Your Not so Average Jane

christine solis kiok

ABOUT YOURSELF

Name:  Christine Solis-Kiok
Url Address:  www.theaveragejane00900.blogspot.com
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/TheAverageJane
FB :  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Average-Jane
Fan Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Average-Jane
or other social network not mention above.

Philosophy in life: 
Do every ordinary work in the most extraordinary way.

Tell us something random about yourself:

I am in Human Resources by profession.

blogger not average jane

 

ABOUT YOUR BLOG

1. How, When and Why did you get into blogging industry?
I started blogging in the 2005 which actually was a way for me to chronicle my thoughts and feelings, sort of like a diary. This didn’t last for long.

Eventually I decided to write and maintain a blog for public information in 2010 when I found myself so stressed out at work and needed to find another creative outlet to maintain my sanity. =)

2. How you came up with the name for it?
I’ve been following a number of popular blogs and noticed that they all wrote about almost the same content (guess they’ve been contacted by the same PR agency, I’ll never know). I realized that the world is not always made up of the mainstream “it” thing and that there are other ordinary people like me who would want to hear about items that have withstood the test of time but do not have the time nor the resources to advertise.

Thus, The Average Jane was born. A word play on the term “average joe” but the girl version. Btw, my name isn’t Jane as some people think it to be. =)

3. Do you blog for a job full time? What else do you do aside from blogging?
Blogging, for me is a hobby, a pasttime to keep myself busy.

I am in Human Resources by profession. And have been in the business for some 7 odd years already. Although I am currently on a sabaticcal of sorts to focus more on family and for a little bit of relaxation.

I also do freelance internet content writing and maintain an online store selling 2nd hand books.

4. Did you choose to start blogging directly about your chosen niche or because you just saw a good way to make money from blogging?
The main goal of The Average Jane blog is for information dissemination. I write what I think other people would be interested in knowing about. It has been a work in progress and I admit, is still evolving up to this day.

5. How much time do you spend on work related to your blog(s) each week?
When I was still working, I used to maintain the blog every night for about 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Now that I’m on sabbaticcal, I try to limit it for 4 to 5 hours on weekdays.

6. What do you find to be your biggest struggle as a blogger?
Receiving angry letters from businesses who felt you’ve given them a bum deal with your post entry, which usually happens when you’ve been so honestly blunt. I’ve even been called a “coward” by one irrate reader.

7. How does blogging help you, in terms of life and career?
Blogging serves as a good creative outlet. It further sharpens my writing skills and keeps me sane in times of stress.

8. How did you get to where you are now with your blog(s)? To what do you attribute your success? and what is the next goal you hope to achieve?
I’d like to think I write good content. Next steps? Nothing much. I just want to write about the things going on in my life.

9. Where do you see your blog(s) and yourself in 5 years?
I hope the blog is still going strong. And that people will regard my blog as a place to get good, honest opinions.
10. One of the hardest things for beginner bloggers is getting traffic. What tips can you give bloggers to drive traffic to a new blog?
Market, market, market! PR is everything.

Writing good content also helps. Don’t be afraid to write in Tagalog if you feel your English skills are not at par.

11. What advice would you give to new bloggers wanting to start blogging and help them start out on a path to success?
View blogging as a good hobby, and not something you need to do to earn from. Passion comes out in things you get extreme pleasure on without the worries of monetary rewards.

12. Describe your blog in 10 words.
The Average Jane is anything and everything under the sun.

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