Chilihead at Don’t Try This At Home is sponsoring an opportunity for bloggers to tell about how and why they got started blogging. She has a “Mr. Linky” up so folks can post the link back to their own blogging story.
She asks these questions:
How did you start blogging?
I think I first starting noticing blogs through a couple of Christian message forums where people would link to their personal blogs in their posts. When I first heard of blogging, I think I thought it was kind of weird to write personal thoughts out for all the world to see. 🙂 But as I began to discover more and more, I found some really enlightening thoughts, some devotional, some funny, some instructive. As I found blogs I liked, I’d look at other blogs on their blogroll — it’s easy to get hooked. 🙂 I began to think about starting my own, then finally got my oldest son (my in-house computer consultant) to help me set it up. That was almost a year ago.
Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?
Well — that question feels a little awkward to me. I think of celebrities as people with a following, and I didn’t set out to be a celebrity. And I’m not one 🙂 And I don’t know if I have a “following.” But writing of any type is a form of communication, and it’s nice to know that you have indeed communicated something, that someone is reading, even nicer when someone responds.
I think you get more readers by getting “out there” — reading and commenting on other blogs (though the sole reason for doing that shouldn’t be just to get noticed or get readers; rather it should be genuine comments on the person’s post), joining the Family Friendly blogroll, participating in some of the weekly interactive memes.
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?
I’ve mentioned this before on a meme or two about blogging, but I want first of all to be used of the Lord. I want to share His truth and encourage people to read and heed His Word and get to know Him better. I want to be an encouragement to other women. I want to be able to be a help and testimony to people with transverse myelitis and other trials. I want to improve my writing by writing. I want to have fun. 🙂 I think I have accomplished a little in all those areas and hope to continue to.
Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
I don’t know if I have really had a focus besides just posting my “stray thoughts,” and I’ve pondered whether I should have a more specific focus. Some blogs are wonderfully humorous, even when making poignant points; some are deeply devotional. I’m kind of a hodgepodge.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?
Well, it takes a while to learn how to make links, post pictures, embed vidoes, etc. It’s all kind of overwhelming at first, but I’ve learned along the way.
Do you make money with your blog?
No. I feel honored that anyone would come by to read anything I have to say. I would feel strange trying to make money off my readers just for coming by and reading. But I have read different perspectives on this, and I have come to understand there are many valid reasons for making money from a blog. I don’t feel I should do so just now, though I might change my mind in the future. If I ever change to a paid blog host (this one is free) I might need to do something like ads to pay for it.
I think if I wanted to try and make money online, I think I’d go to a website rather than a blog and make a business of it.
Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
I sent an e-mail to family members who have e-mail and mentioned it on on Christmas letter, but that’s all I’ll do. I don’t want to push it or seem self-promotional. My husband reads it occasionally and I think my two oldest sons check it out sometimes, but if anyone else reads it, they haven’t let me know.
What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
1) Be natural: don’t try to copy someone else’s style. Just be yourself.
And 2) Keep it in perspective. It’s too easy to let it take too much of your day and energy. Don’t let blogging about life get in the way of actually living.
Chilihead didn’t ask this question, but I am adding it for myself and anyone else who’d like to answer it:
Have you encountered any surprises in blogging?
I knew there was a “blogging community” but I didn’t realize how much fun it would be to be a part of it. I’ve enjoyed the friends I have made “out there” and I have been amazed at how bloggers can come together to pray someone through something or even contribute monetarily to help a fellow blogger through a serious need.
Overall I have very much enjoyed my almost-year of blogging!
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