Blogging Success Tips From Extreme John

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Today I had the honor of interviewing a blogging buddy that goes way back. This guy is simply amazing. He’s always juggling 19 dozen things at once and still knows how to have fun. I’m talking about Extreme John from ExtremeJohn.com. This is one blogger that has a wealth of information to share. I encourage you to subscribe to his RSS feed and get his eBook – How to Succeed with Social Media today. I’ve already started reading it and I’m very impressed.

Q: How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

Extreme JohnBefore I get started I just want to say thanks for giving me the opportunity Brian. The internet has been my playground for a little over 10 years now; the blogging addiction didn’t kick in until 2007 when an internet business I acquired introduced me to two blogging maniacs, Mike and Shage. Mike still works for me now in my brick and mortar business, Extreme Tan and Smoothies. Anyway, it wasn’t long before they convinced me to turn my old HTML pain in the a$$ to update and edit page, in to a WordPress blog. It’s history from there, I’ve been an addict ever since. Actually, I think I’ll be nailing down my 2000th article here soon.

Q: You have been able to combine business, social, blogging tips and your personal life on ExtremeJohn.com. Most blogs would suffer from such a mixture and your blog seems to thrive on it. Do you have any advice for other bloggers on keeping a balanced blog?

Extreme JohnI think it’s important for bloggers to understand that in the same way REAL people get bored with the same old day-in-day-out, so do REAL readers. If you intend to grab readers, interaction and build a true community it’s going to take creativity and personality. Add personality to your blog, give people a reason to come back and read day after day. Sharing your thoughts on a sports team, tv show, music or even your family life at the end of a blog post can make your readers feel welcome and it shows them you’re a real person, writing for real people, not just SEO.

Q: Anyone that has visited your blog more than a few times knows they’re experiencing the real you. You don’t seem to hold back on your blog and allow the “real you” to come out in every post. Do you think this is part of your success and does this just come natural to you?

Extreme JohnWait, what?? Haha. No, there’s no need to hold back. I think the longer we leave things unsaid the more those things weigh on our mind, if we address it we can recoup and get back to business immediately. More time wasted on fluff is less time used for good.

Q: Here’s something I’ve been amazed at for years, you have enough on your plate with your Indoor Tanning Salon business, your Insane limousine Service and your Extreme spray tanning business to overwhelm a corporate CEO. How do you keep your sanity and how do you manage to keep everything together and still maintain a successful blog?

Extreme JohnI’m surrounded by kick ass people that make everything you mentioned possible. My business ventures are constantly changing and always a work in progress, for every success there’s hundreds of my failures that can stand tall right next to it. One thing that doesn’t constantly change is the core support staff around me, they’ve been with me for years and through multiple business ventures. As for the sanity, it’s safe to say by my straight-jacket picture that I don’t have much of that left.

Q: To conclude the interview, what tips or advice do you have for new bloggers wanting to get started and make an impact with their blogs?

Extreme JohnTake in as much information about your niche as you possibly can and do it daily! Building traffic and a community doesn’t happen overnight, stick it out and it will pay off.