Marisa Treviño, publisher/founder of the nationally recognized site Latina Lista accomplished Playwright and award-winning commentator and now eBook author.
In her new eBook, “A Simple Start to Blogging with Social Media,” Marisa features tips, best practices and common questions all bloggers-to-be have, sheds light into blogging and how with the right tools, realizing your blogging dreams is possible.
I personally follow Latina Lista on Facebook and am a huge fan of what it represents to the community. While chatting with Marisa about her eBook, I noticed she had such a sweet and comforting tone making me feel like a girlfriend of hers from college.
The conversation between Marisa and I began immediately with the discussion of BlogHer’12 (as it was my first time attending), and it flourished from there. I asked this mother, wife, and journalist about her first eBook, and this is what she had to say:
I started blogging in 2004, and when I realized that there were not many Latino bloggers- and I wanted them to have a voice. As I wrote my blog, I would receive many emails with the common question – How do I blog? I wish I could blog. I would always give pointers, but it was not until I was at Santa Clara University, “Diversity of blogging” that I was asked to talk about the basics of blogging to faculty. Many had no idea about the basics of it and aspects such as privacy. After addressing the faculty, many had questions in regards to what they should blog about, I believe it is important to write about what you as the blogger consider yourself to be an “expert” in.
What captivated you so much in the blogging world to make you want to write an eBook?
I have always been an opinionated journalist and freelanced for newspapers. Opinion editorials were not guaranteed publication dates. I felt having a blog gave freedom, and I was my own publisher. I was able to dictate how often I was going to publish and give Latinos a voice, which was not out there.
How do you feel our community of Latina bloggers would benefit from your eBook?
While the eBook was written primarily with the blogger-to-be in mind, it helps established bloggers as well. It contains tips on how to construct a post, write a headline, what to look for in partnering with other bloggers and how to effectively use social media to promote their blogs and themselves. I don’t pretend to know everything about blogging, but after doing this for eight years; I have learned some things along the way that I don’t often see other books on blogging discuss. If they had, I could have saved myself a lot of time not going through the whole trial and error process. Sometimes it is good to go through the process. To learn, but when you’re already crunched for time, it would have been nice to hear some advice on what to do or what not to do to skip a few steps. I hope this ebook does that for people who want to focus on the fun part — the writing.
If you were to create a sequel to your eBook, what would you focus on and why?
I recall after writing the eBook my uncle was so excited that he wanted to create a blog. He realized that the book wasn’t about how to set up a blog- it didn’t include step-by-step instructions on how to create one which was what he needed. So with that in mind I would I would create a book about the actual setup, almost like a “tutorial”.
As someone who is not yet a veteran to blogging, Marisa provided me with fantastic tips throughout our conversation. As a mother, Marisa stated “you have to make the time and sit down in front of a computer and figure it all out” She mentioned doing much of her blogging at night, staying up until late hours learning. One piece of helpful advice that stuck with me was the reminder that you can’t change because of the attention you receive from brands or sponsors; you must remain true to yourself.
I walked away with a wealth of information which will continue to allow me to grow as a blogger and a voice for our Latinas!
For more on Marisa’s eBook, visit booktango.