Chilihead is hosting a fun little carnival that invites us to share a little about our blogging experience. Since I can't pull any original thoughts together at this time, I'm going to join in.
How did you start blogging?
I had read about blogs, and started by reading other blogs. I began blogging last fall and originally started out sharing my efforts to exercise and eat better. More on that in a bit. :)
Did you intend to have a blog with a big following? If so, how did you go about getting it?
Um, no. Of course I wanted people to read it, but I had no inner writing genius hoping to be validated. I read other blogs and comment there and that seems to have helped me find a few new readers here and there and that is great.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?
Honestly, I don't think I have any goals with my blog. I hope that those who read regularly enjoy what I write, or at least, don't leave my blog thinking they just wasted their time. Beyond that, no goals here. Can't you tell a lot of thought went into starting this thing called blogging?
Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
As I mentioned before, I originally started blogging as a way of accountability regarding fitness and diet. My regular readers will realize that I rarely mention these things anymore. Just as un update, the exercise is still not where it was, but I'm getting back into the habit. The eating is still not good. I think my focus, if you can call it that, has expanded to include all of the aspects of my life that need accountability. Also, I have started using my blog as a place to try to express some of my thoughts and struggles with my daily life.
What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?
I wish I had known how many blogs I would end up addicted to reading!
Do you make money with your blog?
No. I definitely do not have enough readers for anyone to want to put ads here. And that is okay with me too, because I would probably want to have control over what ads were there.
Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
My family does know about it. I think some of them read it some of the time, but they don't comment. They just don't have a lot of time for reading stuff online. If they want to know stuff, they ask me.
What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
1. Post regularly, especially if you want to increase your readership.
2. Comment on other blogs if you want comments on yours.
Really, I don't feel in any way qualified to give advice on blogging when there are such excellent blogs out there.
Okay, I answered all the questions. Now your life will never be the same. And for a bonus, here is a picture of Monster. Whose cuteness makes me want to have one million babies.