Blog Q&A Session | Part 2: Answers

Blog Q&A Session | Part 2: Answers | A Girl, ObsessedErin asks… “I’d love to know more about where and how you registered your domain name! Through what server, what to look for in the fine print, and so on.”

I registered my domain name through a site called WebsiteSpot. This is just the site that I’ve always used, for 4 or 5 years. My mom actually recommended it to me, it’s the same one she uses as well. 🙂

Nearly A Princess asks… “What’s your favourite part about blogging?”

This is a little difficult to answer because I love everything about blogging (seriously not just saying that, it’s really my passion), but I’d have to say that my favorite part would be the photography. Since I plan out my blog posts about a month in advance, I’m able to take a day or two a week and photograph several posts at once. I love setting up the shots, trying new angles and props, and editing each photo so it has a cohesive design aesthetic. I think if I wasn’t a blogger, I would take classes to become a real photographer.

Becky asks… “I sometimes make the mistake of assuming that I wont like products without trying them and when I do I end up loving them, is there any products that you were wary about but actually loved?”

I was definitely wary about trying the Maybelline Color Tattoos, mainly because I was a little inexperienced with cream eyeshadows and all of the ads I had seen were featuring the super bright/vivid colors which look pretty intense. I finally tried one (Bad To The Bronze) after hearing such great things about them from other beauty bloggers, and I’ve been in love with them ever since.

Mackenzie asks… “Describe your blogging experience in three words!”

Fulfilling, challenging, and surprising 🙂

Caitlin asks… “What are your top two high end and drugstore products?”

High end – MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Drugstore – NYX Butter Glosses, Maybelline Color Tattoos (and because I can’t just pick two… L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara)

Haley asks… “Hey Mandy! Have any tips for new bloggers? I’m especially curious about networking… There are so many social media sites to keep up with it’s a little overwhelming!”

I definitely think that when it comes to networking, you’ve got to stay consistent, post regularly, and be social! It’s not called social media for nothing. 😉 Just like on a blog, it’s important to share quality content on your social media networks, and to engage with others. Leaving likes and thoughtful comments are both great ways to reach out to others and build connections. Also, don’t feel pressured to join every social media site available. Instead, pick out a couple that are fun for you, and work on building your presence and sharing top notch content on those platforms.

Naomi asks… “Maybe a list of dos and donts for beginners of blogging…what you found that worked/what didn’t when you were first starting out!”

Last summer I shared a post about 5 Blogging DON’Ts, but your question has inspired me to write an updated list of dos and donts. I’ll try to get it written in the next week or two – keep an eye out!

Carlee asks… “I would love to know more about your favorite things to do in Springfield MO. I love hearing locals guides to the places they live.”

Springfield is such an awesome little city. It’s got a great mix of urban creativity and southern charm. Downtown Springfield is a lot of fun – there are some really cute shops and boutiques to browse through, and I love grabbing coffee at Mudhouse. Also, the first Friday of every month is Artwalk which is always a lot of fun.

There’s this somewhat new place called Farmers Park that is super fun – it’s set up kind of like a pavilion with lofts built above it, and there’s all of these little shops and eateries built underneath, including Aviary and Studio 417. This is also where the Farmers Market of the Ozarks takes place, every Saturday, and it’s becoming pretty big. The best way to spend a Saturday morning is to buy some local produce from the markets stands and then pop into Aviary for brunch.
Allie asks… “I’m curious to know how blogging has shaped you as a person throughout the years!”

Blogging has had a huge part in my life for many years. Back when I was in middle school and high school, I had a Xanga blog where I’d post really angsty poetry and over-edited photos with emo phrases written on them. (Yes, I was one of those teenagers. Remind me to share some embarrassing photos sometime.)

Having a blog all these years has given me a space to be creative, try new things, and really figure out who I am. It’s helped me figure out what I like and what I don’t, the type of person I want to be, and what my gifts are to help make the world a little bit better every day. My blog has also created a way for me to be more social, since I’m so shy in person.
Lexi asks… “What was the most successful thing you did to grow your readers on AGO?”

The single most successful thing I’ve done to grow my readership is to share high quality content. I’ve had several posts (that I’ve written with the express purpose to help or benefit my readers in some way) that got a bunch of likes on Bloglovin’, ended up on their Popular Page (which caused the posts to go a bit viral), and resulted in a huge surge in traffic and readers. It really is true that content is king.

Helen asks… “Can you name 3 things on your bucket list (oh and a bonus one what is the hardest thing about blogging)”

Hmmm…3 things on my bucket list would be to go back to London and Paris someday, road trip from one side of the country to the other (preferably ending up on the west coast because I want to live in California sooo bad!), and to see a movie at a drive-in theater.

 For me, the hardest thing about blogging is to not compare myself with others. I’m really bad about that, and I have to regularly remind myself not to compare my beginnings to someone else’s middle.
Dini asks… “May I know how do you keep your mood for blogging. I mean take a catchy photos, read a sweet review, take care for every feedback, get fresh ideas, and every single things about blogging.”

I guess I’m able to keep up with everything because I’ve been doing it for so long – I definitely wasn’t a super savvy blogger when I first started. I’ve learned things over time, like the importance of planning ahead and using my time wisely, as well as creating a specific style for my brand and being very intentional about what I do and do not share online. It’s all about trying different things and finding what works best for you. 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who submitted questions! This was a lot of fun, we’ll have to do this again soon! 🙂

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