I’m not rude or mean and I’m rarely negative. Just because I’m honest doesn’t mean I don’t have tact!
Sweet: How did your blog started?
Stephanie: I’ve actually been blogging for over 10 years, but THE-LOUDMOUTH is my first public blog. After becoming obsessed with fashion in college and always taking photos of my friends and I in our outfits, I decided I might as well share my world with others! I’ve always loved writing, so blogging hasn’t been something hard to stick with.
Stephanie: At first, it was hard to attract readers. In fact — I feel like that’s a continuous challenge! People don’t know who you are unless you reach out to them, and that’s definitely hard, but so much fun!
Stephanie: I read articles and take e-courses that help hone my craft. I also pay attention to bloggers that I admire and what tools they use.
Stephanie: I use Blogger Stats and Google Analytics, but I try not to become obsessed with numbers.
Stephanie: Before THE-LOUDMOUTH, I used LiveJournal. It was hard for me to switch to a different site after one that I had used for so long. I was comfortable with LJ and pretty attached to it. Moving to another platform was the best decision I could have made. It’s easier for readers to comment and view my content — and it’s much easier for me to edit. LJ is a little old-fashioned and it took longer to get anything done.
Stephanie: Not at all, but someday… 😉
Stephanie: I’m constantly on Twitter, conversing with my readers. I reply to comments if needed and I always visit my readers’ blogs. It’s only fair that I treat them the way I’d want to be treated! I also feature one blogger each month in an interview post, and once in awhile I do a little “shout-out” post to ten bloggers at a time.
Stephanie: Of course! I didn’t name my blog THE-LOUDMOUTH for no reason. I say what I want, and if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read my blog. Having said that, I’m not rude or mean and I’m rarely negative. Just because I’m honest doesn’t mean I don’t have tact! I do post some controversial topics — I’m a vegetarian, for example, and not everyone agrees with that lifestyle. I’ve also posted some nude (and close-to-nude) photos before (not of myself) and that was definitely an issue for some people. I think I lost some readers, but I gained a lot more! My blog is aimed toward adults, so I’m going to have some adult content.
Stephanie: It’s hard not to stay current while being involved in groups like IFB and Full Time Fabulous! I also read a ton of blogs every single day and that also allows me to keep evolving.