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Blogging Advice From Expert Blogger Mitch Mitchell (Interview)

Mitch Mitchell Offers Some Blogging Advice

image - Mitch MitchellMitch Mitchell, of I’m Just Sharing, is a very well respected businessman, consultant and a very experienced blogger. Mitch was kind enough to allow this interview and offer some blogging advice for our readers. I am sure many bloggers will benefit from his advice and replies. Thank you Mitch, let’€™s get started.

Q :I know that writing content comes easy to you so I will go in the other direction. What blogging advice can you give bloggers on holding the reader’€™s interest and determining what types of content, in general, should be edited out and what should be included?

image - Mitch MitchellI think most people should look at writing that might hold a person’s interest in the mode of telling a story. I’ve met very few people who can’t tell a story; sure, I’ve met some who start and then veer off for awhile, but eventually they always come back to the story. We love to be entertained, and someone telling us a good story, hopefully a true story, is always engaging. I will add that even if you know you’re writing for an adult audience that you make sure your language is safe for everyone to read. Too many curse words, too many large words, too many technical terms that people don’t understand and you’ll lose a lot of your audience. One last thing; if you’re writing to educate, don’t skip any parts; that’s always frustrating to the reader when someone assumes that the reader will definitely know the next part.

Q: Along with I’m Just Sharing, you have several successful niche blogs, including SEO Xcellence, Top Finance Blog, The Syracuse Blog and Mitch’s Blog. These are “real” niche blogs, i.e. not AdSense or automated blogs, and they stay updated. What drives you to blog in this fashion and what do you and your readers gain from the effort.

image - Mitch MitchellTwo of those are easy; they’re blogs geared towards my businesses and thus are there to help me show expertise in those areas. The Syracuse blog is a blog about local things that I’ve always wanted to have because, strangely enough, there are a number of people in this area who don’t see just how great a place this is, even as the snow capital of the country. Sure, we have some issues to address here and there, which I’ll touch on, but overall central New York is a great place to be and I like highlighting it. The finance blog is interesting in that I have a lot of people who want to write guest posts for it, and it’s rare that any of those posts would have been something I’d have written, or at least in the fashion they write them. Overall, I have outlets for all the things I want to talk about and, hopefully, I’ll stay with just these 5 blogs, but you never know. For the readers, I figure that they’ll find what they’re looking for and if I have it then they may stay for awhile, in which case the few things I do market on those sites might get a quick look and an occasional purchase as well.

Q: You are a very social person and I know you love interacting on Twitter. What do you see for the future of blogging as it relates to social media? How important is social media for blogging and what blogging advice can you offer bloggers.

image - Mitch MitchellI’ve seen many people writing about the death of blogging. It’s a pretty ridiculous statement because if you look at Twitter and see what people are sharing it’s mainly one of three things: news stories, video links or blogs. Most pictures shared on Twitter are attached to Tumblr accounts, which is a strange type of blog but, in many eyes, counts as a blog. People love information and love to share information, and bloggers that actually seem to have something to say will always find an audience willing to promote them in some way. I think there will be more people blogging and using either video or audio for the purpose as time goes by, but people will continue to share what they like and thus social media will become the most important medium for bloggers in helping to get their contributions out to the masses. My overall advice would be to make sure you make it easy for people to help you get your word out; put in widgets so people can share your content on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and G+ for now, and keep up on the new things that might be coming.

Q: There’s one similarity that I’ve found in most successful people and you are no exception; successful people have a lot going on. I found the same thing when I interviewed Extreme John.

You have many websites, you write for other blogs, you are a consultant, and you’re married with friends. I am dying to know how in the world you manage so many things and keep everything together. I know you stay up late because I can send you an email or tweet at midnight and get a reply in a manner of minutes. How on Earth do you do it?

image - Mitch MitchellI’m nuts! lol Actually, it depends on two things: one, how busy I am and planning my time. If I’m really busy I plan my entire day, including break times, so that I can get to everything I want to get to. When I’m not as busy then I try to get ahead on things such as blog posts, which I can schedule, which in essence is planning ahead for those times when I might get really busy again. There are times when I’ve written posts as far out as 3 weeks on some blogs, which is a great help, and other times when I have to plan the time to make sure I write a post on whichever blog’s turn it is for that date. Of course working from home means that I get to set my hours, and I tend to do my best work later in the evening.

Q: Personality is something you often write about in your blogging, as are the other topics mentioned (you cover a wide range of topics), how much of your personality do you attribute to your blogging success? Are there certain types of personalities that are not suited for blogging therefore more likely to fail? Sorry, a tough question but I can’t think of a better person to ask.

image - Mitch MitchellI like to think I’m engaging and come across as relatively nice. I think that’s important, likeability, even when touching upon tough issues, like my racism article on my business blog recently. That was an honest post of something that happened to me and I tried to tell it not only as my reality but as more of a general human interest story, hoping those that may never encounter something like it would feel it and empathize with me, even if they couldn’t fully understand it. I also try to do that sort of thing when I decide to complain about something. However, I don’t complain all that often and I don’t whine either. I think those that do that, that come across as hating everything or griping about something all the time will lose an audience fast. If you’re railing against the system and have specific points, you might gain readers who agree with your point of view, and they may be loyal. But the majority of people won’t comment on those posts because they’re afraid of either being challenged on their points of view or having someone else seeing them agree with a point of view that might not be “safe”. One last thing; sustainability. If you feel you really don’t have much to say or that blogging is going to be a real challenge, don’t even bother. Few people will follow someone that can’t write an article at least once every couple of weeks. It’s the people who stop by regularly that become your biggest supporters, so treat them like guests in your space and they’ll show you love in many ways.

There you go.