Andrea Levine [wysefyre]
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
insertgeekhere.com. Covering pop culture such as movies, comics, tv, theater and more.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
A friend said she wanted to start a blog. It seemed like a good idea so we started one. We launched 9/12/10.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
We use blogger as our primary site and tumblr to supplement. We liked what blogger had to offer.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
We average anywhere between 30-60 a day, usually more when we post. Most comments are either thanking us for highlighting someone's work or just commenting on the posts.
How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
It's forced me to figure out what I really care about. It's improved my writing and communication skills. It forces me to get out into the world and pay attention to what's going on.
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
Right now, most of our commenters are people we know. Those we don't, we try to foster a relationship with. We have been embraced within our community and met a lot of other bloggers thanks to our blog.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
We try to post several times a week. On days we post, it's usually just one post. For me, it is very difficult to regularly post. My partner has more opportunities to post than I do, so I usually take on a more administrative role such as editing and maintaining our twitter and facebook accounts. I post at least once a week and try to do what I can when I can.
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
I believe one can make a living from posting but it takes a lot of work. As of now, our blog does not bring in much income, but we are hoping it will in the future.
How do you promote your blog?
We have a Twitter account and Facebook page. We publish on Facebook through networkedblogs app and it has been very helpful to us. We have our individual Twitter and Facebook accounts as well. We also go to events such as Comic Con or the Midtown Comics Book Club to network and make connections. We give cards out to anyone we think would be interested in our blog.
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
Our readers are from all over the world and they appear to share the same love of pop culture that we do. We know of some people who consistently read the blog but it seems to be a small number as of now. We are hoping to grow.
Are there any blogs you follow daily or regularly?
Far too many. ComicsAlliance, Has Boobs, Reads Comics, My Take Radio, Geek Girl Diva, Action Flick Chick, Geeks Are Sexy... the list goes on.
Have you ever received gifts for blogging about your opinion of products or services? What do you think of bloggers who do that?
We haven't received any gifts but I have no problem with that. If we were to receive a gift after we wrote about something, I would gladly accept it. I would not like it if it felt like a bribe. I am against that and I feel anyone who does that is selling themselves and their audience out.
How do you see your blog evolving in the future?
I am not sure. Right now, we are still finding our full voice, but between my partner and me, we have a lot of real life responsibilities. I would love for us to be able to expand our blog to the point where it could become a full time job. I think it is possible, but it will take some time. I think if we could figure out how to juggle everything, we could become a pop culture blog similar to Entertainment Weekly but with our own unique twist.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Have a plan. It doesn't need to be a fully formulated one (though that helps), but you should have a few specific goals regarding what your blog is. Be flexible. Don't panic if you can't post everyday or on a day you really wanted to. Things happen and life is unpredictable. Building an audience takes time. Be sure to reach out to others who have similar blogs. Make sure you use tools like Twitter to showcase your blog, but try not to overextend yourself. Have an idea what your limits are. If you chose to start a blog with a partner, communicate often and try to make sure you all stay on the same page regarding the goals of the blog. This might seem like an obvious one but know how to write in your chosen language and find someone to edit. Spellcheck is great but it doesn't always catch the grammatical errors and if you wrote its when it should be it's, spellcheck will miss it. Most importantly, have fun. If you are not enjoying what you are doing, then there is no point in have the blog. If you love what you're doing and you can write clearly, it will show and your audience will come.
New York, USA