Have you ever wondered why people start blogging? Yeah, me too, before I started. Well, Chilihead, a woman I came across through Rocks in My Dryer, is hosting a carnival about Your Blogging Story. Even if you don’t join in the carnival, you should go read her blog, because she is so neat! Anyway, here’s my blogging saga!
How did you start blogging?
At a playgroup one day, one of my friends, Christina, said, “Hey, do any of you read blogs?” I said, “No, why would you want to?” She began telling me about some blogs she read. It sounded interesting, but I still didn’t get it. I didn’t want to read a bunch of moms bragging about what crafty things they did with their kids, cooking five-course meals, sewing (and finishing, which I never do) all the decorations in their houses. This is so NOT what blogging is all about. I soon found out how wrong I’d been when I joined Moms of Grace, and began reading Christina’s blog, and other wonderful blogs by moms there.
My pastor had done a sermon on the Gospel of John, where Phillip told Nathanael about Jesus. Nathanael said, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” to which Phillip answered, “Come and see!” He said that in this age of MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, and everyone trying to point to oursleves – to be famous, that what we should be doing is pointing to Jesus, and saying, “Come and see!” That’s when I decided to start a blog with my underlying goal being to point myself and others to the Lord. So I began writing about my daily successes, failures, humor, and inspirations, and I hope God will use them to touch others, and help me grow, as well. Ever since my first post, “I will Never Do That!”, I’ve been hooked!
Did you intend to be a blog w/a big following? If so, how did you go about it?
No, I didn’t. I started out saying it was just for me to get my thoughts out, and it was, but I didn’t actually think anyone would want to read it, so subconsciously, I didn’t want to be embarrassed when no one did. Can anyone relate?
Well, now, a few people read it regularly, which I am so thankful for, because I LOVE the give-and-take of comments. I love knowing when someone has been blessed by something in my life. Also, I love the meme days because I get so many people coming who may not normally come over! If you leave me a comment, I will almost always come and read your blog!! And I get so tickled when I see my site on a friend’s blogroll!!
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?
My goals are to:
1. Point people to My Savior, Jesus
2. Slow down my thoughts with writing so I can actually process the tornado of ideas in my head!
3. Find people who actually want to hear the tornado of ideas.
4. Be funny(if you don’t think I’m funny, please don’t tell me!), laugh, make friends, and have fun!!
I feel I have achieved these goals as much as I can in the 3 short months I have been blogging, but I know I will grow and learn more and more! As for the making friends part, I have reconnected with a lot of old friends through blogging, and that has been totally fun!
Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
No, I haven’t really had time to hone in my focus yet. I’m still experimenting.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?
That I would be so addicted to blogging and reading blogs!! But then, I probably wouldn’t have started.
Do you make money with your blog?
Nope. I’m still getting used to the idea of people wanting to read my blog, it would really freak me out if someone wanted to pay me to do it!
Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
Everyone knows that I have a blog, but only a few read it. I try not to have much personal information on it, so it’s not like a “keep up with the family” type blog.
- My mom reads it, and I think she shows it to the people in her office.
- My SIL just started one for her photography business, and she’s commented a couple of times on mine.
- My husband reads it just to make sure I’m not complaining about him. Have I mentioned how WONDERFUL he is, lately?
- My wonderful loving Godmother reads it.
- I think my dad reads. He told me once that my blog was “outrageous!” That’s good, right?
What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
1. ASK ASK ASK! Bloggers love talking about blogging, and helping beginners! If you see something you like on someones blog, ask them how they did it! Also, go to Blogging Basics 101 , she has all kind of helpful information!
2. JOIN IN!! post on carnivals, like Your Blogging Story, and memes, like Wordless Wednesday, Get Real Monday, Thankful Thursday, etc. They give you some ideas if you need them, and they will bring other people to your site. Be sure to go to sign the Mr. Linky and comment on other’s posts.
If you actually read this entire entry (I think this is my longest one yet), share the love, leave me a comment, and I will come read yours!! Then write your own blogging story, and go sign the Mr. Linky at Don’t Try This At Home