Next up we have an on location interview with Sean from Writer Dad. He has certainly made a splash in the blogging community with his beautiful prose. Well, enough with the introduction. Let the fun begin! 😉
I’ve read your about page, and Im sure the readers of this interview will soon read it too, but tell me… Why did you really start blogging and what is inspiring you to go for the gold?
I started blogging because I’d just completed a mountain of work – a full novel and a couple dozen children’s stories. I’d been writing for less than a year, but felt like I was on fire from the inside out. At the time, I was writing mostly in isolation. My wife and children knew I was writing, but that was pretty much it. Blogging promised instant feedback.
I think that is why a lot of us blog. To have an instant audience for our work. To see their response so we can correct and get better. Who is your current audience and why are they visiting your site?
I would have to say my audience, for the most part, are people who love language. We all know how much repetition there is on the web, I never want to be a part of that. I’ve kept the content on Writer Dad mostly personal, though I drop regular opinions about things like blogging. Whenever I write about blogging, I see a spike in subscribers. Deeply personal articles such as “Sliding Doors” are well received, but always followed by a drop in subscribers. This tells me the true audience loves the way I throw words down, whether they’re personal or not. It also tells me there’s an under served audience who wants to know what I have to say about other things. I’ll correct this within the next few weeks.
I think we are all looking forward to this New Year’s project of yours. 😉 What do you think is the biggest benefit of blogging for society as a whole?
Oh, I think blogging is just getting started, even if it isn’t called blogging a half decade from now. The idea that everyone is afforded equal voice with less than an hour of set-up – that’s a revolution in communication that is talked about, but in my opinion not nearly revered as it should be.
I think the revolution is coming my friend. What are your top 5 tips for new bloggers who want to get into the game?
Don’t echo. There’s enough repetition online to last us all the way through web 3.0. Be yourself, and tell the stories only you can tell.
Don’t act like an expert if you’re not. The veneer is thin and will chip like a cheap coat of paint.
Be patient. No matter what you’ve heard, blogging isn’t easy. It’s important to keep yourself grounded and understand that success is a process, not an event.
Learn from others. Everyone has a different perspective. Of course you won’t agree with all of them, but the wisdom of others is often free and can help move you from A to B far faster than you could ever go alone.
Be a talk show, not an infomercial. No one likes to be yelled at. Whether you do this with your copy or site design, people know it when they see it. Be mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it.
Great tips! Who are your favorite bloggers that you read often and why?
All the bloggers I heart are definitely worth a mention. I admired each enough to ask them to share my space. I love bloggers who make me laugh, and I can never get enough tickles. There are about a hundred blogs in my reader, but I wouldn’t want to make anyone sad by playing favorites.
Can you give us a day in the life of Sean?
I’m in transition right now. I’ve been running a preschool alongside my wife for the last three years. For the last month I’ve moved to full time writing. Now my day is spent answering emails and juggling roughly forty-seven projects all in various stages of disarray and development.
Do you have any blogging mentors?
Brian Clark, not only because he writes with clarity, but because I love the way he approaches business. He also handed me my first guest post one month out of the gate. Men with Pens as well; I think they handle themselves with a perfect measure of ego and ability.
You have a great writing style and a great community of fellow writers. You practically belong in your own niche! After only about 6 months you are off to a wonderful start. What do you credit your initial success to?
A tremendous amount of tireless work. I labored upwards of twenty hours a week on Writer Dad in the first few months, writing at night while juggling my real job during the day. I’m way past that now. I’m hungry and my ethic shows it.
What do you think will help you to succeed even more in the future?
Keeping my eyes open and learning from mistakes. We all fall and that’s perfectly fine, but if we don’t learn a lesson while we’re down in the gutter, that’s just wasted opportunity.
What is one personal growth tip you can give our readers?
I know I’ve already said it, but it bares repeating. BE YOURSELF. There’s only one you. If you try to be someone else, you’ll only look like a faded copy.
Please visit Sean over at Writer Dad. If you love words, he has a lot over there that he has stringed together beautifully. 😉