“It’s Important To Have Things In Common With Readers”

Sarah Zinkel is a 26-year old graduate student in Madison who started the site Sarah Learns in January 2011 as one of her New Year’s Resolutions. And it looks like the resolution worked and Sarah is still active more than a year and a half after starting out.

Through her site she shares her experiences on how to balance healthy living with a grad school and a newlywed life. Blogging can also be a fun way to keep track of the ongoing learning process and progress towards the goals you want to achieve. Sarah and her site are a good example of that.

Do take a look at the interview below for more information about Sarah and her blog. It is always useful to learn about other bloggers and see how they do things. This can inspire you in your own projects and help you do better. Sarah has several interesting and useful insights to share with any blogger.

How did you choose the name for your blog?

My blog is called Sarah Learns. I always joke that I’m a professional student. I’m finishing up my 4th year of graduate school now, but even if I don’t have any more formal education after my Ph.D., I don’t think learning ever stops. I learn something new every day!

Which qualities make you a good blogger?

I think that a lot of people can relate to me. I’m just a normal, busy woman, trying to balance all of my responsibilities with having a life and staying healthy. I think it’s really important to have something in common with your readers and target audience. A lot of people can relate with my struggles.

What are best and most challenging aspects of blogging?

The best part of my blogging experience has definitely been the community of readers and other bloggers that I’ve met through my blog. It’s funny how quickly you can begin to “know” someone through their blog.

The most challenging aspect of blogging for me is achieving a balance. Blogging and the social media that comes with it can be very time- and energy-consuming. Not everything needs to be documented for my blog or posted on Twitter. It’s refreshing to take a step back (or a weekend off) and just unplug for a bit.

What is blogging memory you recall most fondly?

My favorite blogging memories all involve meeting and hanging out with fellow bloggers in person! I feel so lucky to have made some awesome friends through my blog and getting to meet them in real life and instantly connect is very cool. It’s great finding other people out there with similar interests!

What is your advice on how to grow a blog?

The number one piece of advice that I always try to remember is to be true to yourself. There are so many blogs and bloggers out there and it’s easy to try to imitate someone’s style. Really listen to your gut and do what feels right to you. That’s how you will get the most out of your blog and so will others!