In this second installment of my new series Interview with a Blogger, I have the chance to introduce to you to Katherine. She is the creative tour de force behind the duo of blogs Katherine’s Corner and Keepsakes by Katherine. This is her blogging story!
Before I begin I would like to take a moment to thank Char for shining a spotlight on me today. I am honored to be featured on her blog and grateful for her friendship.
Q.) Katie, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
A.) I’m Katherine (some call me Katie). I was born in England on Nov 1st 1960 and I came to live in the USA in 1975. I currently live in a state where I can see the beautiful mountains from my kitchen window and a lake from my upstairs bedroom window. I am happily married to a wonderful man, we have five beautiful grandchildren. We recently added a sweet fur baby to our family and we are happy pet owners of a puppy named Izzy. I hold a rare dual citizenship with the UK and the USA and I am a proud citizen of both. I am an open minded and spiritual person who strives to always maintain a positive attitude and greet each new day with grace, dignity and gratitude. I am a self-employed artist and designer.
Q.) What inspired you to start blogging?
A.) A rejection letter from a publisher got me started.
It was a nice rejection though, not your standard fill in the blank with the authors name ( I have a few of those too) It read something like this-, “ loved your writing, the photographs are beautiful, but…we are not taking on any unknown authors at this time.”
So Katherines Corner (originally known as Go Ask Katie) was born.
Q.) What do you find most challenging about blogging?
A.) Two things, I think it’s the same thing most bloggers find challenging. The need to stay fresh and keep the readers interested. You are putting yourself out there and you want people to want to read what you have to share. Also the desire to build an audience.
Q.) What do you find most rewarding about blogging?
A.) Bloggy friendships! They are amazing. The hugs felt through words and the bond between blog friends brings me true joy.
Q.) How would someone describe your blogging style?
A.) I would hope they would describe it as reliable, comfortable, worth reading and filled with sharing spirit.
Q.) What is your favourite topic to blog about?
A.) Oh my goodness, I could never pick one favorite. I love sharing everything.
I do have a routine though:
Monday- Meals on Monday recipes
Tuesday – Tid Bits Tuesday where I share a more intimate look at me and my life
Wednesday – Wordless Wednesday for sharing only photography
Thursday – Blog Hop day it is the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party
Fri-Sun – Varies and could be anything from life, gardening, crafts, giveaways or anything really, the topics are endless
Q.) What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?
A.) Themselves. I know that may sound cliché, but bloggers need to be provide a blog that is true to themselves in order to reach the readers. Not a carbon copy of other blogs.
Q.) If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
A.) Some of the best suggestions I could ever give would be:
- Know your audience. Make the decision up front who it is you want to read your blog and why and write with them in mind.
- Don’t go to crazy with your private information; remember once you put it out there everyone everywhere can see it.
- Take clear photos
- Do your research and Credit your research
- Use images with care (copyright etc) and put your watermark on your photos
- Use tag words (key words) and labels that are relevant to your post
- Have fun
Q.) How do you spend your time when you aren’t working on your blog?
A.) I make happy memories, I cook, I take photographs, I spend precious time with those that I love
Q.) Where can we follow you?
Your blog: http://www.KatherinesCorner.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Go-Ask-Katie/164864345682
Thanks for sharing about your slice of the blogosphere with my Epic readers Katherine!
From Char @ The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom