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For several months, I’ve been asking my friend, Tracey Lynn Tobin to let me interview her. For those of you who aren’t aware, Tracey is a gifted writer and blogger who claims to have an unhealthy obsession with zombies. Her book, Nowhere To Hide, went on sale on Amazon.com in October of 2014. She also has a fantastic blog, No Page Left Blank.
Tell me about yourself in one sentence.
I’m a writer who writes mostly horror and fantasy, and I’ll write for the rest of my life even if I’m never traditionally “successful”.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been seriously blogging for about 3 years, but if you want to be technically I’ve been a part of the blogosphere since about 2002.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Any excuse to write is a good one, in my opinion, but the main reason that I began blogging is because I wanted to build a platform for my writing so that when I one day, eventually, became published I would already have somewhat of a reader-base.
What is your blog about (genre, subject, etc.)?
Mostly, it’s about me. Sometimes I write about writing, sometimes I write about parenting, and sometimes I even do reviews and unboxing videos, but all in all I just write about whatever I feel like writing about on any given day.
Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to write one in the future?
I have written and published one book thus far; it’s a zombie apocalypse novel called “Nowhere to Hide”. Currently I’m working on my second book, which will actually be part one in a four-part fantasy-adventure series.
Is there a celebrity or famous person you would really like to meet? Name celebrities or famous people you have interviewed, met, or featured on your blog.
Honestly, I’m not really one of those people who goes nuts over celebrities. There are definitely some I’d love to meet (every single actor from The Avengers, for a start), but I’m not the kind of person who would lose their mind if their favorite actor walked down the road.
As far as interviewing, meeting, or featuring? I can almost say “none” to all three of those. I’ve never interviewed or featured anyone, but I did meet Rick Mercer once, and I suppose I could also say that I met Patrick Roy, but that was nothing special because it turns out he’s a complete ass (sorry, Canadians fans, but it’s true).
Do you ever blog in your PJ’s?
All the time. I probably do more blogging in my PJ’s than I do in actual clothing. Quite a lot of my blogging happens first thing in the morning before I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed, or late at night when I’m trying to convince myself to go to bed.
What is your blogging schedule?
More or less, my schedule is Mondays through Fridays, but that’s not set in stone. Sometimes I’ll post extra stuff (usually reviews or unboxing videos) on the weekend, and sometimes I’ll skip a day in the middle of the week if there are more important things to deal with.
How often do you blog?
About an average of once a day. Sometimes I’ll get really ambitious and write and schedule a few weeks of blog posts at a time, and then I’ll do absolutely nothing toward the blog for the run of those few weeks, but if you were to average it all out it would probably work out to about once a day.
What gadgets do you currently use for blogging?
My laptop is the main thing; it’s an Acer Aspire that has tried to die several times, but I keep resuscitating it. Then I also have my tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and my new baby, my cell, a Samsung Galaxy S5.
How do you currently promote your blog?
My Facebook Author page, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Linked In, my personal Facebook page, my YouTube channel, and by participating in blog hops and prompts.
What sort of blog traffic do you get on a regular basis?
Not nearly as much as I would like to get. Probably an average of about 50 views per day.
How to you gauge the success of your blogging? Visitor Comments, traffic stats, etc.?
Traffic stats is probably the big thing, but I would also gauge success by interaction (likes, comments, etc.) Interaction with the blog is something I don’t see enough of, in my opinion, so I’m trying to take that into account when writing posts these days.