Feb 20 2007

Author Interview with Stefanie

Stefanie from Random Encounters of We has been chosen for a Blog about your Blog author interview. I have asked her a series of questions about some personal things, blogging and blog about your blog. I hope you enjoy the interview.

When was your blog created?

Random Encounters of We was created November 11, 2006. My husband found an article by Steve Pavlina and that kind of inspired the whole beginning.

Why did you choose your blog topic?

My blog doesn’t really have a topic. It is about the random dealings of my life. It has a little something for everyone: money making tips, humor, sponsored posts, news articles. We (my husband and I) did some research about what kind of blogs do the best and such when we were deciding on a topic and title. We decided we really didn’t know too much about anything and so what other choice did we have than to make it random. It’s really eclectic.

I guess the best topic is no topic!

Did you think you were going to be instantly successful?

No, I hoped, but my realistic side knew I wouldn’t be immediately successful. I knew from our research that blogs with a specific niche did the best, but we didn’t have a specific topic so we jumped in and hoped for the best. I think I would say that we have had little successes.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I enjoy providing interesting or helpful content to the reader. I try to write articles about things that have really helped me. I try to convey my sincerity with the things that I post so my readers know that I’m not leading them astray or claiming false things. I also like to add some humor when I can find it.

Where do you see your website in one year?

Along with Random Encounters of We we have some other blogs. We self titled the collection our “random world.” We have Random Games and Random Super Heroes. In a year we hope to have a few more blogs added to our random world. We want Random Encounters to evolve along with our knowledge of blogging.

I can see a little random ring of blogs forming.

Do you have any new upcoming projects or ideas you want to announce?

Random Encounters of We just received a face lift actually. We were sick of having a standard blogger template and so my husband has been learning a few tricks on how to personalize it and make it our own. That was the major project that we just completed. I’m sure he has something else up his sleeve for improvement.

I was so stuck until I contacted Lee about BAYB template. Once you find your own template and features you can then finally emerge as your own blog.

What is the best feature on your blog?

Since we are new to blogging and programming we have kept our blog malleable. I love how it evolves with the new things that we learn. It is constantly growing along with us which helps to keep it fresh (in my opinion).

When will you feel like an accomplished blogger, or do you already? If so, why?

I’m proud of what we have completed so far with the blogs but I wouldn’t say I feel accomplished. We have a few personal goals that we set in the beginning and perhaps when we reach those goals I’ll feel more accomplished. I feel like there is so much to learn and I have been blogging for such a short period of time that I am definitely still a novice.

Share some of those goals with us.

What do you rely most on to get traffic to your blog or website?

Link Referral brings in a TON of traffic to our site. It is a great program and doesn’t require much maintenance. The most important thing we do to bring in traffic is write quality or interesting content and then get it on either digg or reddit. When we manage to get some articles on those sites our stats really soar. Plus being apart of Blog About Your Blog helps since this site is huge and growing every day!

Thanks for the plug! We also use Link Referral, but unless you spend time on it daily, it doesn’t pay off as much.

And the final series of questions, a little bit about Blog About Your Blog

How did you find us?

I found Matt in blogger forum. He had a post about wanting to make a community blog and wondered if anyone would be interested or thought it was a good idea. I commented that I thought it was a great idea and would love to be apart of it. I hold a little pride in that I was one of the first to join Blog about your Blog. It’s like I can say “I knew you before you were famous!”

I am taking everyone to the top with me when we make it! I have daydreams about being able to cut everyone a fat check.

What do you like most about BAYB?

I love the community feel. Even though I don’t really know anyone on this blog in person I feel like I have some friends here. I loyally check a lot of the other authors blogs. I also love how huge this community is getting to be. Not only with register authors, but on MyBlogLog the stats are always crazy high. It’s incredible.

I like that the most about us, with one post, you will at least attract the fellow authors of the blog, let alone our readers. I have set personal goals for MyBlogLog and have spent a nice amount of time trying to get more people to join our community. We are on our way to the top 50.

And for the hardest question of all…

What do you like the least?

I feel like the articles on BAYB are of really good quality and content and I don’t feel up to par, so I don’t contribute as much as I would like.

Any contribution is a good contribution. What is great about us is like your blog, there is no topic. You and your husband have tons to offer and I hope you blog with us more.

Who have you chosen to be the next one interviewed?

I have chosen Ed the Editor from The Pisstakers. I wrote an article once and he found it and included it on his blog and that really perked my spirits and made me feel like I was doing some good. He then reviewed our blog. He is a fun guy and I think he would make for a funny and interesting interviewee.

I hope I am up to par about asking Ed some questions. I already have a few extra submitted to ask, if anyone else has some questions for Ed please feel free to submit them. We’d love some more original and unique questions. Are you ready Ed?

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    [...] Author Interview with Stefanie Stefanie from Random Encounters of We has been chosen for a Blog about your Blog author interview. I have asked her a series of questions about some personal things, blogging and blog about your blog. I hope you enjoy the interview. When was your blog created? Random Encounters of We was created November 11, 2006. My husband found an article by Steve Pavlina and that kind of inspired the whole beginning. Why did you choose your blog topic? My blog doesn t really have a topic. It is about the random dealings of my life. It has a little something for everyone: money making tips, humor, sponsored posts, news articles. We (my husband and I) did some research about what kind of blogs do the best and such when we were deciding on a topic and title. We decided we really didn t know too much about anything and so what other choice did we have than to make it random. It s really eclectic. I guess the best topic is no topic! Did you think you were going to be instantly successful? No, I hoped, but my realistic side knew I wouldn t be immediately successful. I knew from our research that blogs with a specific niche did the best, but we didn t have a specific topic so we jumped in and hoped for the best. I think I would say that we have had little successes. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I enjoy providing interesting or helpful content to the reader. I try to write articles about things that have really helped me. I try to convey my sincerity with the things that I post so my readers know that I m not leading them astray or claiming false things. I also like to add some humor when I can find it. Where do you see your website in one year? Along with Random Encounters of We we have some other blogs. We self titled the collection our random world. We have Random Games and Random Super Heroes. In a year we hope to have a few more blogs added to our random world. We want Random Encounters to evolve along with our knowledge of blogging. I can see a little random ring of blogs forming. Do you have any new upcoming projects or ideas you want to announce? Random Encounters of We just received a face lift actually. We were sick of having a standard blogger template and so my husband has been learning a few tricks on how to personalize it and make it our own. That was the major project that we just completed. I m sure he has something else up his sleeve for improvement. I was so stuck until I contacted Lee about BAYB template. Once you find your own template and features you can then finally emerge as your own blog. What is the best feature on your blog? Since we are new to blogging and programming we have kept our blog malleable. I love how it evolves with the new things that we learn. It is constantly growing along with us which helps to keep it fresh (in my opinion). When will you feel like an accomplished blogger, or do you already? If so, why? I m proud of what we have completed so far with the blogs but I wouldn t say I feel accomplished. We have a few personal goals that we set in the beginning and perhaps when we reach those goals I ll feel more accomplished. I feel like there is so much to learn and I have been blogging for such a short period of time that I am definitely still a novice. Share some of those goals with us. What do you rely most on to get traffic to your blog or website? Link Referral brings in a TON of traffic to our site. It is a great program and doesn t require much maintenance. The most important thing we do to bring in traffic is write quality or interesting content and then get it on either digg or reddit. When we manage to get some articles on those sites our stats really soar. Plus being apart of Blog About Your Blog helps since this site is huge and growing every day! Thanks for the plug! We also use Link Referral, but unless you spend time on it daily, it doesn t pay off as much. And the final series of questions, a little bit about Blog About Your Blog How did you find us? I found Matt in blogger forum. He had a post about wanting to make a community blog and wondered if anyone would be interested or thought it was a good idea. I commented that I thought it was a great idea and would love to be apart of it. I hold a little pride in that I was one of the first to join Blog about your Blog. It s like I can say I knew you before you were famous! I am taking everyone to the top with me when we make it! I have daydreams about being able to cut everyone a fat check. What do you like most about BAYB? I love the community feel. Even though I don t really know anyone on this blog in person I feel like I have some friends here. I loyally check a lot of the other authors blogs. I also love how huge this community is getting to be. Not only with register authors, but on MyBlogLog the stats are always crazy high. It s incredible. I like that the most about us, with one post, you will at least attract the fellow authors of the blog, let alone our readers. I have set personal goals for MyBlogLog and have spent a nice amount of time trying to get more people to join our community. We are on our way to the top 50. And for the hardest question of all What do you like the least? I feel like the articles on BAYB are of really good quality and content and I don t feel up to par, so I don t contribute as much as I would like. Any contribution is a good contribution. What is great about us is like your blog, there is no topic. You and your husband have tons to offer and I hope you blog with us more. Who have you chosen to be the next one interviewed? I have chosen Ed the Editor from The Pisstakers. I wrote an article once and he found it and included it on his blog and that really perked my spirits and made me feel like I was doing some good. He then reviewed our blog. He is a fun guy and I think he would make for a funny and interesting interviewee. I hope I am up to par about asking Ed some questions. I already have a few extra submitted to ask, if anyone else has some questions for Ed please feel free to submit them. We d love some more original and unique questions. Are you ready Ed? [...]

    February 20th, 2007 at 11:08 pm
  1. Lee said:

    These interviews are quickly becoming my favourite part of this blog! Another great one!

    February 21st, 2007 at 4:46 am
  2. Ed said:

    Thanks for suggesting me Stephanie. I guess I am ready, although it looks like a lot of writing!

    February 21st, 2007 at 10:24 am
  3. Nicole said:

    I loved your interview! It was fun to learn more about Stephanie! Thanks for a great read!

    February 21st, 2007 at 1:07 pm
  4. Tom said:

    Some interesting insight Stefanie. I’m off to check out the new Random Encounters face lift.

    February 21st, 2007 at 2:18 pm
  5. Ryan said:

    Interesting Interview… interesting enough I went over and checked out the blog.

    I have seen PPP take over people’s blogs. I don’t quite understand the motives behind the movement, but even though most of the posts were PPP sponsered – they were very good.

    Keep it up.

    February 21st, 2007 at 5:25 pm
  6. Stefanie said:

    Thanks for all the comments and feedback. It is interesting Ryan that you thought that most of the posts were PPP. I only recently have been eligible to participate and only 1 post has been from them. The PPP button on the bottom of the recent posts is a program, not a sponsorship button. I also have been suffering from a bloggers writers block lately so a lot of the recent post have been sponsored but farther back most aren’t. I hope you all will come back again sometime.

    February 21st, 2007 at 6:13 pm
  7. Ryan said:

    I’ll be back stephanie!

    February 23rd, 2007 at 1:13 pm
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    March 7th, 2007 at 11:25 am

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