Mandi Ehman: On Social Media and Writing

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Mandi Ehman

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I think you’ll find Mandi’s perspective on social media and writing refreshing. It reinforces the fact that we all need to find out what works best for us. We need to identify our strengths and the things that we enjoy doing. There is no format for blogging success.

Read on and be inspired…

On Social Media and Writing

1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
Honestly, I’ve never been great at the whole social media for business thing, so I mostly use social media in a way that enhances my life and let all the other things go. That means I’m rarely on Twitter (although I do try to check for replies and DMs), I only friend people I know personally on Facebook, and I use Instagram as a personal family album.

I am in the process of hiring a social media manager for BundleoftheWeek.com, and that’s my only strategy so far — to just outsource the stuff I’m not great at!

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2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?

In all honesty, I’ve never really considered myself a writer. For the past few years, I’ve been writing less and less and focusing instead on the administrative aspects of running the site, but we recently announced some changes, including a “slower and deeper” approach, and I’m now blogging more about my life and experiences, which I’m actually really enjoying.

My basic process looks like this:

It usually takes me 60-90 minutes to write a post. The best and fastest posts are usually the ones I write the moment inspiration hits and then go back and edit later, and I no longer really enjoy writing about something just because it’s on my editorial calendar or seemed like a good idea at one time or another. If I know I’ll be writing about something later or I have a specific topic to write about as part of a series, for example, I start by making as many notes as possible so that I’m not thinking about what I want to write while I’m writing. Then I can just take those notes or outline and flesh them out when I’m ready.

No matter when I’m writing, I try to follow the advice of every good writer out there and just *write* without worrying about editing or grammar along the way. That’s easier said than done for a perfectionist like me, so it’s something I have to remind myself every single time I sit down to write!

3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I no longer have a formal mentor, but I do have a fairly informal mastermind group that was created entirely by accident and has been invaluable to me.

Three years ago I participated in the 30 Day Giving Challenge {http://30daygivingchallenge.org/} in November, and at that time we formed a Skype group to talk about the details of the campaign. Somehow that group of diverse women has become not only a close group of friends but also the place where I brainstorm, complain and seek encouragement.

We talk every day, and I know I can head there for honest feedback, a kick in the pants or a pat on the back when I need it!

4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
I honestly think this goes back to the failure question from before. I believe it was Alli Worthington who I first heard refer to blogging as fluid, meaning that the blogosphere is always changing, and if something doesn’t work today, you can start over tomorrow. That’s always stuck with me, and it’s something I try to share with other bloggers regularly as well!

Q & A with Mandi Ehman

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  1. Mandi, I love the balance you have on your site, not only useful posts/articles, but also the personal stories and things about your own life that relates to your readers. Love the advice that we can start something over tomorrow if something doesn’t work today.

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