RECESS Featured Las Vegas Blogger of the Month: Mommy Reporter – Desiree Peeples
Meet RECESS Featured Las Vegas Blogger of the Month:
Desiree Peeples is a mom, published author and blogger, and teaches individuals and small businesses how to integrate social media into their promotion and marketing strategies. She worked in traditional broadcast media as a reporter for almost ten years before moving her skills to the online space. – Visit Mommy Reporter
Read our interview with this social media maven and Las Vegas blogger:
Q: When did you start blogging and why?
A: I began blogging in 2008. I was working as a news reporter in Las Vegas and blogged as a hobby. Then, when I was laid off in 2009, I decided to create a blog that focused on news and information for moms and I’ve been doing that ever since.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about blogging?
A: The most rewarding thing about blogging for me has been the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had. I’ve met some amazing people who have become lifelong friends. And I’ve traveled, been introduced to new products and services, and I’ve grown both professionally and personally.
Q: How do you balance your personal life with blogging?
A: My personal life and my blog life overlap in so many ways. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not blogging or thinking about blogging. Even my son knows that “mommy blogs” and that my blog allows me to share so many things with him as well.
Q: What are your favorite social media tools and why?
A: As for social media, my absolute favorite is YouTube. I love video and I love watching videos created by everyday people like me. There is a more intimate connection through video that just doesn’t come across via text or photos. Video brings emotion and expression to life in the most real way.
Q: Do you have any favorite writers that inspire you?
A: I have many favorite writers who inspire me. Depending on what topic we are talking about, I appreciate writers from all backgrounds and experiences. A few of my favorite blogs are Temptalia, The Healthy Home Economist, and The Hungry Runner Girl.
Q: What does “Community” mean to you?
A: Community means to me a collective group of people who share the same ideas, opinions or values. I am involved in many online communities as I have many interests and passions. I feel empowered and energized being in a community, whether online or off, where I feel understood and respected. Creating or developing a community takes genuine effort, and sustaining a community takes dedication and consistency.
Q: What advice would you share with other bloggers?
A: Advice for other bloggers? Keep at it. Don’t give up. Learn all you can. Hang out with others bloggers. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Spend the money necessary to attend events, get a professional blog design, and to invest in learning tools such as books and classes. And remember that building a successful blog takes time.
Read everything from product reviews to tips from your favorite Mommy Reporter, Desiree Peeples. See what this busy Las Vegas blogger and mommy is up to by following Desiree on Twitter @MommyReporter and Pinterest and like her on Facebook. She also has some awesome Mommy Reporter vlogs on YouTube.
About Recess’ Featured Blogger of the Month
Every month, Recess will feature a special blogger who is a Sandbox Revolution Network Contributor, supports and fosters relationships with fellow bloggers, and understands what it means to authentically blog. We proudly stand behind our community of bloggers and we want to spotlight those who haven’t forgotten their “blogging” roots. We will share their stories, inspirations, successes and advice.
For more information on how to be a Recess Contributor, please click here.