This week, we have Kira from A Better Life Lived taking part in the Blogger Spotlight interview.
If you would like to take part, and your blog is under six months old, or has been re-launched in the last six months, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi, I’m Kira. I live in Wisconsin with my husband, son, and two beautiful, stinky and spoiled dogs-Daisy and Odin. This past year I lost my job, launched my blog, started a new job, turned 32, and celebrated both my 5th wedding anniversary and my only baby’s 1st birthday-big year! When I’m not working or blogging, I’m spending time with my family. They are my joy.
2 What is your blog’s name and what is it about?
My blog, A Better Life Lived, is all about trying to find better ways of approaching everyday life. Life is all about the journey, not the destination. We live in a culture where everyone is working toward the next goal, stressed out, or financially burdened. We’re hurting the here and now and not living true to our priorities and values. On my mission to change that for myself, I want to help change it for others as well. Little by little, I’m fine tuning my life to be what I want it to be, and not living on auto-pilot or living the way I think I should be.
3 Why did you decide to start a blog?
Two things I’ve always loved are writing and helping others. I’ve always wanted to write a novel but my interests turned to blogging since I could both write and help people with a blog.
I wanted to improve my life and help others with my blog. If it’s something I’m struggling with it’s likely on other women’s minds as well. How often do you hear mom’s say “I don’t have time” and then go watch 4 hours of television or that they don’t have money or want to be healthier and then grab fast-food on their way home from work? We’re all guilty of it sometimes and I know there are people out there like me who want to stop running on that hamster wheel and start living better.
4 Do you have any goals for your blog?
I would absolutely LOVE for my blog to be able to support our family enough for me to be able to quit working outside of the home. Nothing against working mama’s, it’s just not for me. If I’m following my own advice and living true to myself, I really want to be home with my son and home school him when he’s older.
5 Tell us one random fact about you
I was a vegetarian from the age of 12 to about 24. I eat meat now but often I still feel really guilty about it so I try to avoid it a lot of the time.
6 What is the best piece of blog related advice you have received so far?
To use an editorial calendar. I started using Asana early on and planned out several months’ worth of posts. It really helps to keep me organized.
7 What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Getting my thoughts out of my head and out into the world where they might make a difference in someone else’s, whom I’ve never even met, life. That’s a pretty awesome thing that we’re able to do as bloggers.
8 Is there anything you would do differently if you were starting over knowing what you know now?
I think I would’ve focused a little more on growing the social media aspect. I’m not a huge social media person outside of blogging so that part has been difficult for me. Unfortunately, that’s a huge way to get new traffic and connect with other bloggers, especially in the beginning! It’s been a struggle to get traffic when my social media presence has been really minimal.
9 Anything else you’d like to share with us?
If anyone reading this is thinking about starting a blog, it’s a LOT of work and there is so much to learn, but it’s very worth it. Just make the decision to do it and jump in. Keep learning as you go, it gets easier little by little.
Also, on my blog I cover a wide range of topics on the subject of living better. So stop on by if you’d like and be sure to say hello if you do! I am always interested in connecting with other bloggers and sharing feedback and tips!
10 Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)