Hello everyone and welcome to February’s Blogger of the Month feature!
This month I am delighted to showcase an interview with the talented Katie Jenison of the blog, The Quiet Type. Katie is a full-time freelance writer and blogger.
When you visit Katie’s website for the first time your eyes will feel at ease because her website is so clean and easy to navigate.
Katie provides helpful tips on how to start a freelance writing career and how to build your online portfolio. If you have ever dreamed of being your own boss and working from home in a creative field such as writing than Katie can surely help guide you along the way.
I reached out to Katie a few months ago to ask her if she would be interested in being featured in my Blogger of the Month series, as I thought she had great information to share.
I am so happy Katie said yes, and with that, let’s get to her interview.
Q&A with Katie Jenison
2. Name of your blog/website
My blog is called The Quiet Type (http://www.thequiettypeblog.com) but I also have two business sites for my freelance writing. My original site is Katie Jenison Copywriting (www.katiejenison.com), which offers copywriting services on a broader scale and acts as a hub for my different projects, while my new website, House to Home Copy & Content Writing (www.housetohomecopy.com), is geared towards the home building and remodeling industry.
3. Names of your social media handles (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Instagram – @kjenisonwrites
Facebook – www.facebook.com/thequiettype
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/kjenisonwrites
4. Location: City, State, Country
Elk River, MN, USA
5. What made you start your blog?
I started freelance writing part-time in August 2017. When I started I didn’t realize what I was doing. There was so much conflicting advice online about where to find clients, whether or not to join Upwork or content mills, etc that I felt really overwhelmed.
I made some mistakes a long the way, which is pretty normal, but I wanted to be a resource for other freelancers just starting out. Freelancing definitely takes some trial and error, so I’m still learning too. Ultimately, I’m hoping that sharing what I’ve learned in the past and what I’m learning now, as well as offering advice will help them on their path to freelancing full-time.
6. How long have you been blogging/operating your website?
My blog launched in May of 2018, so it’s still fairly new.
7. What has been the biggest surprise to you so far in your blogging journey?
I was pleasantly surprised by how welcoming the blogging community has been. It can be kind of intimidating to be a new blogger, but everyone is so genuine and helpful! I’ve joined Facebook groups and reached out to bloggers I admire and everyone has been more than willing to answer questions. The community is so supportive and I just really appreciate that.
8. Do you blog part-time or full-time?
Right now, I’m focusing on my blog part-time.
9. If full-time, what was your prior career? If part-time, what do you do outside of blogging?
I’ve worked in the housing industry for the last 6 years or so, working primarily in property management and home building and remodeling. In October of this year, I made the decision to quit my job and focus on freelancing full-time, so in addition to blogging part-time I help businesses with their copywriting and content marketing strategies.
10. Do you make money from your blog? If so, what has been your best source of revenue?
I do make a small income from affiliate marketing, but it’s not something I’m focusing too hard at the moment. In the future, I’d love to offer a digital product or even coaching.
11. What drives the most traffic to your blog?
Pinterest is my number one source of traffic. I can’t even say enough good things about utilizing Pinterest to drive traffic!
12. How many page views does your blog average per day?
My blog is still pretty new and I’ve only got about 30 posts, so my traffic isn’t super high. I’m averaging around 70 page views per day.
13. What has been your most successful post to date?
My guide on setting up a freelance writing portfolio has definitely been my most successful post. I actually just switched web hosts, so Im working on revamping it to include more info and step by step instructions with screenshots.
14. What is coming up next for your blog?
I’m working on a lot of different projects right now, which I can’t wait to share with everyone! One of my top priorities is creating a brand new resource library, which will have a ton of new content. I’m also working on some “how to” guides, which I think will be really helpful for my audience.
15. How often do you publish new content?
I try to publish new posts twice a week but it really depends on my client workload.
16. If you could give one piece of advice to other bloggers what would it be?
It’s hard to pick just one! I think my biggest piece of advice is to not give in to imposter syndrome. Everyone feels it at some point whether blogging or starting a new business, but it’s important to not get caught up in it. Instead of trying to blend in and go along with what’s working for other people, find a way to stand out and let your unique voice, experiences, and personality come through!