Your name: Lexie Mikesell
Name of your blog: TwoThousandSevenClean
Blog URL: www.twothousandsevenclean.com
Blog social media accounts:
- Facebook: @twothousandsevenclean
- Twitter: @20sevenclean
- Instagram: @_lexielouwho_
- Pinterest: @20sevenclean
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I’m a single 20-something Oregonian who aspires to be an expert animal behaviorist, occasional musician, and full-blown organic, crunchy pinterest mom with a beautiful, limited waste kitchen (but only after traveling more). I have a lot of dreams.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I am a student working towards a BS in animal sciences. And I work at a veterinary hospital!
What do you like to do on your down time? I like to play my mandolin and sing in little coffee shops. I like to hike, camp, and kayak. I like to pet my dog, sip some tea, and read a good book. But it has to be under a nice, warm blanket. A fire is a plus, too.
Blog niche: Lifestyle, but the focus is on my journey towards a zero waste kitchen. So I call it sustainable lifestyle. Can that be a thing?
What’s the purpose of your blog? To make sustainable options accessible. I think it’s a common misconception that in order to live an eco-friendly life (or one with a reduced carbon footprint), you have to have a lot of money, live in a certain neighborhood, or be at a certain stage in your life. And of course, those things help, but it’s all about baby steps and small changes. I also blog about healthy living, both physical and mental, music, beauty, and whisky and wine. I’m an advocate for social and environmental justice, as well as cannabis, so some of that sneaks into my blog, too. Accessibility and advocacy. And fun. I guess that’s the purpose!
Who’s your target? Hippies. And I say that in the most loving way possible. Not only them, but also people who are interested in living their most intentional and productive lives. My blog is for people who’d like to live less wastefully (in all sorts of ways).
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? You can get in contact with me through my social medias as well as my email, email@example.com. Shooting me an email is probably the most efficient way to receive a response!
How would you describe your blogging style? Informal, silly, and PG-13, yet grammatically correct? I do have some instructive pieces, like my comprehensive whisky guide, that read a little like an essay. I’m in college. What can I say? I would say say my voice changes depending on what I’m writing, but you can always expect a lot of internal dialogue and attempted humor.
When did you start blogging? January 2017.
What inspired you to start blogging? I made some big New Year’s Resolutions this year, most notably going zero waste kitchen by the end of 2017, and I knew that an audience would keep me accountable. And I will probably say this so many times in this interview: I want to show how accessible sustainability can be (because it CAN be) by sharing my journey with you all.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging?
It has made me better at making a schedule and keeping it. Trying to publish posts specific days of the week in between working and school can be hard, but the community makes it worth it. That’s probably the biggest change. All these supportive bloggers in my life!
Short term: Cutting my kitchen waste in half by June and growing the following of people who want to read along as I do so!
Long term: To be honest, I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’d love for TwoThousandSevenClean to be followed up by a TwoThousandEightClean and TwoThousandNineClean. To be a recognized blogger with hundreds or even thousands of subscribers would be incredible.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? I would have started on a self-hosted WordPress. I started on wordpress.com, not self-hosted, and then had to remake my site when I realized I wanted more control than I had.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? My motivation comes from the fact that the blog is about something bigger than just me writing about myself. It’s about the earth. It’s about a journey. It’s about producing zero waste. That keeps me excited.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? The first “job” I had was being an editor for local students submitting high school essays, theses, and college apps. I say “job” because I didn’t get paid. Writing and editing are strong-suits of mine. I’m also honest and silly. I’m not afraid to be 100% myself.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? I love Instagram, but I’m so terrible at it. I need to up my game.
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform?
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? Blogging 101. Members of that group helped me transfer to self-hosted. Nicole even walked me through step by step. Shout out to some very helpful and kind bloggers! The whole blog would have just some nonsense computer code without you all!
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it?
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Is it sad if I say going live? I blogged for over a month before making my blog public. I tend to be a perfectionist. I kept pushing publishing back and pushing it back some more. At some point, I just needed to take the leap.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? Lexie. Listen hard and listen clear. PUBLISH. THE. FRICKIN. BLOG. Seriously, though. Learning to let go and be vulnerable enough that I could make my world available for all to see was a huge lesson learned for me.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? It’s so much more prep than I ever would have imagined. Social media has been the biggest monster in terms of prep. I didn’t use pinterest or twitter before blogging, so those platforms did, and continue to, surprise me.
How often do you publish a post? I publish every single Monday and Friday, and additionally, the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes and no. I have not yet run out of ideas for content. But I do want to make sure that my blog continues to be primarily sustainability-related, so sometimes I will run into the issue of having too many ideas for other areas, but not enough planned “green” posts. I try to let it come as naturally as possible, but I do want to stay within my comfy little niche.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! Yes! I have several continuing series. At the end of every month I do a “What’s in my Trash?” post, where, as the name implies, I show you what I’ve created in waste for the previous month. This makes it easy to track my zero-waste progress. I also do Tea Time Tuesdays and Weed, Whisky, and Wine Wednesdays.
Have you guest posted for someone?
- For whom? I have one planned for March, so if this is posted before March, no! If after, yes! Stay tuned!
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Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it!
Yes! I’m planning a series to be released in about 6 months with other sustainable lifestyle bloggers! We are a small, but powerful, niche. If you’d like to guest post about related subjects, please get into contact with me!
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? Nope. Hopefully soon!
Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL) S. Bosak of Borderline Mama. Her blog is all about surviving parenthood and life with mental illness: namely BPD. I’m not a mother, but I related so much to the struggles of doing general life things with BPD. She is inspirational and incredibly educational. Check her out at bordelinemama.com!
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) I’m about to do a total 180 and say Pinch of Yum. I read Lindsay’s blog before I started blogging, but I’ve recently taken to healthy cooking as a form of self-care, and I ADORE her delicious recipes. Check it out at pinchofyum.com
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? I’m very much into green blogs, for obvious reasons, food blogs, and mental health/mental illness awareness blogs.
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Be yourself. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Write like you write. And write like you talk. Don’t take on a niche because it will make you money or give you subscribers. Write about something you’re passionate about. Do your research. Be self-hosted. Be patient. Be open-minded. And for the love of all that is good, take the leap. PUBLISH IT.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I’m a black belt in TaeKwonDo!
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!!
SUSTAINABLE IS ATTAINABLE
Leave a message for your readers: Thank you so much for the support. It means the entire world and back. Each of you is unique, important, and has a purpose in my life and an even bigger purpose on this earth.