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Canada Blogger: Cendrine Marrouat

Blogger: Cendrine Marrouat

Blog: Creative Ramblings

Cendrine Marrouat’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Cendrine Marrouat (CM): Creative Ramblings is about social media with a particular focus on independent artists and entrepreneurs, rather than big businesses.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Creative Ramblings?

CM: When I started my career as an independent artist, I quickly realized that the road to good exposure is paved with challenges. As I had no one to guide me in the right direction, I chose not to wait for success to find me.

I started doing a lot of research and actually enjoyed my finds. As I discovered Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and learnt to use other social networking sites, I realized that social media was becoming unavoidable.

When I had acquired sufficient knowledge on the topic, I started sharing through discussions with people. They advised me to start blogging, which I did. And now, I cannot live without it!

DCSME: How is Creative Ramblings different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CM: My blog is unique in the sense that I offer a no-nonsense and honest approach based on my personal experience.

I like to create articles and tutorials that are easy for people to understand — something that I have enjoyed doing since my days as a teacher.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CM: I love the freedom that blogging brings. There is neither deadline no contract. I can write whenever I want and share my thoughts on any topic relevant to my niche.

Most people do not realize how important blogging is when it comes to building a solid reputation online.

DCSME: How often do you update Creative Ramblings?

CM: I try to do it four or five times a week. However, I also have three other blogs. Further, I hold six titles with Examiner.com, including Canada Social Media Examiner. So juggling with everything can be quite challenging…

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

CM: Apart from blogging, I am also a freelance journalist/reviewer, published author and translator.

I am always interested in spotlighting independent artists and experts in the social media field, so contact me.

Cendrine Marrouat’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Official Website

Canada Social Media Examiner

Five Years and Counting

Cendrine Marrouat on Examiner.com

Personal Blog

Our Real Love is Poetry

Cendrine Marrouat’s News

Cendrine Marrouat’s Social Media Sites:

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NC Blogger: Rich Tucker

Blogger: Rich Tucker

Blog: CruiseSource

Rich Tucker’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Rich Tucker (RT): It is the intersection of the Cruise Industry and Social Media. So full of Cruise Advice with many articles advocating effective use of social media in the cruise industry. I monitor cruise pricing very closely for CruiseDeals.com, so I also write a lot of posts letting people know the best time to book different destinations.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for CruiseSource.us?

RT: Cruising is the most social form of vacationing and it’s been my passion for the last 5 years. I started blogging 3 years ago and I fell in love with social media and Twitter. Being one of the first using social media in the cruise industry leads many of the articles to be Cruise + Social Media related. Due to being the chief dealfinder at CruiseDeals.com, many of my articles are real time advice on how to book the best deals.

DCSME: How is CruiseSource.us different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

RT: It’s been a backstage pass to the cruise industry. I was the first blogger covering new cruise ship inaugurals, writing daily reviews from cruise ships, live tweeting from ships, etc. I’m always experimenting with social media in the cruise industry and I write about it on it CruiseSource.us.

I give my opinions on cruise pricing trends.

This expertise has lead to me being in Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, USA Today, ABCnews.com, and many other articles from major publications.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

RT: I love having an outlet to share my thoughts and to teach others. It’s been life changing!

DCSME: How often do you update CruiseSource.us?

RT: 4 times per week – everyday while cruising.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

RT: For those thinking about starting your blog, the three keys are commitment, consistency, and passion.

Write about something you are passionate about on a regular basis for long enough and you will build a successful blog.

Rich Tucker’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Cruise Deals

NCL Epic Deals

Rich Tucker’s Social Media Sites:

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CruiseSource on Twitter

Rich Tucker on Twitter

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MA Blogger: Julio Ricardo Varela

Blogger: Julio Ricardo Varela

Blog: Franky Benítez

Julio Ricardo Varela’s blog is on WordPress.com.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Julio Ricardo Varela (JRV): We are the curators of #LatinoLit, a collaborative Twitter and Facebook community that celebrates Latino literary talent. We also discuss how social media helps us to promote our community. Finally, we also house FRANKY BENÍTEZ, the online #LatinoLit novel written by Julio Ricardo Varela. We are blessed to have a strong and loyal readership.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Franky Benítez?

JRV: We wanted to focus on Latino literature in the social media age and how artists create content in this arena. We also wanted to connect readers with excellent examples of quality fiction and poetry with the hope of getting our members published, although we also have several members who are accomplished authors already.

DCSME: How is Franky Benítez different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

JRV: We have a strong knowledge of Twitter and Facebook and how it can help you drive readers to your blog and keep them loyal and visiting each day. Our knowledge is how we use social media to keep our blog topical, relevant, and a destination for readers.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

JRV: The freedom to create content any time. We also love when we can share our fiction works and the works of other writers that we showcase. They get excited when they see the positive comments.

DCSME: How often do you update Franky Benítez?

JRV: We update it 5-7 times a week.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

JRV: We are very excited to be promoting our novel and also sharing new Latino literature authors and poets. The writing we showcase is high quality, since we have a strong background in publishing books.

Julio Ricardo Varela’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Franky Benítez (other site)

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