Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday Savvy Sensation: The Golden Eagle

I think this is the first time I've had a Savvy Sensation that I can't introduce to you by name. Yep. I only know her as The Golden Eagle. And I know that she's amazing. She has an awesome, professional blog with lots of followers. If you haven't met her yet, you should. So here she is:

Who are you (what do you write, what are your personal stats)?
I'm a teenage writer of Science Fiction, along with Fantasy and some other genres every now and then.

Where can we find you online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)?
You can find me at my blog The Eagle's Aerial Perspective:
thegoldeneaglesblog.blogspot.com

When did you begin your online platform building?
I think I really began building my platform during Alex J. Cavanaugh, Elana Johnson, and Jen Daiker's Great Blogging Experiment, where they asked participants to write about what makes a good character. Before that point I followed very few writers, but after the event I gained many followers and started looking for other writing blogs in earnest.

What is your message, if any (is your blog about anything specific, for example)?
I don't have a specific message; I blog about a lot of different topics, though writing is definitely one of the main themes. Books and science are two other subjects that I return to with some frequency.

How have you built your followers? What have you done that has been the most successful?
Commenting and following other bloggers, mainly. Nothing beats networking with others if you want to build an online platform--though, sticking to the reason I started a blog in the first place, networking is not my No. 1 priority. Sharing my thoughts and finding out what other people think (and getting to know them in the process) is.

What have you done that has failed?
Just following. I used to follow, not comment, and not add the blog I followed into a folder in Google Reader--the feed aggregator I use--so I couldn't find the blog again later to comment. Some people follow back regardless, but they're much more likely to comment if you do, first.

How much time do you spend blogging? Reading blogs? Commenting on blogs?
Sometimes I spend as little as an hour, sometimes I can spend four. But the average is around 2-3.

What else should we know about you?
I'm crazy about raptors, any raptors--though I suppose you may have guessed that from my screen name. :) Oh, and I can't decide whether web design or crewel needlework is more fun. I'm serious. They're both awesome.

Any additional advice for our readers?
If you want to blog successfully, go with what you really want to post about. Think about what you want your blog to say, what subjects you want/don't want to cover, and go for it--don't let anything block you. It's your piece of the web, so make it yours.

What makes you unique?
I try to figure that out all the time.

105 comments:

Mithril Wisdom said...

Any raptors ? Even.... VELOCIraptors? The greaters hunters in history...
It always amazes me when bloggers are so popular and attribute commenting on other blogs as their main tip - where do you find enough hours in the day?!

AlexJCavanaugh said...

See, it's easy to put in several hours a day blogging! That character event Elana, Jen, and I hosted had a lot of participants - glad it helped you so much, Golden!

Southpaw said...

Love the last answer! so honest. I also love the advice to readers. Solid!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you so much for having me, Laura! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Velociraptors are my favorite of the dinosaurs. :) In a similar vein, have you ever heard of Haast's Eagle? It's thought to be THE largest eagle that ever existed.

Sometimes I don't; often I'll miss posts and visit fewer blogs than I'd like. I think it depends on your blogging style and how much time you have--there's no right way to comment or follow other bloggers!

The Golden Eagle said...

I really enjoyed participating!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks!

Susan Gourley said...

It is so easy to put in all those hours hopping around from blog to blog. It's cool to hear how you got started.

MISH said...

It was great learning more about you, Golden Eagle. You are still a teenager - I would never have guessed that - you have a sense of maturity far beyond your years. :)

Michael Offutt said...

I pretty much do what Eagle says to do on following and commenting. I agree that it has been the most successful. I reword what is said with, "One gets from the world what one puts into it."

Emily Rose said...

I love The Golden Eagle! Her blog is one of my favorites:)

Emily Rose said...

Velociraptors are my number one dinosaurs as well:)

The Dandy Lioness said...

It was fun to read your interview. I follow Eagle's blog religiously.

~Sofie

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Thanks for the introduction to Golden Eagle. Great tips too.

Brooke R. Busse said...

I've been meaning to follow her, as she is a teenage writer like myself. I just haven't had time to read through all of her posts yet. Thanks for the interview, ladies.

Sue Roebuck said...

Hi GE! Nice to see you with Laura :-) I love your blog and can't get over the fact you say you're a teenager! You write way beyond your years. Thank you GE and Laura.

Michael said...

Hi, Laura,

So nice to meet you.

Hi, Golden,

Great interview, I always love to visit your blog. You have interesting subjects. And, even though I am not excited about science the way you are, I certainly learn a lot about it and actually enjoy it.

I am very impressed how smart academically you are as well as a highly creative person. It goes to show you that the arts and sciences can blend beautifully. You are proof of that.

Have a great weekend ladies.

Nicole MacDonald said...

I've enjoyed reading Eagle's blog for a while now :) but that said, I probably don't read every post. I enjoy blogs that are informative but more on a 'this is what I've found' manner than 'this is the way to do it'. There are sooo many writers blogs out there that you have to let your personality shine through—like Eagle does—otherwise you'll get passed by. Be yourself is my tip, I guess : )
Damsel in a Dirty Dress

Old Kitty said...

Awwww thank you Laura for featuring one of my most fave bloggers - the ever so golden Golden Eagle in your wonderful blog!

What makes Golden Eagle so unique? She dances! She writes! She UNDERSTANDS PHYSICS! lol!

And she loves vultures!

Take care
x

Li @ Flash Fiction said...

I started following Golden Eagle after reading a couple of science posts last spring. I like that she writes clearly and thoughtfully on numerous subjects. Hi GE! *Waves* Glad to see you here, and thanks for hosting her, Laura :-)

Susan Kane said...

I love following Eagle's blog. She is so versatile in her interests. When I started following her, she had been doing some posts of astronomy and earth science. Then she was doing Teaser Tuesday. It is amazing to me that Eagle is so young. She has a great writing future ahead.

Tania F Walsh said...

Very sound advice... and that's what I do as well:)

Far Away Eyes said...

I'm astounded that your a teenager. WOW! Thanks for the advice. I think I'll take it. Great Interview.

anthony stemke said...

I love the golden eagle blog. It is always interesting and more often than not fascinating.

Christine Rains said...

Great interview and wonderful advice.

Deniz Bevan said...

Great interview!
Needlework, really? I agree - I love to knit :-)

Beth Fred said...

Great to know more about you Golden and &great to meet you Laura

Shellyarkonwrites said...

Nice interview of very talented girl.

Kimberlee Turley said...

I enjoy commenting t, but I don't always have the time and some days it seems like just getting to read all the new posts is the most I can afford time-wise.

Shae said...

Love this post at love the Golden Eagle - thanks so much for sharing!

Stuart Nager said...

I've been impressed with GE for awhile now: always glad to know more. Thanks for interviewing her Laura. Nice to "meet" you as well.

Rachel Morgan said...

Nice answer to the last question ;-)
And, um, what is crewel needlework?

Catherine Johnson said...

Super interview ladies!

Trisha said...

Great interview! Eagle rocks :) hehe. I also agree with her advice on posting what you want to post, what feels right, etc.

Laura Barnes said...

I know! I never have time to comment. It's not that I'm selfish or that I don't want to. I just have no idea WHEN to do it. Glad I'm not alone. :)

Laura Barnes said...

LOL! I still think that marathon bloggers are some sort of super heros :)

Laura Barnes said...

It's a great last answer, I have to agree.

Laura Barnes said...

You're welcome!

Laura Barnes said...

I love the "there's no right way" theory!

Laura Barnes said...

No kidding! Give me the time and I'm lost in blogs for hours.

Laura Barnes said...

I totally wanted to say the same thing but wouldn't have said it so eloquently. She is very mature and will obviously go far.

Laura Barnes said...

That's a great saying to apply to blogging :)

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks for following over here!

Laura Barnes said...

I do too. She's great. Thanks for commenting!

Laura Barnes said...

You're welcome!

Laura Barnes said...

I didn't really you were a teenager too, Brooke! You also have a maturity in your writing. Rock on!

Laura Barnes said...

I know. It was a surprise to me too when I read her answers. You're welcome for the interview!

Laura Barnes said...

Great to meet you, too!

Laura Barnes said...

I don't read every post of anything - who has time? Personality is big. Totally good point.

Laura Barnes said...

LOL! She's a girl after my own heart - I did well in physics too. Now biology is a different subject...

Laura Barnes said...

You are welcome!

Laura Barnes said...

She has a great science future too! I can't wait to see where she goes with her life.

Laura Barnes said...

Wise beyond her years :)

Laura Barnes said...

She's amazing, right? That's why she's a savvy sensation :)

Laura Barnes said...

Isn't it? I totally agree.

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks!

Laura Barnes said...

Totally! Is there anything she doesn't do?

Laura Barnes said...

Great to meet you too!

Laura Barnes said...

Thank you!

Laura Barnes said...

You speak my own thoughts, Kimberlee. I struggle just responding to my own blog comments. Not complaining - I love it, I do - just wish there were more hours in a day :)

Laura Barnes said...

You're welcome!

Laura Barnes said...

Nice to meet you as well!

Laura Barnes said...

I love the last answer too :)

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks!

Laura Barnes said...

It is good advice about posting what you want. Though I do think that you should be consistent with whatever you post. If you are mostly an informative blog, stay that way always. If you are a review blog, then be consistent with that. And if you are a post whatever, whenever type - then make sure your personality always shines through and that you never get too serious. GE is definitely a personality blog and she does it well.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm happy to see The Golden Eagle here. Thought may she should be The Golden Raptor!

Laura Barnes said...

Ha ha. I concur :)

theresamilstein said...

I meant "Thought maybe..."

Laura Barnes said...

I knew what you meant :)

MedeiaSharif said...

Great interview. Golden Eagle is a fantastic blogger and I see we share similar views on blogging, commenting, and following.

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks! I appreciate the comment :)

Eaglesblogspotmail said...

Sometimes too easy . . . LOL.

The Golden Eagle said...

Glad you enjoyed it!

Aw, thank you. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Short and true!

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm glad you had fun reading!

Thanks for being such an awesome follower, Sofie. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks!

The Golden Eagle said...

Hooray for fellow teenage writers! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Glad you enjoy my blog--and thank you for the writing compliment.

You're very welcome. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you. :)

I'm always surprised that so many people consider science and art to be mutually exclusive; it's true that art isn't "logical" the way science is, but there are still many links.

The Golden Eagle said...

I don't read every post on the blogs I follow, either. It would take too much time--and besides, I don't feel that my comments are as good on a post whose subject I'm not all that invested in.

Great tip!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks!

Well, I suppose you've answered the last question of the interview. ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

Hi, Li! :D

Come April there will be more science posts; I hope you find them as interesting as last year!

Eaglesblogspotmail said...

Thank you! I hope I can live up to it . . .

I'm so glad you enjoy following my blog. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Cool. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Yup, teenager. :P

You're very welcome!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks!

Yes, really. :) And knitting is awesome!

The Golden Eagle said...

Glad you enjoyed it. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Aw, thanks!

The Golden Eagle said...

Same here. Some days I only get to visit a few blogs and comment . . . or barely manage to reply to the comments on my blog.

The Golden Eagle said...

Glad you liked the post! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for coming by. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks!

It's embroidery, only with wool.

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

LOL. I considered several raptor-related names before I started blogging, but I never thought of that one!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you! :)

Jhasushmitaa said...

lovely!!!

Jen said...

Great feature! I've been reading Golden's blog for a while now. She has a very professional blog that is always fun and informative :D

Jen

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks!

Laura Barnes said...

Very professional. Thanks for the feedback!

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks, Jen! :)

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