Interview: Brian from Elite By Design

Brian from Elite By Design decided to Get Interviewed on OpTempo.

Interview: Brian from Elite By DesignTell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Brian. I am a freelancer, blogger, website designer, and graphic artist. I have been designing for over 2 years now and am constantly on the lookout for more ways to improve myself and my work.

Why did you start blogging? How long have you been blogging?

I’ll be honest - I started blogging because I wanted to make money. I saw websites like John Chow, Shoemoney, and all those other big name websites. I had some web design skills and so I figured I would put 2 and 2 together and try it out. I’m about one month in and my goals have completely changed. Sure - a little money would be nice, however my long term objectives have changed from money to getting dedicated readers and providing them with quality content.

What Blogging platform do you use and why?

I use Wordpress for my blog. I guess that when I first opened my blog, I had found Wordpress somehow, so when I finally made the jump to purchasing my own domain, I figured I would go ahead and use the software I had already become familiar with.

What goals do you have for your blog over the next (month, 6 months, year)?

What goals do you have for your blog? Realistically, I just want to get more traffic - more readers, more subscribers, etc. In terms of exact numbers, I want to take things in stride. My first objective is to get 100 RSS subscribers. Once I reach that benchmark, I’ll move from there.

Money-wise, as long as I’m making enough money to cover hosting, I’m happy. A little extra on the side isn’t too bad though.

What do you consider the most unique thing about your blog?

That’s a hard question to consider - but it does have an answer. The most unique thing about my blog and myself, in my opinion, is the quality. I find myself (without being to stuck up) to be a friendly, easy to work with person. I have received many such compliments with my designing clients and I really pride myself on that particular trait. I attempt to always provide quality content and tips on my website to allow readers everywhere to make more sense of freelancing and blogging alike.

What are some blogs, other than your own, that you read frequently?

I guess the few blogs that I consistently read on a daily basis would have to be Adii, PSDTuts, Freelance Switch, and John Chow. Adii is my favorite though followed closely by PSDTuts and Freelance Switch. I really only read John Chow because every now and then he provides some really great content - most of the time not quite so much.

Do you have a hobby?

Of course web design. I absolutely love photoshop and anything to do with graphic arts.

What is your strongest asset in blogging?

My honesty and personality. I am a straightforward guy and I think that I am generally very easy to get along with. I think both of these assets are essential when running a blog and dealing with strangers on a day to day basis.

What was your biggest blogging mistake?

My biggest mistake would be starting before I was ready. While I think that things have really balanced out now, at the time that I first started I was quite frankly unprepared. I did not quite know what I was getting into. I didn’t have a custom template, a good looking blog, or a strong enough base. My first few days yielded more traffic than I had expected and I feel like I might have missed a lot of readers because my blog was not quite as good as it should have been.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in blogging?

What do you consider your greatest achievement in blogging?Ah. My biggest achievement. While it definitely is not that significant to most people, I think when it comes right down to it my greatest achievement was getting my first subscriber. It was the feeling that someone was interested in me and what I had to say that made up for the hours I had put into my blog and into my writing. Of course as my subscriber count increases, each one is very important to me and I try my best to keep them engaged and reading my content.

What articles on your blog are you most proud of? What’s your best work?

Well, the first article is my first “pillar” article that I wrote, 170 Must-Have Tools for the Beginning Blogger. This article has been the greatest source of traffic for my blog and has received the most comments.

My second article is my first interview with a big name blogger and my blogging inspiration - Adii: 5 Minutes with a Wordpress Rockstar.

While I pride myself in all the articles I have written - those are the two that I think represent my blogging career thus far: Getting an interview with a bigger blogger than myself and writing a pillar article that I know helped people find valuable resources, tips, and tools that I myself have used over the years.

Do you have more than one blog?

No, Elite By Design is my only blog to date.

How do you promote your blog?

Mainly I just strike up conversations with other blog owners - whether it be via comment or email. I have found this to be very helpful in getting links and allowing my network to grow.

My second greatest promotion is through social media such as Digg, Stumble Upon and Blogging Zoom.

Lastly is forum advertising. Just a simple link in my signature has brought me significant traffic.

Thanks for taking the interview Brian.

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Comment by Brian
2007-12-06 17:00:21

It’s really great to finally have an interview put up on another site. Thank you for featuring me and what I do.


Comment by jfc
2007-12-06 17:19:52

You’re welcome Brian. Thanks for taking the interview.

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