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Featured Blogger- Tracey from Sh1ft

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Featured blogger, Tracey from Sh1ft and the Australian baby blog

When did you start your blog?
My personal blog started way back in September 2001 – just before 9/11.

Why did you start blogging?
In 2001, I had been working as a web developer for a year and seen these new fangled things called ‘blogs’. So instead of developing a personal website, I decided to start a blog!

Describe your blog in 20 words or less
Everchanging, constantly learning. A woman, mother, wife and creative trying to figure it all out.

What are your 5 must have tools for blogging?
Wordpress, Photoshop, a Camera, an open heart and a sense of humour.

What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
Seeing blogs develop into such a popular medium over the years – I remember when there was a time where I had to explain what a blog was, and now everyone seems to blog in some way these days! Being part of the blogging community, meeting new friends.

What would be the biggest thing you have learnt since starting your blog?
Blog for yourself first. I think people can tell when you’re trying to force it out for the sake of popularity or the dollar.

If you could start again, what would you do differently?
Not be so boring, lol. Be more creative!

What has been your blog’s biggest achievement?
I guess making the 10 year mark will be my biggest achievement.

What do you find is the best way to help promote your blog?
Social networking but not in a spammy kind of way. Be present on the web – leave genuine comments, create genuine friendships. Be helpful and inviting.

What advice would do you have for new chick bloggers?
Go for it but don’t stress out if you don’t have something cool and new to say every day. Your blog should be about you and/or what you like.

Do you (or do you plan to) make any income from your blog?
Perhaps – I always want to keep blogging fun, so as long as it’s keeping a smile on my face I’ll give advertising a go. Currently I use Adsense which covers the cost of hosting.

What future goals do you have for your blog?
Really push myself in terms of writing skills/style and be more social! I’ve been a hermit and self obsessed this past 2 years.

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

I think the birth’s stories of both of my kids have been great reads for people – http://sh1ft.org/blog/?p=989 & http://sh1ft.org/blog/?p=1387

What is you most popular post (in comments, or traffic received)?

The blog post just before Regan & I were married had alot of comments – http://sh1ft.org/blog/?p=526 – ahh the memories!

Who are your 5 favourite chick bloggers and why?

Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim – http://fatmumslim.blogspot.com – Endless amount of beauty and talent, she makes me green with envy and makes me love her more and more

Amanda from Mocking Bird – http://www.mocking-bird.org/blog – I’ve known her for years and it’s been amazing to see her grow into a polaroid expert and photography guru

Helen from Grab Your Fork – http://grabyourfork.blogspot.com – the luckiest girl I know, eats and blogs!

Barb from Jinky Art – http://jinkyart.com.au/blog – I’ve known Barb for years also, and I’m so happy with her success, and the fact she has a photo blog still

Heather from Dooce – http://www.dooce.com – She doesn’t really need an explanation – but she’s funny, smart and has made me want to blog better

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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