I started reading a couple of blogs back in 2006 and 2007. Back then, I had two little little ones and writing a blog was the farthest thing in my mind. I even held the reservations of putting myself "out there."
In January of 2009, I decided to just go for it. I wanted to be able to write and remember things about the kiddos and I hoped other family members and friends could see what was going on with us. I didn't post much at first and wasn't sure if anyone was even reading my blog. I liked the idea of it, but I wasn't on Twitter or commenting on blogs, so I didn't have any connections to get me really into it.
Fast forward to last July. I already had a Twitter account, but never used it. After the move here to Bentonville, I was lonely and decided to strike up the connection again with Twitter. I learned how to use it. I added friends. A lot of people added me. I started meeting other moms who also wrote blogs. All of the sudden, the entire world of blogging was opened up to me.
I follow huge blogs and not huge blogs. There are so many I love and my Reader is full every day until I get my "reading" finished. I interact with friends on Twitter. I hear about blog conferences, vlogs, building your blog and your brand, and countless other blog related things.
I read blogs where moms share their children's names and many details of their lives.
I read blogs where moms have made "pseudonyms" for their children but still share a lot.
I read blogs where moms write, but not always about their children and some write mainly about other things and sometimes about their children.
There are blogs with lots of giveaways and sponsored posts. There are many guest posts and reviews. There are blogs like mine that focus mainly on updates with that family.
I've been thinking about blogging, why I blog, the blogs I read and where I want to go with blogging.
My questions to you are:
- Why do you blog?
- What is your stance on how much to "put out there" or write about your children?
- Do you use their names?
- What do you think about having a "brand?"
- Have you began marketing your blog and brand?