My name is Marc and I blog at my site MarkyMarcsWorld.blog. I created this site in order to talk about DIY projects, travel & leisure activities, fitness and health, and finance tips. I live in United State in a very small town in Keedysville, Maryland. This town is located right outside of another slightly bigger town called Boonsboro. Both towns lie between the cities Hagerstown and Frederick. When I’m not writing, I like listening to music, watching sports, playing video games, exercising, cooking, and spending time with my wife Diane.
1. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for a little under 1 year. I started out with a music blog but soon decided to create my own domain and get more serious about developing a more professional approach to my work. I still do the music blog for fun!
2. Are you a full-time blogger or do you also have another job/career?
At this point, it appears as if I have become a full-time blogger. I used to work in the broadcast television/post production field, but things have changed so much due to technology that I have more or less become obsolete. I would certainly be open to getting back into it but would prefer to stay out of the ever-changing technical side of the business. With three freelancing jobs plus my blogs, it looks like I may have found a new career anyway!
3. What got you started into blogging?
The same thing that made me want to go into the television field. For years I wanted to write/produce an idea based on my life in high school. After all of the changes that have occurred in recent years, I’ve started to realize that I wanted to go back to my roots and actually try writing this story, but instead of a script, it was going to be a blog. After sharing this work with a friend of mine, I decided to scrap the idea of turning that into a blog and make it a book that I am slowly but surely writing. Otherwise, I’ve become more serious about the business as I’ve learned more about it. I see great potential for myself and the industry as a whole in the future. Blogging feels like the right thing for me to be doing with my life.
4. What is your blog about and how does it help others?
My blog is partly meant to talk about myself and partly meant to help others with day to day things such as DIY projects, finances, and health.
5. What is working for you and your blog? Why?
I think the personal touch is what makes my blog successful. What you read is 100 percent me. It is presented in a professional way, but it is also very much me. I think people can sense that they are reading a blog about a real person who is living a real life. People want to be informed and entertained, but they also want to make a real connection with you too. That’s what I’m about!
6. What did not work out so well for your blog? Why?
To be honest with you, I’m not sure. I think the fact that I don’t have one particular niche might be working against me, but hopefully, the combination of good writing skills, informative topics, and human touch will override the lack of a true niche in the long run.
7. What tools are you using that you can introduce my readers to?
Wow, there are too many to name. My Nikon camera, Photoshop, Canva, and all of the social media apps make blog possible. The widgets and plugins on WordPress also make a big difference. There is no way I could come up with all of that code and design on my own!
8. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting a blog?
If you are truly serious about blogging, expect to make it a big part of your life. If I had a normal job, I’m not sure if I would be able to do it to the extent that I’ve been doing it this year. It takes an incredible amount of time to do this the right way. In addition to writing and taking pictures/creating graphics, you need to promote yourself on social media. You also need to find groups to join on Facebook, Twitter, etc. in order to network and learn the ropes. Above everything else, don’t give up. You are going to have good days and bad days with this, but the small successes you have should be enough to make you want to put yourself to do more. It takes a lot of time to start breaking through. Just be yourself, don’t give up, and use social media as much as possible.
9. Where can everyone find you?
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