Every day it seems I see another beloved blog go dark, or yet another one go from three posts a week, to two, to one. Every day it seems that my Bloglovin feed is getting a bit thin. And still I’m raring to go here – and this still keeps me warm and safe in the cold and uncertainty of December. Still, I thrive on writing and connecting. Still I dream about growing brighter.
The thing is, I know I won’t be alone if blogging does go dark. I know there are many of us who still live and breathe this and we’ll always keep a light on for you. I will always keep my light on for you. It flickers every now and then, sure. It is December, which is filled with ridiculous expectations, travel, and in-person stuff that requires our full attention. I totally get that. And I hope it’s mostly the December things. I’ll surely go a little dark in January when I go to Florida for a week again.
And I plan to keep going as I’ve gone. Even better, I’d like to grow even more in the new year. I sort of got collectively tagged into a ten question prompt, just for reading Pic and Dac’s Q & A post, and I decided to answer the ten questions about blogging that Jessica gives to other bloggers. This is my Ask Away Friday, although I didn’t actually give ten questions to Jessica to swap with (sorry, dear!). Consider yourself tagged as well, especially if you’re thinking about your blogging career as this year winds down and a new one is coming. Now for those who want to know what Ask Away Friday is (usually):
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a place for us to connect with other bloggers by asking them ten questions to really get to know them. The sky is the limit with the questions you ask!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
1. What do you love the most about blogging?
What I love MOST is that it gave me direction during a highly aimless time, after Scarlet was born and I had no career aspirations in sight. I was totally blissed out as a mother, because I felt I had new purpose, but I still couldn’t hold an office job for more than a month without figuratively or literally giving everyone there the finger. (slight exaggeration) I hadn’t written anything in years. I hadn’t learned my camera either. It was collecting dust. One day, I started a blog. It has held me accountable for years and I have managed to blog three or more times a week for nearly five years now. Along the way, I realized it was a great way to grow and practice photography too! I have connected with amazing people through blogging.
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
Sheesh, I’ve had to answer this one a lot! I post three times a week and I generally plot it out a week or so before, although it’s highly subject to change, and then it sort of comes to me in those precious moments before a post is “due.” So I sketch it out in notes, and flesh it out in WordPress the day of posting. I respond to comments on my blog on the WordPress app on my phone. It’s so easy that way because if you’re getting comments from different posts on the same day, you can just respond to all in one place, rather than having to keep track of them and answering them on your desktop computer. As for commenting on other blogs, I do set aside that time because I truly enjoy the reading and the learning. I do that on mornings when both kids are in school, and then on weeknights and weekends on occasion. Then other times are family times.
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
Yes, they know. Well as much as they can know. Scarlet says: “You write smart things and smile at people in your computer.” Cassidy knows all about it. Des doesn’t know what a blog is yet. My kids are pretty young so I imagine things might change when they get older. I may need to ask permission to post photos. I may get denied by asking permission! I just don’t know.
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
Well this is my way of writing, for fear of implosion otherwise, so I’d either be writing a strange novel or rocking in a corner. I honestly couldn’t even answer this! Blogging is both courageous and wimpy for me. It’s courageous because I spill most of my heart, but it’s wimpy because I do all of this on my own terms, playing my own game, and not answering to (much) criticism. To really go out on a limb? I’d have to submit my work elsewhere. That’s a story for another day, though. This is my peace.
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
There have been times in which I’ve felt stale or washed up or that I’m boring. Often, something just comes back around to shake it up. A big life event that I can write about. A tragedy or crisis that I need my blog to help me through. Being a host of Ask Away Friday. It’s mostly the stuff that happens in my life, honestly. The more full my life is, the more it spills out here.
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
I honestly have never considered it!
7. Show some blog love: name another blog that you adore?
I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down to even 25, much less one. So I’m just going to go randomly down my list of blogs I follow on Bloglovin and go up and down.. up and down.. my eyes are closed.. and.. STOP!
It’s Dizmommy! Well. She’s a delight. Excellent writer. Super hottie. One of my west coast best friends I’ve never met. I will admit that she IS in my top ten list of bloggers I want to meet.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
Good old Facebook! In fact, before I used Facebook, and I wasn’t community blogging AT ALL (wait, other bloggers existed?) I didn’t know how anyone would know to read my posts! So I probably had two readers before Facebook. My mom. And Cassidy.
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
I thrive on deadlines, connections, comments and love. I like to use song titles as blog post titles. I can stay ambitious. I feel like I was meant to do this. I change the rules a lot for myself. I never know what’s going to come out of my mouth.
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?!
Nothing specific, but to keep the momentum strong, and to grow some more. I tend to grow slowly – I play the long game – so I would love to see that end up somewhere great. Maybe I’ll have the guts to submit my work elsewhere more. And of course, I want to have an interesting and fulfilling life because that will wind up as blog fodder. So here’s to things to write about!
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