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Featured Member Interview: Susan Whetzel

Susan is the blogger behind She’s Becoming Doughmesstic, a blog that makes us drool on a regular basis. Susan is married and is a mom to one son named Seven (his real name, you can read why he’s named that here. It’s a neat story.) She lives in Virginia, likes to travel, and has started a cake decorating and catering business. During a recent Skype conversation with Susan, she and I discovered that we were both at Virginia Tech during the same time period. That was a fun connection to make!

We’ve enjoyed getting to know Susan better over the past month and we look forward to seeing what other yummy creations she shares on her blog! You can get to know a little bit more about her from our blogger interview:

1. What do you like best about working with brands?

Getting to know the people behind the product is an experience I wish everyone could have…it’s truly rewarding! For example, I got to meet the CEO of JellyBelly, who kindly sent me a huge gift box after the Rose Bowl where we first met. I also had the privilege of lunching with Fred Noe, a great grandson of Jim Beam. Once you get to know these companies, you feel connected, and it’s a pleasure to do business with those you feel that connection.

2. At Blissdom, we featured a Community Vision Board for 2011. What is your vision for this year?

I’ve told the world that 2011 is my year. By saying that, I feel like it’s my job to make it happen…and I hope to hold only myself accountable. If I try, I succeed. The success lies in the attempt.

3. How do you create community with your blog readers and those you interact with online?

Like most bloggers, I use Twitter and Facebook, both of which are incredible tools. I also love meeting as many other bloggers as I can- so conventions, junkets, and fam trips are great ways to put faces with names. I think every blogger should try to experience at least one conference a year- it is a great way to network.

4. Who have been your blogging mentors? and/or Who do you look up to or draw inspriration from?

I draw inspiration from so many, it doesn’t seem fair to make a short list! Let’s just say I am terribly motivated by women bloggers who truly work their blogs…meaning, they live it, they breathe it. Any blogger who makes a living at it knows a blog is work- from multiple Facebook and Tweets daily, to engaging with their readers via email, to staying committed to their sponsors and fans alike. But, it’s the best job I could ever ask for.

Thank you, Susan! Be sure to check out She’s Becoming Doughmesstic, follow Susan on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook!

1 Comment

  1. Great interview… I can’t wait to pop over and read her blog.

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