Monday, June 11, 2007

Once Upon A Time I Started a Blog...

Chili is holding a carnival today about the origins of our bloggy lives. See the other entries here.

How did you start blogging?

I've always been an English/writing/reading geek. I "lost" most of that when I became a SAHM. So, I needed some "me time" after the birth of Pojke. Was fearful of joining the big commercial blogging world - too much inappropriate junk. Found Faithprints - a Christian site and started writing about all the stuff in my head when I wasn't sleeping, feeding Flicka or nursing Pojke.

Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?

No, not really. Was terrified of criticism and flaming but that was part of putting myself "out there". Testing out the "new" person I've become by re-discovering Christ and becoming a wife and mother.

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?

After a year of doing this, I would like to: glorify God with my writing, make people laugh and/or feel they're not alone by sharing my mommy adventures, and possibly make a little money to help out the household budget.

I hope I'm doing the first two. I've made a whopping $30 (give or take some quarters) through PayPerPost.

I'd like to better utilize Associate Content (possibly with or without blog publication. I don't know),maybe some advertising, maybe more PPP.

as the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

Some. Instead of simply being a diary and such, I've found the networking/fellowship side very rewarding. Also, I've found myself a much better, more organized, more thoughtful believer thanks to the people I've met so it's made me (I think) a better blogger.

What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?

How welcoming, understanding, and supportive my little corner of mommy-blog universe was.

Do you make money with your blog?

Yes, I've made between $30-40.

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

Some. But, as far as I know, only my mom visits regularly.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

Jump in! Cautiously! *wink* Give it a try - it's not as scary as it seems but take precautions to keep your personal info secure.


Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I love your advice! I didn't read blogs until I started my own, but I'm interested to hear how many people read for a while before jumping in and blogging themselves.

Deena said...

I'd never even heard of, wait, that's a lie...I'd heard of them, but I thought only famous people wrote them...LOL!! Boy, was I WRONG about that!!

OOh, that sounded insulting, didn't it...that's not what I meant...I meant that if someone like ME can write a blog...oh, never mind....**Closes door behind her**

Org Junkie said...

Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment today. I'm really enjoying this meme and reading everyone's answers!


Peach said...

I was here earlier today and had no time to comment. Then I read your sweet one on my site and knew I needed to drop back by this evening when I had more time.

You are an encouragement to me, and I am always so glad to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words.

Nise' said...

I felt the same way about finding such a welcoming, supportive group of Christian moms! Enjoyed your story.

Shalee said...

Jumping in seems to be the only way to go in this adventure in blogging! And you're so right - it's NOT as scary as it seems.

(LOVE the picture of your little vikings!)