I only said it three times.. It seems high time to talk about blogging. Actually, it’s always high time to talk about blogging. The faces of blogging change by the year, or maybe even by the day. I can’t say for sure that blogging is dying down, because in my personal experience, it’s not happening. And on a bigger level, I don’t think it is either. It’s just that my Bloglovin feed is dwindling by the day. I find myself with more spare time to work and read books, without as many blogs to read. I miss you all, though, and I’ll come visit when it’s time. I hope you’re all out having adventures with road trips and rainbow sprinkles.
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
Don’t forget to read Stacey’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. I love the name that you chose, but have you ever thought about changing the name of your blog?
I never have! It has become such a part of me, because it’s a play on my name and I really do like cameras. It goes hand in hand with my photography business as well, so I’ll keep it! I have played with the tagline several times, though.
2. Since cameras and photography are a big part of you, I have been dying to ask…What type of camera would you recommend to a major novice? (Not too costly, but takes good pics.)
I definitely am a fan of both Canon and Nikon, but I’m a Canon girl here – that’s the body and all the lenses for me. No turning back now. I learned digital photography on a Rebel and that’s honestly what I’d recommend to most people. They’re not professional level, but they are darn good at producing clear and sharp photos. Ok, scratch that. They are capable of helping produce clear and sharp photos but YOU are the one who does it. Make no mistake – it’s about the photographer and rarely about the camera, but the Canon Rebel is a great camera for learning and maintaining new knowledge of photography.
3. You are, by the way, my blogging hero…How do you manage to keep up with all of the reading and commenting? Between homeschooling, housekeeping, and yard upkeep, I feel that I am so lacking in so many areas!
It can be so hard, and I have definitely felt that way before – lacking in ALL areas, or at least halfway doing all areas. Lately I focus more on doing a few things well. Writing and photography for me are strange because inspiration comes and goes in whims, but, they also both generate income. So while I’d love to live a life of whims, I generally have to schedule in time to write and take/edit photos. And when the kids and husband are home, I’ve been better lately about being with them only. About the commenting, I’m really not as good as I used to be. With two young kids and a slew of odd jobs, I just schedule in my commenting during the morning when both kids are in school. I can make it up at night or on weekends if need be. Since this process works well for me, there’s not really a limit to how many blogs I can read and comment on – I generally only make time for ones that visit and comment back these days, though. It sounds so petty and maybe in some ways it is, but this is a lot of work and I’m not interested in one-sided relationships. I have too much going on for that! I have a LOT of favorites..
4. I know that we both love #AskAwayFriday, so much so that we could not let it go, when Penny needed to stop…What does it mean to you, as a blogger?
I’ve been doing Ask Away Friday so faithfully now, for years. I’ve really come to grow and depend on it. I love the idea of these fun built-in Friday posts. I can’t let it go and I’m glad that you feel the same away about it. If anyone out there wants to co-host and jazz it up, or knows how we can do so, please let me know! I plan to still be here, week after week.
5. Do your friends and family read your blog?
I’m not really sure! I know my mom and sister do, and Cassidy as well. The kids don’t and I’m not as sure about friends. Every now and then, one will reference a post I wrote and I’ll be surprised and flattered that they read it!
6. Where would you like to take your blog in the next couple of years?
That’s a good question! Sometimes I think I know what I want, or don’t want, and then wind up doing the things I didn’t know I wanted to do! Or I don’t do the things I thought I had wanted to do. If that makes sense. With a heavy writing background, I would think I’d want to grow ridiculously large and submit my writing to larger outlets. In truth, I don’t have the backbone for that quite yet (or ever) and I’m focusing more on writing for profit. I honestly never thought that would happen. I think it’s a response to changing, and also changing against the changing tides of blogging. I’ve already gotten so much from this – friendships and clients and fun. So I would just think a lot more of that would be nice! And anything else is just a bonus.
7. How did you get started participating in #AskAwayFriday?
Good question! My friend Brittnei asked me to partner with her ages ago. I had no idea what I was doing! Months later I caught on about how much fun it is and I became a regular, and eventually a co-host. Probably because I cared so much!
8. What has been the biggest positive associated with blogging? Biggest negative?
Hmm.. a tough one. I think the biggest positive is the expansions of my world and my heart. I had no idea what I’d get from this – I thought it would just be an outlet for writing, and to some extent – photography – but it’s been much more than that. It’s been friendship and love and connection and profit and growth. Can’t beat that. As for negatives, I think as with anything in this world – there are politics. I try to stay away from that in real life and on social media because I have way too much going on to care much, but sometimes it nips at my heels. Sometimes I wish I could be more, and faster, and I’ve had personal issues along the way with copying me without credit. And I’m just never the fastest with learning – I’m slow!
9. I would love to attend a Bloggy conference someday, but there are not many that happen near me. What ones are you planning to attend this year?
I had sworn up and down that when BlogHer came back to the east coast, nothing would stop me from going. I was kinda wrong! It’s in NYC. I guess in my imagination and fantasies, a blogging conference is a true getaway with affordable hotels, a road trip or plane trip, and that feeling of really being away. NYC is my city – I grew up in New Jersey. And I don’t like being at the mercy of public transportation and crowded streets. In July. So we shall see. I’d love to hit a SITS Girls conference when the right one for travel comes along. I did BlogU last year and learned SO MUCH.
10. What advice would you give to someone who might be nervous about participating in #AskAwayFriday, to put them at ease?
This happens a lot and I have to remind myself that just because I don’t mind (so much) being put in the hotseat, it can be intimidating. To ease their minds, I’d tell them to pick a theme to maybe make the questions as light or as heavy as they want. Or give them the control to nix certain questions that make them uncomfortable and I can replace those with better ones. You have more control than you think with Ask Away Friday! For me in other life areas, control helps ease anxiety.
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