How I Became a Blogger

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Sep 052008

Kristi asks:

“How did you go about starting your blog and how long have you been blogging?”

I’ve actually been an online diarist, off and on, since 1999. I began writing my first online diary at The Open Diary in the fall of 1999. I really liked The OD’s original format, which actually was quite similar to Blogger’s format, except that you couldn’t upload images. Readers could leave comments on your diary, and I developed a little network of friends. I continued writing at The OD until the summer of 2000, when I began dating my husband, and fell so madly in love that I was far too preoccupied to write 🙂

After Bee was born, I went back to The OD, but they had made so many changes, and it felt so foreign to me that I didn’t start a new diary there. From 2002 to 2006, I kept a personal, handwritten journal, but when I was put on bedrest during my pregnancy with Cakes, in the fall of 2006, I was soooooo bored and frustrated that I decided to investigate online diaries again, just to have some contact with the outside world. I began recording my bedresting experience at EasyJournal, but one day, while internet surfing, I stumbled across a blog written by another bedresting woman. I had read about blogging in a magazine article, and I was inspired by all of the images and other features that this woman had on her blog (sorry, I can’t remember who she was!) After Cakesie was born, my life was in such upheaval that I pretty much quit writing altogether, but the idea of blogging was always in the back of my mind.

My need to write never really goes away. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that my bachelor’s degree is in English and Journalism. If I could do it all over again, I would choose Economics instead of English as a second major, because I didn’t really enjoy my English courses all that much (too much over-analyzing of every single word!) However, I would definitely go to Journalism school again, because I excelled there, and I really loved it! It was the perfect place for me, because I am a writer. It’s just something I do, like eating or sleeping. I write every day, not because I have to, to meet people’s expectations of me, but because I LOVE TO!

In the summer of 2007, I felt that God was pushing me to do something for Him. I didn’t know what it was exactly, but I had a sense that it involved writing. I prayed for a long time about it, because I could feel His urging. In September of 2007, I started this blog, and I copied and pasted all of my EasyJournal posts into it. I sensed that God wanted me to write for other Moms, and I thought that my bedrest diary might be of encouragement to women who were going through the same experience. However, I was too busy and distracted to write anything new, so this blog pretty much sat dormant, and NOBODY read it. At that point, I was really excited if I got 10 visits in a day.

Finally, in January of 2008, I made a New Year’s resolution that I was going to get serious about blogging for God. I had a strong feeling that God wanted me to use my life experience, and the blessings that He has so graciously given me, to help others. On January 14, 2008, I wrote my first post, called “The First Step Toward Contentment.”

Very slowly, this blog began to gain readers. My readership quickly increased after Blog Search Engine reviewed and featured this blog in February. My MOPS table leader mentioned my blog at a MOPS meeting one day, and women from my church also began to read it. Now, it seems like wherever I go, someone says to me, “I’ve been reading your blog every day!” I’m always so surprised that anyone cares enough about my little old blog to read it every day! This morning, I checked my site meter, and was astonished to find that I had 210 visitors, and 539 page views yesterday! This is a very big deal for me. It’s the first time that I’ve ever had more than 200 hits in one day.

I really look forward to writing every day, and I truly enjoy all of you who read this blog regularly. Your comments make me smile, and I consider all of you to be my friends, even though I’ve never met most of you. I talk about you to my husband all the time, and now he knows all of you too! It’s funny, because you know me better than many people who see me every day. You know all of the details of my life. You’ve seen my kitchen at its messiest, you know that my kids poop in the bathtub. You’ve even seen my laundry room!

Occasionally, a reader will write me an e-mail, thanking me for helping them in some area of their life, and I can’t even express how encouraged and uplifted I am by their words. I’m so thrilled that this blog has made a difference in the life of even one person. It almost seems too good to be true that I could answer God’s call to help others, while doing something I love.