The How They Blog Podcast

The How They Blog Podcast

By Kat Lee
Learn from Great Bloggers. Get Inspired. Make an Impact.

HTB36 – Strategic Blogging – How Sarah MacKenzie Took Her Blog From Hobby To Pro
Smart. Inspiring. These are two words I'd use to describe Sarah MacKenzie. She took her blog to the next level by understanding her audience and matching up her talents and knowledge with their needs.  In this episode we talk about how she did that as well as how and why she started her podcast. The next 30 minutes are packed with great content. Grab your headphones and join us!
29:33
October 22, 2014
HTB35 – How To Harness The Power of Pinterest – An Interview with Rebekah Hoffer
Pinterest tripled her blog traffic. Today, Rebekah Hoffer, shares how being intentional with Pinterest impacted her blog growth and how we can harness the power of this popular platform for our own online ventures. In This Episode You'll Hear... A simple 3 step strategy to grow your Pinterest following When the best times to pin on Pinterest How to invest more time in your Pinterest strategy and exactly where to start Click the play button in the post or grab your favorite podcast app and join us for a chat!
37:40
October 14, 2014
HTB34 How To Turn Any Blog Topic Into A Business – A Chat with Trina Holden
If you've ever thought your blog topic was too niche or too general to turn into a business, think again. In this episode of the How They Blog podcast you'll learn how Trina Holden turned yogurt into a business. Yep, yogurt. Grab your headphones and join us for a chat!
33:47
September 24, 2014
HTB #33 – Decisive Blogging – How Anne Bogel Manages Work, Home and Blogging
Blogging balance is not about doing it all, it's about knowing what works for you and what you do best. Anne Bogel is on the show with me today and we are talking about how blogging fits in between her job, being a wife and mom and homeschooling. Whether all or none of those labels apply to you, you’ll be able to glean good tips from the insight she shares about balance, decision making and prioritizing. Grab your headphones and join us for a chat! Connect with Anne Blog: Blog Social media: Twitter Facebook Pinterest Show Links Anne's book: How She Does It: An everywoman's guide to breaking old rules, getting creative, and making time for work in your actual, everyday life. 5 reasons it's helpful to know your personality type (with a free quiz at the bottom!) Let's talk about highly sensitive people The Definitive Guide to Pride and Prejudice on Film Jack's cancer story. How to Listen to This Podcast New to podcasts? Click here to discover how simple it is to liste
39:05
September 10, 2014
HTB #32 – Partnering with Others and Building a Business – Ryan and Stephanie Langford and Erin Odom
You're going to learn from the best today. Seriously, Erin Odom and Ryan and Stephanie Langford are some of the best minds in blogging. I'm always so impressed with the professionalism and integrity of every project they do. Their Ultimate-Bundles.com site has been a smashing success for them, their authors and the readers (where else can you get such a HUGE collection of resources for such a small price?). Today you'll learn about working with others (even your spouse!) on projects, discover helpful collaboration tools, get involved in a GREAT (and free) resource for marketing wisdom and hear the perfect motto for building online community. Grab your headphones and join us for a chat!
39:20
September 5, 2014
HTB #31 – The Art and Power of Taking Action – with Laura Smith
Today, I'm talking with blogger and business owner Laura Smith about how we can develop the habit of taking action. The truth is, most of know have a good idea about WHAT we need to do, we just have a hard time actually doing it. I've been incredibly impressed by how she consistently learns and then does. It's a simple, but powerful tool for any successful blogger. Grab your headphones and join us for a chat!
30:43
July 7, 2014
HTB #30 – The Fundamentals of Becoming a Better Writer – with Denise Hughes
Did you know there are writing techniques that can help you connect more deeply with your blog readers? Did you know blog writing is different than the writing you learned in school? Yep, it's true. Listen and learn from today's show with Denise Hughes.
33:46
June 23, 2014
HTB #29 – What In The World Should I Put In My Email Newsletter?
Not sure what kind of content goes on your blog and what should go in your email newsletter? Never fear. Kat is here. In this episode of the podcast, Lauren Hlushak asks that very question and I share the 5 kinds of content you can use in your newsletter that range from "set it and forget it" content to content that requires a bit more work but can yield huge results.
16:51
June 20, 2014
HTB #28 – How To Create An Email Gift New Subscribers Will Love
In this Q & A session of the podcast Tim Aton asks how to dream up and create an email giveaway that subscribers will actually want. I'll share how I've created my giveaways and give you a tip on how to create a surefire winner that your subscribers will love.
13:26
June 12, 2014
HTB #27 – How Conferences Can Jump Start Your Blog and How To Minimize Conference Costs – with Crystal Stine
Today I'm chatting with my friend Crystal Stine again and this time we are talking all about how powerful Conferences can be for your blog growth. Conferences are one of my favorite things about blogging. I love meeting friends in real life that I've only known online - you create seemingly instant friendships who share your same love for writing and blogging. Today we're talking about how why we feel conferences are worth it, and how to take advantage of a conference even if you can't afford to attend!
25:34
June 2, 2014
HTB #26 – Blogging Breaks and Tools To Help You Balance Blogging and Life – with Crystal Stine
Today, I'm chatting with my good friend Crystal Stine. She is a blogger and community manager at Incourage.me. We talk all about why we need to focus as well as why we need to take blogging breaks. We also share some of our favorite tools to help you balance blogging and life.   
36:44
May 26, 2014
HTB #25 – Erin Odom on Facebook, Pinterest and the Value of Negative Feedback
Erin Odom has accomplished so much in the 3 years she's been blogging. Not only has she built her own successful blog, but she also started an incredibly successful joint venture business with Stephanie Langford. In this interview we talk a lot about how she is learning to maximize her use of Pinterest and how she has actually grown her Facebook audience and engagement since the algorithm change (what?!), but I think a huge key to her success is what you'll hear in between our social media conversation.
44:48
May 19, 2014
HTB #24 – Blogging, Shop Owning and Marketing – An Interview with Jessi Connolly
Today we are talking business. Jessi Connolly is taking us behind the scenes of her blog, her online shop and into how she and her husband manage all their online endeavors. I was fascinated and could have chatted with Jessi for hours. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out my interview with her on my InspiredToAction.com podcast. Jessi and I are also both speaking at the Declare Conference in August. We'd love to see you there!
28:16
May 12, 2014
HTB #23 – The Power of Taking Action – An Interview with Hayley Morgan
What is the fundamental element of success online? Action. In this episode we are talking about the simple power of starting and having a default toward action. Hayley Morgan knows a thing or two about starting online projects AND following through. Listen to her story and learn what has helped her create successful ebooks, a […]  
39:16
May 5, 2014
HTB #22 – How To Get Incredible Photos for Your Blog – An Interview with David Molnar
Tired of sifting through online photos for the perfect blog pic? Try taking your own. David Molnar's photography has been featured by Pepsi, American Idol, The New York Times and many more national media outlets and music artists. Today, he is going to share simple tips on how to your your phone to capture great photos for your blog.  
36:05
April 23, 2014
HTB #21 – Finding Blogging Balance in the Midst of Chaos – An Interview with Stephanie Langford
This past year, Stephanie Langford ran her successful blog, KeeperOfTheHome.org, while traveling around the world with her husband and 4 children. What?! You heard right. I can barely blog from the same spot every single day...how did she get it all done in the midst of lots of change and travel? Listen and find out.  
27:36
April 15, 2014
HTB #020 – How to Deal with Blogging Burnout
Every blogger deals with it at some point or another - blogging burnout. Reader Brett Wilson is featured in today's episode as she asks how we can deal with it, avoid it and maintain our passion for what we do online. Grab your headphones and join us for this episode!  
19:13
March 24, 2014
HTB #019 – How to Start and Run a Mastermind Group – An Interview with Trina Holden
If there is a cornerstone to blogging, mastermind groups are it. Today we're talking to Trina Holden about how to ask people to be part of a mastermind group, why they're important, and how mastermind groups will help your blog excel. Get ready to listen with your "brave ears" on!  
34:48
March 11, 2014
HTB #018 – Time Management, Self Doubt and Growing Your Audience – Q & A with Kat
In this podcast I share with you the power of getting stuff done. There is so much information coming at us every day about what to do as bloggers, and today we're going to address some of my most frequently asked questions about time management, self doubt & growing your audience. And be sure to listen all the way to the end for a special challenge & giveaway!  
30:32
March 3, 2014
HTB #17 – How To Change The World With Your Blog – An Interview with Lisa Jo Baker
One of my primary goals for this site is to help you build a blog that makes a difference. Today's guest has done just that. Lisa-Jo Baker is a wife, mom, author and blogger. She has rallied her readers and accomplished some amazing things. She worked hard and didn't let fear get in her way. In this episode of the podacst Lisa-Jo will share some of the key lessons she's learned along the way.  
42:21
February 25, 2014
HTB #016 – How To Blog Like An Olympian
How do you go pro as a blogger? How do you give your very best? That's what we are talking about today on the HowTheyBlog.com podcast.   
22:58
February 17, 2014
HTB #015 – Why Email Lists Are Essential to Every Blogger – An Interview with Amy Lynn Andrews
Today I'm chatting with Amy Lynn Andrews about the importance of email lists to bloggers. We will discuss why you need one and we will demystify the difference between an email list and RSS email subscriptions. Amy and I also cover the different email systems and what content to include in your email newsletter. Grab your headphones, learn and grow!  
45:36
February 3, 2014
HTB #014 – The Journey to 1.5 Million Visitors a Month – Crystal Paine Shares a Few Keys to Her Successful Blog
As a blogger, you are self motivated and you have a vision for what you want to do, but how do you actually get things done? While the answers are different for everyone, today's guest, Crystal Paine shares some fantastic insight into her blogging success. One thing I've long admired about Crystal is that she makes things happen. She doesn't just talk about doing things, she gets them done. She consistently creates great content and is able to share her life and her wisdom in a transparent and inspiring way. You'll learn a lot and be inspired by Crystal today, so grab some headphones and join us for a chat!
32:02
January 27, 2014
HTB #013 – The Power of Being a Consistent Blogger – Stories from a Third World Country – An Interview with Joy Forney
How can you possibly blog consistently when you can't even count on having electricity? Or when you're writing is interrupted by the 20 foot python your kids are trying to catch in the backyard? Or when you are in the midst of a triple continent move? As bloggers, we all face obstacles. Joy Forney has had some pretty spectacular ones and has managed to blog consistently through all of them. There, of course, have been slower seasons but I am incredibly inspired by her dedication and commitment to her craft and to her readers. You will be too.
26:29
January 20, 2014
HTB #012 – Breaking Blogging Rules, Creating Useful Content and Balance Paid vs Free Content – An Interview with Elisa Pulliam
Today, my guest Elisa Pulliam and I, discuss knowing your capacity, breaking the blogging rules and consistently creating useful content. We also dive into balancing free vs paid content and Elisa has some fantastic ideas on that topic. Elisa (Lisa) Pulliam is a blogger, author, speaker, wife and mom. She has been blogging for over 8 years (!) and she blogs at
30:01
January 13, 2014
HTB #011 – Knowing Your Audience, Blogging Bravely and Changing Things Up -An Interview with Tsh Oxenreider
Who changes a well established brand? Tsh Oxenreider does. Tsh writes at The Art of Simple (the blog formerly known as Simple Mom) and recently changed the name despite her massive combined audience of over 100k and a well established brand. Tsh talks about blogging bravely, making big changes and knowing your audience. If you've ever wanted to change something (big or small) about your blog, but wondered if you "can" - this episode is for you.  
27:40
January 6, 2014
HTB #010 – Taming the Beast: How to Make Social Media Manageable
Social media can be overwhelming. It can take up so much of our time. But it is also very powerful and can change the trajectory of our blog with a single viral post. So how do we tame it and make it work for us instead of against us? That's what we'll chat about in this episode of the How They Blog podcast. How do you know which social media platform to focus on? Which social media platform is the most powerful and effective? How can I keep social media from stealing all of my time? Grab your headphones and join me for a chat!
31:17
December 11, 2013
HTB #009 – Blogging and (gasp) Making Money – An Interview with Amy Andrews
Today we are chatting with Amy Lynn Andrews. She is my go to person when I have a technical question and her blog is jam packed with blogging tips and tricks. In this episode we'll chat about: * Why it’s ok to make money from your blog * How to make money from your blog * Why we were in our closets when we recorded this interview  
43:12
December 4, 2013
HTB #008 – Getting Things Done, To Do Lists and Virtual Assistants – An Interview with Crystal Stine
Today's episode is packed full of great tips on guest posting, our favorite productivity apps and how a virtual assistant can help you (even if you don't think you can afford one.) Grab your headphones and join us!   
37:36
November 20, 2013
HTB #007 – The Most Effective Content Bloggers Can Create
In this episode of the How They Blog Podcast, I’m sharing the single most important kind of content to create for your blog. This kind of content has been the core element of any blogging success I’ve achieved and will have the best return on your time investment. We’ll dive in again with some blogger […]   
20:32
November 13, 2013
HTB #006 – The Most Important Blogging Question You Can Answer
Today on the How They Blog Podcast, I share about the one question that has transformed my blogging. This question is the foundation of any good blog plan and was a core element in the success of my second blog (vs. my first blog). Grab some headphones and join me for a chat! How to […]   
25:01
November 6, 2013
HTB #005 – Blogging and Community – An Interview with Kristen Strong
She always has a smile for everyone. I've met few people as friendly and warm as Kristen Strong. Maybe it has something to do with her "always meeting new people" military life, or maybe God just gave her a little extra love to share. Whatever the reason, Kristen is like a one woman welcome party. No matter how awkward or wallflower-ish you feel at an event, strike up a conversation with Kristen and you'll feel right at home. This sense of community permeates everything Kristen does online. She writes often about finding community, she is a core part of the (in)Courage community and she has a heart to encourage wives, moms and particularly military wives and moms. Join us today as we chat about her blogging journey and how blogging community can become real community.
35:46
October 30, 2013
HTB #004 – Blending Marriage, Blogging and Business – An Interview with Emily Jones
In this episode of the How They Blog podcast, I have the honor of sharing the wisdom of Emily Jones with you. She blogs at JonesDesignCompany.com We talk about how she blends blogging and business, works alongside her husband and the incredibly fun thing she does to fight the dreary Seattle winter days. She is just lovely and wise, I know you'll love her. So, click play and join us!  
29:00
October 23, 2013
HTB #003 – Running Multi-Author Blogs and Writing eBooks – An Interview with Stacey Thacker
Today we are chatting with Stacey Thacker about how to manage multiple multi-author blogs, saying no to blogging opportunities and writing ebooks. Note: This was recorded several weeks ago, when my sidekick was just a few weeks old, so he makes a small debut. Say hello to Captain.  
24:40
October 16, 2013
HTB #002 – Blogging and Book Writing – An Interview with Heather MacFadyen
How do you write a book proposal? How do you balance blogging and book writing? Why do bloggers need conferences? These are just a few of the topics I’m chatting about today with Heather MacFadyen. Welcome to episode #002 of the How They Blog Podcast! Heather blogs at Godcenteredmom.com/ and is in the midst of […]   
28:19
October 9, 2013
HTB # 001 – Welcome To The How They Blog Podcast!
Welcome to the first episode of the How They Blog Podcast! Podcasting is my new favorite thing and while I’ve been recording shows over at my other blog, Inspired To Action, for awhile, I’m incredibly excited about bringing podcasting over to HTB. Today’s Topic Today’s show is all about 3 core concepts that can have […]  &#
25:07
October 2, 2013
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