by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
"The Prose Machine Interviews” is a series where we interview AWESOME writers and share their insights about the online writing craft! Today, we’re SO EXCITED to interview Trace of THE FASHN COLLECTR! A fashion industry veteran and glamour guru, Trace teaches and inspires savvy women how to live a stylish and dynamic life.
The Prose Machine: Hi, Trace! Glad to have you on the Prose Machine!
Q1) How and when did you decide to start blogging?
Trace: For the past year and a half, I have been struggling to do something online either with a shop or doing something creative in general. As fashion was my background and I travel quite a bit, I decided to start a blog to pass on my knowledge, document my travels and showcase the accessories I design. I've only been blogging for a short period of time, but the response I've had has been a pleasant surprise!
The Prose Machine: Congrats on your quick positive response! The great thing about blogging these days is you can enjoy fairly quick success if you’re offering useful stuff and stay consistent with it. You certainly have done both.
Q2) In your blogging adventures so far, what has surprised you the most about blogging?
Trace: I'm thrilled by how supportive and encouraging the blogging community have been--especially on Twitter! I also love how much information is available if you ever get stuck or need encouragement. It is wonderful.
My blog is through wordpress.org, and I was worried at first that this might entail lots of coding knowledge, but it has been much easier than I anticipated!
The Prose Machine: The blogging community on Twitter is amazing! It’s really where The Prose Machine focuses our promotion, that’s for sure! And yeah, many bloggers have a “we’re all in this together” attitude and that’s really awesome. There’s a lot of support on Facebook, too, but those groups you really have to be super committed. For those thinking about joining FB groups, be forewarned!
We use Weebly, which is pretty user-friendly, too, but Wordpress is pretty easy for new bloggers to get into and it seems to be the one that 9 out of 10 people use these days.
Q3) From what you've learned, what do you think are the things new bloggers need to know?
1. To be patient, and not to expect your blog to look completely perfect and function properly. It's going to take some time to work out the quirks and blogging is always an on-going learning process. Most people start their blogs with a handful of posts--so don't panic if you only have 5--I know I did! It doesn't have to be a well-oiled machine--just get it out there!
2. Don't worry if you don't have many followers. This is an organic process and if you post it--they will come! :o) Get online and network. Join the many blogging groups on Twitter and Facebook; they're a great resource for meeting other bloggers and discovering new sites. Also, take a look at the structure of other blogs; you can get some good ideas and inspiration from them.
3. Try to establish clear and realistic goals. What is the purpose of your blog, how long do you intend to do this for and how much time are you willing to put into it?
4. Blog about what you feel comfortable with, are passionate about and have a good knowledge of.
5. Have fun! This should be your happy place!
The Prose Machine: We started with one! But starting with five posts or so is a great way to launch a site. And, oh man, early on I was so impatient. We didn’t have a lot of followers to start with, but there was one post that went viral early on, and that helped!
You can definitely learn so much from what other bloggers do and what works. But like you said, you have to set clear and realistic goals for yourself, too. Your purpose for your blog and what you’re trying to get out of it is different for every person. And you definitely have to weigh how much time you really have to put into it!
As for what to blog about, that’s definitely how to go. Comfort level, knowledge, and passion are key ingredients to a great blogging recipe!
And, as I always say, what’s the point of doing something if you’re not having fun? ;)
Thanks bunches for being so kind to interview for us! Best wishes!
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.