African Adventure Blog Featured in Australian Newspaper [Blogger Success Bulletin Issue 4]

September 12, 2016


This is the Fall 2016 Edition of the Blogger Success Bulletin

Stories of Real Build Your Own Blog Customers Off to Strong Starts

New African Adventure Blog Gets Publicity in Local Newspaper

Blogger Amy Stevens is off to a terrific start! Before her blog was even ready, her local newspaper, the Independent (Australia), ran this article seen below:


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Amy let me know about this exciting development via email. In my congratulatory reply, I asked her a few questions. Here is a brief Q&A with Amy Stevens:

How did you find Build Your Own Blog and why did you decide to follow Matt’s setup guide?

I love video-based tutorials and I found Build Your Own Blog during a Google search I conducted while attempting to learn how best to go about starting a blog – something with which I was unfamiliar. I decided to follow Matt’s setup guide because it was designed for beginners, presented in a logical, linear fashion and appropriate to what I wanted to achieve.

What do you like about the setup guide?

I liked the highly sequential nature of the setup guide and the fact that it was presented both verbally and visually. Matt talks the viewer through each step while providing visual reinforcement showing what to do. This makes the subject matter very easy for someone with no prior knowledge of blogging to follow along with.

What else do you like about Build Your Own Blog?

To my mind, the most impressive feature of Build Your Own Blog is Matt’s genuine commitment to his audience. He promises on his site to respond to requests for help within 24 hours, and guess what? He did! He has also continued to assist me via email whenever I have had a question about hosting, plugins, widgets or anything to do with blogging.

What are you plans for your African Adventure Blog?

I plan to use African Adventures to tell the story of my life as an Australian expatriate in Africa and how my husband Austin and I came to be where we are today, and to showcase Austin’s spectacular photography.

I anticipate that it could take me approximately eighteen months to tell this story, and after that, I think the future of African Adventures should be decided by my readers. It could live on as a travel blog or it could evolve into something with a stronger wildlife conservation slant. I intend to ask my readers what they want when the time comes.

African adventure blog lovers can mark their calendars for Sept. 15th as Amy shares her exciting experiences in the African bush. Visit

If you like travel blogs, check out My African Adventures!

Seasoned Therapist Sets Up Website to Help Hurting Children

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Ray Messer has been working as a children’s psychotherapist since the early 90s–when most people still knew little about the internet.

This year he created a new website to help him with some career goals, all of which ultimately lead to helping children find healing in their lives.  He elaborates in the Q&A below…

Why did you start a new website?

I am a frustrated writer and thinker with regard to the treatment of behavioral disorders in children.  It is my hope that writing for a Blog Site will sharpen my skills as a writer, organize my materials,  and result in greater exposure of my theories and practices to other treatment providers and thinkers.  My fantasy is that another book will result; this time with a publisher.

How did Matt’s blog setup guide help you?

I was able to use Matt’s tutorial to get me started.  I kept the videos on one screen and my work on another. They were well organized and to the point.  I think one of the more important aspects of Matt’s help was to get me connected with “hosting.”  They were truly everything that Matt had said they would be.

Please share a little about your background and your business:

I have been a Mental Health therapist for more than 37 years.

Prior to that I had been trained in the hard sciences.  I have tried over the course of my career to develop interventions that are based in science rather than just “what works at the time.”  I work three days a week in the office, and two days a week are spent on Blogging and doing research.

My wish is to reach more people who are interested in learning about effective mental health treatment and techniques (parents and providers).  One of my most sincere wishes is to reach parents of difficult toddlers (biologic and adopted).  I wish to help them actually resolve their difficulties at that point in their children’s development, rather than wait to get treatment when the problems become more unmanageable in later childhood or adolescence.

Anyone interested in contacting Ray and following his writings can do so at

Here’s a psychotherapist helping kids through his website!

 Closing Out This Issue of the BSB

If you have started a blog by using the Build Your Own Blog Setup Guide and would like to see your blog featured in a future issue of the Blogger Success Bulletin, please email me: [email protected]

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Well done!

    So happy to see Amy hit the ground running.

    Step by step tutorials really do rock. We crave to know how to do something so if we read and/or see the steps we can solve problems with greater ease. My recent 10 to 12 step, how to posts even got page 1 on Google for their clear, step by step nature. People dig easy to understand and follow solutions for their most pressing blogging needs.

    Thanks for the inspired share Matthew and keep up the great work!


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hello Ryan,

      I’m not surprised you are excited about Amy’s travel blog. I’m pretty excited about it too. With her husband’s photography skills, it should be a good one! I should introduce her to you so you guys can connect.

      Glad you liked this, bud.


  2. Martin Stone says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Good to read stories of others starting blogs with your step by step guide. I found your site, used your offer for hosting with bluehost and was up and running very quickly. Now I need to keep on working on the blog and make sure I add value to users who want to save/plan their money.

    Thanks again!


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Martin,

      That’s fantastic news!

      So is your blog focused on how to save money? Tell me more. 🙂 That’s a nice niche and I’m sure people here will be checking it out!

      Keep me posted on the progress,


  3. Martin Stone says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew,

    recipeforsaving combines two passions – money and food! Its a small play on words and I hope to provide recipes on how to get out of debt, ways to save, plan for retirement. I also hope to provide ideas on good food with a low cost that can help with saving money.


  4. Lisa Sicard says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew, wow, 2 great stories. It is amazing how one can to do everything needed to blog as it is not just writing. They are so many steps involved and it sounds like your tutorials really helped these folks out. Ray’s story is amazing as he is able to help kids via his blog. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing these with us Matthew.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad you were inspired by these two stories that are really just beginning. 🙂

      How’s your story going?


  5. walter Pedersen says:    •   3 years

    Hey Matthew Great post,

    Learning everything their is to blogging with a step by step guild very awesome indeed
    Keep up the great work that you do.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Walter,

      Great to meet ya! Thanks and keep me posted on your progress.


  6. John Martin says:    •   3 years

    Matthew, really enjoyed this post! It’s great to see these 2 case studies and how people new to blogging appreciate your step-by-step video lessons! Setting up a blog seems complicated to many, and you’re making it simple. Making step-by-step vids is a fantastic idea, and one that I hope to implement on my new social media blog.

    In fact, I just found your site because Ryan Biddulph mentioned you on his blog. You’re a fantastic teacher, and I’ll definitely be back to check out more!

    Thanks again, Matthew!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi John,

      Great meeting you for the first time! Super excited to help you grow. Keep in touch. I’d love to hear how the social media site is going.

      Ryan is awesome. Love following him around the world. He puts out a ton of great advice.

      Don’t be a stranger, John!


  7. Joaquin Rios says:    •   3 years

    A blog about African Adventures? I love Africa. I will read it, sure. Thanks