Today I am thrilled to announce that Plain Jane Lifestyle is kicking off a new feature section called Blogger of the Month.
The thought behind Blogger of the Month was to be able to provide readers with an insightful view into various blogger’s paths to success through a series of interview questions. I have personally always found it interesting to see how various bloggers started their blogging journeys and also to learn what keeps them going.
If you are interested in participating in Plain Jane Lifestyle’s Blogger of the Month series, follow these easy steps here to submit your entry.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce December’s inaugural Blogger of the Month, the fabulous Lindy Alexander.
Lindy Alexander is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer who regularly contributes to Australian and international publications including The Guardian, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper and more.
In addition to freelance writing, Lindy also runs a blog titled The Freelancer’s Year
What I love so much about Lindy’s website, in addition to following her on social media platforms is that her advice and articles provide actual tangible advice, especially to those that want to break out into the freelancing world.
A fantastic example of that is one of her articles titled From pitch to published article- a behind the scenes look at travel writing In this article Lindy provides her exact template that she uses when pitching clients. I can honestly say that I have taken that template and used it myself!
Q&A with Lindy Alexander
2. Name of your blog/website
The Freelancer’s Year (www.thefreelancersyear.com)
3. Names of your social media handles (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Twitter – @alexander_lindy
Instagram – https://instagram.com/lindyalexanderwriter/
4. Location: City, State, Country
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
5. What made you start your blog?
I went full time as a freelance writer in January 2017 and I wanted to record what I had learnt, the mistakes I made, how I made money. I had looked for something similar before I went full time, but I couldn’t find any other Australian freelance writers who were consistently blogging about what it was like to be a freelance writer. So I started my own blog.
6. How long have you been blogging/operating your website?
Since January 2017.
7. What has been the biggest surprise to you so far in your blogging journey?
How much my blog has resonated with people. When I started I was really blogging for myself and didn’t really expect that I would gain such an engaged, lovely readership.
8. Do you blog part-time or full-time?
Very, very part time!
9. If full-time, what was your prior career? If part-time, what do you do outside of blogging?
I’m a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer.
10. Do you make money from your blog? If so, what has been your best source of revenue?
I do make a little bit of money from my blog. I have three affiliate relationships – all with products/services that I have used for a long time and really believe in. I also coach freelance writers – most of them find me through my blog. But it’s not a big proportion of my income – it might be around $200-300/month.
11. What drives the most traffic to your blog?
60% of my traffic comes from organic Google searches.
12. How many page views does your blog average per day?
13. What has been your most successful post to date?
This post about 6 great travel publications that pay freelance writers
14. What is coming up next for your blog?
I have got a great (guest) post scheduled for January about how to break into high-income medical writing without any experience. In 2019 I’m also launching my first online course about how to earn a great living from freelance writing.
15. How often do you publish new content?
Once a week, on Wednesday, without fail
16. If you could give one piece of advice to other bloggers what would it be?
Produce consistent content, be specific about who your audience is and what they want (inspiration? education?) and don’t be afraid to take risks.