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Ask the Notables: Where Do You Blog From?

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It’s our last in this series of Ask the Notable questions!

Where do you blog from?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

Amy Lupold Bair
@resourcefulmom
Resourceful Mommy Media

We moved to a larger home last fall, and I am happy to say that I now have a room dedicated just to work. While I do, at times, still blog from other locations in my house, I most often write in my office.

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

Most times it is from my home office or the couch. Granted I travel a lot so I write posts on airplanes on my iPad and then do the actual posting when I get to a stable connection.

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

Anywhere 🙂

My wife has threatened to throw my iPhone away numerous times as I update from everywhere from Auckland to Vancouver Island. We went snow mobiling in the mountains the other weekend and the first thing I did when we got started was try to update my Posterous blog with a
photograph of the view. It’s an addiction!

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

My pants.

Jay Baer
@jaybaer
Convince & Convert

Mostly on airplanes. I typically write a batch of posts while flying, and then release them over the next week or two.

Jeremy Wright
@jeremywright
Ensight

These days I only blog if it makes its way onto my todo list, sadly, so I’m generally blogging from work!

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

You name it – trains, planes, automobiles, my desk – wherever I happen to be!

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

My office, which is from home. There is no place I would rather work from… otherwise it would be like a real job!

Thanks to all of our notables for participating! If you’d like to be in the next round of oddball questions – shoot me an email 🙂

Ask the Notables: What’s Your Least Favorite Thing About Blogging?

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This week’s Ask the Notable question …

What’s Your Least Favorite Thing About Blogging?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

Comment Spam

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

The snarky, abusive, trollish types who attack and criticise rather than create and contribute

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

That most other bloggers only want to talk about how cool their blog is or what so-and-so said on Twitter. Blogging is a creative outlet and a business tool for me. It’s not my life. It shouldn’t be theirs.

Jeremy Wright
@jeremywright
Ensight

Actually doing the writing hah.

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

That I never seem to have the time to do it as well/often as I would like.

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

I really hate when I find myself lacking on posts or having a hard time trying to find a good topic to write about. Some blogs write a few times per day, while others write a few times a month. As hard as I’ve tried, I haven’t been able to successfully blog everyday. I don’t want to try and push crap content, so I focus on publishing new posts every other day, while keeping the quality and content high.

Next Week: Where do you blog from (house, Starbucks, office, park … wherever!)?

Ask the Notables: What’s Your Favorite Thing About Blogging?

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This week’s Ask the Notable question …

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Blogging?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

Amy Lupold Bair
@resourcefulmom
Resourceful Mommy Media

The community 🙂

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

It gives me an outlet to share my thoughts. I’ve always treated it as an online journal rather than a publication to get people’s attention. This approach isn’t great for building up a huge readership, but it is who I am.

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

Being able to help people and get contacts around the world with
shared interests.

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

It’s the ultimate freedom of speech. If I’m willing to accept the consequences, I can say anything I want. That’s pretty freakin’ powerful.

Jay Baer
@jaybaer
Convince & Convert

Being able to help people in some small way.

Jeremy Wright
@jeremywright
Ensight

Writing a post that others find helpful. Especially when it helps them adjust course on their business, startup, blog, career, etc.

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

Blogging was the gateway to starting Social Media Group. We’ve been around since 2006, and I can remember a time when I could LITERALLY blog about everything that had happened in social media in a given week (and it was my goal to do so – and I did, every day!)

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

My favorite part of blogging is definitely the amount of new contacts and people you meet. Having a well known blog really gets your name out there, and certainly brings in a lot more opportunities versus if you were running your business online the same way, but not blogging at all. It’s a win-win situation.

Next Week: What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

Ask the Notables: What Kind of Car Do You Drive?

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This week’s Ask the Notable question …

What Kind of Car Do You Drive?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

The responses (and not everyone responded to every question – so you may see some different people next week!) in alphabetical order are:

Amy Lupold Bair
@resourcefulmom
Resourceful Mommy Media

I actually drive my mom’s hand me down mini van! It is ten years old and gray. However, I do still have my first car from when I was 16, a silver anniversary Mustang convertible. It is in storage all winter long, but I do have it here at the house from spring to fall. That car was the subject of my second blog post. Picture here!

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

2010 Ford Flex. I’m not a car guy, but this was the car we needed that can hold my family, our dog AND everything we need for a weekend away. Picture here!

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

Ugh, will get back to you when our car situation is settled – the government of Canada still thinks I am a hobo because my paperwork is
still in flux. Once I have a credit rating then I will be able to answer 😉

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

A 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. I was featured in the summer 2010 edition of Das Auto, even.

Jeremy Wright
@jeremywright
Ensight

Car? CAR?! Haha! No, the new motorcycle (finally arriving just after SxSW) is a Yamaha FJR-1300AE, kind of like this one (attached). It’s a perfect mix of power, speed and comfort (for those road trips to Chicago for WordCamp and SOBCon). There are few feelings more zen than a nice roadtrip on a great bike.

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

Ford Flex [client]

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

My first car was a 97 Ford Explorer, then I upgraded to a brand new 2000 Ford Mustang, then I really upgraded to my dream car a few years ago with a 2007 Hummer H2. What’s next?…. I don’t know. I always wanted a Hummer H2 and not looking for anything else for the time being.

Next Week: What was your first blog?

Ask the Notables: Where Would You Buy a Second Home?

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This week’s Ask the Notable question …

If you could buy a second (or third or fourth) home anywhere – where would it be and why?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

The responses (and not everyone responded to every question – so you may see some different people next week!) in alphabetical order are:

Amy Lupold Bair
@resourcefulmom
Resourceful Mommy Media

If I could buy a second home anywhere, I’d have a tough time choosing between two locations. I’ve always wanted to restore an old farm house and would love to buy a farm in rural Pennsylvania where I grew up. We live in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and there is just nothing like being able to run around on acres of open land. The other location would be Orlando, Florida. My family and I have more than just a little Walt Disney World addiction, so it would be a great investment for us to own a home there rather than always staying at the house of mouse.

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

I’d love to have a cabin in White Mountains of New Hampshire and and another in the hills of Sedona, Arizona. I’m a complete chill out in the woods sort of guy so while everyone else is buying beach front property I’d rather be in the woods.

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

Melbourne Australia and Antibes, South of France

I live in my first choice since we just emigrated to Canada, but I loved visiting Australia and most of our summer vacations were spent in the south of France

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

Within walking distance of PNC Park in Pittsburgh. I can’t help it. I love the Pirates.

Jeremy Wright
@jeremywright
Ensight

Holy Island, in England. It’s that place I go in my head when I’m too stressed or just need to breathe. The entire island, community, history and area calms me down completely, so having a house overlooking the ocean would be killer!

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

Paris – it is such a livable, wonderful city and I have come to realize that I am quite French in my feelings about food – nothing makes me angrier than something that is not well prepared. Don’t confuse that with complexity, however – it’s about the best ingredients, thoughtfully brought together.

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

I’ve always said I’d like to live in the internet hot spots within our country (NY, CA or FL). I currently live in NJ, so NY is just an hour away. CA and FL are always nice to visit, but I wouldn’t mind having another home in a tropical climate, right near a crystal clear beach.

Next Week: What kind of car do you drive?

Ask the Notables: Does Your Blog Design Match Your Personality?

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This week’s Ask the Notable question …

Is there anything about your blog design that matches your personality (fonts, colors, header) and why?

Don’t forget – we consider YOUR answers to be notable too – so jump on in and answer the question with a comment below!

The responses (and not everyone responded to every question – so you may see some different people next week!) in alphabetical order are:

C.C. Chapman
@cc_chapman
C.C. Chapman

Well I just had it redone about a month ago so I hope it captures a lot of that. We wanted it to showcase the professional and personal side of me equally. Also, since I love photography we went with really big images on each section to showcase photos. I also love how my Twitter updates are integrated at the top of each page in that each time the page loads a different photo of me comes up. Some are funnier than others.

Chris Garrett
@chrisgarrett
chrisg.com

Yes my blog design (right now) is more about utility than aesthetics (like me), and I chose the grey and white with spots of orange because I think of it as positive, upbeat colour without being too in-your-face 🙂

Jason Falls
@JasonFalls
Social Media Explorer

Everything has a black background. I refuse to have anything different. My head shot is in a black shirt with a black back drop. I usually wear all black other than jeans when I speak. I’m either mysterious and sinister or wish I were African-American. Not sure which.

Jay Baer
@jaybaer
Convince & Convert

The official color for my last three companies has been orange, so that’s definitely part of my personality

Maggie Fox
@maggiefox
Social Media Group

Our blog is really a corporate blog, so it reflects Social Media Group rather than any one personality. Overall, I think the look of our site is smart, well-designed, professional and innovative, which is right on brand for SMG.

Zac Johnson
@moneyreign
ZacJohnson.com

I’m all about having a custom, unique and killer blog design. My blog design is more built around me, then not. I have a personal toon of myself for the blog (which is great for branding), while also focusing on the royalty themes and colors on the blog setup. You may even find some fun spiderman pictures around the site as well!

 
Next Week: If you could buy a second (or third or fourth) home anywhere – where would it be and why?

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