Friday, 11 April 2014

Interview with Kyle Hawkins

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself, your blog/website, and your aspirations and your hobbies!!

My blog is nomadicministry.com.  I have been a ordained minister for the last two years and did not have a pulpit to preach from so I created an online ministry.  It is really just a place for me to write about God and hopefully one day will become a community.  My aspirations are to continue to grow my ministry website and start a travel website over the next two years.  Hobbies include reading, writing, learning new languages, and traveling.
2. How you first got involved in with blogging/writing, are you an imaginative person?
I consider myself a very imaginative person.  I am always thinking of new topics or trying to wrap my head around another idea.  I have always had a knack for writing so I thought I would give it a shot and see if I could get a site off the ground.  I never realized it would go so well.
3. What do you find most challenging about blogging/writing about your topic?
The thing that I find most challenging about writing with regards to religion is the backlash that comes from members of the community.  With regards to religion no two people always have the same belief and more often than not will tell you just why your belief is wrong and their belief is right.  
4. Tell me about some of the people you have met while working on your blog?
I have not meant anyone personally yet, but I have had conversations with people across the globe.  I have talked to people from the Middle East, India, Asia, and all up and down the Americas.  
5. How would (someone) describe your blogging/writing style?
Orderly chaos.  I tend to try to write a week’s worth of posts in one sitting.  Usually I have just a general idea of what I want to write and go to work.  I have been studying Christianity and religion as a whole for the last 10+ years so I tend to write very quickly.  I try to make it as conversational as possible to encourage dialogue for those who read it.  
6. What do you do when you are not working on your blog?
Right now I am looking into starting a book, creating more websites, and learning as many languages as possible.  I am trying to do things that will leave a mark on this world after I am done.  
7 .Where do you see yourself blogging/writing wise in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?
In 6 months I can see Nomadic still being my main focus as I create the code for the new website.  5 years down the road I hope to be traveling full time with Nomadic and the travel website allowing me enough income to continue with that lifestyle indefinitely.
8. What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging/writing business?
I try to connect with as many people I can in as many ways as I can.  I use  social media and reddit to try to meet new people and bring them into the fold.  Reddit has been my main source of this so far and drives my traffic up more than anything at the present.  I also have begun to bring in people I know personally and ask for their help in making the ministry grow.
9. How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog? Many people struggle with coming up with different articles/posts and they only have one blog.
Truthfully, I have a notebook with enough topics to last me for the next two and a half years already.  I have been thinking of this stuff since I graduated college so there is quite a backlog of things I want to talk about.  I also get more ideas from books, articles, and current world news.  
10. What’s your strategy with your blog in general?
The strategy for my blog is to spread the love of Christ without judgment to the four corners of the world.  Anything else that happens with the blog is just more blessings.
11. Any specific tips you have for newbie bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?
Do not give up.  My first few months I had just over 1000 visitors and I understand it can get frustrating.  Keep going and remember you are writing because you love something not because it is going to get you noticed.
12. What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
Content above all else.  Without great content no one will care to visit your blog.  
13. What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
The greatest thing that I can give someone is hope.  It may be specific to my blog, but with every article I write I hope someone gets something that makes their life a little better.
14. A lot of people are interested in blogging/writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging/writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
I have not monetized my blog yet, but the advice I would give is not to expect to get rich quick.  I have a decent following and I know if I tried ad revenue I would still be making very little.  Blog because it is something that you are passionate about and if it takes off then worry about the other stuff later.
15. What motivates you most in life?
Love of God, love of my wife, love of my family, and love of all people.  Those four things make it really easy to live in this world and try to do good at all times.
16. What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
I have tried everything.  I have looked up tips online, tried every social media outlet, tried throwing my link every place I can find, and everything in between.  The best thing though that has got me noticed is writing content that actually appeals to the reader.
17 What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
Actually putting up the website.  I had just recently lost my job and the money that it would cost to get the domain name and set up the site was a lot for someone who had just lost his source of income, but thankfully my wife told me that it was in God’s hands and I gave it a shot.
18. Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
Favorite Post-Why Christians are Fanning the Flames-It really brought up a lot of good conversation and allowed me to write on something that was a little more controversial.
Least Favorite-Any of my first posts-Just looking back on how I used to write 7 months ago makes me cringe.
19. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I do not really think anyone looks up to me yet, but I hope that I have influenced someone’s life.
20. What is the story behind the name of the blog?
I live the idea of traveling and making your mark on the world as a whole.   The nomadic came because I hope to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
21. Your connection with any Blogger Networks or any other and the experience?
No current connections with any bloggers networks.
22. Which genre do you feel gets the raw deal?
Honestly, I feel ministry and religion as a whole is nearly neglected in the blogosphere.  There is infinite room out there to spread the Gospel, but many people still believe you need a brick and mortar church to teach one another.  
23. Which one plug-in would you suggest all bloggers to have?
So far I would say Askimet, because without it I would have had a lot more spam comments to work through.
24. Five adjectives that describe you.
Compassionate, Tempered, Honest, Wise, Friendly
25. What book would you say has made the biggest impact good or bad on you?
The Bible bar none.  Without it I would not be the man I am today nor have the beliefs to change the world.
26. Do you get easily provoked by positive/negative comments??
I try not to but honestly from time to time someone will get under my skin and I will retaliate albeit never with pointless jabs or comments I try to come out of every argument in a dignified manner.
27. Do you plan to write a book, as every bloggers dream it is?
I do plan on writing a couple of books in my lifetime.  The first one that I plan on starting in the near future is based on the differences between Paul’s Christianity and Jesus’ Christianity and how we need to get back to the latter.
28. Are you a judgmental person, do you prefer to take sides instead of standing neutral?
Without taking a side for something we end up standing for nothing.  I am not judgmental, but I stand on the truths and the beliefs that I have without fail, but am willing to listen to any argument.  
29. Your collaboration with other bloggers, are you much into social networking, tell us everything about it?
The only current collaboration I have is through Reddit.  I try to keep up with social networks but that part of my blog is moving a little slower than others.  
30. What genre attracts you the most and which genre you avoid?
I tend to read a lot about the religion genre as well as lifehacking, reading, and world events.  I try to avoid anything that seems to be a flash in the pan or a passing fad and look for things that are beneficial to myself and those around me.
31. Your Views on Contests and increasing plagiarism?
I have not ran a contest yet, but I believe that they are a great way to drive traffic to a blog or website.  Plagiarism has been around for many years and we must be vigilant to combat it so that those who truly are behind the work get the credit they rightly deserve.
32. Words for me and my blogs Desire v/s Destiny and Blogger Interviews and my Website www.MyMagicJobs.com
Love all of your websites and think you have a great niche doing blogger interviews.
33. On winning the Award/s, Are they really necessary.
I would say no, but if I was given an award I would be excited.  They are not necessary though.  We do not write for accolades nor recognition, but to be able to have a voice about our passions, beliefs, and hobbies.

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