We have another Cape Town Blogger interview for you.
This time it is Karen Meyer with her blog “kambabe’s thoughts”. Learn why she blogs.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Karen Meyer, I am a pre school teacher, a mother of 3 grown ups and a grandmother of two adorable baby girls
How you first got involved in with blogging?
I had just joined twitter in March 2009, and someone posted a link to their blog. I read it and found it interesting and thought I could do that.
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
Being brutally honest and not caring about what other people think, I write for me.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog?
I have been to two blogger tweet ups, and have met many bloggers. Some I have followed on twitter as a result and enjoy reading more about them online
How would (someone) describe your blogging style?
I write the way I talk, as if we are having a conversation.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
I teach Pre school in the mornings, I sometimes Au pair afternoons. The rest of my time is split between time with my children, grandchildren, my boyfriend and his children. I do occasionally manage to fit in some time with friends, movies and a good book too.
What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
I don’t really network, i do however post the links to my blog posts on Twitter and Facebook.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
I have lived quite an eventful life, some good and some not so good, I am constantly reaching to my past and present experiences for blogging material.
Where do you go for news and information online?
Twitter, news24 and the Huffington post.
Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
Just be true to myself and blog honestly I also try to put a little humour in it, I don’t wanna sound boring.
What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
Content then readers. Traffic is important if you have a blog with ads on it, but my blog is mainly for me.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Honesty and don’t hold anything back trying to be PC
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
Posting links on social media.
What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
Probably the post I wrote about being raped, I was very concerned family members would lash out, but then I realised this is MY blog and I can say whatever I want to. It was the most therapeutic post I have ever written.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
My favorite post has to be the one about meeting my sisters, it was in 3 parts. I enjoyed the interaction with my readers when they couldn’t wait for the sequels. Probably the worst post is the one about my sisters death, it haunts me still
What is the ultimate Goal for a blogger in your opinion?
To become a household name and have everyone wanting to read what you have to say.
Which one plugin would you suggest all bloggers to have?
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
Being brazen, her blog is short stories I find them fascinating to read. Squidsquirts, probably because he is my boyfriend.
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Be honest, don’t try and impress people write about what interests you and your enthusiasm will come through in your writing.