The world of blogging has allowed everyone to take advantage of the internet by creating content of their own and expanding out on their own expertise and ventures. No matter if it’s through real estate, entrepreneurship, personal hobbies or even selling fun crafts and projects through Etsy, all of that can be done through the use of blogging, while also building a powerful brand in the process. If you can provide value in anyway, a blog is probably a great option for you.
This is something we will also dive into through our latest interview in the Meet the Bloggers series. Be sure to check it out and see how you can apply some of these same methods into your own personal brand, blog or business.
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
My name is Keith McHugh and I am a real estate investor and public speaker in Madison,WI. I got into blogging initially as a guest blogger for a document process management company due to my expertise in the physical records handling/digitizing industry. That continued over to blogging for my own businesses.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
The foci of my blog are both professional and personal. On the professional side, I write about an investor’s insight on real estate, networking from an introvert’s perspective, and business development. On the personal side I write about personal development, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and how each of those topics apply to kids and raising kids.
Selecting these topics was actually difficult. I decided to include this many subjects because I found myself passionate about them all and felt they were connected with one another. Ultimately these topics are what I want to be known for.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
I am not monetizing my blog at this time. As traffic grows I will consider monetizing.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
I’m still learning so much at this point it is hard to say.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
When they come out I enjoy reading:
- Thoughts from the Frontline by John Mauldi
- Staying out of the Cubicle by Nathan Lustig
- Fiancial Perspectives by Michael Dubis
- Mind Your Business by Corey Chambas
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
I like using thesaurus.com to find the right words.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Decide on “rules of engagement.” Where are the boundaries with regard to what topics you will discuss? I know my breadth of topics is fairly broad, but it was actually larger and by pairing it down, it helps me stay on subject when I write.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
Use images and keep them optimized. You want images but they shouldn’t slow your load time.
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
I would spend it on styling my blog to my preferences (such as with a preferred theme) and be registering a domain or two, outsource what I couldn’t do on Fiverr.com or other freelance sites, then use the rest to take interesting people out for coffee to give me things to write about.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
I can be found at:
- Twitter: @KeithN140orLess
- Facebook: fb.com/PaintedRockEnterprises or fb.com/aynkaysolutions
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/keith-mchugh-033b9a6
- Blogs: PaintedRockllc.com or Aynkay.com/perspectives
Thanks again to Keith McHugh for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.