Learn From My Interview with Ms.Ileane – How to Master Blogging

Master Blogging & More With Ms. Ileane

Ms. Ileane was one of the first bloggers I followed and I’ve learned a lot from her. I could not believe she still works full time and I really wanted to know, “How does she do it all and set the bar for us bloggers? ”  I cannot keep up with her! She can master blogging and so much more.

Master blogging with Ms. Ileane



My Interview With Ms. Ileane, a Master Blogging Queen & More

Ms. Ileane how do you do it all? You are superwoman, everywhere all the time.  Do you still work full time?

Yes, I recently celebrated 30 years on the job. But I’m not unique. We have something called “The 25 Year Club” and there are about 40 of us. I feel truly blessed that I found a company to work for that’s more like a second family.

In what field do you work Ms. Ileane?  

We are a not-for-profit publisher that is also known as a standards development organization. The standards are developed by the technical experts and we are the administrators. I’m the membership manager.

Did you really start blogging by accident? 

Absolutely! I owe it all to my beautiful daughter Nikki who called me one day back in 2009 to announce that she started a blog. I went to check it out and in the process of trying to “follow” her’s I ended up registering http://ileane.wordpress.com

How long have you been blogging? I believe I see 2009 on your blog / about you.

Yes, that’s correct.

What made you go with multiple authors for your blog Ms. Ileane?

Ms. Ileane Facebook pageThat was another happy accident.  I started a Facebook page and I heard that a good way to boost your engagement on Facebook is to ask questions or do polls with your fans. I did a poll and at the time I didn’t have many fans, so I thought I would get around 3 or 4 responsed. The question was “Would you be interested in doing a guest post on Basic Blog Tips?” I ended up with close to 40 responses and things haven’t been the same since.  https://www.facebook.com/questions/195549000491236/  You know they always say “Be careful what you wish for!” lol!


You are the Queen of Video Ms. Ileane, were you always good in front of the camera? 

Lisa, with over 135,000 views, and more than 1,500 subscribers you might be surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of my 150+ videos – I am NOT in front of the camera. I try to encourage people all the time to make YouTube videos and you don’t need to ever get in front of the camera if you don’t want to. Truthfully speaking you don’t even need to speak into the microphone. You can use a program like SoundGecko to read your transcripts or blog posts.

Master blogging on You Tube

Back to your question, I don’t really think that I’m “good in front of the camera” but after watching hours and hours of YouTube videos on my 55” SmartTV (I can see every little pimple) I have come to the conclusion that you really don’t need to be all that great on camera. What you DO need is to provide the information that your audience is looking for. Sometimes they just want to laugh or be entertained, other times they’re trying to solve a problem – just keep posting videos until you find out what resonates with your audience. Then you can make more videos that are similar in style and content. Don’t try to get your video to go viral, just keep providing value.

The most watched video on my channel is a tutorial I did for Diigo (which I don’t even use anymore) and at one point they featured the video on the Chrome extension download page. I haven’t checked lately to see if it’s still there, but I keep getting lots of views on on it every month.

The other video that gets a lot of views on my channel is one that I discovered by watching my YouTube Analytics. I noticed that people were searching for “Chrome Toolbar”. It’s actually pretty funny because technically there is no such thing as a Chrome Toolbar but that’s what “the people” want to call it – so I give it to them. This one is called “Google Chrome Toolbar and How to Manage Your Chrome Extensions


What is your favorite video that you did?

I really don’t have a favorite, well let me rephrase that. My latest video is always my favorite video so the one that is my favorite this week won’t be my favorite next week.

But over the past 30 days my most popular video is “What to Wear in Your YouTube Video” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr6C6KSC-2c


I got a lot of comments from my friends on that one because it was my first attempt at comedy on YouTube. I made a point of giving it a serious title, but I probably will change the title one day to – What NOT to Wear in Your YouTube Video.

What is your favorite social network?

YouTube – can’t you tell? lol

I can spend hours on YouTube and even when I shut down my laptop, I will turn off the nightly news to watch YouTube videos (tutorials of course – no cat videos allowed on my TV).

Ms. Ileane you shocked everyone when you went from CommentLuv to G+ comments, what made you do it? How is it going?


I am a huge fan of Andy Bailey and I’m also still a huge supporter of CommentLuv. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to get more comments and increase engagement.

The problem that I started to have is that I was getting WAY too many comments. I know some people would love to have that problem but, I’m only one person (with a full time job). In the past when I thought about removing CL, I didn’t like any of the alternatives. I like Google+ comments because it doesn’t cause me any extra work. I spend a lot of time on Google+ anyway so it’s pretty handy for me kill two birds with one stone.

People ask me if I’m afraid I’ll get less comments. Put it this way, since I started the blog 4 years ago there are close to 40,000 comments that have been published on the blog. Just imagine how many I deleted!

Don’t get me wrong, I love getting comments and connecting with people on the blog but like I mentioned earlier Google+ comments kills both birds with one stone.

Be sure to tune in to my podcast to get more of my thoughts on Google+ comments in an upcoming episode. You can find it at or subscribe in iTunes at http://basicblogtips.com/itunes

Thanks for inviting me over for a chat Lisa! I enjoyed it.

Thank you Ms. Ileane – you are truly an amazing lady!


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90 comments On Learn From My Interview with Ms.Ileane – How to Master Blogging

  • Ileane has always an inspiration to bloggers like me I have been following her BBT blog for long. Nothing more to say. Awesome. Your post is so impressive as well.

  • Awesome chat Lisa.
    Ileane is a great person and she is one of the most helpful bloggers in the blogosphere, its nice to read her interview here.

  • Hi Lisa,

    thanks for sharing this interview! It’s the first time I visit your blog and I’m becoming a more frequent visitor now 🙂
    Ms. Ileane made an awesome point in this interview. All you really need to do is to get started! Regardless if it’s a small step or a big one, the main thing is to get yourself out there so that people can connect with you.

    I’m glad I found this and got reminded on this important point 🙂


  • Hey Lisa
    Ileane’s BasicBlogTips is one of the great blog for webmaster and blogger. i learn a lot from her blog. and the best thing is Ileane is very helpful.
    Thanks for sharing this interview.
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  • there is no doubt that she is a great blogger. perhaps the greatest female blogger. i visit her blog more often. thanks for introducing her with us. BasicBlogTips is one of the blogs i visit on a regular basis. and it helped me a lot in achieveing my goal
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  • The idea behind wearing the correct color clothing for a camera depends on your camera and your background. Say your using a DSLR and your wearing white and behind you is white drywall. This is a problem unless you can position a light to pop yourself out of it. Usually that light goes above you or behind you. There’s a lot in professional video you have to take into account and you’d be shocked at how much matters. Like did you know that your light bulbs in your house are all orange? Yep. You have to buy special lights that have special frequency’s that coordinate with your shutter speed and such. It’s a mess. – Scott Craighead

  • She is so amazing. Truly a superwoman. I also started to blog in the year 2009 after I graduated from college but was on and off consistently. I’ve been switching from one blog concept to another. I hope I can keep up blogging.

  • Ileane has always been an inspiration. I can’t tell you how honoured I was when she gracefully accepted my guest post.

    I didn’t know she had a full time job to boot! Makes her even more remarkable. Thanks for the great interview.
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  • Great post. Thanks for the Sound Gecko information. I had not heard of it before, and now this is my first post read by Bridget. Awesome for all the articles in my ‘to read’ file. I can ‘kill two birds with one stone’ now as I commute to work. I already was a fan of Basic Blog Tips, and really appreciate all the new resources Ms. Ileane has opened up through this post. Thanks Lisa for your great work.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    What a beautiful idea you had with this interview. Short, nice and interesting. Let’s see some valuable ideas:

    1. “You don’t need to be all that great on camera”. This is an invitation to essence, content and value. Substance and value are more important than form.
    2. “What you do need is to provide them with information that your audience is looking for”. So much with the visual appearance, graphic elements and web design. Problem solving is more important unless your readers want only entertainment. And how to find that problem that needs to be solved?

    3. “Keep posting until you find what resonates with your audience”.
    Interesting way to think. Utility over beauty, usefulness over entertainment. She thinks like a real business man. Interesting model this Ms. Ileane. I’ll study her more.

    4. Well Lisa, I’m just curious. This is my 11th comment. I already have 10 comments approved and I should be number two on your top comment luvers list. However, I’m not even on the list. I wonder what happened?

    OK. Interviews are a big tool that can really bring you comments. I can see this first hand on your site, here. Good to know this. Thanks.

    Have a nice day
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    • Hi Silviu, I wanted to know about Ilene as I always wondered how she did it all with a full time job no less. Great points with #1 and 2, it’s more about content and not the form. #3 is like never giving up, keep trying to til you get it right. Interesting about your comments Silviu, I checked my plugin via CommentLuv premium and it does it automatically for the past 30 days. (I tried 60 days and you didn’t show) I would have to go back and count each. I can check with Andy over at CommentLuv. I tried a few variations and you didn’t show if I went to 8 or 9 commentors.
      Have you done any interviews on your site Silviu? Thanks for coming back and for your valid input. Much appreciated! Have a wonderful weekend.
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  • Hi Lisa, very revealing interview! Whenever I’m searching for answers to tech questions, I really do head over to Ileane’s site or her YouTube channel to see if she’s created a tutorial on whatever I need.

    No doubt about it — as Theodore alluded to — Ms. Ileane is everybody’s fave blogger. She could star in her own “Bloggers TV” show: Everybody Loves Ileane! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the interview, Lisa. Happy belated holiday to both you and Ileane.
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  • I didn’t realize that Ms. Ileane has a full time job!! That is amazing. I find it difficult to keep up with social media, my blog and forum marketing, never mind my personal FB page ,business page and email 🙄

    I think you must have SUPER powers 😀

    I still make time to come to Ms. Ileans blog, because I come away learning something new and valuable.

    Thank you Ms. Ileane!! 😎
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  • A very interesting interview Lisa,
    Mrs Ileane is really every bloggers favourite though, i don’t know of others but majority of the bloggers i know likes her a lot because of her simplicity.

    I started visiting her blog few months ago and i really love the interactions going on there. I have also learnt a lot from her indeed.

    She just motivated me now to start shooting youtube videos :).

    Thanks a lot for sharing this interview with us Lisa, and do have a great weekend.
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  • Ileane is one of the greatest woman blogger that stood as a reference to all upcoming bloggers. I was fortunate to join Her group, so exiting, lovely and encouraging.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Wonderful interview and I do like the way she addressed her questions 😉 She’s an inspiration for everyone.

    I must say that she has a sweet voice 🙂 I’ve listened to few of her podcasts when I had chance to visit her blog and at first I thought she’s a radio personality. She MUST be 😉

    I haven’t been around on her blog much, but when recommendations comes in from my felllow bloggers, I stop by at her place and followed on Google+ 😉 I’m a secret follower. Thanks to you, I just followed her on Twitter too.

    I find she’s always in the process of providing value rather than focusing on what she gets in return Lisa. I believe that’s the way to go too and rest will follow 🙂

    Happy 4th of July, Ileane and Lisa 🙂

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  • Hi Lisa and Ileane,

    Awesome interview! I learned a lot of new things about Ms. Ileane’s blogging journey.

    I have heard lots of good stuff about Ileane but honestly I never followed her although I knew she is a great teacher and helper and I can learn a lot from her. I guess I missed out a lot by not following her.

    Her story and her journey are such an inspiration. I will follow her from now on to learn from her and get inpired.

    Thanks Lisa for sharing Ileane’s journey with us. She is such an inspiration. Have a great rest of the week, both of you.

    Be Blessed,


  • Hi Lisa,

    This is a great interview of Ms. Ileane. Wow…did she say she get 40,000 comments and had to delete some of them? Super WOW…I wish I have that problem. LOL!!!! Ileane is sure bubbly and looks like a very down-to-earth person. She’s like everyone’s best friends. I like her very much. Thank you for sharing this interview.

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  • Mrs Ileane is one of the most inspiring blogger out there in the blogosphere. I have been following her blog for the past two years.
    Anyways, thanks for interviewing her. 🙂
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  • WoW

    This has to be the best interview yet! Ileane is so awesome and now I know more about this fabulous woman.

    What hit me the hardest is that I’m not doing videos! I mean, I know that but am not taking action. This is what inspired me the most. I watched her video and was laughing hysterical.

    I love when she said “what about hoodies? or size of earrings?” Goes to show that no matter what…just get in front of the camera!

    Thank you Ileane! You have successfully motivated me today.

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  • Love Ileane’s blog. It’s always stuffed with so many interesting info. I can stick reading it all day)) thanks for another chance to know more about еры Problogger!!!!
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  • This is an interesting interview and has brought up many insights. Madam Ileane is a source of inspiration to many including myself.
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  • Nice post indeed! I like the idea of creating a Facebook page for your blog as opposed to promoting your posts on your personal Facebook page. This seems like a good way to brand your blog and give it some character while also attracting followers. Many tahnks
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  • Hi Lisa!
    I’m so glad you didn’t let me forget about doing this interview. I had so much fun responding to your questions. It’s funny how you were able to bring some things out of me that I’ve never really talked about when I was interviewed in the past.

    I really appreciate the outpouring of support from each and every one who has commented here. I’m familiar with almost every one but anyone who hasn’t had a chance to connect with me, just let me know where you hang out and I’ll connect with you.

    Thanks so much you guys.

    And of course a very special thanks goes out to you Lisa, you are such a sweetheart. Let me know what video you’d like me to work on next and I’ll get right on it after the holiday.

    Chat soon!!
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  • Loved the interview Lisa and the video is hoot! I couldn’t stop laughing. I’m a subscriber of hers on YouTube. I just love how warm she is, she’s definitely a genuine lady.

    She’s right though, we have to get in front of the camera and just do it. I just have to figure out how to overcome my being camera shy. 🙂

    And 30 years at a job is just awesome…thanks for doing the interview Lisa.
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  • Great interview, Lisa – I can’t believe Ileane still works full time – that’s amazing!

    I was particularly interested to hear how her blog got off the ground, also her reasons for changing to G+ comments. I think a lot of bloggers are quietly struggling to cope with responding to comments – they’re lovely, but it can be quite a challenge and I don’t know how super-bloggers who get hundreds of comments deal with it.

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  • Great interview Lisa! I loved this and the video about her changing clothes had me cracking up. When I started following her blog I really love her tone. Her voice is so calming and it makes you want to listen because you know that whatever she teaches you its because she cares. Ms Ileane is one of the most supportive ladies out there and super cool. You asked some awesome questions. Do more Lisa!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    It is a new experience for me. I have been following many well known bloggers for many years and Ileane Smith is one of them; but this is just awesome. 😛
    It made me remember the movie “I, Robot” where Dr. Alfred Lanning helping Will Smith by telling him “My responses are limited; you must ask the right questions”…. ❓ ❓ ❓

    Lisa, I will give you 10/10 for asking the RIGHT questions…
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I know more of Ms Ileane, than I know her personally, but she is definitely every where. she certainly knows how to attract those subscribers. One thing that I didn’t know was that she had a full time job and I know how much harder this makes it for an online business.

    Thank you for this introduction, and have a great week 🙂
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  • Hi Lisa,

    What a great post. I’ve seen IIeane around in internet land but that video is powerful. I know many of my friends that blog are afraid to get in front of the camera and people just need to take action. Who cares if they look goofy, or what they are wearing doesn’t look right. Your audience does not care about that, what they do care about is your message. Great interview. 🙂

  • Great interview with Ileane Lisa!

    She and I had a talk not long ago and I was surprised to hear that she was still working full-time, had been with her job for 30 years and loved it. That’s so rare and I was so jealous. I think if you’re doing what you enjoy then keep at it but for most of us that was never the case. Finding that right place for us is difficult.

    I’ve always been so impressed with how Ileane is just everywhere too. I’ve learned a lot from her as well and I appreciate that she shared all of this with us. I didn’t know she had gotten into blogging because of her daughter. I learned something new here but I did know why we has so many contributors.

    I’m only one person too but I’ll take her comments if she wants to send them my way. Boy, I know they’re time consuming but I just love reading what people have to say and responding to them as well. How can that ever get old!

    Thanks again ladies, wonderful job and you two have a great week.

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    • Thanks Ileane. I know I find it so amazing how she does it all. Isn’t that amazing that she just fell into blogging Adrienne? Her daughter recently did a guest post there, she is adorable. It’s hard with the comments when you work full time, I can relate to that a bit. I love them too but if I had over 100 a day I might consider the change or using more contributors. I do love learning about people via the comments though and they can create more posts for us with questions they bring. Try to stay cool Adrienne, we are having a downpour here now.
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  • Great Post!

    I discovered Ileane about 2 months ago as i was looking through Topsy.com. I typed in Blogging Tips and there she was. First off, I like the fact we have the same last name 😉 . Second, I like all the value she provides. She goes out her way to make sure you’re educated on the tools and strategies of really getting your blog out there.

    Also what I love about her is that she replies to her comments. I’m usually one of the last people to comment on your posts, and she still find the time to comment. Makes you feel special when on average she can have over 30 comments a post easily. Thanks for sharing Lisa!

  • Oh I love this going to check her out right now.
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  • Hello Lisa,

    Great interview. I am sort of a silent admirer of Ms Ileane. I have never been in contact with her (except some comments on her blog). But I have watched some of her video tutorials. She is simply amazing. And the video you included is so hilarious. 😀

    Even though I am not much comfortable in showing my face in a video, but I do have some plans for making some tutorial videos by using some screen recorders.
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  • 😛 I have to giggle at the video! Ms. Ileane is a real hoot! Fabulous interview. I’ve done a couple vlogs however I’m just not that comfy with it yet. I’m more of a picture person, that and I can’t view Youtube videos at home 🙁 Anyway, I hear Ms. Ileane is one of the big un’s to follow for tips and advice. I’ve been reading for awhile and I’ll have to agree. Great tips she has!

    Great interview Lisa!
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  • Hi Lisa and Ileane,

    Awesome interview indeed 🙂

    Ah…Ileane is the one person all of us can always keep learning from – I just love the way she handles it all single handed, and to know that she also has a full time job – gosh! How does she ever manage it all? I guess we really can’t complain about anything when we read about all that she does – isn’t it?

    I loved that video Ileane – and I think you just inspired me a little to get onto YouTube too – you are right – you just need to break those barriers and get on with it – once done, you are through it all. I do listen to your videos, but only sometimes due to the lack of time, but all of them are always done up so well.

    Thanks Lisa for sharing more of Ileane and her inspirational journey with us. She continues to motivate so many like us. Have a nice week ahead, both of you. 🙂
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  • Great interview, Lisa.

    While I was reading the article, I clicked onto SoundGecko and opened an account. Now I just have to fix the sound card on my computer. : ) I still haven’t done that yet. Perhaps I’m enjoying the silence. What is the name of the computer guy you recommended?

    I’d love to make a video. I have a couple of ideas I’ve been kicking around. Can you recommend the best video making platform?

    It’s amazing Ms. Ileane can handle working full time and being everywhere on social media. I would love to hear more about how she was able to achieve the balance. I can barely crank out a blog post a week while being underemployed.
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  • Two of my favorite bloggers having a chat. It couldn’t get much better unless I were in the same room as you. 🙂 Im glad you asked about CommentLuv Lisa, I’m considering the same move as Ileane and going with G+. I’d be interested to know if the lack of moderation been an issue on G+ comments.
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    • Oh, thanks Brian 🙂 Tired of answering all your comments? It can be time consuming. I still love it though. I’m reading and watching how it goes for others like Ms. Ileane with G+ comments. I’m usually one to jump on something new but not that one yet. Thanks for coming by Brian and maybe Ms. Ileane will be answering that question for you. Have a great day and week ahead.
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    • Hi Brian,

      For me lack of moderation is a good thing. You see, moderating thousands of comments is the problem I’m faced with – not the other way around.

      I also see this as being another good reason I see it as a good thing that Google + comments are not really part of my blog’s content. Any spam comments left in Google + are Google’s spam problem – not mine.

      Make sense?
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  • Hey Lisa

    Great interview!

    Ileane gave me some great advice on making YouTube videos only a couple of weeks ago via Google+.

    Now all I need to do is actually make that first video!
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  • Hi Lisa,
    Ileane is a huge support and source of inspiration to many. You may like to know that she made the first ever comment on my blog. I was so shocked to see that she came to such a tiny blog with amateur posts – but you know what? That was like a huge lift to me. she has supported me A LOT. She takes time to reply to mails and chats on Facebook.

    Wonderful lady to hook up with

    Hmmm! I think this is the very first interview of hers I’m reading 😉
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