Monday, October 4, 2010
Name: Giyen Kim
Location: Vashon Island, Washington
Blog Address: baconismyenemy.com
When did you decide you wanted to start blogging seriously and why?
I started blogging in 2008 after I quit my job that I had been working for the last 7 years. I was originally using my blog to work through and express my anxiety about this great juncture of my life, but ultimately it became part of my identity and who I am. I am serious about it because I love blogging. I didn't truly understand whole "blogging for income" part of it until Rob Morhaim, the former Executive Producer of Momversation, asked me to be one of the panelists. That pretty much catapulted me past the "dear diary" phase and I started looking at it as a means to make a part time income.
Between everything going on in your life where do you find the time to blog?
I blog on the weekends, the evenings, early in the morning, on my commute, on my lunch break - pretty much anytime I can carve out about 20 minutes or more. I used to hem and haw over each post but nowadays I have the philosophy that it may not perfect, but it's good enough.
What do you think sets your blog apart from the rest?
Bad grammar? Excessive use of run on sentences, all caps and commas? I don't know.
Well, I guess I would have to say that my blog isn't really different than anyone else's. I think that people read blogs to share a common experience. My most popular posts are generally the ones about one small incident in my day that is generally unremarkable. The difference is is that I like to express unremarkable things in the most humorous way possible. I want people who read my blog to get something from it - usually it's a chuckle.
All that aside, there aren't a lot of Asian, single mothers with who suffer from depression, live on an island, struggles with weight issues and then tells the whole world about it. What differentiates any blog is the author.
Being the successful blogger that you are what are some tips that you can share with the newer members of the mom blogging community on getting traffic and not getting burned out?
I think it's really important to participate in the blogging community - this could mean reading and thoughtfully commenting on a BlogHer article or on another blog. You can also drum up conversations with other bloggers on Twitter, Momversation, another blogging community or Facebook. Just be authentic and don't get caught up in doing it all. Pick a few strategies at a time and figure out what works and drop those that don't. At the end of the day, I am of the "slow and steady" wins the race philosophy - most of the popular bloggers have been at it for years. If the content is good, then people will come back.
There are so many things that you put out there about yourself. Are there subjects that you keep off limits strictly for those closest to you?
The stuff I write about is only around 2% of my daily life - it's just that the 2% that I do share are things that could be considered intimate or revealing. Hopefully, my "day to day" is much more interesting than what I blog about! My general rule of thumb is that (a) I will never blog about work, (b) I will never talk trash about someone (unless it's the At&t sales rep) and (c) it's unlikely that I will ever blog about people I am dating (that is, unless it is too good not to share). If you ask any of my friends in real life - they would all tell you that I am actually a very private person.
Looking forward where do you see yourself and your blog going in the next few years?
What an excellent question! I ask myself this question everyday!
I want Bacon to be successful enough to support me so that I don't have to work a day job. I am far from being at that point right now, but I do believe it will happen in the next couple of years. There are other blog concepts that I have rolling around in my head right now, so who knows, I may start another one. At the end of the day, your blog is only as successful as the effort that you put into it and I need to find more time!