We are excited to bring you a new series today– Blogger Chat! We will be featuring a Q&A with some amazing veteran bloggers to give you a little peek into how they run their blogs and got to where they are today.
First up, we are talking to Carly from The College Prepster!
Carly started her blog, The College Prepster, as a freshman at Georgetown University. She lives in New York with her adorable pup, Teddy.
Q. What is your biggest top blogging tip? The best tip you can give your fellow bloggers that has made your life easier, your blog more successful, or you a better blogger?
A. Be original. Figure out what makes you different, share a unique perspective, or do something in someway that hasn’t been done before. You have to find away to stand out in a very saturated market!
Q. What is your favorite form of social media and why?
A. I kind of love them all for different reasons! Twitter for quick quips, Instagram for picture-perfect snaps, Snapchat for funny behind-the-scenes, and Tumblr for personal Q&As.
Q. How do you stay organized? Either in life or specifically as it relates to blogging, what are some tricks, methods, tools, and/or apps that keep you on top of things?
A. The biggest thing that comes to mind is my Google Calendar. I don’t know how I’d function without it. I used a paper planner in college, but once I graduated, my schedule was so fluid and all over the place that I needed something digital. I always have it with me (on my phone). I also upgraded to Dropbox Pro and that’s been a serious life-saver– I love having all my files in the cloud!
Q. What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired, or when you’re suffering from writer’s block?
A. I go for a walk! I strap my dog up with his leash and then hit the pavement!
Q. What advice can you give about growing your blog + following? How did you curate your audience, and what are the best tips you can give bloggers who are looking to grow?
A. Don’t focus on growing your following, it distracts you from the task at hand. Focus on creating original, authentic content that you’d want to read and can’t be read or found anywhere else. Be consistent and frequent with your posts so you can start to cultivate an audience who knows what to expect from you.
Such great advice, Carly! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us!