Blog Meme: So You Wanna Be a Blogger

Yep! I Do! I wanna be a Blogger! Blogging is Fun!

Blog Meme - On Blogging - I Wanna Be a Blogger! I wanna be cool, write all kinds of amazing content all the time, get to try new things and tell everyone else about them, host giveaways with impunity … I really, really, really wanna be a blogger.

Except … I kinda have this thing called the real world. And it occasionally tries to tell me silly things like … I need to change a diaper, I need to answer a questions (the hundredth Bobby question, no less), I need to clean crayon off the wall … um, the floor, and the door, I need to wash dishes … Yeah yeah …

So, like most of the other bloggers I have been meeting along this journey of mine to become a blogger, I have a life.

One of my greatest challenges has been making my life, my work, and my blog co-exist peacefully.

Keep Moving Forward – Blogging is  Journey

For 2012 – I’ve decided it’s time to keep moving forward … literally and figuratively.

My theme this year is literally to keep moving forward, and to that end, I have taken a serious step toward making my blogging work with my real world endeavors … like being a mom and actually trying to earn a living.

Keep Moving Forward

Building Our Blogs in 2012 - a Blogging Challenge To help me out a little bit, I decided to start with my friends. One great new friend, Melissa, over at The Kids Are Grown, Now What? and I were chatting about ideas and she invited me to take part in this meme.

Beyond that, I had the chance to stumble upon a post by Heather over at The Tales of Bubba and Mack that talked about making our blogs better in 2012. She encouraged her readers to follow along with her as she went through Problogger’s 31 Days to a Better Blog Book.

Now, I’ve wanted to read the book for a while now – it’s considered one of the best books you can devour on blogging, and ProBlogger knows his stuff! And bonus! Heather even found a discount for the book! She also invited her readers to join a Facebook Group devoted to this challenge, as a sort of support group along the journey of really making our blogs better.

Networking can be so much fun!

Blogging Inspiration – and Learning from the Experts

Ultimate Blog Challenge One other challenge I learned was starting up again was one hosted by Michelle Shaeffer, called the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Now, I have taken part in this one before, but I had a sick kid right in the middle of it and learned a valuable lesson – working ahead gets you through those little emergencies when you have kids.

I didn’t finish the challenge then, but knew I would enter it again. And so I did! The goal in this one is to work on a regular blogging habit, and a month’s worth of posts to show for your effort.

Michelle also has a Facebook Group and I am a member there as well.

Blogging Really IS a Journey

And the people you meet along the way can make all the difference. The point of my little contribution to this meme is this: your blog will never grow if you don’t take the initiative to make it. No one will read your posts if you never tell anyone else about them.

Networking with other bloggers can make a difficult and sometimes-confusing journey just a little bit less difficult, maybe. But it can certainly make it a lot more fun.

Today, I’ve talked about two different groups you can join, one established and one new, both taking different paths along the same journey – the same journey I’m on – growing my blog, becoming a blogger, and really … becoming a writer along the way.

I was an English major because I loved playing with my words, after all, and blogging just gives me a much greater canvas with which to play.

So what about you? Are you blogging?

We blog and write for a reason … I hope you enjoy coming along with me this month as I learn about myself, my blog, and my goals for how I can merge the two.

Do you consider yourself a “blogger,” a “writer,” or something entirely different?

You Can enter the linky for the Blogger Meme here:

Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

Graphic Designer, Wordpress Addict, Blogger at Kat's Media & More
I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
Katrina Moody
Katrina Moody
  • http://travelwisconsin.us/ TracyAnn0312

    I will say triple yes for that! Being a blogger is what I always dream to become with, but do not know where I can start. Thanks for the advices you have to share in your blog!

  • http://www.pearlnecklacecenter.com Pearl Bracelets

    Hi!
    I think you are on a very good path to becoming an established blogger. Your writing skills are great and you can convey a message in such a way that it touches our hearts and minds even through this barrier that is the virtual space and the hardware we use. This article motivated me to maybe take blogging more seriously and make it a real hobby instead of a sporadic activity which makes no sense. Thank you so much!
    I wish you a happy new year! Flora

  • http://specialmomspace.com Michelle

    I sometimes feel like my eyes are falling out I blog so much. That’s because I have 2 blogs and I’m trying to keep them updated regularly. On my beauty blog I post 3-4 times a week and on Special Mom Space I post 5-6 times a week.

    This challenge seems very interesting but for me it would be another thing to be overwhelmed with.

  • http://www.themediamix.com/blog Linda Yarbrough

    I’m always in awe of the transitions you are making on you blog, Kat. Can’t wait to see what is around the corner. You’re sharing such great resources in addition to your usual uplifting posts. Well done!

  • http://sleeplessinnewcastle.wordpress.com Keith Addison

    I have just started blogging this month and I am absolutely loving it. The problem I have now is the whole networking and getting my blog out there. There are so many things that you can do, use and become a member of that it all gets a bit confusing and overwhelming. Hopefully looking at blogs like yours will help me get some strong ideas on where to start.

    • http://katscafe.org Katrina Moody

      Blogging is so much fun, but networking is a beast! My neck of the woods is pretty targeted, but I know that I am doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge starting on July 1 – you should check out my post on that, Keith, and maybe sign up too. It’s a great way to blog regularly and mix it up with amazing bloggers, some of whom have been doing it right for years and others who are brand new to the fun of it!

      Here’s the link: http://katscafe.org/2012/06/25/challenging-myself-blog-ultimate-blog-challenge/ And if you join leave me a comment and I will add you to my RSS to check out new posts!

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