To bring you some great news! Broke Girl’s Guide to Cars has been nominated for the Liebster Award, which is given to new bloggers like myself. Whoo Hoo! Can’t believe my humble little corner of the blogosphere has been recognized. I was nominated by Uma over at Simple Sumptuous Cooking. If you like to cook, check out her blog. She’s got some delicious, fast and budget-friendly recipes that you’ll love.
Here are some questions Uma asked in order to get to know me better.
Sum up the target audience for your blog in one sentence: My target audience is consumers and car nuts who are looking for informative real-world content.
What is your primary reason for starting the blog, and do you have a roadmap for monetizing your blog? I wanted to start a blog in this niche because I love to write, I love cars, and I’m a gal on a budget.
Since my blog is so new, I haven’t yet devised a road map for monetization; that will come when there are more followers and if I feel I can offer something of value to my readers. It’s still too early to tell if monetization is the way for me to go.
How often do you post content on your blog? 2-3 times a week.
Are pictures/video important to your blog? Only if they have something of value to offer. I use pictures to illustrate the entry and to add another visual component. No video so far, but if I feel it would be of value to the blog, I’ll add video as needed.
Do you hire people for writing content/creating photography and videos? Nope. I plan on keeping my little corner of the internet fully home-grown and self-produced. My most immediate goal is to purchase a DSLR camera so I can produce my own photographic and video content. There may be a guest post or two in the future, but I have no plans to hire anyone.
Do you have a YouTube channel? Not yet. Still deciding if it’s a good use of my time and resources.
Do you also take advantage of social media such as Pinterest, Instagram, etc? I do social media management as a side gig, so I’ve learned over time that less is more. My readers tend to hang out mostly on Facebook and Twitter, so that’s where I share content. Readers tend to lose interest if they have to follow someone across multiple channels.
What is your blog’s biggest success? I wrote a post on the pitfalls and ripoffs of Buy Here Pay Here dealerships, which disproportionately target low-income consumers( especially women) and those with little or no credit. I got an email from a reader who was considering that type of dealership until she read my post. She thanked me for the post and decided against a Buy Here Pay Here dealership.
What motivates you to continue blogging? I blog for the love of it. I don’t obsess over comments, number of readers or monetization. I’ll keep going as long as I can produce quality content.
Where do you see your blog in the next 2-5 years? That’s a tough one to answer, since the blogosphere is so dynamic. This blog is also brand-new, so I have a more immediate outlook for the next 2-5 months: buy the domain name, upgrade my site to include additional plug-ins, and anything else I think will be useful in the near future. At this stage it’s very hard for me to see beyond the next several months.
I blog because I love it and I love the subject matter 🙂