Award Interview with Sarah Bonds

Best Web Design Blog

We are proud to present Sarah Bongs who is the winner of the May BlogNet Trophy.

Hi Sarah, Thank you for agreeing to do this interview, it has been a pleasure learning not only more about you as a person, but your thoughts and feelings as a full time custom blog designer working from home.


Thanks for accepting our request to interview you Sarah. Lets start with asking you to tell us a little about yourself, whatever you’d like to share from your personal life, and then tell us about your blogging:

BNA:
How long have you been blogging and what prompted you to start?

Sarah Bonds:

I have been engaged for over 5 years now (practically married) to the love of my life. Together we have four pets whom I often refer to as our children. I am a born designer and artistic by nature. From the time my parents came home with our first computer when I was around 10 years old, I began to teach myself HTML. I subsequently spent many years as a freelance Web Designer.

I began blogging at a very young age as well. I had a LiveJournal in Jr. High. Throughout High School I had a Xanga. I have now been blogging through Blogspot for a while. I believe I was prompted to blog out of a need to communicate with creative young people such as myself. I have always enjoyed getting to know people from all walks of life.

I decided to walk away from Web Design to focus on Blog Design not even a year ago. I am now working full time from home as a Custom Blog Designer.

BNA:
In your opinion what is the ultimate Goal for a blogger ?
Sarah Bonds:

It is my opinion that the ultimate goal for a blogger is to have an
outlet. A place to be themselves, share thoughts, share pictures, communicate with like-minded individuals, and perhaps even to make money while doing so.

BNA:
What social media tools can be used to increase blog readership?

Sarah Bonds:

There are so many. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Technorati, and Blog Catalog are all great social media tools. There are also so many social networks and communities to join now that are awesome social media tools.

BNA:
So many people struggle with “monitization” on their blogs, and seem to be afraid to even talk about it. What’s your strategy?

Sarah Bonds:

For me personally, I have learned so much about how to monetize my blogs by reaching out to other amazing women who blog via online communities. It seems to be something most bloggers are interested in. So, we are able to learn from one another and pass on valuable information. Learning how to monetize your blog seems to be an ongoing process, though. Something a blogger must learn about to successfully
monetize their blog is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The better your SEO the more successful you will be at monetizing your blog.

BNA:
Who is your favorite blogger and why?

Sarah Bonds:

Oh my. Good question. A hard question. I am not sure I can say that any one blog is my favorite. I enjoy so many. There are many, many entertaining and interesting blogs out there.
BNA:
Where do you see yourself blogging wise in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

Sarah Bonds:

Months from now I’d love to have a few more designers working with me at Subjective Beauty. In 6 months I would also love to have a larger readership at all three of my blogs. I honestly have no idea where I will be blogging wise in 5 years, though. That is a little too far away for me to guess.

BNA:
Last question. What advice would you give to new bloggers coming onto the scene?

Sarah Bonds:

I would say be yourself, show appreciation to your readership, invest in a beautiful blog design, join social networks and communities, and have fun!