Honestly, I never thought I would still be doing it almost three years later.
I started it on a whim.
Here is my first post ever.
I have come a long way.
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? I am not that much of a trendsetter.
In fact, I don’t even remember what possessed me to start blogging in the first place. 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 start writing a blog. Telling the world my problems, fears, and under 5 buck craft ideas!”
Recently I read a blog post 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?!?!?!) and jump through hoops such as donating your blood and your children, to get in.
And it stopped me in my tracks.
Because I had a moment of “why am I here” right then and thereafter reading it.
Not “why am I here” in the human sense but “why am I here” in the blog sense.
What are we bloggers doing here?
What is our main goal?
To have a tweet that is favorited 1000 times?
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.
It’s human nature, don’t you think?
So getting my little check from Blogher every three months is rewarding.
Going to blog conferences is rewarding.
Getting featured on another blog is rewarding.
Having someone comment on my posts is rewarding.
When I started this blog, it was completely 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 to be very prosperous ways.
I have met so many engaging and affirming human beings since starting blogging in the forms of 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 in spite of 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.
I would love to be successful enough that I can inspire people.
Especially on the cheap decor bit.
Mostly because I live it.
I am cheap, I don’t have a lot of money and I am not ashamed of it.
I can’t go out and buy lots of home decor in one spell.
If you can, then it’s a lot easier to make your home pretty.
But if you are on a small budget, it is really hard.
So that is part of who I speak to with this blog.
That part will never change.
But I don’t know how to do so many things when it comes to blogging.
I am not really good at networking because I just don’t want to come off like a salesman when it comes to my blog.
I see a lot of bloggers who self promote excessively and I just can’t do it.
I put my blog out there on link parties, Facebook and Twitter and that is all I can do without throwing up in my mouth a little.
So yes, I don’t have 10000000’s of 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 don’t want to become so big that I don’t have time to do that.
Or have to hire someone else to do that.
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 would hang their heads in shame.
And my followers might be a little confused as to 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 had no idea 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 informed about what this was 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 anytime soon.
And that is just fine with me.