Rebecca Anderson of ExclusivelySGF

Tell us about yourself.
Born and raised in Springfield, I couldn’t love this community anymore. I tried to go to college away, but found myself homesick for the Queen City. After moving back, I fell in love with Drury University, and I really feel at home.

How did ExclusivelySGF get started?
It all started out as a class project, but ExclusivelySGF is more than that. I wanted to create a website that would give a personal account of Springfield’s best, the local businesses.

Who is your target market?
Initially I wanted to target millennials and college students, but as the site picked up traffic I saw all the other targets that could benefit: those new to the area, visitors, life-long residents, or those thinking of moving here. ExclusivelySGF is for everyone.

Describe a typical post at ExclusivelySGF .
There really is no typical post since all the businesses differ so much. In each post I try to include links to its website, the hours it is open, and cost of what is sold. I try to feature local businesses that express Springfield.

How often do you blog?
I try to post a new feature business at least twice a week, but lately I’ve been doing three or four posts a week. The more traffic the website gets the more often I will try and blog.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for your posts?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. Before I started the project I made a list of the local businesses that I frequent. Lately, I have been getting ideas and suggestions from others, and I really love to hear what places others want to see featured. As I write I discover a little bit more about the city.

What are your local favorites in each of the three categories on ExclusivelySGF ?
To Eat: The Aviary Café and Creperie To Do: Mother’s Brewing Company To Buy: 5 Pound Apparel

What are your plans for the future of Exclusively SGF ?
As ExclusivelySGF continues to grow more and more businesses will be featured. I hope that ExclusivelySGF becomes a website that others read to get information on Springfield’s local businesses.

Visit Rebecca Anderson’s blog at ExclusivelySGF.com Who’s Blogging is a new series featuring bloggers in the Springfield area. To suggest a blogger, e-mail KBarton@LifestylePubs.com.