Myquillyn Smith: On Writing and Social Media

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Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester)

Blog:
The Nesting Place
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If the world of social media has ever overwhelmed you and you’ve kept it at arms length, you’ll find today’s interview with Myquillyn very encouraging. I’ve loved seeing how so many different bloggers, who are all doing wonderful things online, have such different approaches to…well, everything. Read on and enjoy!

Myquillyn 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?

For whatever reason, my nature isn’t super social-media-y. Sometimes I wish I were more drawn to it because I know it’s helpful if you use it intentionally.

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

Because Nesting Place is a home decor blog, most posts come from something I’m thinking about or doing in my home. Usually I’ll take photographs first, edit them, load them into wordpress and THEN start writing. A post can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 10 hours. I think the average is two hours.

3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?

I have a few different groups of bloggers I’m a part of where I can bounce things off of and ask questions. I have a small circle of trusted friends with blogs and Nesting Place even has a ‘board’ that I’ve had to call on a few times to help make huge decisions. Most of these relationships started as a result of attending blogging conferences.

4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?

You don’t have to be all things to all people. Your community is self selecting, based one what and how you write — that can be incredibly freeing.

“You don’t have to be all things to all people.” <-- Click to tweet.

Myquillyn's transparency is so refreshing! Also? Even with laundry piles, her home is lovely.

Myquillyn’s transparency is so refreshing! Also? Even with laundry piles, her home is lovely.

Q & A with Myquillyn Smith

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Read All The Interviews with Myquillyn:

1. How They Blog: Myquillyn Smith
2. Gadget and App Recommendations
3. On Social Media and Writing

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  1. Re point 4, do you have a target audience or do you just write as you want to and hope it will appeal to someone? If you don’t have a target as such, how do you approach marketing?

    • This might help: http://www.thenester.com/purpose I talk about how I wrote a purpose statement for me and the reader. So instead of thinking of marketing to an audience, I consider what I currently need encouragement in and write about that–making a big assumption that there are others like me, so far it’s worked! xo

      • I just clicked on the link to read the purpose statement. So helpful. I am just feeling the niggle to start a blog, but am terrified, and don’t want to do it if it is not a God thing that he is nudging me towards. Really loved your questions and advice around having a purpose statement for your blog and for yourself.

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