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