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Hello, Friends! It’s the latest edition of the Talk Thursday interview series. Thanks for your continued support. It means a lot. I am happy to showcase online business owners, blogging buddies and others who share tips and advice on social media and more. The book recommendations remain a popular part of the posts. In this interview series, each a guest will answer the same seven (7) questions that address social media, social networks and tips for being successful online. Here we go!
Talk Thursday Interview: Amanda Cross
A2F: How has social media impacted your life – personally and professionally?
Amanda: I am always amazed by how social media has impacted me in my life and as a blogger.
The obvious personal connection is that I am able to keep up with so many of my friends and family easily as I don’t live in the same city as any of my family at the moment. We chat a lot on the phone, but sometimes I am too busy so just being able to check up with them on Facebook is so nice because sometimes I feel that I am a professional worrier as a part-time job.
Professionally, being able to grow my social media has been amazing. I come from a small town, like really small, like 700 people in my entire hometown small. Being able to grow my social media, connect with people all across the country (and all across the world) has been so amazing for me. Some of my readers have genuinely become my friends and people I love to connect and keep up with. Growing my audience is also just humbling. It’s so cool to see how people react to the content I put out be it a tweet, Instagram post, or a Facebook status. I am so blessed.
A2F: What is your favorite social media network, and why?
Amanda: This is a toss up between Instagram and Pinterest (if you consider Pinterest a social media network) These two have definitely been my rock as I grow my account.
Instagram is just a fun social network to interact with people, share fun pictures of my everyday life, and watch what other people are doing.
Pinterest is AMAZING for me because most of my page views come from Pinterest and I could honestly just pin things there for hours. It is honestly the only social media network I never get tired of and I don’t know how they make that site so addicting.
A2F: Social media is a common platform to market businesses and services, what other ways are you using social media for your business, site or blog?
Amanda: When I am not telling people to go to my site I am usually spending time writing about my feelings, sharing funny memes, or just interacting with the people on my accounts by leaving comments. I try to spend some time getting social or sharing work from other people because it’s hard to just spend a million years screaming into the internet void about what I have going on. It’s hard as a student to keep that up all the time, but I am trying the best I can to keep the social in social media.
One of my favorite ways to do this, if my time permits, is to live tweet along with shows like Scandal because it’s one of my favorite shows and I like to interact with all the lovely TGIT fans and members of my audience who like the show.
A2F: Which social network have you been slow to adopt or use? Why have you been hesitant?
Amanda: Snapchat. I love the filters and it’s a fun platform, but it makes me feel so claustrophobic. I have never been able to fully understand the platform, even though I feel like I am very close to their age demographic. Many people my age love to use the platform, but I have given up and instead use Instagram Stories.
A2F: Thinking about blogging and/or social media, share one of your highlights or accomplishments? What made it special?
Amanda: The moment I decided that I needed to separate The Happy Arkansan into two separate blogs earlier this year was very special to me. I always thought The Happy Arkansan wasn’t good enough on it’s own and that it need all these elements to be special, but that was simply not true. Being able to be very specific about The Happy Arkansan and very specific about my vision for Amanda Cross Blog has helped me so much over the past year. Getting over that fear of running these two blogs was a magical and special moment and I feel that it ultimately helped both blogs prosper.
A2F: For those in blogging and business, what business or marketing major advice would you share with the Addicted to Fries readers?
Amanda: Make goals and slay them. Goals are important for me and I try to set quarterly goals that I break down into more manageable monthly and weekly goals. I learned this a while back when I was gaining so much ground with my blog but I felt like I was staying stagnant when I totally wasn’t. I looked back at the amazing growth that I had accomplished and I realized I was selling myself this fallacy because I wasn’t keeping up with my growth. When you don’t set goals for yourself it can become really easy to trick yourself into believing that you are stagnant when you are moving so much faster than you ever have. When you don’t set and track goals you will only ever see yourself in the moment when you really need to see the journey.
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A2F: Which 3 books would your recommend for online business owners, marketing professionals or entrepreneurs, and why?
Amanda: Being in college and then going straight into graduate school doesn’t really leave time for a ton of reading, but one book that I have really been loving is called “How To Write Copy That Sells” by Ray Edwards. It’s a great book that breaks down all the things you need to know about writing effective copy so that everything from your blogs to sales pages draw people in and keep people in. It’s a really amazing book!
More about Amanda:
Amanda Cross is a 20-something blogger that helps college students and bloggers live better lives. Amanda has recently embarked on a new venture trying to separate her blog content so that she can adequately help support both her favorite audiences–bloggers and college students.
Follow Amanda: Facebook – The Happy Arkansan, Twitter – The Happy Arkansan, Twitter – Amanda Cross Blog, Instagram – The Happy Arkansan, Instagram – Amanda Cross Blog, Pinterest – The Happy Arkansan, Pinterest – Amanda Cross
There you have it for this week’s Talk Thursday interview. Thanks Amanda for being part of the series. I look forward to working together more in the future.
What do you think? Do you agree with Amanda’s advice? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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