Hi Elizabeth! What’s the name of your blog.
Where are you from?
Tell us a little bit more about you and your blog, Drift Cville!
My blog is all about exploring Charlottesville, VA. It’s a local insight perspective for visitors and locals alike. I have a background in events and travel so focusing on fun ways to visit Charlottesville is something I’m both knowledgeable and excited about. I have a lot of plans for how to build out the site and look forward to sharing all things Cville along the way!
Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog/work/life balance?
I’m a little obsessive when it comes to structure, so having a set routine is really helpful for me. I like to paint my calendar at the start of each week so I can ensure I’m prioritizing. Given my blog is all about food, drink, and activities in my hometown, I like to turn research into date night with my husband. It helps keep a balance with our busy schedule.
Fill in the blank. What people don’t realize about blogging is….
While I’m new to personal blogging, I know It takes a lot of discipline and research. It’s much more complicated than simply sitting down and typing away.
What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
There are support systems out there (thank you The Blog Societies!) Give yourself a little grace – especially if it’s new to you. The stress of not wanting to fail can take away from the fun so take a walk, get out of your head & remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.
What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional blogger?
I think it’s important to be organized, creative, and focused.
What has blogging taught you/given you that no other career or job has before?
This is the first time I’m doing something for myself because I truly love it and am excited about it. In the past, I’ve always felt like I’ve spent hours working hard for someone else’s passion. This is a lovely change.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?
It’s okay to be nervous or feel overwhelmed – just try and remind yourself why you are doing it.
What does a typical work day for you look like? Whether you’re a full time blogger or not, we’d love to learn what your schedule looks like and how you manage it all.
I like to spend the morning focusing on the details and research because that’s when I’m most alert. I prefer to leave the more creative tasks for the afternoon because I get excited about them and they don’t require the same level of discipline.
What is a current blogging goal you’re working on?
Developing my site and generating interest from local spots for future collaboration.
What’s your most recent WIN with your blog?
A local brewery sent me a message liking my mocktail post where I referenced them so that made me feel like I’m taking steps in the right direction. I also had the Charlottesville & Albemarle County Tourism folks contact me to be a guest blogger.
How has your content changed since you first started blogging?
I have noticed even with how new I am I’ve already had a few iterations of the site as I see what seems to be working and what isn’t. Iteration is key so I’m trying to keep that in mind.