Meet April of April Does That!

Your name: April Huggins
Name of your blog: April Does That
Blog social media accounts:
Meet April
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio):
My name April I’m a stay at home mom.  I’m a little bit ‘crunchy.’  I love natural products and healthy foods.  I think about my environmental impact but I’m not afraid to eat Mcdonalds now and then. Balance right? 😉  I’m a creative person and that is reflected in my creative blog.  I love talking to other moms and getting their view on the journey of motherhood and life and I love to share.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work):  
I love to paint, draw, sew very basic stuff.  I love music and watching professional dance.  I love to play with my kids and quiet moments with my husband.  My days are spent with my babies and I generally blog during nap time or bed time.
What do you like to do on your down time?
In my down time I like to read by myself or with my husband.  (sci fi and dystopian are my faves)   I also like to do art projects or house projects.  One of my latest projects was a mural for my living room. I garden as well.
Blog niche: Lifestyle (Diy, craft, my opinions, my adventures, my life.)
What’s the purpose of your blog?
To encourage others to be real and enjoy themselves in creative new ways.  To show them that creativity is relative and can be so easy.  To embrace others and seek ways to make the world a more beautiful place both visually and  in daily life
Who’s your target?
creative minded people who enjoy craftiness, honest reflection and a little sass
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you?
I pay close attention to social media but the very best way to contact me is through email.
How would you describe your blogging style?
Honest, fun, Laid-back
When did you start blogging?
In January
What inspired you to start blogging?
I feel like I have a message I want to share.  I think anyone can be creative if they have the right mindset.  I also want to encourage and empower other women.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging?
I’m a busy bee and I look at my life with more appreciation because I can see more clearly how great my experiences are with my friends and family when I blog about them
Blogging goals:
  • Short term: I’d like to grow my audience and learn from other bloggers
  • Long term: I’d like to be a big name blogger with the influence to help others and encourage new bloggers because starting out is hard!  Also to turn my blog into a business and help support my sweet family
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently?
I would do a launch to build excitement for my brand before just starting.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging?
I love blogging but I also view it as a job, so I give 100% just like I would in any job.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger?
I feel like my most popular posts are the ones where I am honest and identify with my audience and I think that’s the key is being vulnerable and real with the audience.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?
Pinterest, Pinterest collaborative boards, Facebook, Facebook private groups, Instagram, Twitter, Stumble Upon.  I think each has its own benefit but right now connecting with others on Facebook is leading to the most opportunities.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Probably Facebook because there are opportunities to connect and promote with ads.
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook?
I have two.  International Women’s Group and Blogging 101.  Both are very interactive and encouraging.  They have both brought me great opportunities.
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? 
Not yet but it’s in the works
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging?
I just contributed a blog post to a review site and was accepted. Also I have book 4 collaborations for my blog in the coming months. It feels like a win to me!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging?
To be myself.  People love it and they can tell when you are being authentic.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how?
Oh boy is it a lot of work!  Writing, promoting, looking for opportunities, dreaming up freebies and products keeps a gal busy!
How often do you publish a post?
Monday Wednesday Friday but I am considering going down to two days.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Right now my mind is pretty full of ideas so I take advantage of that and write write write.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share!
On the first friday of every month I review a product or service.  I’m starting opinions on Fridays as well.
Have you guest posted for someone? I’m reviewing a product on Teeter Tot. It will run in the next couple weeks.
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it!
Yes I would love a guest post that is pertinent to my blog.  I’d prefer to trade guest posts so we each guest post for each other.  I feel my themes are pretty broad so a lot of different things could fit with my blog.
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how?  Not money but I have traded products for blog posts.
How long had you been blogging before you made any money? 2 weeks for a product
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL)
Natalie Brenner!  She is so real and has the sweetest personality.  Her life and words are kind and filled with encouragement.
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why?
I love lifestyle blogs.  I like to read about other people and see their authentic struggles or victories and obviously I love DIYs and art.
List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)
  2. Take the Cannoli
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging:  Go for it! You literally have nothing to lose.  Blogging is fun and you can meet so many inspiring people.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you:
I’m very shy and private in real life.  A lot of readers may not believe that because I write so loud and honest.
Leave a message for your readers:
Dear Reader,
      It surprises me every time I see a new view that you are interested in what I have to say.  I feel honored and privileged to say the least.  You are amazing and so very kind.  I’m glad to call you part of my tribe. Let’s continue to encourage each other, grow together and have some crafty fun along the way.
Stay Crafty,

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