Someone mentioned my blog as I walked into church one morning. An innocent bystander overheard the conversation, threw up her arms, and said, “Oh, everyone has a blog these days,” and went on her merry way. Another lady said something like, “I don’t have time for that. I think blogs are for egotistical people who think others have nothing better to do than read about what kind of coffee they are having for breakfast!” Comments like this make me smile, maybe because it wasn’t too long ago that I had similar feelings.
So why in the world do I find myself now with a blog of my own? People ask me all the time. It all started with the wonderful world of Facebook. I usually used my status updates to share funny things the kids had said, crazy thoughts I’d had, or amusing things that had happened to me. Every once in a while something would happen that I could not help writing all the details down and sharing in a longer “note” on my profile. Occasionally, someone would say that I should start a blog. I thought they were just being nice and didn’t really give it much thought.
Then my friend Rachel started her blog. She invited me to blogging meetings and encouraged me off and on to start a blog to share all my funny stories. The thought intrigued me, but the main things I write about are personal, and first of all, I didn’t think strangers would be interested in my personal stories, and second of all, I wasn’t sure I wanted the stories about my family out there for everyone to read. This went on for about a year.
Next, my husband heard that people are actually making money at blogging. That is how he got interested. Pretty soon I had my husband trying to get me to blog. He said he wouldn’t mind me posting personal stories! If you read my blog you know he’s really great about letting me tell stories about him. Well, I still didn’t really want to. I thought that even if I could overcome my first two obstacles, it would be impossible to think of something interesting to post on a daily basis.
Next, I met Alyssa from Keeping the Kingdom First at church. As a side note, I am mortified that during our conversation, I waved my hand in the air and said, “With four kids I don’t have time to coupon anymore.” Little did I know that she is a famous blogger with a specialty in couponing. Esther strikes again! Pretty soon Alyssa started urging me to start a blog and one day just sent me a link with instructions. By now I had secretly started wanting to blog, but hadn’t admitted it to anyone, not even my husband.
I contacted Revka, a friend from Berries and Cream Blog Design whom I grew up around and who I knew had been in the blogging world for many years. She answered a lot of my questions and was also very encouraging.
So one day I followed a “How to start your own blog” tutorial and here I am. I don’t know if this will ever be a money-making blog as my husband hopes, but he has promised that should I ever generate some income, I’ll be able to spend it on outings with him and/or the kids. That is incentive I’ll tell ya! But for now I am having a lot of fun sharing stories, reading stories, and even meeting a few people out there that I call friends!