Now that you her know the name, let's talk about why you need to be reading this girl's blog! She is a free spirited, country music loving, Gilmore Girls obsessed, open book and over all full of life. She also happens to be an excellent source of knowledge for all things blogging. Read on to hear more about all the crazy and fun things going on in Coral's Country!
Charlotte's Little Web: So, your blog is awesome. It is filled with a ton of useful (& funny) information on the blog world. When did you decide to start your own?
Coral's Country: I have been blogging since fall of 2011. It started out as a requirement for a Publications/Journalism class in college. Ever since then I’ve been working on it. The last two years are when I’ve really started to enhance/grow/focus more on my blog. I’ve always loved writing and stuck with it by blogging because it was an outlet to share my story with the world.
Charlotte's Little Web: It is the ultimate outlet, for sure! What do your posts usually focus on? Any favored topics?
Coral's Country: Me. Haha! But really.
My life has been quite the roller coaster ride the last few years--especially since I graduated college in May, 2013. I’ve moved from Iowa to Nashville to Colorado to Wyoming within 12 months. I like writing about my travels and experiences and living the single life as a dreamer with a gypsy soul. I like to put my humorous and sarcastic twist on the mundane mini-adventures of my daily life. I also like to throw in tidbits about country music since that’s where a huge part of my passion lies. I also fancy a fun link-up every now and then.
Charlotte's Little Web: Moving that many times in the span of a single year? Uh, yeah, I'd say that would make for some interesting adventures!
Do you ever find it difficult to share your personal experiences so publically?
Coral's Country: The simple answer is no.
I am a very open, unfiltered and rather sarcastic book. I appreciate being open and honest because I see no reason not to be. Along with that though, I share what I feel comfortable sharing. I try to stick with topics that allow me to share and reflect on my own experiences while hopefully helping someone out [or at least giving them a laugh] along the way.
Charlotte's Little Web: I think the fact that you are an open book is such a lovely characteristic. It takes bravery and it translates really well on your blog!
How do you balance your blog life and your personal life?
Coral's Country: Since it’s just me, there really isn’t an issue with balance.
There is an issue with procrastination sometimes. Because I’m so all over the place and have zero routine in my life, it’s sometimes hard for me to stick to a regular posting schedule. While I do go on lots of mini-adventures, without work and an income or anyone I know, I go days at a time without doing much. Thankfully, this is all about to change.
The thing about balancing life and blogging is you actually have to go out and live your life in order to be able to sit down and write about it.
I try to make sure blogging adds to my life experiences, not take away from them.
Charlotte's Little Web: That's such a fantastic way of looking at blogging! It should definitely be adding to your life, not subtracting from it.
What are some of the day-to-day things that inspire your posts?
Coral's Country: I think the little things are important. There’s something beautiful to be found in everyday. Even the sucky ones. I get inspiration from cruising down backroads, wide open skies, coffee shops, music and positive people.
Charlotte's Little Web: All excellent sources. I think it's easy for bloggers to forget that there doesn't have to be a rock concert in your backyard to make a post interesting.
So, what about your readers? What kind of person do you think you relate to most?
Coral's Country: I’d like to think my readers are a lot like me.
Dreamers, gypsy souls, wanderers. Passionate and positive and outgoing. Deep, but lighthearted. And of course, sarcastic. I’m the most positive/negative person I know, but I try to see the good through the bad and remain strong when I feel weak. If are you reading my story I hope you can relate to it. Or at least laugh at it with me.
Maybe they’re not in a position to travel and roam about like I do, but I hope that my story can give them inspiration to maybe one day do the same or at least to dream about it. If I could have all my readers sitting on tailgates around a bonfire with a Dean Martin look-a-like personal bartender and a private concert from Miranda and Keith, than I would be in H-E-A-V-E-N.
Charlotte's Little Web: Oh, I love me some Miranda too! Your ideal reader sounds awesome.
Any blogs that are a must-follow for you?
Coral's Country: I have followed Living in Yellow since the beginning. She’s one that I regularly go back to because she has built a readership and a business and a following from scratch. She is hilarious and beautiful and makes the most of her life. And she always has the cutest layouts. Bella, Helene, Tay and Meg are a few more. I also recently created Coral’s Corral because I love finding people who express their lives through their blogs--just like me. And you :) You can find all of them here. Us bloggers have a kinship and gotta stick together. These bloggers are funny and great writers and interesting and they keep me coming back for more!
Charlotte's Little Web: Helene is also a favorite of mine! I will definitely be checking out the others.
So, it happens to all of us: Writer's Block. How do you deal?
Coral's Country: Writer’s block or ‘blogger’s block’ as I like to call it is a pain in the you-know-what.
When I get stuck I close my computer, go outside, read a book or Netflix for hours on hours. (Isn’t it cool how we use Netflix as a verb? Or maybe that’s just me). Anywho.. I got the best advice from my AP English teacher in high school. She used to say when you write your first draft, just write to write. No editing, no holds bar--just write the words as they come to you. Then put it in the bottom drawer and walk away from it. Come back later or in the morning and start again. Refreshed.
Now I don’t actually print off my posts, but I’ll draft them and then walk away. When I’m ready, I come back refreshed and recharged and ready to focus. I also try to write down my various ideas, but forget to check on them regularly. I have a lot of great ideas sitting in my draft folder. Those are always good to come back to if you’re looking for new material.
Charlotte's Little Web: I agree. Sometimes you just have to get out of the house in order to get back in your mind.
If someone asked for your best piece of advice before starting their own blog, what would it be?
The best piece of advice I would give would be to just go for it and don’t compare. It’s your life, your story, your blog.
Someone else will always have their life, their story, their blog. Our lives were meant to be connected to one another, not compared. It’s tough not to get jealous or envious of all the other stuff you see out there, but it is so crucial to your own happiness. To appreciate what you have and to tell the story you want to tell-the way you want to tell it-that’s what it’s about.
Charlotte's Little Web: Yes! Authenticity is key to a great blog. Couldn't agree more!
Let's talk celebs for a sec. Which one would you LOVE to hear reads your blog?
Coral's Country: Miranda. Freaking. Lambert.
She is my idol, my inspiration, my spirit diva. I love her and she has inspired me so much through her music and attitude and artistry. If she saw how much I talked about her on my blog or how much she’s inspired me, it’d mean the world to me. Her and her music have given me wings and dreams and so much more. I could never thank her enough. Also, I wouldn’t mind if Keith Urban, Eric Church, The Gilmore Girls or that cast of The Office or Criminal Minds stumbled across my space [not to be confused with MySpace]. They mean more to me than humanly acceptable.
Charlotte's Little Web: Spirit diva-- I love it!
Last question: How would you say blogging has affected your life?
Coral's Country: Blogging has brought me more trials and triumphs than I ever thought possible.
It has also allowed me to be inspired and connected by others and their stories. It’s has helped me to not feel so alone when I often do. Blogging has helped me to find my voice and express it accordingly.
It’s been an up and down journey but it's provided me with a lot of growth and reflection as a person first and a blogger second.
I’m so appreciative of the people I’ve met and connected with and learned from along the way. There’s something special about the bloggy world and the people that inhabit it. I’m just happy to have a place in it and hope I leave it, like this world, a little brighter than when I found it.
1. What's your lucky number? 10. And I honestly have no clue why. It’s been my favorite since I can remember and I made it my sports jersey number whenever possible.
2. What is your guilty pleasure? Coffee. And chocolate. And beer. And Netflix. And owning seasons 1 and 2 of Laguna Beach. I know, I know.
3. What makes you feel sexy? My cowgirl boots. And camo.
4. If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be? MIRANDAfreakingLAMBERT because she is my spirit diva. I would love to live a day in her shoes. Perform, run the Pink Pistol and Ladysmith, kiss Blake Shelton [to keep it PG] and basically just be a badass. I mean helloooooo, need I say more??
5. It's 12 o'clock on a Friday night, where are you? Out doing shots of Fireball. Or doing loads of laundry. I live a complex life.
6. What book, movie title, or television series best describes your love life? Yes Please, Morning Glory and Gilmore Girls. I just had to go for all three.
7. What #hashtag, or social media slang, drives you crazy? Bae. I use it but yes, it toats drives me cray cray.
8. Do you have a particular superstition that you still follow? I don’t do odd numbers of anything, I never grab the first item off the shelf (if I can help it) and I have a dream catcher in my car.
9. If you had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, what would it look like? Leggings, boots and a big comfy sweater.
10. Dog Collector or Cat Lady? I have zero pets but WILL own a husky one day! I prefer dogs, but if cats are around I probably won’t kick them.
11. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Ranch.
12. Penthouse in the city or farmhouse in the middle of nowhere? Farmhouse all the way. Out in the wide open spaces where I have lots of room to make my big mistakes ;)
13. It's your last meal. What's on your plate? Chicken Alfredo pasta, pizza, Applebee’s Honey BBQ boneless wings, Auntie Annie’s pretzels, pickle wraps, ice cream and coffee in an IV. And something fried from the Iowa State Fair.