Sadie is a blogger from the St. Louis area who covers a wide variety of subjects n her site called Slap Dash Mom. Just because the word “mom” is in her site’s name, does mean she’s a mommy blogger. She is a mom of three girls, but she doesn’t fit in the regular niche of mommy bloggers well known for practically talking about their small children or baby products.
Sadie is a also a lesbian who doesn’t fear what others try to say and she’s not afraid to tell it how it is. She really covers it all. She warns new visitors that they could be offended as she does cover some controversial topics. Her connection with her readers and followers are strong, bring in between 100 to 500 responses on individual posts on her Facebook fan page alone. This gal knows how to drive in loyal and active following.
I want to thank Sadie for taking the time to answer my questions for my series on an Interview with an Influential Blogger.
NILE: What inspired you to start blogging, or why did you start blogging?
SADIE: I’ve always been a writer, so it was just natural for me to start blogging when I learned how to type. I was about 14 when I started my first blog. I continued over the years, and have had dozens since then. I started to monetize in 2012.
NILE: How did you go about promoting your own blog/ website?
SADIE At first, I promoted on a mom’s forum I belonged to. It kind of took off from there, via social media.
Currently, I promote all of my posts through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google Plus.
NILE: Have you ever had some difficulty in the beginning when trying to reach a target audience? If so, how did you overcome that issue?
SADIE: I still struggle with that issue because I talk about so many different things, that my target audience is very broad. I don’t have a specific niche. I talk about everything from fitness to social issues, so lots of different people read. I’m okay with that.
NILE: Now, you are a mom, but don’t like to take up the “mommy blogger” niche? What made you decide upon not being regarded as a mommy blogger?
SADIE: I don’t really like “mommy” blogs. To me, they’re boring. They talk about diapers, baby food, and way too many product reviews and giveaways. Some even come off as super spammy. I know we all have to make a living, but when I visit a blog I want to read real content – not just fluff. And I don’t care how many wet diapers Junior had today.
NILE: What has been the highlight point of your blog?
SADIE: My highlight point was when I shared my daughter’s bullying story and got so much positive feedback! So many
people shared their stories, their kids stories… it was nothing short of amazing. I still get emails almost
daily about it and it’s been over a year.
NILE: Can you share 1 or 2 tips on how to become a better blogger, at least from your own experience?
SADIE: Definitely! The number one tip I tell EVERYONE is… be yourself! Don’t try to be a mommy blogger if you’re not one.
Don’t try to fit into a niche. While niche blogs are profitable, if you want to have a voice you have to be real, and not everyone fits in a niche. Don’t focus too much on fitting inside the box.
NILE: In your opinion, what is it that you believe a person must do in order to become influential amongst their niche?
SADIE: Be honest and real – people can sniff a fake out a mile away. Do your research. You can’t just act like you know it all. If you want to be regarded as an authority, you’ve gotta be able to back it up. That’s why I’m an authority in snark. Yes, if snark were a niche, I’d fit.
Sadie Lankford enjoys photography, learning sign language, scrapbooking, writing, blogging, and playing with her kids and dog… amongst many other things. She also enjoys ranting and cooking.
Have you met Sadie or read her blog?