Honestly, I never thought I would still do it almost three years later.
I started it on a whim.
Here is my first post ever.
I don’t even remember hearing the term “blogger” before I started blogging, even though I must have known that “bloggers” existed because how else would I think to start a blog, to begin with?
In fact, I don’t even remember what possessed me to blog. I mean, I know I started it as a stress reliever, but what in heaven’s name possessed me to say, “you know what? Today I am going to write a blog. Telling the world my problems, fears, and under-five dollar craft ideas!”
I read a blog post recently about someone trying to get into a particular blogging network and in order to do so you had to follow a certain blog on five different social media sites (there are five different social media sites?), donate blood, and sacrifice your firstborn son in order to get in.
It was a daughter.
I had a moment of “why am I even here” after reading it. Not “why am I here” in the human sense, but “why am I here” in the blogging sense.
What are we bloggers doing here? What is our primary goal? To have a tweet that goes viral? To get a million Facebook followers for your page? To have your blog featured on the Huffington Post? To get a book deal? To have your craft room shown in a magazine article? To make so much money that you never, ever have to work or struggle again? To reach a gazillion page views?
I love to write. I love it more than any other hobby I have.
But I also love to be rewarded.
So getting my little paycheck from BlogHer every three months is very rewarding.
When I started this blog, it was for me.
But I have grown, not in leaps and bounds like a lot of bloggers do, but I have grown in what I consider being very prosperous ways.
I have met so many engaging and affirming human beings since starting blogging as readers, other bloggers, and friends who read my blog and I became closer to because of the blog.
This blog has created such an amazing outlet for me.
I am a better mom because of it, not despite it, because I get to vent in healthy ways about things I love to do.
Like cook, decorate, paint, write, and be sarcastic.
Yes, that can be a hobby too.
But I don’t know how to do many things as it pertains to blogging.
I am not great at networking.
I see a lot of bloggers who self-promote, and I am not confident enough in myself to do that.
I put my blog out there on link parties, Facebook and Twitter and that is all I am brave enough to do.
So yes, I don’t have 10000000’s followers on the three social media tools I use.
But I am okay with that.
Because I am on a first-name basis with all of my 200 + Facebook fans.
And I have time to email them back and talk to them like we are old friends.
Because, well…. because we are.
And I like them an awful lot.
I even have a board on Pinterest about all things that pertain to blogging.
I almost want to turn it into a secret board because if more experienced bloggers saw what I was pinning, they might laugh at me.
And my followers might be a little confused why I know so little as it pertains to blogging.
As evidenced by what I am pinning to that board.
For example, clip art.
I pinned a great resource for clip art.
For my blog.
I did not know you could use clip art on a blog!
I didn’t know what that was until last fall.
I thought it was a retirement savings plan.
I was told to get one by some amazing bloggers I met in Chicago back in December.
They all had one, and I did not.
Apparently, I should have one?
How to attach a document to a blog post?
Why would I ever need to do this?
So I don’t think you need to worry about me hitting the big time soon.
And that is just fine with me.