One of our featured sponsors for the month of August is Erin from My Thirty Spot! As a gal in my 30s, I REALLY appreciate so many of her fabulous posts! And hey, even if you’re not in your 30s, her blog is packed full of greatness! Be sure to stop by and say hello, and tell her A Night Owl sent you!
My name is Erin Kennedy and I’m the writer and woman behind the blog; My Thirty Spot. I had never written a blog before and I have to say that I jumped in with both feet even though I had no clue what I was doing.
So how did this all start? I was laid off from my job the week before I was getting married. That was a huge blow not just financially, but emotionally. It is a rough thing being laid off and it was right before the biggest day of my life. It was a crazy time.
The biggest thing that I had to cut was a lot of my beauty stuff. Like getting my hair highlighted every five weeks, getting mani’s and pedi’s, and all the newest makeup. I decided to turn to the internet to find some beauty tips that were for a 30-something and DIY. I was surprised that I could not find very much info for the 30-something. I found plenty of sites dedicated to the 20-something or college aged gal, and even more sites dedicated to women in their 40s. What about us 30s? We need tips too! It’s a big transition from age 20s to 30s, but there wasn’t much information to help us through it. We still look like 20s, and I wanted to know how to stay that way as long as possible.
So that was it. I thought if I started a blog I could use it to appeal to companies hiring, it would give me something to do during the day and I could also learn a ton!
Here are some FAQ that I thought I would share. I have yet to put this on my blog, so you are the first to read them.
How old are you? I’m 33. I was born in 1979. I’m a Capricorn. So far, my 30s are my favorite age of all. Obviously!
How old were you when you started this blog? 31
When did you start this blog? I started this blog at the end of 2010.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and in 2007, I moved to Phoenix to experience another city.
Are you married? Yep, to an amazing man I met four months after I moved to Phoenix.
Do you have children? Not yet. But soon, and I’m sure you will get sick of reading my posts about it.
What is your #1 beauty tip for a woman in her 30s? Sunscreen! Always and every day! Wear it on your face, neck, the back of your hands and even your décolleté. I would recommend nothing less than 40 SPF. Don’t forget to re-apply if you are outdoors after two hours.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in the blogging world? Find your voice and write that way. Write like your chatting with your girlfriends and keep writing. Life can get in the way, so if you’re serious you need to make sure you just keep writing on a regular basis.
What is the best way to get traffic? Network, network, network. I mean everywhere; social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram) linky parties, commenting on other blogs and even attending events that are going on in your city. You might be amazed who you might meet and that can turn into something that will work for both of you. I would also recommend joining a forum and guest posting on bigger blogs.
What is your favorite post? I don’t have a favorite post, but I do have a series that is my favorite. It is called the Love for 30 Project. It allows women to guest post and write about their 30s. Women from all over the world have contributed and it is so refreshing and inspiring to read about other women’s stories about what they have learned, are learning and experiences in their 30s. I am always looking for contributors, so if you would like to join the project, email me!