Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Week with the Girls-Janette from The Johanson Journey!

Hey Blog Friends!! My name is Janette from the Johanson Journey…..
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I’m excited to be here while Ashley has a few days off to enjoy some Spring Break Fun!!! Let’s get started shall we!?  We all love interviews and I sat down with Ashley to dish it all out!
1} Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a full time working Mom in the telecommunications field.  I have 3 beautiful children and a super hero husband.  I love blogging, meeting new people and finding a way to insert myself into the world of crafting!
2} How you first got involved in with blogging?
Originally, I wanted to post pictures for my husband while he was overseas on a tour with the Army and for my parents who were working overseas as well in Saudi Arabia. 
3} How would someone describe your blogging style?
I would say I am an evolving blogger.. you pick up on ideas, you learn from posts and other bloggers along the way and eventually you find yourself.  I am as random as they come and as honest and blunt as you can get.. I have confident days and days when I want to throw in the towel but it has become a hobby and my escape from everyday responsibility.
4} Are you a full time blogger?
I made a New Years resolution in 2010 to start blogging daily, at least on week days and a few weekends here and there.  I learned that the only way I was going to meet people and have anyone come by and visit is if I had something to say or share each day.  It doesn't always work but it motivates me. 
5} What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging business?
This is a growing lesson because there are so many social networks out there now but I recently set up a
FaceBook Blog Page and am slowly learning through others on how to get myself out there.  I even joined twitter!! I thought I’d never do that!
6} How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
Often times it will be a story that happened over the weekend or a thought I had while driving to work… sometimes another blogger will inspire me or I’ll join in a link party.  Friends are always willing to give you things to talk about…. and everyone loves support from their fellow bloggers when they are creating something new—so helping to promote them is also fun..
7} Do you think Page-rank plays a vital role in a blog’s life?
Most of the stress I think I feel is because there is such thing as a page rank… I mean, would we care about calories if we didn’t know anything about them?  We might eat with less stress… so I think it would be nice to blog with less stress… but its out there and it matters, especially if you are using your blog as your business.
8} A lot of people are interested in blogging for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging?
My best advice is ASK other bloggers you admire or click the links on people’s blogs yourself to see where it leads and read up on the details.  There are so many websites available for getting you started and I wish I had all the right answers but start figuring out what you want out of your blog and what you are willing to do.
9} What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
At first it was emailing my friends and saying, HEY!! I have a new post!  But now, I sortof try to just post for me and when I think its a fun post worth grabbing the attention of my readers, I will post about it on Facebook or twitter in hopes they’ll stop by and check it out. 
10} If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest? 
DO IT!! Its so easy that its scary.  Its addicting for many and an amazing place to meet great friends as odd as that sounds—its true.  I LOVE & ADORE so many that I have met and have enjoyed following friends through ups and downs and sharing joys of life!! You can also turn your blog into a book…. there are so many options!!! JUST DO IT!!  —not a sponsored post by Nike…. just my quick way of sayin’ it
Love & Hugs Ashley!!
Thank you for having me and if you weren’t bored to tears with my answers…. stop by my blog and say hello!! I’d love to meet new friends!!
~Janette 

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