Susan started the blog Lazy Susan Speaks less than a year ago in the heat of a passionate decision. That exact day she made a decision that she would not be renewing a new work contract as a middle school teacher.
In the fervor of this well-thought out decision she forced herself to do something she had wanted to do her whole life: write. “I really forced myself to live out my dream of writing. I put the word out there I had a blog”, she says.
Through her blog she is now free to speak her mind and go just about anywhere with topics and style. In this interview she openly speaks about her experience as a person who has recently started the blogging adventure and is trying now to increase readership. Keep reading to know how.
How did you choose the name for your site?
About two weeks before beginning my blog I was making an excuse to a friend telling her that I couldn’t go walking today and that she could just call me a Lazy Susan. Having the name Susan it never dawned on me to connect it with the term Lazy Susan until this moment. It just struck me funny and I liked it.
It also made sense because of my impending possible retirement from school that I would be a real Lazy Susan. When I went to name my blog I just fooled around with names.
Lazy Susan was of course not available so I played with options. The first one that sounded good to play off the Lazy Susan idea was Lazy Susan Speaks. It was available and that’s the end of the story. I jumped on it and haven’t stopped. It just worked and was right from the beginning.
I especially knew that Lazy Susan had a high recognition factor and thought that would help people remember me. And it has. I even get searches for that lazy girl blog. I also knew that a lot of my writing would be about my faithful pooch girl Tinky so I placed a quirky picture of she and I as part of my branding.
Which qualities do you have that make you a good blogger?
I am a real person just wanting to entertain others. I write the most personal things that we all share. I am fearless and won’t allow myself to censor my thoughts. I am authentic and have so many different interests that it makes it fun for people to read me regularly. I’ve been told that they never know what to expect but they know I will somehow touch them or make them laugh.
I am also dedicated to growing my potential. I try to branch out into new areas in new ways. I think most of all that people identify with my humanness. They see themselves in me and can feel what I say.
What are the best and most challenging aspects of your lifestyle?
The best part of the blogging lifestyle is the personal challenge of the writing. It’s so gratifying when someone tells me that I made them laugh or that they enjoy my posts.
The most challenging is the writing and the business end of the internet. As far as the writing goes I decided to blog daily. It is very difficult for me to find topics and be interesting on a daily basis. I often sit with a blank screen and begin to soul search. It can be grueling. I push my way through it and manage to come through. Like anything, some days are easier than others.
As far as the business end goes I am trying to begin to monetize my blog. It is really difficult to make money unless you build readership. Building a huge base of regular readers can’t be hurried. It is sometimes disheartening to look at numbers and know you have a really good post that day and just couldn’t get your message out to enough people. On one hand I don’t want to only measure my success and live and die by numbers but the reality of finding readers is a tough one.
I am determined to keep pushing and looking to build more and more. I also realized that I need to have something else to sell other than referrals or other people’s products so I am in the process of completing my first ebook.
What is the story you recall most fondly and why?
I love my story about my Barbie doll. I enjoyed writing it so much because of the wonderful memories that toy brought to my life. I can feel the thrill of seeing that first Barbie commercial on TV as a young girl. I love to reread my stories like this one and relive my life.
I also enjoy sharing those fond memories with others. I love it when someone tells me they share similar thoughts but I was able to capture the words to describe it. Blogging for me is all about sharing myself and connecting.
What is your advice to people who want to start?
Don’t wait to get started. Do it today. Take a chance and put yourself out there. Keep your page clean and concentrate on good posts. For most of us that won’t be building our numbers by winning the lottery and going viral on a daily basis – have patience and make your blog the best product that you can. Post regularly.
Don’t let all the so-called experts confuse you and take your money. There is no magic bullet for building readership – it’s a combination of everything, including dumb luck.
Hold your head high and enjoy self-pride that you are actually acting on your dream. Make sure every post you write is creative and something that you are proud to encourage people to read. Write what you want to read and not what experts say will be a big hit. More people are like you than you realize.
Bottom line: you’ll have days when you just have to push through and others when you’re so happy you stuck with it. Blogging is a lot like life.