For the second installment of the series, I caught up with Rosie. You may remember that I mentioned her in last week’s post as she was the inspiration for these blogger interviews. I actually “met” Rosie on Twitter as well, in the same #sitsblogging party where I met Anne. Rosie is an awesome person to have in your tribe! She is always so helpful with advice and ideas. I am sure you will all enjoy hearing what she has to say. 🙂
What is your niche, and how did you decide on your topic?
My blog “Everything’s Coming Up Rosie
” has gone through a few changes since I started blogging nearly four years ago. It began as a lifestyle blog as I shared everyday topics of being a single mom, being self-employed, and sharing parenting stories, etc. As I was writing and sharing my stories, I was receiving emails about how my readers were too scared to try something new or they wished that they could start their own business. Hearing this, my focus changed and I started writing about how to take that next step to make the decision to just do it.
At the beginning of each month, I have a series called “3 things to try this month
“, which is all about trying something new within your personal life, business life and the last one is something just for fun. Other posts are motivational (encouragement when you need it most), productivity/blogging/business tips. But, my reader’s most favourite series is the “FierceFriday
” interviews. Each week, I interview a blogger or entrepreneur – which celebrates all the incredibly inspiring and kick-ass women out there! Everyone has a story – stories of personal struggles and triumph. It’s an opportunity to learn from each other.
Do you take your own photos or use stock photography (or both)? How do you edit your photos?
On my Instagram and Facebook account, I use both as I want my readers to see some of my personal life too. But as for my blog, it’s all stock photos that I use.
With each graphic that I create, I ensure that I give attribution within the caption. My post “11 Places to Find High-Resolution Photos for Bloggers
“, I share where I find the stock photos that I use on my blog. The two sites that I use frequently are Unsplash and Pixabay. Most recently, I have started to subscribe to a few sites that offer free monthly stock photos. Soon, I will be posting which newsletters that I subscribe too.
And once I have my stock photo, I use either Canva, PicMonkey or Pablo Buffer to create my graphics. I know, I am complicated! LOL Honestly, it’s it depends on the mood I am in or the type of graphic that I need.
Do you use any social media schedulers? If yes, which ones and which is your favorite?
Yes! Schedulers are my best friend and I would be lost without them.
I manage a few social media accounts. I mostly use Hootsuite
, as it was the first social media scheduler that I learned to use. For my blog, however, I use both Buffer and Hootsuite in tandem. I like Buffer, as it will allow me to schedule my Instagram posts to it. It makes it really easy to copy/past hashtags into the status update area.
Honestly, each social media management tools and have their pros and cons. Although, Hootsuite has a lot more features than Buffer can provide. I can’t really pick a favourite between the two. In the end, if you have to find the one that is a right fit for you.
Have you ever attended any conferences, taken any blogging classes, or purchased any e-courses?
I have not attended any conferences, as I live in a fairly small city. If the opportunity was there, I would definitely take the opportunity to go!
Most recently, I became an affiliate of Jenn Slavich of “Home By Jenn”. On my blog, I promoted her course “Balance Framework” where participants can learn how to gain 6 or more hours a week in 10 days using her productivity system. For each signup, I received a compensation.
I do ensure that I am on top of the social media/ blogging trends by following the top industry leaders on Twitter, Instagram and even a few that I subscribe too. Feedly
is a tool that I use to keep track of the blogs that I am following, it’s an RSS reader.
Ooo! I forgot, I do take as many free e-courses as I can. Right now, I am taking the 30-day Business Plan Refresh course from Her Lovely Heart
With all the changes that are happening, I thought it was the right time to refresh my blog business plan.
How do you support your blogging habit? Does your blog pay for itself?
Right now, I make a small profit. I created my own website and all my own graphics so there is no cost there, other than my time. Sometimes, I get my 16-year-old daughter to help out with updating my website or a few other small tasks. The only expenses that I have had this year are the annual PicMonkey fee and hosting fees. I am a bit frugal and so far free versions of programs are okay with me.
Do you have any “side hustles”?
I do. I have been a social media trainer for the last 8 years or so. I was teaching others how to use social media for business before it was called social media! I still do provide social media training as well as one-on-one coaching and social media management.
As my blog is changing, I have realized that I need to expand some of my services. Currently, I am working on that and soon will be promoting my first contest!
I’ll let your readers know first – it will be a full social media makeover to one winner! Two others will be able to win a social media makeover for one platform. I am hoping to launch this contest by the end of October.
Rosie, I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions and letting us know about your upcoming contest, it sounds like a really awesome prize. I will definitely be entering! 🙂
Check back next week for another #bloggerstarshine interview!