Interview: Professional Blogger

Posted by 19 February, 2009

Miranda Bizzia

I was fortunate enough to meet Miranda through a blogging organization. I had seen her profile through multiple social networks and was fascinated at how she seemed to be EVERYWHERE. You can find her at her blog, www.mirandamarquit.com. Let’s get to know Miranda Marquit!

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a 29-year-old freelance writer and professional blogger. I’m a work at home mom (WAHM) with one son. I have a M.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University. I love that my work allows me to live in the back-end of Utah and still make money while my husband finishes school. In addition to blogging, I write a column for my local newspaper, report for PhysOrg.com and do a little editing. I’ve also contributed book chapters to different projects, and have done some work for Discover magazine (along with other print publications).

Q: Are you a full time blogger? How did you get into blogging and why?

Out of my about 30-hour workweek, nearly 20 hours are spent in a blog-related way. I began blogging nearly four years ago when Robyn Tippins, who does sleepyblogger.com and is the Community Manager for Yahoo! Developer Network, found me posting regularly on Associated Content in a desperate attempt to pay the rent. All of my fellow grads were working in magazines or newspapers, but I knew I wanted to stay home with my son — so I went the online route. And I had no idea what I was doing. Robyn told me that blogging would pay much better, and that I could do it professionally for companies looking to integrate blogs into their online campaigns. Turns out she was right. Along the way, I discovered that I love the editorial form known as the blog.

Q: You seem to be all over the Internet. Between stumbling other people’s articles to commenting, you seem to be everywhere. Do you think this web networking has contributed to your success as a blogger?

It’s funny you should mention that. I’ve had long-lost friends, trying to reconnect, say that I’m the easiest person for them to find. Sometimes I wonder if that is a good thing…Anyway, the blogosphere is a very karmic place. I find that more people want to visit my blog if I visit theirs, and contribute in some meaningful way — whether it is with a non-spam comment or some sort of social media vote. Web networking definitely plays a role. So many people have been introduced to me through social media — and I’ve found many gems through networking as well.

Q: Is there any other networking that you do to help your blogging business?

Not really. I let people know offline, but, really, for the most part nearly all of my networking takes place online. Twitter and LinkedIn have both been especially helpful.

Q: What are some of your goals this year for your blogs?

What does every blogger want? Better stats! But really, I’d like to develop a more refined “voice” that speaks to the audiences I have for my blogs. And at some point I’d really like to do more with my personal blog and work on monetizing it. After all, when you write for someone else, you only have so much leeway to really be yourself.

Q: How do you keep coming up with material? I seem to struggle sometimes with coming up with different articles and I only have one blog.

One of the best ways to come up with material is to have a news reader. Every morning I see what it is going on in the world of finance and business. I have feeds from mainstream sources, as well as my favorite blogs. Additionally, I keep my eyes open for what’s going on in my life, and in the lives of those around me. In September 2007, my experience as a first-time homebuyer provided several posts for one of my mortgage blogs. If you are writing about something that applies to you, it is a little easier to find material.

Q: If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

I suggest blogging about something you know. Additionally, take the time to find your own voice. Just copying someone else will leave you unsatisfied. Figure out what interests you, and then write about it authentically. Post regularly, and try to vary things up a bit, changing the length of posts and adding other media — images and video — to your blogs on occasion. And, of course, have fun with it.

Q: A lot of people are interested in blogging for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

The first tip is to scale back your expectations. I’ve found, personally, that blogging for other people pays faster than trying to build your own blog from the ground up (although if you’re really good at your own blog, you can grow your earning potential through advertising and other means). Realistically, though, it is important to understand that you don’t make money overnight when blogging — no matter who you do it for. When first starting out, you’ll be lucky to get enough to cover your Internet costs. If you work for other people, you may find that, until you get a little experience, you will be paid as little as $3 to $5 per post — or less if it’s all based on traffic or revenue sharing. (Right now, I average about $18-$23 per post, plus traffic bonuses for some clients.)

Contact Info:

E-mail: mirandamarquit [at] gmail.com

website: www.mirandamarquit.com

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February 19, 2009

I really enjoyed reading this interview. Down to earth with realistic figures and suggestions instead of the usual wild make-money blogging tips elsewhere. Great work!

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Posted by Daphne
February 19, 2009

Thank you for interviewing me! And for picking the somewhat more attractive picture in the bunch 😉

You really do a good job of choosing relevant and helpful questions. And hopefully I gave relevant and helpful answers…

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Posted by Miranda
February 19, 2009

Great interview! Many think that blogging is this easy thing you throw out words to and the money pours in but that’s is far from the truth. It’s great to hear though that you can build up a portfolio of work enough that you can stay home to raise your child!

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Posted by FFB
February 19, 2009

Excellent article Miranda! It’s really great to see this type of content on the web. With the economy being what it is, many people are going to want to take control of their income and it’s important for them to know their earnings expectations.

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February 19, 2009

Miranda IS everywhere – stumbling, tweeting, blogging. She’s one of the best bloggers out there, and deserves all the success that she’s had. Thanks for the interview, and letting us know a bit more about her! Keep up the good work Miranda!

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February 19, 2009

What a great interview as it’s helpful to learn more about someone who has a passion for writing and social networking. I found you questions very on point too for new bloggers.

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February 19, 2009

Good post. I love interviews, especially of people doing things I aspire to do myself.

Posted by the weakonomist
February 19, 2009

@ Daphne – Thanks for the comment!

@ Miranda – Thanks for taking the time for the interview. It was a lot of fun!

@ FFB – I think Miranda represented blogging very well. It’s a lot of work and she spends a lot of time also marketing and socializing with other bloggers on top of that.

@ Online Stock Trading – Miranda definitely shows that blogging is possible as a significant income.

@ Bible Money Matters – I’ve always been impressed with how well she is connected too!

@ Scott – Thank you for your kind words!

@ Weakonomist – Miranda definitely has a great story. Thanks for the comment!

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Posted by HIB
February 20, 2009

Excellent interview. I’m not sure I could live with blogging for somebody else everyday, but if it allows you to work from home then that is excellent!

Cheers,
Glen

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Posted by Glen Allsopp
February 21, 2009

Great interview…and for me – someone I’m not familiar with (and so well-known…where have I been??).

Best of luck to you, Miranda, in all your future endeavors. You are doing well,and I’m taking some great ideas away from here today – thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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Posted by Lance
February 21, 2009

@ Glenn – I agree. It’s great she has the opportunity to work from home.

@ Lance – Miranda is definitely a good person to know in the blogging word. You can tell she’s been around blogging for a while. Thanks for the comment Lance!

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Posted by HIB
February 23, 2009

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words!

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Posted by Miranda
February 24, 2009

I adore Miranda. It’s a pleasure to get to know her better.

Posted by Vered - MomGrind
February 26, 2009

I’ve always been impressed that Miranda is everywhere – blogging and commenting on so many websites takes a lot of work. But she does it well. 🙂

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Posted by Patrick
February 27, 2009

That was a very good interview. As a consistent blogger myself, I can definitely say it’s not a way to get rich quick, but after a few years the profits do seem to rise naturally because by that time you’ve got hundreds of pages of original content listed in the search engines.

March 1, 2009

@ Vered – Thanks for the comment!

@ Patrick – Miranda must have more hours per day than we do 🙂

@ James – I agree. I’m starting to get a significant amount of traffic from Google as my content increases. Thanks for the comment!

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Posted by Dustin
March 2, 2009

Fantastic post! As with many other jobs, many people (myself included) have grandiose expectations of being able to start at the top and keep climbing. I’m fairly new to blogging and although I’d ultimately like to earn a little money for the hours I put in, I’m currently just enjoying networking, finding great blogs and great bloggers, and trying to ensure that my blog offers something that other blogs don’t (which is, evidently, MUCH more difficult that it sounds!)

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Posted by MsUnreliable
March 3, 2009

@ Ms. Unreliable – Blogging definitely isn’t as easy as people think. We all have busy days and it’s difficult to fit in hours of reading and writing into a day much less have the time to comment and market your blog. Nice blog by the way!

Posted by Dustin
March 10, 2009

@ Dustin – A very belated thank you 😀 And you’re spot on, it can be very time intensive! I wonder how full time bloggers manage to build up their sites to the extent that they can quit their day jobs! One step at a time I suppose 😀

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Posted by MsUnreliable
July 22, 2009

I’m fairly new to blogging and although I’d ultimately like to earn a little money for the hours I put in

Posted by Deeper Voice
August 18, 2009

It’s really great to see this type of content on the web. With the economy being what it is, many people are going to want to take control of their income and it’s important for them to know their earnings expectations.

November 16, 2009

Thanks for the post, i enjoyed reading it. blogging is not as easy as many think it is, it’s hardwork. any how thanks.

Posted by satrap
December 3, 2009

Thanks for sharing this great info.

Posted by Wii Unlock
January 12, 2010

good stuff,thanks for sharing!!

Posted by unlock wii
January 13, 2010

awesome Q and A..thanks

Posted by michael
January 28, 2010

I’m fairly new to blogging

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