Last up in the Hot Seat was Ashley of My Front Porch Swing. Ashley’s answers prove that there is nothing she can’t do, except for maybe work in the Alaskan tourism industry…
What was your most favorite AND least favorite thing about Alaska? (@mamawantsthis)
This is a tough one as the tourism board of Alaska has asked me to please stop tweeting about how much it sucks (kidding. Mostly.) My most favorite thing was to see some of the more scenic natural beauty- it’s not often that I have found myself in driving distance to a glacier. As for my least favorite, the weather, the light/dark times (light is actually worse than the dark) and that it took so darn long to get anything you ordered. (I’ll stop there).
Have you ever considered an anonymous blog on the side. Where you can chit chat on the goings on in the blogosphere and call out the cr*p? (@bywordsmusings)
I would adore to do this and one day just might. Blogging is great and leads to so many wonderful connections. But, there are always those people who are calculating, manipulative, and just plain mean!
One of my other favorite Southern girls.. I know how much you love Sweet Tea. Everyone has their own way of making it, what’s yours? (@mycrazybusylife)
My favorite way of making sweet tea is going into one of our local restaurants. If I’m making it at home, I use Luzianne tea bags, boiling water, a cup of sugar and a dash of baking soda (trust me).
Ashley, my dear, you are one of those amazing women who manages to make everyone feel at ease. I’m so glad to have found you. What have you gained from blogging that might have been missing in other areas of your life? (@practicalmom)
This might be the nicest things anyone has ever said to me, and you are now my favorite person. The best thing I have gained from blogging is truly the connections. We have traveled so much in the past few years and raising a family that way can be challenging. The support and community (and bff in Shell) have been amazing. Also, finding a new career path in social media marketing has also been pretty darn fabulous.
I am SO right there with you on FB issues. Especially the marriage battles. Or the ones who are obviously answering each other while sitting on the couch right next to each other. Are you happy you have a FB blog page? Why/why not? (@missy_bedell)
I have to start by saying my FB blog page is relatively new since I redid my site and name (Facebook should really let you change that). While Facebook can bring on the personal drama, it is truly an amazing resource for bloggers and businesses. People are much more likely to check out a blog or a business when recommended by a friend than randomly coming across it. Creating an ENGAGING Facebook page is truly beneficial.
What is your favorite thing about blogging and social media? Also what do you least enjoy about them both? (@sogeshirts)
My favorite thing about blogging is again in the connections, both personal and professional. I have earned some great opportunities and luck on others, but it’s all become a different direction than I ever anticipated. My least favorite thing goes along the same lines- with good connections come the bad. Sometimes, you can’t escape the bad even if you’d prefer to do so.
Would you rather fly every time you fart or pee every time you laugh? (@saidkristin)
Well, I’ve always wanted to fly..
How big of a pain-in-the-ass was I with all my questions and DMs? I’m sorry! You have a lot of patience. How do you do it? (@letters4lucas)
You are amazing. I love working with clients who learn and want to learn about their blogs. Understanding what you’re doing- one step at a time- makes your questions thoughtful. Since I work with both businesses and bloggers in various capacities, patience is required. (This is also where it comes in handy to have friends who do similar work as you )
If you could send any celebrity to live in Alaska for a year, who would it be? (@oldtweener)
This is truly a tough one. Can I cheat by saying any of those teen celebrities who show way too much skin? It’s too darn cold to go without clothes up there.
What is your advice for keeping sane while traveling with little ones? (@lifewithoutpink)
Plan, plan, list, organize, plan, plan. I have spreadsheet books and checklists that I can use anytime we move and/or travel since it was so frequent. Planning everything out makes life a lot easier because you know what to expect along the way. The other thing is to try to remain flexible at the same time. No travel with kids goes perfectly, so deep breaths and a little patience helps. That, and wine.
I’ve read on other forums, social media and news articles about restaurants and movie theaters banning young children. What is your opinion about this issue as mom of two children? (@mrstdrapp)
That’s an interesting question! I have a mixed opinion. To be honest, when I use a sitter and my husband and I can go out without children, I don’t really relish the idea of a table of kids at the next table. That being said, we have taken our children to very nice places and they are expected to behave- and do so, at 5 & 2. However, if we’re going somewhere that we would probably prefer to use as a date location and bring the kids along, we try to go at 5pm or something similarly early. All that to say, banning seems extreme, but I don’t think I’d mind a cutoff time.
You’re incredible when it comes to WordPress and all that stuff. How did you learn it all? School… self-taught… online tutorials? (@jackiecross)
Thanks Jackie! This was all pretty much self-taught, with help from online resources, mainly the WordPress forums and codex. I have background with html coding and have done various projects with websites over the years, so this was just a new tool to learn from me. The rest kind of just happened!
Ashley is great isn’t she? Can’t wait to try her sweet tea recipe! I have two fun announcements for this weeks Hot Seat.
First, next up in the Hot Seat is Tina from:
Next, I am THRILLED to announce that the nicest guy on twitter, also known as Tim (@sogeshirts) is offering a giveaway to my Hot Seat readers this week.
All you have to do is leave a question for Tina. The two best questions (as chosen by Ashley and Tim) will win one of two prizes.
Either one of these fabulous new blogging-themed shirts:
Or your choice of a shirt from the Soge Shirts Outlet.
As always, leave your question for Tina in the comments below and her answers, along with the t-shirt winners, will be posted next Monday. Good luck!
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