any business, keeping up with the times, and the willingness to change where and when changes are needed can make or break any business.
Thank you so much Ladonna! Go visit Mom Blog Society and if you’re not a member, what are you waiting for ?