My First Month Out of the Blogger Closet
My first blog entry was in April of 2008. I was a SAHM with a baby and a 3 year-old. Hot topics were BPA in sippy cups, vaccines, and autism. I worried. A lot. There were days I filled the recycle bin with plastics. Days I dreaded taking my baby to get his shots, especially after he broke out with measles from his MMR vaccine. Research was therapy. WebMD was my best friend. I longed to connect with other moms who were as neurotic as me. Thus, my blog was born. I wanted to create a space where I could write about some of these issues. It was cathartic. I loved the camaraderie and learned so much.
Soon my baby became a toddler and I enrolled in graduate school. I was consumed with papers and temper tantrums; my blog was left to gather tumbleweeds.
One recent evening while avoiding a homework assignment, I thought of it. My blog. Several attempts later, I figure out my login. Success. There it was and shock… people had been there. Actual hits the day prior. How could it be? As I read through the old posts, I remembered how much I enjoyed it. Life got so busy. I could find time.
Six weeks ago, I wrote four posts. It felt good. Nothing spectacular, but it was a start. My blog was always my own private pastime. No one knew about it, not ever. On October 23rd I wrote a post about Halloween candy. Publish. I glanced over the post on my blog and suddenly felt the urge to post it on my Facebook page. Perhaps it was the candy eyeballs staring me down, daring me. Perhaps I wanted to be held accountable, forced to continue my blog journey. Click. That was easy. Waiting. An hour passed. Fifty views. Then 100. The response was positive and my batteries were charged.
It’s been a month since then. This is the evolution:
- I wanted to find other bloggers, so I searched blog communities.
- I came across BlogHer and joined. One evening later, I submitted a blog post. The next day I opened an email that read, “I’d love to syndicate this in November as part of Own Your Beauty’s imperfection month.” Wow! I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded great! I was thrilled and stunned. Disclaimer: This happened by sheer coincidence. My blog topic coincided with the theme of the month. Sometimes the stars align.
- Now what do I do? I spent a few days thinking about that. What would I write about? What were my goals?
- My husband said I must join Twitter. So, I joined. Tons of interesting bloggers. Awesome. Now, I just have to get down twitter etiquette and figure things out like, groups. I downloaded TweetDeck. Love the streaming. Shrinking, linking, retweeting gives me a headache. The community is worth it.
- While on twitter I found a mom community, Twittermoms, and joined. Actually, it found me. But, I like it so far.
- I bought a web domain. It’s parked.
- I created a Facebook page for my blog, so friends that are interested can get updates. It felt odd to post on my personal site. That’s just me.
Thirty days later, I’m still pretty clueless. I am vaguely familiar with things like NaBloPoMo and another really long acronym that is similar, but different. I am trying to learn the ins-and-outs of social media. Hours of scouring the internet about web hosting, blog designers, plug-ins, and widgets have only confused me further.
Most of the blogging world is unknown to me, but I am certain of my goals. My desire is the same now as it was when I started a few years ago. I want to engage with a community of writers and women whom I respect and can learn from. I want to write. I want to have discussions on topics like how to live a simple and meaningful life, how to buy and cook foods that are nourishing, how to connect with our community, how to tread lightly and teach children about the environment, and most of all my passion in life… how to foster growth and well-being in children, women, and families. Right now my blog is in the cocoon stage. I am hopeful it will grow into a space where people who want to live consciously can learn from one another through different experiences and expertise. Until then, I’ll keep chugging… one blog post at a time.
What were your achievements or roadblocks when you first started blogging? Thank you for reading. 🙂
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