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Featured Blogger – Danimezza

When did you start your blog Danimezza.com?

April 2006, I just celebrated it’s 7th birthday!danimezza avatar

Why did you start blogging?

To keep in touch with all my family and friends when my husband and I moved interstate for work and knew no one… it was my own version of facebook.

Describe your blog in 20 words or less

It’s a constantly evolving space that is a reflection of my personal interests usually covering photography, plus size fashion, beauty, travel and family… be surprised!

What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?

My iPhone5 – My ultimate content creator and communication tool.
Macbook Pro Retina – Slim, highly functional and perfect for editing photos on the go.
Nikon D700 – Using 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 lenses
Events – I’ve found networking in person is very important ,not only for your blog to grow but for your own personal growth.
Self Confidence – Be brave and share what you have to offer the world.

What is your favourite part of being a blogger?

The community, the friendships and the opportunities. It’s been seven years I and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.

What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?

That it’s ok to be me. A unique person that has views and a place in this world that’s all mine and I don’t have to apologise for it, it’s celebrated.

If you could start again, what would you do differently?

Nothing. If I’d done it differently I may not be doing what I’m doing right now and I’m really happy where I am.

What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?

It’s been an ongoing voice for my opinions and a visual diary of my life, what’s better than looking back on old diaries?

What do you find is the best way to help promote your blog?

Networking in person, it’s crucial. People are tactile creatures and as much as you can bond with someone over the internet, it becomes ten fold when done in person. Make the time and the investment to meet the people you love online. The memories are worth it and give your online life a stronger foundation.

What advice would you have for new chick bloggers?

Outsource. Don’t feel that you have to take everything on yourself. I’m crap at coding, plug-ins and graphic design so those facets are handed over to Jarod & Liz Productions. By outsourcing I’m able to concentrate on what I’m good at, content creation and engagement. The same goes for negotiating, I can be a bit of a push over but now I’m with Creative Jack Management who takes care of that part behind the scenes.

Do you (or do you plan to) make any income from your blog?

I do, I blog fulltime and when I’m not blogging I’m negotiating deals months or weeks in advance. It’s all about the hustle baby. If you want to make your blog a viable business the money wont just fall in your lap. That said I could make more money working in retail but I wouldn’t feel as fulfilled as I do today. I’m an “all in” kind of person.

What future goals do you have for your blog?

To keep creating relatable content and allow a facet of my blog to be a resource for plus size consumers to navigate their way through online shopping which can be tricky at times.

What is your all time favourite post that you would love people to read?

I’ve written over 3,000 posts and each important in their own way. I couldn’t pick just one and have it relatable for everyone. Just start at the end and work your way back.

What is your most popular post (in number of comments, or traffic received)?

When I wrote about being naked in Cosmopolitan Health Magazine. People loved the message I made and google loved the use of the word “naked”.

Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?

Woogsworld – she makes me laugh, hard.
Beautiful You – a safe place for your mind and soul.
Hummingbird’s Song – makes me put my running shoes on.
The Curvy Fashionista – plus size fashion mecca
Post Secret – Weekly dose of harsh reality and general humility.

About Leigh

Leigh is the founder of Blog Chicks and has been blogging, managing content and moderating communities in various forms since 2002. She now makes a living from her passion, which offsets her evenings spent Blog Chicks'ing and looking at cat gifs. You can find her personal blog at absoluteLeigh, and her first ever community at All For Women

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