Tour Through Blogland

tour through blogland - jo social branding

What It Is
I am going to divert off topic for this fun challenge that I have accepted from Anne Marie over at the Crunchy, Crafty and Highly Caffeinated blog. I met Anne Marie at a weekend Blog Staycation event I attended in August. The purpose of this blogging staycation was to put time aside over a weekend to challenge participants to accomplish blog goals. It was fun to meet other bloggers, like Anne Marie and to hear their challenges and goals during the staycation. I met Anne Marie, otherwise known as @CCHCBlog, in a Twitter Party and we hit it off.

Anne Marie recently featured me in her Tour Through Blogland post. A fun blog initiative to expand your blogging audience and get to meet new bloggers. Let’s start the tour and meet Anne Marie.

Tour Through Blogland - Crunchy Crafty and Highly Caffeinated

Crunchy, Crafty and Highly Caffeinated is a blog about Anne Marie’s life. She talks about her Paleo diet, shares recipes, art and crafts and stories of her family and talks about her love for coffee. In her own words, “My blog is different from others because it is very relaxed. My recipes do not always follow a strict recipe… My crafts are usually created/invented as they are documented… I just want my readers to feel at home.

Now onto the tour questions:

1) What are you working on?
Okay it has been a secret up to this point but I am working on an eBook about blogging. My blogging posts have made me realize I have valuable knowledge to share with others. I am in the writing process, then will hit review and then I enter the world of self-publishing. My goal is to aim for my 31st birthday at the end of November.

I also have plans to reorganize my site to make it a more valuable resource to blogging and social media professionals. One of the goals I set during my staycation (and yet to have carry out) is to create a blog resource page. You can view the page in construction mode here.

In addition to these two projects, I have my bi-weekly newsletter, 2 weekly blog posts and consult with business professionals on their social media marketing.

2) How does your work differ from others in its genre?
What sets me apart from other bloggers and social media consultants is that I share my knowledge and bring value to the organizations I work with. I have a degree in Public Relations, 5+ years of blogging experience and I have been in the social media realm for 9 years. All of these pieces work together to create a wealth of knowledge that I give to my audience. When I meet with clients, I train them on social media, I don’t do the work for them. I open their eyes to what social media and blogging has to offer and I guide them down that path. In the end, they are more knowledgeable and possess the tools to take charge of their social media marketing.

3) Why do you write/create what you do?
I am a creative person. My blog has become an outlet for that creativity. It has become a necessary ritual in my weekly routine. As for my consulting business, there really are no words to describe the gratification I feel when helping others. I don’t mind working early mornings, late nights or long hours. I directly benefit from the hard work and it is simply amazing to control my destiny and help others along their career paths too.

4) How does your writing/creative process work?
I try to have a few blog posts ready to go, but that rarely happens. I publish my posts twice a week and I aim for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sunday/Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday I write my draft and proof it in Microsoft Word. Then I copy and paste into WordPress. Proof it there with the spell check. This is where I catch all my grammatical errors. Then I format, import pictures, fix alignment, install meta tags, pretty much all the behind the scenes work. I don’t hit publish until the next day. I do one more quick review, with a new set of eyes and then share with my community. The post automatically links to my Google+ profile. However, then I set out promoting, manually on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

That is enough about me. Now to get this tour started. I am sharing 3 of my favorite bloggers who inspire me. I hope you find them inspiring and learn from them as well.

Stephanie from Dog and A Beer

Tour Through Blogland Dog and A Beer

I love Stephanie’s satirical writing. She has a unique way of pulling the hysterical moments out of ordinary, everyday life and capturing it perfectly, making you want to read more. Not only does she talk about the funny side of life, she shares insightful stories about her past and her outlook on her writing career.

Side note: I am very fortunate to know her personally and we have set out on a #BFAT journey together, which you can read about on her blog.

Lisa Kerr: Life Chronicled

Tour Through Blogland Lisa Kerr

Lisa also writes about everyday life and sprinkles it in with her writing, blogging and social media tips. What attracted me to Lisa’s blog is her relatable writing style. It makes me feel like I know who she is even though we haven’t met. You could say there is much overlap with our professional careers, but I view her as an expert and industry leader that I learn from. I am constantly learning something new, or her posts validate what I already know. I suggest you check her out!

Julie from Girl On the Move

Tour Through Blogland Girl On The Move

I am bringing this full circle. I met Julie through Lisa Kerr. Lisa invited me to pin to her Pinterest Blogging Tutorials Group Board. Julie was also a pinner to this board as well. It was from connecting with her on social media that I learned about the blog staycation event she hosted with a few other bloggers. I took part and broadened by blogging horizons.

“Girl on the Move” couldn’t be a more perfect name for this blog. Julie talks about, “traveling, cooking, entertaining, cupcakes, running, my family, crafting, Jesus, reading and sports. Rarely a day passes by where I am not on the move doing something or going somewhere.” Hence the brilliant idea behind her blog staycation to bring bloggers together to learn more and help one another.

There is my tour through blogland, I urge you to connect with me and these fellow bloggers on social media and subscribe into their insightful posts!

JO with dash

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