Hello Chris Monty from Baltimore, MD.
Chris, I believe you have one of the best entertaining blogs out there, which we will soon share with our BC members as everyone on BC enjoys getting to know the blogger behind the blog.
Chris’s blog is called Viral Video Box and when you visit his blog you’ll know instantly why he chose that name. In fact here’s a taste of his latest post that will blow you away.
Click here > Swedish-subway-hair-care-ad-will-blow-you-away-video/
Chris is a husband, father and a blogger that loves meeting other bloggers because he enjoys the social aspect of the blogging and who wouldn’t? It is fun. ;D
Chris in reading your BIO on BC you wrote that you started blogging in 2008 and never looked back. Were you really so serious about it that you gave up your day job?
Chris: No, I became serious about blogging after I was laid off from my job in mortgage. I began to realize the potential in blogging and decided to “take the bull by the horns.”
Angie: Well, looks like you grabbed him really tight and didn’t let go. What was it that you use to do at the mortgage company?
Chris: I was a mortgage loan officer.
Angie: Yup, been there and done that….it’s boring alright. Is that all you did, work on your blogging career? If so, how did you make ends meet so quickly?
Chris: No, I had a few jobs in between…I took a job at another mortgage company, then did some local SEO for a marketing company in Baltimore. Eventually, the blog took off to the point where I could give up my day job.
Angie: Was that before or after the three daughters came around? Just wondering b/c that couldn’t have been so easy to leave your job.
Chris: Quite right. My daughters are 16, 10 & 6 so they were born before I started blogging. It wasn’t easy walking away from a day job, but things were going well enough at the time that it was possible.
Angie: That’s pretty awesome. Not to many people can say that. So back in 2008 who’s blog or article was it that inspired you to start blogging?
Chris: I used to spend a lot of time reading the ProBlogger blog and bloggers like ShoeMoney. I think they make it sound a little easier than it is, but at the time, it was very motivating.
Angie: How do you select the videos you’ve chosen to use on your blog? Because the ones you presently have are all so much fun to watch.
Chris: I subscribe to about 80 different video feeds, some from YouTube, some from Reddit, some from Vimeo, etc. I take the ones that look like they’re going to resonate with our audience and those are the ones we write about.
Angie: Can you remember a time when someone might have criticized what you wrote about? – How did you respond?
Chris: There are times when people think a video goes too far, or back when I wrote a local news blog, there were people who objected to me portraying a certain part of the city as being a “bad neighborhood.” Being a blogger, you learn to develop a thick skin pretty quickly. You can’t please everyone.
Angie: One of your videos under your “Prank” tab, I thought was horribly cruel yet the ones that did the prank and the ones watching it while it happened thought it was so funny. I’m referring to the one called “Most Extreme Wake-Up Pranks Ever” I mean really……if that was you what would you have done afterwards to those people?
Chris: You have to understand, a lot of these pranksters will do anything to get more views on their videos. Sometimes, the pranks are real, and sometimes it’s clear that the victims were in on it. I don’t know if that wake-up prank was real or not, but that would be an incredibly dangerous prank to pull on an unsuspecting victim.
Angie: I got a kick out of the way Samuel L. Jackson DESTROYS the Reporter who mistakes him for Laurence Fishburne who did the Super Bowl commercial.
And for those who didn’t watch the Super Bowl here’s Laurence Fishburne in the commercial.
You also have what is called: “Get Viral Videos in Your Inbox. Is that the same as a news letter only you’re sending videos? Or is there something more added to your subscription?
Chris: Yes, that’s just a way for readers to get the daily VVB feed sent to them. Some people like RSS, some people like Facebook or Twitter, some people like email.
Angie: How does your family feel about your blogging? Do they help you with finding great videos for you?
Chris: My family has some idea of what I do, but I try to keep my work life separate from my home life. Every once in a while, if a video is REALLY funny, I’ll show my teenage daughter and she’ll get a kick out of it. Sometimes, my wife will show me a video that’s circulating on Facebook and I’ll realize I need to get that on our blog ASAP.
Angie: After blogging for over 5 years now professionally, what advice would you give to bloggers that are new and serious to blogging?
Chris: Never give up. Just when you think you’re done and you’ll never make it, don’t give up. Just when you think all is lost, don’t give up. Never ever give up. The universe rewards the persistent. Also, make some connections (i.e. – friends). Find other bloggers who blog about what YOU blog about and make friends. It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know.
Angie: Was there something you learned the hard way?
Chris: There are a lot of ad networks out there who will try to screw you out of the money you’ve earned. Trust no one.
Angie: Besides Facebook, which social network would you say you’ve had the best experience using and why?
Chris: I would say definitely Pinterest. As Facebook has completely destroyed the news feed for brands lately, Pinterest has really picked up as a valuable traffic source. If you can get invited to contribute to some of the big boards out there, you can generate a lot of traffic quickly.
Angie: If you weren’t blogging professionally what would you be doing today?
Chris: I still work as an SEO for a local digital marketing agency. With three kids, it’s nice to have health benefits. :)
Angie: Will you still be blogging 10 years from now?
Chris: No one knows what tomorrow brings, but I certainly hope I will be.
Angie: I’m glad to hear you say that.
And If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Chris: Jedi mind trick…obvious reasons.
Angie: And who wouldn’t want that?