Today we have Kristi Maloney from Moms Own Words Blog! Read of her success in the blogging world since 2009!
How,when &/or why did you being blogging?
I began blogging back in 2009. My friend Jane wrote a cookbook and I helped her out with some of the online marketing by writing articles and press releases. She started a blog and I wrote some of the copy for that. She encouraged me to start my own review blog which evolved into the parenting/lifestyle blog that I have today.
What are you preferred blogging topics?
I like to write about my family. They provide me with some great material, some of it is pretty funny. I also enjoy writing product reviews and offer giveaways to my readers. Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? I am constantly “watching” my weight and like to post healthy recipes. (I admit some not so healthy.) This year I was fortunate enough to travel to Long Island, NY as a travel writer and featured that trip on my blog. I enjoyed blogging about that and would welcome similar opportunities.
What are your three favorite blog posts or 3 blog posts are you most proud of and why?
Two posts come to mind. I am proud of that Long Island post that I just mentioned. I also just took the family to the Great Wolf Lodge and posted about that. These two posts I am proud of because I worked really hard on them – from the hours just going through and editing pictures to the actual writing. I want my readers to get value out of my work. I hope they get all the facts they need, consider my humble opinion and maybe laugh along the way.
What are you up to when not blogging?
I am often thinking about blogging, even when I am not actually blogging. But I do love watching Netflix series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. This summer I will take the kids swimming at the lake a lot. We spend a lot of time together as a family doing active things like hiking, biking, running and hopefully playing a bit of tennis too.
What are your tips for balancing family life and blogging?
The kids are in school right now, so this is my blogging time. They will be out in two days for the summer. While they are in the water at the lake, I will most likely be drafting up blog posts in my beach chair so that I can write them at night. I guess you have to just fit the blogging in there, while not letting summer, and life for that matter, pass you by. I try not to blog on the weekends, but sometimes I break that rule. I might not be the best for person for advice on this topic.
Why and how do you use Sverve?
I use Sverve to promote my blog posts, with giveaways in particular by sharing my “tips”. Sverve will retweet tips too! I love that!
Do you have any tips for your success on Sverve?
My best tip is to use this wonderful platform consistently. Interact with your fellow members when you can. When trying out for campaigns, take the time to include a well written pitch in your message so that you stand out to the brands who are considering the bloggers.
Can you share any blogging tips that have really helped you?
My best advice is to stick with it and write from your heart. I get writers block and want to just skip writing some days. You have to get past it and stick to your blogging schedule. If you don’t have a specific niche, try to stay within a reasonable amount of topics.
What do you love most about blogging?
I can’t pick just one thing! I’ve met great people and have been given great opportunities along the way. Writing, connecting with my readers and communicating with other moms is all therapeutic. It’s nice to be my own boss too, to determine what I write and when.
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