I’m an entrepreneur living in Warrenton, VA. I have a passion for designing, building, and executing products from start to finish. I’m currently working on growing inspriationfeed.com, fancycrave.com, and a few other projects while I travel around the world.
You’ve built a very successful blog. Did you start out with the goal of building a huge following, or was this a passion project that gained momentum over time?
I took a graphic design class in high school. Everybody basically took that class because it was an easy credit. But instead of playing flash games, I actually followed the tutorials and read books about graphic design. For some reason design was very interesting to me, so I decided to write really basic blog posts on a wordpress.com blog. On of my articles, I believe it was about logo design, went viral on Stumbleupon. After that I decided to actually start my own website and take this whole blogging thinking seriously. I never knew that it would actually be this big.
While many of our readers are probably familiar with you, how would you describe your job, in your own words? Basically, for the layman, what do you do?
I run and manage inspirationfeed.com and fancycrave.com, sell stock photos, and do design work on the side. Since I can do all of these tasks online, I can be completely location independent. This allows me to work and travel at the same time. In 2014 I traveled around South East Asia for an entire year.
How did you go about branding? How long did it take to come up with the right name?
While brainstormingI came up with a giant list of ideas, and thought Inspiration feed was simple and easy to remember.
Do you have any advice for novices starting their own blogs? Any rookie mistakes to avoid?
If you’re a rookie, don’t be so arrogant to think that you can do everything yourself. It’s perfectly fine to your outsource tasks. You shouldn’t feel bad about it. Your time is the most valuable thing you have. Focus your time on the things that could be making your more money in your business. If your life revolves of constantly managing and running your website then you need to start outsourcing. If you don’t it will be hard for you to move up the ladder in the blogging world.
What platform does your blog run on?
I wouldn’t highly recommend WordPress to anybody who wants to make a website.
Why did you pick this platform over the other options?
It’s so easy to use and has a giant community. I knew that if something ever went wrong I could, 7/10 times, easily fix it by reading various WordPress related blogs and forums. When selecting a CSM this is one of the most important questions to ask.
What three pieces of advice would you give people looking to follow a similar path?
- Niche Down and then niche down again. (Truly know who your target audience is)
- Constantly learn and test new methods. (Stay updated with industry news, the latest applications, tools, methods, ideas, etc. )
- Success takes time. (If you see any “Blogging Guru” tell you its either quick or very easy, then you can bet he or she is lying. It takes a good amount of sweat and tears to get things running smoothly.)
If you could get one message back to yourself, when you were starting out, what would you tell yourself?
Don’t be afraid to get started. You will learn everything along the way.
In a perfect world you have great content on a reliable schedule, but life’s not always perfect. Would you rather post mediocre content to keep a schedule, or miss a day to improve a piece?
It completely depends on the website and its business model. Life is about finding a balance right? None of the to models mentioned are perfect. Each one has its flaws.
Which social media sites do you consider the most important? How do you divide your time up between social media sites?
I usually schedule posts a month in advance for all my accounts. Well, I consider these networks the most important: Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Let’s assume we’re not omniscient . . . what’s the one question you have an awesome answer for, but we didn’t think to ask?
This is the biggest mistake I see billions of people make: You should never stop learning. Make mistakes, take risks, try new things, and don’t be scared to leave your comfort zone. “What was the last time you did something for the first time?” Seriously, stop waiting and take action. Things aren’t going to get better in the future. One day you will wake up when you’re 60 and then wonder why you never took a chance on your dreams.
We like to wrap up with a bit of fun, so . . . Batman or Superman, who wins?
I would have to go with Superman. ☺
Photos ©: Igor Ovsyannykov