Thursday, 31 October 2013

An Exciting Sneak! FOUR Giveaway Reminders plus Q & A no. 1!!

Hi there beautiful people!  Happy last day of the month!!  Nope I won't be wishing you a 
Happy Halloween - sorry about that - but it's not something we do around these parts :)

I have been busy, busy, BUSY!!! this week - working on some magazine submissions 
that are due to be posted off very shortly!  It's always fun & as you can see from
 the sneak below things got a liiiiiiiiitle messy in my studio the other night - LOVE!!!

I have FOUR giveaways going on at the moment - 
and they ALL close in 2 hours!!  

So hurry over to the relevant posts for a chance to win! 
 I have a chipboard one going on HERE & I have one 
full of stamps & mists going on HERE!!

I got asked LOADS of QUESTIONS in my Anniversary giveaway post -
so I thought I'd answer THREE AT A TIME as there are too many
to be covered in just one post :)

1.  Lizzy Hill - How much time do you spend creating a blog post - on average - now?

Blog posts seem to take me about an hour to complete on average!
 I just don't seem to be able to do anything quickly!!

 My internet connection is terribly slow so I usually have to work on a couple of things at the same time.  Often I am on my mobile phone & my computer simultaneously (as my mobile phone works through a different network & is, ironically, often faster!) so I'll be checking e mails & answering  them on my phone while I'm working on a blog post.

To speed things up I email my photos straight to my blog as soon as I've edited them so that when I open up my dashboard they are already there in my drafts & I can find the post easily as I title my posts according to the names of my projects.  This saves on upload time & ensures that if my internet connection times out, which it often does here, I don't have the frustration of re-uploading images countless times until they go through 100%.

2.  Janis - What would you do differently if you started a blog today?

I'm sure everyone would do almost everything in their life differently if they had the benefit of hindsight, however, I don't believe that anything is ever wasted & do believe that everything happens for a reason & is a necessary part of our journey.

Nonetheless, if I were to start a blog today I would definitely spend less time on my actual blog initially & more time on getting my name known out & about, through challenges, etc, to draw people to my blog & build my audience FIRST.

I sat on a figure of 23 followers for my first couple of years of blogging & it took me a long time to realise that no matter how interesting, funny or thoughtful my blog posts were or how much the content I posted improved - it was highly unlikely that people were going to just stumble across my blog & start following me!

For that to happen you have to get to know people from joining Ning communities & forums & playing along with as many online challenges as possible.

3.  Helen Wallace - Which one of your blog posts is your favourite?

I don't have a favourite Helen, sorry!

 Blogging is just one of those things I do a lot &
 I just get on with it & post what I need to post :)

 I do love blogging though!


Ava Gavloski said...

interesting read, i am envious of that colorful soon to be pub'd sneak peek..........hummmmm

Elaine coustley said...

That sneak peak looks inviting . How long do we have to wait to see it ?x

Lynnda said...

Interesting answers Helen!....Great sneaks!!! Can't wait to see the revealed.! hugs...x

Lynette said...

I love that you are getting to the answers...great sneak.

carlies said...

wowzers looks AMAZING!!!

Heather McMahon said...

Oohh, that sneak looks AMAZING! Great to read your answers to the questions too.