Special thanks to Aaron Lee for enthusiastically agreeing to do this interview. I hope you, as the reader, gain as much from it as I did. I am absolutely thrilled to share this interview with you. Here’s what Aaron had to say about blogging, social media, and other fun stuff too:
I never thought I would blog one day, until twitter came along and someone took the username @aaronlee so I was left with @askaaronlee, which I thought could be branded. After engaging with a lot of people, a few started to ask me questions about twitter, blogging, and social media. So I thought it would be a good idea to write about it. I didn’t due to procrastination until someone wrote something saying that he didn’t get enough replies on twitter and all he did was talk to himself. So I wrote my very first blog post replying to that. LOL. I had tons of feedback and I continued writing from there on. I have always loved the idea of networking with people and engaging with people. I feel so at home when I’m on twitter and engaging with other bloggers by leaving comments, etc.
1. Do you have any specific tips for new bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?
I guess a lot of blogs “die” after a while because bloggers don’t know what their passion, goal, or objective is. I would suggest making sure they have a specific goal — Why do they want to blog? What is the purpose? Darren Rowse wrote about it here: why goals matter more than ever. I recommend reading that before starting a blog if new bloggers want to make it in the blogosphere.
2. Where do you find inspiration when you’re having writer’s block?
Writer’s block! All of us have one of those days. Here’s what I would suggest:
A. Follow the top 50 blogs in your niche, whether it’s the top 50 blogging blogs or top 50 non profit blogs. Subscribe to their RSS feeds. Read those which stand out first, usually the more we read the easier we can write an article down and put something in our own perspective. Write that down on a piece of paper. Then explore from there.
B. Posting on twitter and asking a question does spark a lot of topics. I posted a question asking what problems people have in blogging and the top three answers are:
- No time
- Writer’s Block
- Don’t know what to blog about (no niche)
So we have three topics that can be covered here.
C. Blogging buddy — blogging buddy keeps us on our feet. I had a writer’s block for 2 weeks and a friend helped me. I will usually write 7 blog posts in 7 days. So it was good.
3. What one tip would you give someone who is looking to increase his or her twitter followers?
Use topsy. Topsy is like the directory of experts in a niche. When you go to topsy, you’ll see a search box like Google. Key in “blogging” and you’ll get a search result. Now click the experts. You’ll see @problogger, @copyblogger and other influential bloggers. I’ll create a list for them and follow whoever follows them on days where I have time, or they can just gain attention from these experts.
4. Where do you see the future of social media?
Social media will DIE soon! — Kidding! — Social media are the future. It’s the added value in our communication. It’s possible that other social networking sites will dominate Facebook and Twitter, but the purpose of the use is the same — connecting with another people. Imagine someone taking our mobile phones away from us.
5. Just for fun, what is your favorite food, movie, and TV show?
I love to eat! Trust me! I can’t stop eating and maybe I am putting on some weight from that. I do love some good Fried Chicken, for some reason. As for movies, I think the best movies I watched recently are “The Social Network” and “Resident Evil in 3D.” TV shows? I can name you my top three favorite TV shows.
- Dragons Den or Sharks Tank
- How I met your mother
- Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me )
Aaron describes himself as an “Average Joe” with a strong passion for social media. He loves the idea of using social media for branding and building a presence online. Aaron is a blogger at askaaronlee.com giving tips on social media and Twitter. You can read his guest post at Windmill Networking or his interview at Huffington Post.
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