(Note from Kat: It feels a little bittersweet, like the last day of summer camp, to end this interview series with Tsh. I for one have really enjoyed it. I’ve been challenged, encouraged and I may have bought a few new apps. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Tsh as well.
I also want to take this opportunity to tell you what an amazing woman Tsh truly is. She was my roommate in the Philippines on our Compassion Blogging trip so we spent 7 days together nonstop. You get to know someone pretty well under circumstances like that. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch, met with our kids for playdates when she found herself in the Promised Land (Texas) and chat regularly for all to hear on her podcast.
If she seems inspiring, humble and generous in her interviews…that’s because she absolutely is. It would be easy to be fake in the blogging world, but Tsh is the real deal. She loves God, loves people and is a faithful friend. So you can read her blog to learn from what she has to say, but you can also read it to learn from who she is. It’s a win either way…)
Tsh vs Social Media
1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
Honestly, it’s not that hard for me anymore because I crave an offline life after I produce all my content. I look at what’s bringing in the most traffic and I focus my efforts there. It used to be Facebook, but once they started changing the algorhithms, my traffic plummeted through FB. Pinterest is now my second-highest traffic source, so I try to spend more time there.
When I do spend time on social media, I try to do it during the times when I’m not as focused, so that I give writing and content producing my best effort. I do Pinterest more in the evening, FB once or twice in the morning and afternoon, and Twitter as the mood strikes (though I do it 2-3 times a day just for the blog).
2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
I write first thing in the morning, before I read any other blogs (I prefer to create before I consume). I’m a morning person, so I give my writing that time of day, since that’s my favorite part of blogging. It honestly doesn’t take me too long to write—a few minutes per post. But then I spend a loooooong time editing, finding links, tweaking, finding just the right photo, etc. That part always takes me so much longer.
3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I have an online blogging group and an online writing group (more for book writing). They both were created naturally, as relationships online evolved. My blog group is a google group, so we email each other; my writing group is a private Facebook group. These two places are lifesavers—it’s where you can ask dumb questions, share confidential info, get honest feedback, etc. etc. Lifesaver.
4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
Be yourself. I know that’s cheesy and not entirely helpful, but it’s so very easy to compare your work with others out there doing equally good work… but there will ALWAYS be someone bigger than you, and that’s okay. Cultivate the slice of Internet you have, and give just to give (without expecting anything in return). At the end of the day, this is all about relationships—it’s not about networking, building a tribe, or developing your platform. All this stuff is okay, but it’s really made up of real, 3-D people.
Also, have an offline life. Your online life will be much more interesting, and you’re less likely to burn out.
Q & A with Tsh
Tsh has been amazing about answering our questions all week. If you have questions about writing and social media, ask away! Today is also a great day to just click on over and say thanks to Tsh for spending the week with us. Click here to comment!