Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Blogiversary Q&A: Part 1

Happy Blogiversary to me!


Last January 3rd I was just recovering from the craziness of Christmas, the excitement of New Years, and the determination to finish school out strong. In the midst of all that and in between homework assignments I longingly scoured the Weichert real estate website, looking forward to the day when Dan and I would be homeowners and even dragged him to see houses almost every weekend. From January to May we saw house after house and none of them were "the one" until May 14th when we toured our current house, made an offer the next day, and moved in two months later.


Starting the blog was my way of sharing the projects I had already done, motivating myself to take pride in our current apartment and make it our own, no matter how long we lived there, and get connected to the rest of the blogging world and ultimately learn so much from so many talented people that I can apply to our home now. My future goal for the blog is pretty much the same as when I started out, to keep myself motivated and accountable to follow through with projects and to document this journey of our first house to be able to look back on one day. If anything more comes of it, then that'd be great and would definitely help make projects a little easier on the wallet, but if not then it will continue to be something that I love doing and sharing with my friends and family.


Now to kick of my one year Blogiversary, I asked six very talented women- three that have been blogging for over a year and three that have been blogging for under a year- to share their experiences from blogging- both the good, the bad, and the surprising. I asked all the women the same three questions:

  1. What was your goal/plan for starting your blog? Fun/making money/creative outlet?
  2. What have you learned the most from blogging? Both positively and/or negatively.
  3. What are your future goals for your blog? Are they different than when you started or the same?
 Joining me today are three ladies that have been blogging strong for over a year:

Amy from Lovely-Nest

Kerry from First Time Fancy

and Sherry from Young House Love


Let's get to it.

Amy:

1. I didn't really have a goal when I started. I guess it was mostly just for fun, as a way to document changes to our house. I'm a tweaker, so I figured things would be changing pretty regularly and a blog seemed like a good way to share that with friends who live out of town.

2. I've learned that putting yourself out there takes a leap of faith and not everyone is going to be as excited about something as you are. I've had posts that I was sure others would like and at the end of the day had 0 comments. I just have to remind myself why I started the blog in the first place and not put my worth in what others say (or don't say).

3. I love being able to share what I've done and it's my hope that it provides inspiration to others that come across my blog. At the end of the day, the reason why I blog is pretty much the same as it was in the beginning. I love the idea of keeping a record of all the things we've done to the house and blogging is a great way to share that. If it takes me somewhere further, then that's great, but if not, that's okay too. So, I don't know what the future holds. I'll just keep blogging and see where it takes me!

Kerry:


1. When I started blogging, it was solely as a creative outlet. I wanted to use it as a way to chronicle our home renovation and redecoration projects, as well as a place to share and store the things that inspire me. Of course, I still do this today, as well as share a bit of our personal life, which is especially nice for our family and friends who live far away.

2. I've learned to just stick to who I am and write what I love and know. I'm not out to get tons and tons of followers, and just being true to me and my writing style makes it easier to get on here and write as often as possible. I also learned that if I miss a day of writing because I don't have any material, or personal matters get in the way, life will not end! :) My favourite thing to come out of blogging though is all of the wonderful people I've met, and this supportive blogging community I've become a part of!

3. Most of my blogging goals are the same - however, now that we have a baby, I wouldn't mind being able to make a bit of supplemental income from the blog. When my maternity leave is up at the end of June it would be a helpful way for me to keep content flowing. At the end of the day I just hope to keep inspiring people and sharing what we love - our home and life together!

Sherry:

1. We started our blog back in 2007 purely for fun and to keep our family and friends updated on a kitchen renovation that we were beginning to tackle. We figured sharing a link where folks could check in on us would be less annoying than email updates full of photos all the time! We hoped it would be a fun hobby and also a way to keep up our morale (when we hit snags it was nice to have the blog so we could vent, get over it, and keep going!).

2. I have learned that people as a whole are undeniably supportive and amazingly encouraging. Really. Our readers keep us motivated and excited to share everything that happens in our home improvement journey. I guess I knew people were sweet, but the fact that strangers are cheering us on from all corners of the world kind of blows our mind. They're the reason I'm happy to pick up a paint brush again, even if I'm still sore from last time...

I have also learned that blogging is easily the most demanding job I've ever had. The internet is 24/7, so we always have questions to answer and people waiting for the next post. It's funny when friends of mine picture it being a very "chill, make-your-own-hours kind of thing" since not only do we work all day but on nights and weekends and even on vacation and over Christmas. But we love it, so there's nothing we'd rather be doing!

3. Our goals from day one have been to keep it real, have fun, and hopefully encourage others. And it's pretty auto-pilot to follow that "formula" since we're in year five. I love keeping it real more than ever now. Sharing a pretty project and then uploading a photo of the mess that I made in another corner of the house in order to accomplish it is so funny and honest. I love stuff like that.

Thank you so much ladies for participating and for all your insight into what it is to be a blogger and to stick with it for so long! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we talk with three lovely ladies that have just begun their blogging journeys.

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