Saturday, August 21, 2010

Craving Chocolate and Lazy Days

I cannot tell you how much I wish I had come up with that title!  Craving Chocolate and Lazy Days  is a very fun, but hard to categorize blog that I love to follow.  Crissa, the author of this blog, was kind enough to let me interview her. 

Tell me a little about yourself and your blog.
I am a 26 year old who is fairly new to the Mrs. world.  I grew up in the Midwest but have been in Utah the last 11 years.  My blog started off about me and my life.  A journal type blog.  I fell in love with product reviews and giveaways shortly after entering the blogosphere.  My blog has morphed into my journal, reviews, giveaways, gossip, debates, and just plain fun! 
Crissa actually looks quite a bit like the figure in the banner for the blog.  Her upbeat attitude and fun writing style were why I started following her.

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?
I started blogging in September 2008.  After hearing about people doing personal blogs I loved the idea and thought I would give it a shot of my own.  

What is the focus/theme of your blog?
It is a combination of my journal, reviews, giveaways, gossip, debates, and just plain fun!  You know, girl stuff!
One of the things I love about her reviews is that she is very honest about whether or not she is getting anything for doing the review.  She often reviews great items she finds just because she likes them.

Do you monetize your blog?
Nope.  I blog because I love it not to get paid.  Plus my blog isn't as cute with ads on it ;)
This was the answer that surprised me the most since it seems rare anymore to find someone who doesn't sell ads for their blog.  I have to agree that simpler blogs without the clutter of ads are much more fun to look at.

Do you interact with your readers?
I sure try to.  I try to follow their blogs, make comments on their blogs, and reply when asked questions.  I wish that there was more chit chat on my blog but I am still small and that will come with time I am sure.
As a new blogger, I feel the same frustration.  I have been frustrated at times with the lack of response to my questions and even to a giveaway, but it is getting a little better.

How much time do you spend on your blog?
If it were up to me I would blog all day.  Since my life is so crazy though I am lucky to get in an hour of blogging every other day.  Some times I go for days though without blogging.  That is when I feel like am a neglectful parent though :)

Crissa follows 147 other blogs as well as keeping up with her own.  Having missed nearly an entire week on my blog and trying to keep up with the ones I subscribe to, I can understand what she's going through.

How do you come up with posts for your blogs?
I just post about my life.  I post what I am doing, what I am think, what I want, pictures, etc.  Other posts come from reviews, giveaways, other things I have seen on blogs I follow, gossip I heard on Entertainment Tonight...just mostly life!

What are your biggest frustrations with blogging? 
#1--Not having enough time to blog and read the blogs I follow 
#2--Asking questions to my followers and not getting any response.
Me too!

What are the most fulfilling things about blogging?
I love that I am keeping a journal, making friends, and having fun. It is a year hobby for me. I also love learning about new products and companies. This is a place my opinion can be heard.

Crissa's goal for her blog is to have fun and keep friends and family up to date with her life.  Her advice for beginning bloggers?   Start with a dot com. It is better to start off where you want to be rather than try to get there later.  Be yourself. Don't be afraid to share your life with others.

 I have to admit that it was Crissa who got me started in blogging (other than my personal blog for friends and family).  Originally, I thought that blogs were just online journals that you could use to stay in touch with people long distance.  Crissa shared with me the blogs she found with helpful hints, ways to save money, freebies, and giveaways and I was hooked!  Craving Chocolate and Lazy Days is like a showcase of all the things you love about blogs and I hope you will visit and leave a comment for Crissa. 

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