Hi Chanel! What’s the name of your blog.
Where are you from?
Tell us a little bit more about you and your blog, Coco On Fifth.
My name is Chanel and I recently moved to Greenwich CT from NYC. I started my lifestyle blog to provide elegance in personal style and home decor. I love mixing the new with the old with high and low-priced finds.
Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog/work/life balance?
Consistency! I say this from experience, my blog strategy always does better when I stay consistent, which I know can be a challenge at times.
Fill in the blank. What people don’t realize about blogging is….
It’s a ton of work and to be successful you always have to be learning. So much of it is dependent on technology (the way social and websites work) that you need to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and changes.
What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
I wish I knew how SEO worked from the beginning of starting my blog.
What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional blogger?
Enjoying writing. People want to hear from you so writing consistently is important to keep your blog relevant.
What has blogging taught you/given you that no other career or job has before?
To not give up. It’s definitely a lot of work you have to put into it before you start seeing real results and that can oftentimes be discouraging.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?
To have patience but remember why they started the blog in the first place.
What topic do you most enjoy writing about?
I love infusing elegance into everything I write and really enjoy talking about easy ways to decorate your home.
What do you have on for background noise when working? Music, TV, a podcast, silence?
I love instrumental music. The soundtrack of the latest Emma film and The Holiday are soooo good for working!
If you could do brunch with any blogger, who it would it be and what would you ask them?
Jenny Cipoletti! I would have so many questions about her time in Paris, it’s one of my favorite cities!
What is a current blogging goal you are working on?
I have a few number goals I am trying to reach on the website!
What’s your favorite WordPress plugin and how has it helped your business?
I really like the recipe plug-in. It’s funny because I don’t cover recipes much on my blog but I love food so finding the easy recipe plug-in that allows readers to print the recipe makes the user experience so seamless.
Is there an app or business tool that you swear by?
What’s your Starbucks order?
I don’t drink coffee so I love getting a passion iced tea with a splash of lemonade. So good!