Whew, it has been a while since our last Bloggers Face-Off. I will work harder this year to bring you guys one new face-off every month at least, possibly more.
To kick start the 2009 season, however, we got a terrific pair of bloggers. The first one is Chris Coyier, the owner of CSS-Tricks.com. With over 16,000 subscribers, the site is a must read for CSS and design lovers. You will find tutorials, videos and even a nice community on the Forums there.
Our second blogger is Noura Yehia. You must have come across her popular site Noupe.com in the past. It features some outstanding tutorials and collections with the best tools and resources for web designers and developers.
Without further ado, to the interview!
|1. When did you start blogging?||I had fiddled around with it year prior, but my first serious go at it was mid Summer 2007||Since July 2007|
|2. Has it been worth it so far?||Absolutely||Well YES! Forget about just making more money, it’s incredibly fulfilling to learn something new each day and interact with other bloggers|
|3. How long did it take for you reach 1,000 daily uniques?||Only a few months, 3 maybe. But then for almost a year afterward I was fairly stable between 1,000 and 2,000||After one month from launching Noupe|
|4. Do you think that any professional should have a blog?||I think any professional should have a website. Blogging is a real time commitment and I can appreciate people who don’t have the time for it||Yes|
|5. What is the best way to gain RSS subscribers?||Write great content (and then put a subscribe button right next to it)||1- Write something people would be looking for 2- I’m constantly impressed by number of subscribers i get from StumbleUpon & Delicious|
|6. Is social media essential to the success of any blog?||If your definition of success is traffic, yes, I think it is essential. But that doesn’t mean you write content that panders to social media sites||Definitely|
|7. What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?||I don’t like it when blogs do TOO good of a job blending them in so it’s hard to tell what is an ad and what’s not||Getting distracted with others designs|
|8. Is there an ideal posting frequency?||One great post is worth 50 mediocre ones. If you are about to hit publish on a mediocre post because you feel some need that you HAVE to get something out this Tuesday, don’t. Stop, rework it, make it better, make it a great article on the subject and publish it on Thursday||3 posts/ week works great for me|
|9. What is the best way to monetize a blog?||I am using BuySellAds, which allowed me to keep the exact same layout for the ads, but handle everything else for me||Banner ads and Adsense|
|10. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?||Work||Passion|