It gives me great pleasure to publish today’s special guest interview with Brian D. Hawkins from HotBlogTips.com, a blog I visit regularly and I like to share via social media many of the posts that are found on his blog. I wasn’t sure if he would agree to do it but he has and I am very excited, Over to you Brian…
Please tell us a little bit about yourself, name, age and hobbies etc.
I'm Brian D. Hawkins, I live in Belleville, MI (USA) and I run HotBlogTips.com
I'm 47 years old and I've been married for 29 years. We have four grown children and four Grandchildren so far.
What is it that you do?
I drive a truck locally during the day and I'm a blogger nights and weekends.
How and when did you start?
It's honestly hard to pinpoint. I built my first website within months of first getting online, long before blogs were around. I've had several static websites, forums, safelists, membership sites and over a dozen blogs. I can honestly say that I enjoy blogging above everything else.
What motivated you to do what you are doing now?
That's easy… Interaction! I switched to blogs when I realized I could gain the same interaction from my sites that I had with my forums. The interaction of a blog seems to bring it to life and the information gained in priceless.
What is about what you do that you love?
I think we're back to the interaction again. I love the idea that a few people may be interested in what I have to say and take the time to read my blog. I love the fact that my social connection grow daily with other like minded people. I also love the fact we live in an age where we can blog anytime and just about anywhere we go.
What is it that you want to achieve and where do you want to be in the next 10 years?
Eventually I'd like to see blogging replace my day job. It's all but impossible to even guess where we'll be technologically in ten years but I want to be around to witness is and be a part of it.
Of all the things that you do online what would you say is the most important thing for your business?
I'd say that has to be developing a great reputation and building a network.
What is your greatest success so far online?
As far as my online business, I'd have to say it's earning an online income, and profit, every month for over five years.
What do you think the internet in 2012 can offer to the average person who wants to make a second income or leave their day job?
Alright, you asked so I have to answer but it's not pleasant. The average person will never make a significant online income and that's the sad truth. Why? Most people that are trying to earn an online income are not willing to earn it. That's why we see things like spam, scraping and spinning. Most people are not willing to invest in their business. That's why we see blogs on free blog hosting solutions such as blogger and crazy things like "clicking" for credit.
Do you have any advice for people thinking of starting or who have just started to use the internet to build a business?
Yes, forget about numbers like PageRank, Alexa, followers and even number of comments. Your time would be better spent on developing relationships, partnerships and your reputation.
Would you please tell us a little about the services you offer?
We offer blogging tips for bloggers of every level on HotBlogTips.com and I edit a blogging tips newsletter authored by a handful of professional bloggers. I do a little consulting but only locally for the most part.
A big thanks to Brian for taking the time to do this interview.