Covering the Bases by Krista Robertson

Krista Robertson is a New York City transplant (via California, Dallas, Chicago and Kentucky) who works in baseball doing all things social media. She writes Covering the Bases, a fashion blog that combines her two passions in life: baseball and fashion. She strives to create a blog where people can follow her looks, her adventures and other aspects of her life while also learning a little something about baseball in the process.

coverPlease tell us something about yourself. Is fashion blogging your profession or just a hobby?

It’s just a hobby! I work a full time job in baseball and my blog has always been something I do for fun. It takes up a lot of time as a hobby, but it’s great to be passionate about something outside of work. It keeps me motivated!

When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?

I got the idea summer going into senior year in college. I was honestly just bored one night and created it on a whim. The blog is very important, but it’s not everything. There have been multiple times where I thought about giving it up.

Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?

I’m proud to say I made it all on my own! You’d be surprised what you can accomplish when you have an idea, some time, and help from Google 😉

PicMonkey Collage1The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?

Well I’ve previously rebranded to have my blog say a little more about my life now. When coming up with Covering the Bases, it kind of just hit me. It was between Covering the Bases and Good Eye. I asked around and finally made my decision.

What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?

I use a simple theme from blogger that I fixed to be my own. I would make sure you have social icons, a search bar, and a place to subscribe. Those would be my top three!

What CMS (Content Management System) do you use on your blog? How hard is it to navigate within your CMS (making a new post, inserting images, moderating comments, etc.)?

I’m currently on Blogger. I’ve wanted to switch so many times to WordPress, but just can’t bring myself to do it. Blogger is free and so easy to use!

cover1How much time do you spend blogging?

It depends on the week, but I usually make time on the weekends to take photos and after work to write the posts.

How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?

Social media! It’s your friend and will help SO much with your blog. Make sure you have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Bloglovin!

Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?

Yes, I’m currently part of a publisher network that pays me off commission when my readers click through my links and buy something. I also do product reviews, sponsorships and ads that also bring in money.

Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?cover2

I honestly don’t know. I feel like in today’s age, the blogging world is so over saturated and people only start one to make money. I would not suggest people to make their own if they’re just in it for the money and free stuff. I would however suggest it for people who are looking for a creative outlet, who want to do it for fun, and who are looking to make an impact!

Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure if they need a blog of their own?

You really have to be true to yourself. There are so many people out there—you need to find what makes you different and work with it! Mine is baseball and fashion—that’s my passion and that makes me different!

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