Today I am happy to announce yet another fun installment of the Blogger of the Month series! The March 2019 blogger of the month I am excited to feature Brittany Worrell Boyce of the blog Dreams + Coffee.
For those of you that have just stumbled upon this article here is a brief background. I started this feature section in December 2018 with the thought 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 journeys and also to learn what keeps them going.
If you are interested in starting a blog for a creative outlet, for a side hustle income or to act as a freelance writing portfolio, I think you will find the Blogger of the Month features fun and helpful.
I was excited when I received a submission from Brittany Worrell Boyce of the blog Dreams + Coffee because I related to her right away. We both started our blogs around the same time, and she is a freelance writer, which I can relate to.
Brittany’s blog is a lifestyle blog that covers topics such as family, health & beauty, home, food and style. I’ve had fun scrolling through and reading her posts on clean eating meal plans and my first stitch fix maternity review.
Below is my candid Q&A with Brittany. Enjoy!
Brittany Worrell Boyce
Name of your blog/website
Names of your social media handles (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
Twitter – www.twitter.com/BritDanielle7
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/brittanywboyce
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dreamsandcoffee
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/worrellb
Location: City, State, Country
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
What made you start your blog?
Back when it became popular in 2009, I had a blog but lost track
after getting married and having kids. I am a writer by profession, so
blogging is an outlet for me to be creative and write about topics that I
may not cover as a freelance writer.
How long have you been blogging/operating your website?
Dreams + Coffee has been around since 2016, but I didn’t really take
it seriously until late 2017.
What has been the biggest surprise to you so far in your blogging journey?
In some ways, it’s a lot harder to gain traction now than it was back in 2009 since there are so many creatives out there now! But, on the flip side, I’ve met and worked with so many amazing bloggers and brands that it’s helped me push my creative limits farther than I thought possible.
Do you blog part-time or full-time?
Technically part-time, but I find myself thinking about and planning content all day long!
If full-time, what was your prior career? If part-time, what do you do outside of blogging?
I used to work full-time in corporate marketing, but transitioned to freelance writing after having my second child. It was around the same time I started to dabble in blogging again.
Do you make money from your blog? If so, what has been your best source of revenue?
I do. Personally haven’t found affiliate links to be hugely profitable for me, but sponsored posts are a great source of income. I also have a few ads on my site that generate a little bit of income each money.
As I mentioned, I’m also a freelance writer, but I generally don’t include that as part of my blog income, since the two don’t really cross paths. (For freelancing, my specialties include real estate, insurance and mortgage topics).
What drives the most traffic to your blog?
Pinterest by far drives the most traffic! I also see some traction from Facebook and Instagram, but Pinterest is the real MVP.
How many page views does your blog average per day?
Around 150 per day, and I am constantly trying to improve these stats!
What has been your most successful post to date?
What is coming up next for your blog?
I have a lot of things up my sleeve for 2019, especially in terms of bringing more home-related and food/recipe-related content to the blog. These both perform well and I am in a very unique niche for food, as I don’t eat dairy or gluten – so featuring recipes that can be made without these ingredients or using great substitutes!
How often do you publish new content?
I always post 2 times per week, and on a good week, I’ll try to write a third post. It really depends on how much freelance work I’m also juggling at any given moment!
If you could give one piece of advice to other bloggers what would it be?
A piece of advice I live by: Never compare yourself to others. When it comes to your blog, sometimes you need to put your blinders on and decide where you want to go and allow your creativity to shine (instead of following what every other blogger is doing!). It’s so easy to get caught in the comparison trap, but remember that we ALL have value to add to the conversation, so find your passion and run with it.
I want to give a big thanks to Brittany for participating in my Blogger of the Month series for March.
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