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TX Blogger: Jennifer Baker

Blogger: Jennifer Baker

Blog: Mind of a Diva

Jennifer Baker’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Jennifer Baker (JB): Mind of a Diva serves as a vessel that’s redefining what it means to be a diva through the life and thoughts of a woman in her twenties. There is so much that we have to deal with as we make the transition from childhood into adulthood, and this is my story along with those of the people around me.

The word Diva has held many meanings, mostly it has described a woman how is bossy and has an attitude. While a diva may have those attributes, she is more than that. A diva is independent, strong, virtuous, and busy. With all of the things that she has going on she maintains her composure and makes it happen.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Mind of a Diva?

JB: I really go off of what’s going on around me with my friends, family, and myself or what I’m thinking about. I also like to pull topics from articles or books that I read that fit into what Mind of a Diva is about.

DCSME: How is Mind of a Diva different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

JB: I think that it discusses real issues and thoughts that young women experience. Young Women are not always concerned with celebrity news, social media, and other things that main stream magazines advertise. There needs to be more substance out there and about real topics and issues, and that what Mind of a Diva does.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

JB: I love getting out the words and thoughts that I have and putting them out there for the world to read. The most fulfilling part is seeing that someone else relates and understands where I’m coming from when they read my post.

DCSME: How often do you update Mind of a Diva?

JB: I update the site at least two to three times a week. Usually Monday through Friday and sometimes on Saturday.

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

JB: Mind of a Diva is about everyone woman seeing the power and beauty within herself. I want the website to be a place where women can find post that relate to them and what they are going through.

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MD Blogger: Curtez Riggs

Blogger: Curtez Riggs

Blog: Life After The Army

Curtez Riggs’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Curtez Riggs (CDR): Life After The Army, introduces the concepts of personal branding to Service Members preparing to transition from the Military. We’re helping them to take baby steps, while translating their experiences into a format that’s relevant to today’s job market.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Life After The Army?

CDR: Over the years, I’ve watched several of my peers leave the military totally unprepared for the civilian sector. Of course, they’ve been through ACAP, and all of the other mandatory transition programs; understand how to write a resume, and can sit at attention during a potential interview. They’re just as prepared as the rest of the unemployed veterans actively seeking employment… The problem is that because they were unable to stand out, their resumes got lost in the shuffle.

DCSME: How is Life After The Army different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CDR: Most of the other Personal Branding Blogs offer assistance to the general public. We’re providing needed information to Service Members and Veterans in a language that they understand, without a pitch… We’re finding that our content is better received because we’re walking in the shoes of other Service Members.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CDR: Knowing that there’s someone out there taking notes and applying the lessons learned from my blog. I enjoy receiving emails; more so emails from readers who are interested in learning more. It helps validate our work at Life After The Army.

DCSME: How often do you update Life After The Army?

CDR: We will be updating the blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. We like to give our followers something relevant to read before they begin their day.

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

CDR: I’ve been serving in the US Army since 1997. Currently I work out of Fort Meade, MD serving as a Master Trainer for the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion.

Curtez Riggs’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Inbound Marketing University

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CA Blogger: Perry MacNeil

Location: CA

Blogger: Perry MacNeil

Blog: Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us

Perry MacNeil’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Perry MacNeil (PM): Kitchen Table Politics looks at the “kitchen table” issues we all deal with, and what the politicians are doing to help the middle/working class and the 99%. I sort through how the actions of politicians affect us all while we try to make ends meet, keep our job and home, and try to find a way to send our kids to college.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us?

PM: My blog has evolved over the years, from mommy blog to political opinion, and now to analysis of what the politicos are doing that affects families that’s kind of an extension of my segments on A World of Progress Radio. The longer I blogged, the more I saw that no one was taking national politics and talking about how it affects my family and our kitchen table issues. So I thought it was about time for someone to make sense of it all for the rest of us.

DCSME: How is Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

PM: I’m a teacher and a mom of two kids. We’re struggling with a home that’s upside-down, my husband’s industry is downsizing, and we have two kids soon to be ready for college. I know about the struggles of working class folks like us. We’ve had those conversations about how to pay for everything and still have grocery money, and hoping that the kids don’t outgrow their school clothes until the end of the month. I have family in Afghanistan, and my sister was just laid off, and friends have had to walk away from their homes. These issues are real to me, and I want to hold accountable the folks who are squeezing the middle class.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

PM: I love the interaction with my readers, sharing experiences, frustrations and joys. I like knowing that my ideas extend farther than my own kitchen table, and maybe will have an influence on the kitchen table of other families. I truly enjoy rallying folks around a cause and knowing that someone’s clearer on what’s being done to us, or in our name by corporations, the rich, or the politicos in their pockets. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll motivate others to fight the good fight as well. Together there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

DCSME: How often do you update Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us?

PM: I aim for a weekly post, although with work and family, it’s about one post for every 1 1/2 weeks.

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

PM: I welcome your voice – the comments section is where the fun begins! Hearing the responses and experiences of my readers is one of the main reasons I blog.

Perry MacNeil’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Co-Host, A World of Progress Radio

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NC Blogger: Mark Bailey

Blogger: Mark Bailey

Blog: The Dogg Blogg

Mark’s Blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Mark Bailey (MB): My blog features news, information and tips in the areas of small business, technology, social media, web/graphic design and branding.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Dogg Blogg?

MB: I wanted topics that were inclusive to not only what I specialized in (which is web/graphic design) but also something that all small business owners, entrepreneurs and “soloproneures” can relate to and gain knowledge from.

DCSME: How is The Dogg Blogg different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

MB: My blog breaks it down for the novice. Even for the most technical subjects, my blog makes it simple enough to apply or use. While there is a need for highly technical blogs, mine provides information that appeals to a more general audience.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

MB: I like the fact that I have a medium to share. Blogging provides me a platform to give back ideas and information that has been given to me; a way to pay it forward, so to speak.

DCSME: How often do you update The Dogg Blogg?

MB: I update anywhere from 3-5 times a week.

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

MB: I would like to share how important blogging is to expanding your brand. It brings a personal face to your small business while providing a small bit of your knowledge.

Mark Bailey’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Yellow Dogg Designs

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NJ Blogger: Pam Stanton

Blogger: Pam Stanton

Blog: The Project Whisperer

Pam Stanton’s blog is self-hosting on WordPress.

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

Pam Stanton (PRS): Pam Stanton is an author, speaker, consultant, and coach on the importance of soft skills in project management. She writes about topics covering leadership, team dynamics, and project management methodology.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Project Whisperer?

PRS: It is my passion and my career.

DCSME: How is The Project Whisperer different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

PRS: I write in an engaging, casual style, from the heart and from my personal experience. My perspective on project management represents the vocal minority that is growing in prominence as research and experience show that soft skills are the most important factor in the success of projects.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

PRS: Building a community and sharing ideas.

DCSME: How often do you update The Project Whisperer?

PRS: Once a week.

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

PRS: My book is titled “The Project Whisperer: Understanding the Human Part of the Gantt Chart.” My philosophy is simple: Projects Are About People! Over 25 years and hundreds of successful projects, I’ve learned that trust and respect for the foundation of a high-performing team, and that no methodology can ever trump that.

Pam Stanton’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Pam Stanton

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South Africa Blogger: Ivin

Blogger: Ivin

Blog: Authopublisher

Ivin’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Ivin (I): I specialize in Self Publishing and post a lot of how-to material to help people publish their work. I cover freelancing and blogging as well. If you want to make money from home by writing, you need to read my blog.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Authopublisher?

I: I have published my own book in 2006 by writing it in 3 days and having it published and printed in 2 weeks. It was amazing. So when I launched my first pro blog, i didn’t quite know which niche/industry to enter. I chose self publishing, because I’ve done it and have experience in it. I can help other people do what I’m passionate about, write for a living.

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

I: I really don’t want to boast. So I’ll modestly say I haven’t seen a blog like mine in my industry. I strive to produce excellent content on a regular basis, stay on top of trends and I endeavor to be a leader in this industry in the years to come.

There are a lot of blogs, but few of them post regularly (I post 3-5 times a week), my blog encourages and facilitates the rewarding of comments through many different incentives. I want to build a community of friendly, helpful and open writer-publishers.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

I: The writing part of it. And of course feeling like a kid at Christmas when I install a new plugin or launch a new feature. I’m like a kid in a candy store. I have been blogging since 2006 but just recently went pro (doing it properly). I like the fact that there are so many blogs going up everyday but there are still ways to stand out above the rest if you are willing to sacrifice, give of yourself and produce immaculate content.

DCSME: How often do you update Authopublisher?

I: I update my blog at least 3-5 times a week. I like commenting on blogs because of the benefit of it. I get frustrated with blogs I like and people I admire when I’m posting a new post and want to do some comment promotion – realizing that they haven’t posted for a week or two. Anyone coming to comment on my blog will constantly find fresh content and will be rewarded for contributing.

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

I: I am a columnist, scriptwriter, blogger, internet marketer and a published author. I love serving other blogs by guest posting. So, if you want content in any of those fields, get in touch with me.

Ivin’s other blog(s)/website(s):

The 220 – embracing youth culture. appropriating revival

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MD Blogger: Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Blogger: Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Blog: KhadijahOnline.com

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman’s blog is on WordPress.

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

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman (KAC): KhadijahOnline.com is actually my website and portal to the various spaces online that I write for. I occasionally blog about topics that come up in the course of working with clients.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for KhadijahOnline.com?

KAC: I wanted a website that would also have content to attract visitors during searches. So, I thought a wordpress blog with features similar to a static website would be the best bet. The topics I cover are within the realm of the work I do as a writer who offers writing, online outreach and creative services to clients.

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

KAC: My blog and my services are unique in that I have a boutique of services and range of skills that uniquely cater to my clients’ needs. I think my blog posts are honest, informative and indicative of the type of consultant I am when working with my clients.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

KAC: I enjoy the different types of blogging out there. Many folks are only familiar with the idea of personal blogging– sharing personal memoirs and the like. But, there exists the opportunity to blog to share professional knowledge, showcase talent, earn money and network with others. I have been blogging since 2006 and still learn something new everyday about the potentials found in blogging.

DCSME: How often do you update KhadijahOnline.com?

KAC: I update KhadijahOnline.com weekly. Other blogs I manage are updated more frequently or less regularly.

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

KAC: I would like to share that I use WordPress and Blogger blogs as ways to memorialize projects I’ve worked on, as well as document works-in-progress. I currently am producing my play “Running:AMOK” and the play has its own space at http://www.amokrunning.wordpress.com. I maintain all types of info there about the play. My play “Shades of Black” that I produced in 2008 is memorialized on a Blogger site, allowing folks to read about the play and it’s production– I kept a journal-like blog about the experience.

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Moon Mami Writes

Running: AMOK

Transforming Spaces Into Art Places

Liberated Muse

So Our Youth Aspire

Family Fun DC

DC Community Issues

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IN Blogger: Anasha K. Shakti

Blogger: Anasha K. Shakti

Blog: iAManasha -the Queen of Forgiveness-

Anasha K. Shakti’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Anasha K. Shakti (AKS): iAManasha.com is about how to forgive in many different ways, about many different things.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for iAManasha -the Queen of Forgiveness-?

AKS: I’ve been practicing forgiveness for almost two years, and it has become a major topic in my life. I find myself talking to friends and family about it all the time. Then I found myself talking about it on my Radio Show all the time. Now, I’m totally immersed in it. I created a blog!

DCSME: How is iAManasha -the Queen of Forgiveness- different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

AKS: Are there any other blogs that are totally in the niche of forgiveness. I swear, I would be there following already. Everyone touches on the subject, though. It is just my main topic. I guess that is what makes me different.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

AKS: I love sharing the ideas that come into my head. I love writing. I love comments. I really love the community of it all. The Blogosphere (eyes looking up to my halo as I sign in relief)!

DCSME: How often do you update iAManasha -the Queen of Forgiveness-?

AKS: I have been updating this one every couple weeks. I’m looking forward to changing that to at least 3 times a week.

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

AKS: Forgiveness is a process. Though, you can forgive immediately. Before we realize that there is really nothing to forgive, we first forgive incessantly.

Anasha K. Shakti’s Social Media Sites:

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YouTube

Cinch Cast

Blog Talk Radio

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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

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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:

Facebook

CruiseSource on Twitter

Rich Tucker on Twitter

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