I am very excited and honored to have received a Liebster Award, which recognizes new bloggers. It is a great tool for finding and promoting new blogs with less than 200 followers in order to support and give exposure to those of us starting out. Each nominee posts the award to their blog and answers the questions given by the person who nominated them. If the nominee accepts the award, they go on to nominate a small group of other new bloggers they’ve discovered, and create questions for them to answer. It’s good manners to thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their blog as well. Since I brought it up, I truly am so grateful to Eileen of Everyday Eileen for nominating me.
My nominees are as follows:
- Natalie of A Fit Philosophy – healthy recipes and a fit lifestyle
- Sharon and Heesun of Me Want Travel – a quest for each to visit 100 countries
- Cierra of Ditching Adulthood – messages of self-love and acceptance
- Sandy of The Apartment Cure – tips and more for apartment living
- Gena of Orgenazation – enhancing organization and productivity
I am asking these 10 questions:
1. How did you come up with your blog name?
2. Describe yourself in three words.
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. What gives you confidence and courage?
5. What is an item off your bucket list?
6. What has been a blogging challenge for you?
7. What famous person, living or dead, would you choose to meet and why?
8. What is your favourite way to connect or network with other bloggers?
9. Who inspires you in terms of your blogging?
10. Where would you like your blog to be one year from now?
Here are the questions Eileen inquired along with my answers:
1. What three pieces of advice would you offer to other new bloggers?
Post meaningful content regularly even if it seems like no one is reading it. Get onto social media as much as you can. Don’t be discouraged by the slow start up, it takes time.
2. How did you come up with the idea or theme of your blog?
After getting married and learning to start “keeping house,” I became interested in natural and eco-friendly cleaning and beauty alternatives. As I learned more, I became interested in vegetarianism. Then that lead into an interest in fair trade and ethical consumerism. I started going to counselling and got into mental health. The common thread between all these things to me was being conscious and intentional about the choices I make and how they impact the world i.e., living mindfully and heartfully.
3. What is something you would like to do with your blog that you have not done yet?
I’d also like to get into collaborating with other blogs and brands, having more guest posts, doing sponsored posts, etc. It may sound bad, but honestly, I want to earn an income from the blog as well. To have a post go viral would be exhilarating.
4. Where would you like to see your blog in one year?
I would be thrilled to have Heartful Habits be an established active, engaged community of people who share and have conversations about the mindful and heartful topics discussed here.
5. What is the average length of time you spend on preparing a blog post?
Oh man, too long I think. I’ve got to work on getting faster at writing posts. I would say a few hours for sure between researching, taking notes, writing the post, proof reading, and editing.
6. How much time during the day do you spend on your blog?
Around 5 hours. After I’ve written my posts as described above, there’s finding or taking photos, editing them, promoting the blog on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Yummly, and connecting with other bloggers. It definitely adds up, but I really love (most) of the different aspects.
7. Has social media helped you with growing your blog, and if so, what is your favorite form of social media?
Definitely! It’s always interesting to see where traffic comes form, and a lot of it is generated by social media. It’s a great opportunity to reach out to new readers who otherwise wouldn’t know anything about your blog. Instagram is my favourite. I get the most “likes” on my own posts with Instagram as opposed to other social media platforms, and I love looking through other people’s pictures as well.
8. Describe yourself using three words.
Dedicated, honest, and conscientious.
9. What has been your biggest blogging challenge?
Getting new followers. I get a decent amount of sessions and page views, but I don’t see them transferring over to subscribers nearly as much. Any other bloggers out there have some tips for this?
10. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
As I said before, I consider myself to be pretty tenacious. When I have a goal, I am willing to put my time and effort into seeing it achieved. Instead of getting discouraged about where I am now, I try to focus on how it will feel to succeed in the future.
Congratulations to the new nominees. I hope you will take the time to check them out. And thanks again to Eileen!
This post is in participation of Brave Love Blog’s Blog-tember Challenge.