Feature Blogger Interview with the Amazing Samantha Carpenter from The Book Disciple!

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Did you read a lot in high school?

I didn’t. I read a TON in elementary school (babysitters club!) but by high school I had gotten busy and didn’t pick up the reading again until college!

Are there genres you really cannot stand?

Well, I read mostly romance, but I do occasionally add some non-fiction, YA, and a few others. I can’t really think of a genre I wouldn’t read-but like I said, I mostly stick to romance anyway!

What kind of student were you in high school?

Oh I love this question!!! I was a great student. I was a teacher-pleaser for sure and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. I was also a band geek (I played the piccolo!). I was terrible at math though so that was the only class I wasn’t in honors for. I loved my honors English and History classes so much! I got my bachelors degree in History before realizing that the only way I could everything I loved was teach!

What was your biggest achievement as a blogger?

Hmmmmm…..I tend to allow myself to judge success by number of likes, followers, etc. But, I think my biggest achievement has been to be auto approved for a few publishers! That was such a huge deal!

Do your students know about your blog? And if there are ones who know, what were their reactions?

Most of my students have no idea! First, because they cannot imagine any of their teachers having any kind of life outside of school. But, a few of my students and I talk books all the time. They figured out I blogged and now they check out my recs. We all agreed that if blogging about books was a job, we would totally do it. However, when I told them how much money it COSTS me each month they were bummed.

What is your most important tip for amateur bloggers?

Don’t measure your success in numbers! I felt like I wasn’t successful unless I had as many likes as a similar blog. It was really making blogging not fun. Also, don’t be afraid to ask! Reach out to publishers that you particularly like! Reach out to your fav authors. Talk to other bloggers! If you wanna know how they did something, ask! I have discovered that bloggers are amazingly kind and happy to share what they know!

ABOUT SAMANTHA

Hello world! I am a 30 something wife and teacher whose love of reading is genetic. My mother and her mother were voracious readers who passed the love along to me. My grandmother had whole rooms of her house filled with books and she was always reading. My mom could spend days in a bookstore and her collection of books is starting to rival her mother’s! I started reading young and shared books with my parents frequently. We talked about books and read together. Then, my college roommate gave me a Nora Roberts book. I was hooked! We spent the entire summer barely speaking to each other except to swap books. Then, a student gave me a copy of Twilight and I was hooked again. I love romance, young adult, new adult, and paranormal. I have enjoyed discovering indie authors as well as the more ‘main streamed’ authors. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and he accepts my reading addiction (usually with a smile!). He is not a fan of books however and only reads comic books. I hope my blog helps you find a new book to dive in to!

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Blogger Interview: Rissi @ Finding Wonderland

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When was Finding Wonderland first made?

2011, and it’s hard for me to believe it’s been 6 years.

What inspired Finding Wonderland to be created?

The joy of writing. Prior to its creation, I’d been able to contribute film reviews to a fun website (which taught me how much I enjoyed writing), but as that was drawing to a close, I began looking for another writing avenue. Blogging felt like a natural transition.

What is the blog Finding Wonderland mainly about?

It’s evolved over the years (and hopefully will continue to do so). Its purpose was to house reviews that weren’t needed on the site I contributed to, and therefore, was once envisioned as a “professional” outlet. It’s become so much more. It’s a book and film review site that also features weekly Top Ten Tuesday posts, and an author spotlight feature that though I’ve fallen behind with, I hope to return to. The next phase I hope to implement is more discussion posts.

Most of all, I hope I’m striving to create an inviting place for fellow readers and bloggers to visit and hang out. Conversation is one of a blogger’s greatest joys.

Which book/movie adaptation do you absolutely hate the most (and I mean like really, really hate. Like I-am-going-to-kill-this-effing-director hate)?

To be honest, I don’t think I can say that about any of the adaptations I’ve seen. Or up until this point, I haven’t had this sort of reaction. “Disappointing” could be used for Hallmark Channel’s Love’s Enduring Promise and the subsequent films that followed.

Their first film (based on the series by Janette Oke), Love Comes Softly was really sweet and quietly powerful, but the films that followed continued to take bigger steps away from the source (so much so they weren’t recognizable was it not for the beloved character names). I have a soft spot for the book series since it’s one I read as a preteen.

Which book/movie adaptation do you absolutely love?

Hmm… tough question. The truth is I usually enjoy book-to-film adaptations even when they differ because it’s another expression of creativity in storytelling. That said, to answer this question, I suppose I’ll chose Everything, Everything since it’s the most recent adaptation I’ve seen, and read the novel.

How did you become a member of the Advisory Board for INSPYs?

This came about, all due to the amazing ladies leading the board. I still work with two who extended an invitation; I came on with a fellow newbie, and have since then been able to welcome (after saying goodbye to one of our longtime board members) another blogging friend to the board.

It’s been a great experience that I’ve been extremely grateful to have; shout-out to my fellow board members.

As a bookworm who enjoys romantic comedies and drama, do you enjoy hate-love relationships?

Depends. Most of the time, I enjoy them provided both characters are likable as individuals. It’s fun to see that kind of “flirty” relationship that starts off with some wit and evolves into a beautiful love story. Of course, the best example of this is Darcy and Lizzy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Can we have an interview solely devoted to my favorite authors?? *smiles* Because, yeah, this list is long. Here are a few…

Hester Browne (The Runaway Princess is hilarious and I love its British hero); Lynette Eason; Denise Hunter; Hillary Manton Lodge (highly recommend Hillary’s newest, Jane of Austin); Emery Lord; Amy Matayo (beautiful contemporary stories); Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite YA ever – depending on the day I’m asked); Dani Pettrey (fabulous suspense that keeps getting better); Katherine Reay; Melissa Tagg; Becky Wade; and so many more.

How does your blog want to influence the world with their contents?

Influencing the world isn’t something I’ve related my little corner of the web with. I don’t see it as an influence in a big scope. Instead I hope that it can be an avenue to connect readers with new stories or authors, or maybe just a place for people to enjoy conversing with like-minded readers as it once did for me. (I don’t have many people in my day-to-day life that are readers like I am, so meeting those in this amazing community has been so much fun.)

It sounds strange to say, but blogging is really a journey, and has taught me a great deal.

What kind of obstacle or problems had you been through with this blog?

In terms of any challenges externally from visitors, I feel very grateful to say, I haven’t experienced any. If we’re speaking of personal obstacles, there have been some. The most glaring of which being posts I’ve written (with good intentions) that came across wrong. I’m grateful that I can look back and realize I’ve “grown up” from that choice or mindset.

Internally is another story. I’ve have various theme (template) challenges, panicked not long ago because I thought I’d destroyed and lost my blog’s entire frame/content archive, and labored over many coding issues when changing themes. Behind the scenes, there’ve been many a hair-pulling frustrations. It’s a life all bloggers understand.

How does this site communicate with their followers?

Readers can keep up with my posts by following it through a variety of sources including Twitter, Facebook, GFC, BlogLovin’, or subscribe and receive new posts right to their inbox. I can also be emailed or readers can leave comments, which I will respond to – it simply may take me an extra day or two.

What tips would this site give to future/young bloggers?

Find your niche! Whatever it is. If you want to be a journal blogger, pursue sharing your heart and finding readers who can appreciate your journey or relate. If you love fashion, go for it and share your fashion know-how. If you love books and talking about pop culture, join us and hit “publish” on that first post. Speaking solely from experience in this book community, it’s amazing, and we warmly welcome newbies.

In the end we all have to find what works best for us and our style. But above all, if you’re looking to jump into blogging or have just started, whatever your chosen topic, pursue it 100% if it’s what you want to write about. Join a social media platform, learn about hashtags and using graphics, and run with it. Become involved, chat with other bloggers (friendly tip: don’t ask for follows), get to know fellow bloggers. It’s all about finding the right “community” and the readership that enjoys the journey.

Thanks so much for featuring Finding Wonderland, Anne. It’s been a pleasure to chat with you.

It’s a pleasure for me too! Hopefully we can stay connect in the future �

About Rissi

Hey, there! I am an auburn-haired (thanks L’Oreal!) 20-something Midwesterner who is an aspiring writer and the girl who wears heels with jeans. I’m a 4-year contributor to Femnista (aka the coolest webzine ever) and a recent Life is Story (tweeter: @lisreviews) and going on a year now as a Silver Petticoat contributor (a.k.a an amazing hybrid online publication), and am thrilled to be involved with the INSPYs Advisory Board. I’m a confirmed bookaholic who’s passionate about words and writing – which may explain why I make up conversations between my current characters in my head (this can be quite inconvenient), and have an Internet photo phobia. Saying I am a fan of the “meet-cute” and happy-ever-afters is an understatement.

When I’m not typing away at my keyboard or working as a jewelry designer (Etsy), spending quality time with my wonderful family is a favorite pastime.

You, the readers and wonderful friends never cease to brighten my day with a cheerful comment or encouraging word and you are an endless source of inspiration, so thank you.

Here are some of my favorite things: abc’s crime drama, Castle // blogging // bright, beautiful crisp days // costume dramas // dancing with the stars // fairytales // friends // inspy’s // music // novels // olicity // photography // rainy days // romantic comedies // simple joys // starbucks // team mckenna // writing

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Blogger Interview: Tomas Laurinavicius

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Meet Tomas Laurinavicius; Tomas Laurinavicius is a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger from Lithuania. He writes about habits, lifestyle design, and entrepreneurship. Right now, he’s traveling the world with a mission to empower 1 million people to change their lifestyle for good.

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You are obviously a very capable person, especially in terms of entrepreneurship and basic technological design. Why did you decide to be a blogger, out of all the jobs you could’ve gotten?

Storytelling has transformed the human species and it keeps evolving. I’m extremely grateful for the people who explored, learned, experimented and documented everything so others could learn. I’m fascinated by stories and its potential to transform lives. Other than that, I like to write, it makes me think clearer and gives an insight into my mind.

Speaking of which, blogger is your job, right? What is your career job exactly? (Because seriously it looks like you are doing like 50 jobs at once, according to what you said on your blog about page)

I introduce myself as the lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger because it’s easy for people to understand. In the last decade, I’ve been in a constant transition from being a self-taught designer, blogger, marketer, author, instructor into traveler and entrepreneur. Right now, I’m a content marketing consultant and a freelance blogger.

So currently you’re traveling the world. As a person who is living a digital nomad

lifestyle, how do you financially support it?

When I started out, I have been designing websites and user interfaces on a freelance basis. I founded and ran Despreneur, a magazine for design entrepreneurs that was making money from affiliate sales, digital products and advertising. Right now, most of my income comes from writing and consulting.

I noticed you like reading too. As a book blogger, I feel obligated to ask this: What is your favorite genre and author?

Not so long ago I rediscovered books and have been obsessed with reading more. My favorite genre is self-help based on storytelling backed with scientific research. My favorite author is Tim Ferriss.

I also noticed you already co-published a book called Mobile Design. Do you have any more upcoming books, or are you working on any upcoming books?

I am working on a book about the habits of success. I will focus on the lifestyle design and how to engineer your dream life by consciously adopting habits and improving self-awareness.

You are obviously living a very enriched life right now. My eyes literally bulged out of my eyes when I saw how specific your lifestyle reports can be. What do you do during your free time (besides from being so perfect)?

Haha, I spend most of my time collecting data for these reports. When I am not learning, reading or working, I like to disconnect and explore, meet new people, attend events and widen my horizon.

This has nothing to do with the interview, but I’ll really like to ask a professional (hope you don’t mind). I’m ENFJ, can you analyze that a little bit for me �

Don’t understand. Analyze what? 🙂

#TomasLaurinavicius

Blogger Interview: Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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About Her:

Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat

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When was The Caffeinated Reviewer first made?

My blog was created in August of 2011. I posted my first review on the 14th. At the time my blog was hosted on Blogger and it was called Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Why did you create this blog?

My nest was emptying and I needed something to fill my days as my children became independent. It started with a way to share my thoughts on books and from there it took off. At the time I had no idea how big the book blogging world was. Goodreads opened the door to other bloggers for me.

What do you do as your side job? How do you make a living?

I work as a virtual assistant for authors. In 2015, I created Caffeinated VA Services. It allows me to work in a field I am passionate about and take care of my grandchildren part-time, so their mother and father can work.

What is your favorite genre as a blogger, what genre do you prefer when doing reviews and when just doing a casual reading?

First, I review all of the books I read whether audio, arc or purchased. As for genres, I am a bit of a genre whore and love to mix things up. For example, this week I listened to a horror novel, got swept up in a Regency romance, stepped into an urban fantasy and dove into a dark contemporary romance before devouring a dystopian young adult novel.

How is it possible that you finish so many reviews in a week (like you post a new review each day)?

I read on average 3-4 books a week with a yearly total falling between 250-300. However, I blog head. I am not one to fly by the seat of my pants. Plus life happens, so I like having things set up in advance. The next 6-8 weeks are already scheduled. Each week contains 4-5 reviews, discussion post and more. Right now, it is the last week of June. I have July and most of August finished. I even have some posts in September and November already scheduled.

Where did you get the name, “The Caffeinated Reviewer”?

I began as Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Kimba was a nickname my father gave me as a child. (The White Lion) I soon dropped the Kimba when I bought my own domain, and now use and own the domains Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Caffeinated Reviewer. The Caffeinated stems from my addiction to coffee. If you visit my blog, you’ll soon catch on to the fact that I love coffee from the design to the Coffee dates with books.

Have you written for any other websites or offline publications?

I review for RT, and have done a few online pieces/interviews for XOXO After Dark

What kind of problems did you encounter through this blog?

We all go through bumps from technical difficulties to atrocious spelling errors. I have been fortunate that mine have been minor and easily resolved. The most frustrating thing has been the theft of my coffee cup and books logo. Designers to new bloggers have taken the image off Google and I have had to issue DMCA takedowns.

What tips would this site give to future/young bloggers?

Forget the stats, be you, be original and most of all have fun. Post about the topics you’re passionate about whether it’s books or new shoes.

#CaffeinatedBookReviewer

Interview With Blogger Brittany Rose Lynn On Her Blog, BrittanyRoseLynn.com

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Bio:

Brittany Rose Lynn is a millennial focused business and lifestyle blogger passionate about harnessing and developing her generation’s unique strengths and challenges. She is a self described renaissance soul, unmistakable introvert and personal development addict. Find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

URL: http://www.BrittanyRoseLynn.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/BRLBlog

LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanyroselynn/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116359693751715983797

When was this blog first made?

I started my self titled blog in January (2017)! It’s my one and only… so far 😉

What inspired this blog to be created?

At 25 I was burned out, frustrated, and disgruntled with the business world. It turns out — I wasn’t alone! Other millennials had the same struggles as me. So, I put my big girl panties on and decided to figure out what made us (millennials) fulfilled and successful in the business world. This blog is that journey.

What this blog mainly about?

This is a business blog focused on millennials. I market it as business and lifestyle for millennials because I believe the topics are intertwined! Personal development and a well rounded life are critical to success in business — especially for millennials.

Where, when, and how did you get all these amazing knowledge about your business study and studies on millennials?

My knowledge is almost all first hand! I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I also have worked with some other amazing bloggers for some guest posts.

Have you written for any other websites, or offline publications?

I do copywriting for multiple clients! I have yet to be offline… maybe soon 😉

How does your blog want to influence the world with their contents?

I want millennial to understand what makes them ‘tick’ and how to harness that in the business world — and their life! We have so much to offer with our unique strengths! I spent so long thinking I was the only one frustrated and burned out — I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.

What kind of obstacle or problems had you been through with this blog?

Oh boy, I have shiny-thing-syndrome in a BIG way!! My problem comes in when I want to create a new post, but then start to think about my email opt in, and then that leads to marketing questions and… well, you get the picture.

How does this site communicate with their followers?

On social media, my main focus has been Facebook — for now! Up next is Pinterest.

What tips would this site give to future/young bloggers?

Because this is a business blog, I will be addressing blogging as a business! Millennials get jazzed about flexible and creative work options — blogging fits that bill nicely.

#BrittanyRoseLynncom #BrittanyRoseLynn

Interview With Blog LIVELAUGHBLOG

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Bio:

I’m a Canadian twentysomething girl and I started livelaughbox in December 2016. I have my Hon. BA in Social Psychology and my PGD in Human Resources Management, so I understand and know the minds of human beings quite well.

I grew up never really having a hobby to call my own, and I jumped into getting my education so fast and then looking for a job without ever really taking a minute to think about what I wanted. I got invited to start a network marketing business that I loved the concept of, but I was awful at selling products and realized it wasn’t really my thing. I’ve always been good at customer service and have always had a passion for all things organic, but I didn’t know what to do with any of these ideas.

I discovered the world of subscription boxes when I was scrolling through my phone one night after work, and saw a food subscription box that I thought was really cool. After days of research, I purchased my first box and then became addicted; 9 boxes (and a skinny wallet) later I decided it made sense to blog about my experiences with my boxes. I began to follow some amazing bloggers and do research on blogging, and a lightbulb went off. Why haven’t I been doing this all along? I could write a pretty good essay in university and I loved talking about products that I used on a daily basis; thus livelaughbox was born.

After a couple of months, I decided that I wanted to branch out and blog about a wide range of lifestyle topics, so livelaughbox become livelaughBLOG!

I want people to know about the best natural products that are out there, whether its for yourself, your family, your new born baby, who ever it is! I want to spread the love through health and wellness while supporting small businesses in the process. Most importantly, I LOVE what I do, what I write about, and of course the amazing feeling I get when someone likes or appreciates something I posted.

Links to Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livelaugh.blog/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/livelaughblog1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/livelaughblog1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Livelaughblog-1356103004429400/

Website: http://livelaugh-blog.com/

When was this blog first made?

I created my blog in December 2016.

What inspired this blog to be created?

Funny story! I was settling into a new role after about 3 months of working and although I really enjoyed it, I wanted to do something ‘on the side’ but I wasn’t really sure how to go about it. One day after work, I was scrolling through Instagram and I came across a food subscription box that I thought was really cool. I didn’t know anything about subscription boxes and I became intrigued in an instant, and spent the rest of the night discovering the millions of boxes that exist out there. The next couple of days I spent forming ideas and wondering what I could do with this new knowledge, so I decided to start livelaughbox (later livelaughblog). I first made my Instagram account and I stayed up all night, SO excited about my increasing number of followers. Work was tough the next day!

What this blog mainly about?

It started as a blog about subscription boxes from local/small businesses. My main goal was to support small businesses that needed the support, and to talk about their products to showcase the difference between locally made and store-bought. I especially focused on organic and natural products, trying out many products that suited a healthier and more natural lifestyle.

Have you written for any other websites or offline publications?

I have not. My goal isn’t to get a career out of my blogging, but rather to help others and to show the world the difference that healthy products can make. As much as I would love to write for another website, I like going at my pace and I appreciate my current audience for sure.

How does your blog want to influence the world with their contents?

My blog is meant to support people and small businesses. I want people to see the value in helping to support a family rather than a CEO on his vacation yacht. I also want to spread the word about the difference good ingredients can do for your skin, body and overall health.

What kind of obstacle or problems had you been through with this blog?

As with anything, there will always be some sort of obstacle or problem to overcome. My first obstacles involved gaining an audience. I did a lot of networking and social media work to help get my blog out there and it has been slowly increasing. My Twitter and Instagram followings combined is about 5,000, which is good for me right now but of course I would love to increase that number. I also changed the name a few months into my blogging. It used to be called livelaughbox but my boyfriend pointed out that I don’t just review subscription boxes, I review many kinds of products, thus it became livelaughblog. I would say the general obstacle that I have is continually gaining an audience. You have to produce work that people are genuinely interested in and want to read about, and that can be tough.

How does this site communicate with their followers?

I post at least 3 times a day on social media and I try to do at least 3-4 blog posts a week. I always ask followers for their opinion and I give links and tons of information to followers about the products I review. I have done many different contests that I run with various companies which allows followers a chance to win an item or a subscription box.

What tips would this site give to future/young bloggers?

Definitely just to go in with full force, and just to be yourself. Not everyone will agree or is going to like what you write, but that’s their problem, not yours. Write what inspires you and never let blogging become work. I would also advise to educate yourself on writing, blogging, and even the demographics of your audience so that you can find more ways to relate to your readers.

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Interview With Teens Suicide Hotline Organization: Teen Line

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Teen suicide is a horrible for way for a family to loose a child, and unfortunately, it’s one of the most common ways of how teenagers pass away. I actually came across Teen Line on Dance Moms, and after that I was determined to interview them in order to spread the message and severeness of this matter. You never know how many lives you can save by just making a phone call to Suicide hotlines like Teen Line. Suicide and depression is a serious matter, so if you know anyone that might have suicide, seek help immediately.

Here is a link to Teen Line. If your friends or loved once need help, feel free to make a call and if you’re the one in crisis, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone for immediate assistance:

To seek help immediately: https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/

Their Website: https://teenlineonline.org/

How was the Teen Line founded? Why was it founded?

Teen Line started with this blog, written by Elaine Leader, PhD herself

https://teenlineonline.org/teenlinefoundations1/

Teen Line was developed by a group of mental health professionals, based on research indicating that teens regularly turn first to their peers when they are troubled. As a result, our hotline provides a non-judgmental space where teens can reach out for help from a peer. Teen Line was a pioneer in using peer counseling for adolescent problems.

Ultimate goal and mission of Teen Line?

Teen Line is a nonprofit, community-based organization supporting teenagers worldwide. It is our mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, digital technology and community outreach. We continually strive to help reduce the stigma around teen issues and work to get the conversation started to encourage teens to safely reach out for help.

How is Teen Line effective? How does Teen Line make a difference?

Our teen hotline volunteers are why we are able to help support thousands of distressed teens from all over the world every year. Over a hundred teens from all over Los Angeles volunteer at Teen Line annually. They complete a comprehensive 65-hour training program that focuses on the issues teens face, including relationships, anxiety/stress, self-injury, depression, rape, suicide, etc. They also learn to ‘actively listen’ — a simple act that can make a powerful, often life-saving difference. Our teen volunteers undergo rigorous training, adhere to strict requirements, and sacrifice social lives to help their peers in times of crisis. Teens in distress can either call, text message, or email our volunteers any evening between 6-10PM PST, offering them several ways to comfortably contact the hotline for help.

Volunteer adult mental health interns supervise and support the teens on the hotline. The Resource Associates gain invaluable experience working with teenagers in a training environment unlike any other. Participating as a Teen Line listener builds self-confidence and empathy and provides skills in problem solving, negotiation and crisis management, which helps the teen throughout their lives.

Does Teen Line have any support from other organization or governments?

We know that Teen Line can’t do it all, so we strongly believe in the power of partnerships and work closely with other community organizations and service providers to reach and support teens together. We do not receive government funding and rely on the generosity of donors and foundation support to continue to grow the reach of our programs. After our hotline volume doubled last year, we are aware there is an increased need for our services, so we have our work cut out for us!

Behind the scenes facts about Teen Line?

We currently have three teen listeners whose parents were listeners when they themselves were teens. Although we ditched the rotary phones and have adopted texting since then, the teen listeners are having the same impactful, life-changing experience as their parents once did.

Although we take what we do seriously, we also realize that we have to take care of ourselves to be equipped to help others. We regularly start a night on the hotline checking in with our listeners to see how they are feeling, followed up with some meditation or each person sharing a funny story about themselves. It’s difficult to be a hotline listener, so it is important to know when to take a break or share a laugh. It’s important that our teen listeners leave feeling good about the important work they do.

Most challenging obstacles Teen Line has faced or often face?

Suicide is surrounded by stigma, keeping people struggling in silence, despite nearly everyone being affected by it in some way. As a result, for many years, schools didn’t want suicide discussed in health education curriculum. It was based on the fear that such discussion would push students to start thinking about suicide as an option, when the reverse is actually true. The 2105 California Healthy Kids Survey demonstrated that 1:5 students are seriously considering suicide. Creating a safe, non-judgmental space to talk about suicide takes the pressure of the youth to keep their ‘secret’ and reduces any shame. California established a national precedent this year by passing AB2246, mandating California schools to adopt suicide prevention policies and work with community organizations, like Teen Line, to help develop them. We feel many lives will be saved as a result of this bill.

Is there anything you would improve with Teen Line?

Our goal this year was to expand our reach to more teens in underserved communities, where stigma is prevalent and resources are limited. Through September, thirty-one percent of our Outreach Programs are conducted in low socioeconomic communities whose youth have experienced high levels of trauma and/or difficult life events. We started at 6% in January and although it is a significant improvement, we are aiming to push this number even higher in the new year.

In addition to our Outreach Programs for youth, we launched a pilot program for parents of teenagers last year focused on suicide prevention, which was quickly adopted by community and faith based organizations. We were aware that there is a significant amount of resources and support for parents of children younger than 12, but very little for parents of teens. Research shows that 4 out of 5 teenagers show warning signs of suicide before they make an attempt. As a result, we developed a two part workshop that helped parents learn how to better communicate and understand their teen, as well as how to identify the signs of depression and risks for suicide. We are looking to expand the availability of this important resource next year in our communities.

Teen Line’s Community Outreach Program goes directly into schools and youth groups to reach out to tens of thousands of teens and educators each year. We offer our expertise to community groups, including the Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Procedure Training School, where we have provided Teen Suicide Prevention Training since 1996. Teen Line publishes its own educational materials and maintains a database of nearly 500 agencies and programs providing critical services for young people. These resources are published in our Youth Yellow Pages directory, now available as a downloadable app. Our website continues to be a critical source of education and support for the 1.2 million people worldwide who visit our site annually. Most widely visited are our Message Boards, a supportive community of over 30,000 registered teens talking about topics that range from health and fitness to self-harm.

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Interview with Blogger/Photographer Yasmin Qureshi

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What inspired you to become a blogger and what do you wish to

accomplish with your blog?

I was inspired to become a blogger after I discovered the community by chance on Twitter in 2011. I’d found some great blogs that I loved reading in my spare time, one of which was Scarlett London, and in February 2013 I finally started my own called Yazzy’s Corner. I loved having my own little corner on the internet to talk about whatever I wanted.

What is your blog mainly about, and do you enjoy what you do?

My current blog was started in 2014, called Yasmin Qureshi Photography where I have shared my work throughout university. Now that I’ve found a direction for my blog, I hope to continue to shoot for it and eventually call it my full-time job.

My blog is mainly about sharing my photoshoots with inspirational women and writing about them and their careers. As I’m a photographer, it’s important I plan shoots with all the women who I feature. An example of this is a shoot I did with a singer/songwriter from Birmingham (whose only 13 years old!) and I wrote a post to introduce her to my readers. The thing that I love is that I don’t just write about women who have made a big name for themselves in the industry they work in. I want to make my blog a platform where everyone can be featured. As for whether or not I enjoy what I do, the answer is YES! I love that I’m able to do what I enjoy and there’s a possibility of me turning my blog into my career.

Have you written for any other websites or offline publications?

No, unfortunately I haven’t but I’m sure that one day I’ll be able to 🙂

When did you start blogging?

Even though I’ve been working on Yasmin Qureshi Photography since 2014, I actually started blogging in February 2013.

What have you learned through blogging?

I’ve learned that there are so many skills involved in running a blog, from managing your time, organising my shoots, networking and also communicating with brands and other bloggers too.

Is there anything you’d like to add about blogging?

Just that I love it!

What kind of obstacle or problems had you been through for your blog?

I think the main obstacle or problem I’ve felt with my blog is finding a direction for it. When I first started blogging on Yazzy’s Corner, I used to write about anything and everything which made it quite a personal blog. Now that I’ve found a direction for my blog I’m finding that opportunities coming to me and individuals are approaching me themselves to work with them in one way or another, and I’m finding that I’ve become quite picky with who I choose to work with. I’m definitely learning to say no to opportunities and collaborations that aren’t right for me and that can only be a good thing, because I know what my goals for my brand and Yasmin Qureshi Photography are.

How do you communicate with your followers? How much time do you

usually spend on your blog?

I love using Twitter and Instagram to communicate with my followers, but I’m also a member of various Facebook groups where I can communicate with other bloggers too which is great. I’m planning on spending a lot more time on my blog as I plan more shoots with inspirational women, but since I’m at university I can’t spend as much time on my blog as I’d like to. Once I’ve finished that’ll definitely change though!

How would you describe your blogging style?

I’m not too sure how to describe my blogging style, because I feel it’s still going to grow and evolve over the next few months as I find my feet with the direction I’m taking my blog in, but I’m definitely a photography blogger.

What tips would you give to blogger wannabes and young/new bloggers?

I would say to just blog about the things you’re passionate about and couldn’t get tired of writing about. It’s so important to find your own voice and style amongst the crowd, and what better way to do that than be yourself? Also, don’t get too caught up in the number of views and followers you get, concentrate on creating the best content you can first.

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Interview With Blogger Barb Drozdowich

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Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.

She is the author of 9 books, over 25 YouTube videos and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

Author Website: http://barbdrozdowich.com

Business Blog: http://bakerviewconsulting.com

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What inspired you to become a blogger and what do you wish to

accomplish with your blog?

Back in 2009 a friend suggested starting a blog as a technology challenge – an intellectual challenge. I was at home with a small baby after leaving a job running the technical training department at a bank. I took that challenge and started my book blog – Sugarbeat’s Books (http://sugarbeatsbooks.com)– and never looked back. Since then I’ve created a series of blogs for various purposes. I have my business blog at Bakerview Consulting (http://bakerviewconsulting.com) that allows me to share the answers to questions I commonly get. The Book Blogger List (http://bookbloggerlist.com) is a list of around 2700 book bloggers that is searchable by genre of interest. I started that site so that I could help authors on their journey to finding reviews and friends. I have Self-Publishing Info (http://self-publishinginfo.com) to share information about Self-Publishing – especially Canadian information – there seems to be a lack of accurate Canadian information. I also started WordPress Candy Store (http://wordpresscandystore.com) to share information about WordPress and blogging that is at the beginner level and appropriate to my audience.

What is your blog mainly about, and do you enjoy what you do?

My book blog is mainly about romance novels. I tend to read a mix of contemporary and historical romance. I share my thoughts about the books that I liked – I don’t post about books that I don’t finish. My business blog has posts about technical things that catch up people or answers to questions that I get. I get a great deal of satisfaction with this blog as I frequently get comments about how helpful my videos and posts are. The Book Blogger List gets between 600 and 800 hits each day and tons of notes and comments tell me how helpful it is to authors and bloggers alike. The Self-publishing Info and WordPress Candy Stores are just starting out and I’m hoping to use them to be as helpful as possible. There is so much information out there, that I want to provide two sites that have accurate, helpful information for my audience.

Have you written for any other websites or offline publications?

I’ve guest posted for many blogs. I find the best way to help as many people is to share with the audiences of other blogs. It’s really important to me to be as helpful as possible. I’ve also written and published 10 books so far and have several others in the works. Each book attacks a point of concern for either authors or bloggers or both.

When did you start blogging?

My first blog was started in August 2009

What have you learned through blogging?

I have learned so much through blogging! Not only have I learned the various platforms, but blogging has lead me into learning about the technology of blogs and websites. I’ve taken courses, read books and generally immersed myself in the blogging world.

Is there anything you’d like to add about blogging?

I think blogging is the best hobby in the world! The world of blogging brings me into contact with readers and authors from all over the world – not just in my local area.

What kind of obstacle or problems had you been through for your blog?

I think that blogging is a technological challenge. Even someone like me with a background in technology…I’ve taken courses and workshops…and the world is constantly changing!

How do you communicate with your followers? How much time do you

usually spend on your blog?

Between working online and blogging, I’m online about 70 to 80 hours a week. Some of it is hobby time, but majority of it is work.

How would you describe your blogging style?

I’ve always been told that my blogging style is conversational. I don’t really believe in formal presentations. I try to present information at the level my readers are at and explain things as clearly as possible.

What tips would you give to blogger wannabes and young/new bloggers?

Don’t give up – and learn as much as you can.

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Interview With Blogger Jordan Byers

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What inspired you to become a blogger and what do you wish to accomplish with your blog?

I wanted to become a blogger, because I wanted to be able to share my style and passion with the world. I want my blog to be able to inspire other women out there, and truly be a positive platform for all ages and genders.

What is your blog mainly about, and do you enjoy what you do?

My blog is mostly about beauty and fashion, I occasionally venture out into the lifestyle type posts, but mostly stick to what I’m known for. I love everything about what I do. I also make youtube videos and the comment section on youtube is where I mostly connect with my viewers. That’s my favorite part of this job, is being able to talk to all the fabulous people that watch my videos and view my blog.

Have you written for any other websites or offline publications?

I have not written for any other websites or publications, so this is really special that I got this opportunity!

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging a little over a year ago.

What have you learned through blogging?

The most important thing I learned through blogging is to always stay positive. Posting on the internet for the world to see can sometimes bring in a bit of hate, therefore I always make sure I stay positive and true to myself no matter what people say.

How do you communicate with your followers? How much time do you usually spend on your blog?

I usually communicate with my followers through my youtube channel, tumblr, twitter, and snapchat. I usually always reply on those platforms. I usually am always working on a project for my blog/youtube so there’s barely any time you’ll find me not working, I’m a bit of a workaholic (not going to lie.)

How would you describe your blogging style?

I would say that my blogging style is very relaxed, almost as if I’m writing to a friend. I want my blog to be very open to all different kinds of people.

What tips would you give to blogger wannabes and young/new bloggers?

The biggest tip I would give any new blogger is to stay confident in your posts!

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