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Featured Blogger – Rah Gardiner

This weeks Featured Blogger is Rah Gardiner. She blogs at rahest and Smarter Admins.

When did you start your blog?
Umm, good question! I’ve got archives of my personal blogging from 2006, but have been journalling online since maybe… 2003? I started my first web site 9 September 1999 and ran a forum of 1000+ members from 2001 to 2008, so I had a different outlet in my early online days

rah500 Why did you start blogging?
Because I have an ego that needs massaging! But I do like having an outlet for my craziness, though I struggle with the home/work and public/private balance and making sure I’m not crossing any lines

Describe your blog in 20 words or less
rahest is just a great big brainfart. Food. Cupcakes. Cats. Immaturity. Photos. Ranting. Plane-spotting. ObamaPorn. Above all else, it is RAH!

Smarter Admins is my ‘business’ blog, for Australian office admin staff. I’m v proud of it cause it’s the first of its kind in Australia 🙂

What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?
1. WordPress

2. Photoshop

3. Evernote for collecting ideas and drafts. It’s amazing cause I can access it on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac…

4. Hootsuite for managing all my social media

5. Google Analytics for stats porn

What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
Making new friends! Connecting with other bloggers with similar interests/obsessions. Realising that I’m not the only one who likes/feels/uses ItemX. Learning from other bloggers. Following them on a journey and feeling a part of that processes. Going on road trips with people I’d only ever spoken to online (and crashed a slumber party full of people who hadn’t even met me online – true story). It also means I can be faux social and catch up on other people’s lives without having to wear pants

What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?
Give a bit of your true self. It shows when you put yourself on the line in an online context and I think makes a real difference to your own blog and the way your readers connect to you and your writing. I’m still working on it

If you could start again, what would you do differently?
I’d probably swear less lol

What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?
Getting surveyed for Blog Chicks!!

What advice would do you have for new chick bloggers?
Be yourself. Spell check. Ignore trolls. Don’t blog about your job unless you want to lose it. Respond to comments. Have fun

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

rahest is my personal blog, and advertising doesn’t belong there. It would shit me and shit my loyal reader.

Smarter Admins has long-term goals to make money, but it’s in its very (very!) early days.

What future goals do you have for your blog?
Smarter Admins – SO many goals, moreso beyond the scope of being just a blog

Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?

This was really really hard. And I’ve stuck with Aussie chicks. In alphabetical order:

Alicia @ The Red Deer her cupcakes are to die for (and so’s everything else that she makes)

Elizabeth @ Scarlet Words nice mix of humour amongst photos and food and personal stories

Fiona @ Fifikins classic example of a person really giving a part of the real them

Liz @ JarodAndLiz kittehs, cooking and pretty photos too

Tiff @ My 3 Ring Circus stunning photos and words. and some heartbreaking and inspiring stories

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


  1. man, you’re everywhere atm Laura! 😉
    bitch! I’ve only made $7 on nuffnang 😉

  2. $6.60 from Nuffnang over here. And I’ve never even been on the Top 100 List.

    I win.

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