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Monday, June 11, 2007

All About Why I Blog

Today I am participating in a Blogging Carnival hosted by Chili. Go HERE for all the details.

How did you start blogging?
Well, to be honest, I just sort of jumped on the band wagon. I was having so much fun reading my friend's blogs, which led to other people's blogs, and I just got caught up in the fun. I have always enjoyed writing, and I find it to be really therapeutic. Sometimes I just need to get it all out of my head. I have noticed in the 11 years I have been out of College, I have lost much of my writing skills. I worry that in the next 11 years I'll become virtually unable to write a coherent paragraph if I don't do something now to retain it.

Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?
Yes, but originally I just hoped to have a following of friends and family. I sent out an email letting everyone know I was blogging, and posted it on my Internet baby board. I have sent out a few reminders via email also. Lately, however, I have found myself wanting to reach a new set of people. I am not sure why, but I find it a challenge I suppose. I have been reading all sorts of blogs, and I leave feedback for them often. I have also participated in a group writing project, and now this carnival. Hopefully, baby steps will get my name out there, and if a few new people enjoy my blog along the way....AWESOME.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog?
It is simple really. I just want to get my creative juices flowing, have a few laughs, and share a piece of my life with others.

Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?
So far, YES! I am blessed with wonderful friends who are faithful readers. :) My goal is to not bore them to death as this blog proceeds. It isn't always easy coming up with interesting things to blog about, but I'll keep plugging along.

Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
Nope, but I have only been blogging for almost 2 months now, so there really hasn't been much time to evolve.

What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?
Hmmmmmm.....I am not sure.....I have learned so much, but nothing really that I NEEDED to know when I started though.

Do you make money with your blog?
Ha Ha Ha.....ummm NO! Would be fun and interesting, but I doubt I'll ever get that popular.

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why? What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
Yes, they know, but most do not read it. There are a variety of reasons ranging from not being interested to having a super slow Internet connection. I am not bothered by it though. I prefer my friends to read it over my close family. I am more comfortable "letting it all hang out" for friends.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

Think carefully about what you want regarding comments, and make sure your settings only allow what you are prepared for. If you allow "anyone" to comment, then be prepared for a negative comment. Decide if you are willing to open yourself up for that or not.
Here's one that I have a hard time following myself. Don't get all caught up in who is reading your blog, and how many hits your blog has had. Just blog for YOU, and try to not worry about the rest.

So there it is. A little bit about why I am here. Now I have a question for YOU! Why are you here? Leave me a comment and let me know what brought you to my Blog today. Ummm yeah, I know...I am totally still working on my last piece of advice. tee hee.....

13 Live It or Love It:

Nikkie said...

I'm her b/c I LOVE your blog Corey!!! You are an excellent writer, I look forward to all your entries!

Anonymous said...

Hey, bandwagon jumping ain't always BAD!! ;)

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Corey - I am SO glad you jumped on this bandwagon and always look forward to what you have to say. :)
And the pictures!!

Autumn said...

I'm here because I live vicariously through you. LOL .. I would love to write a blog, but I have a hard time putting myself out there. So I just read yours and others.

Anonymous said...

Interesting story! My favorite part of this carnival is reading the advice from the last questions. You are right: Stay true to you and you can't go wrong. And ignore the negative comments.

Deena Peterson said...

The last time I participated in a blog carnival I met some wonderful bloggy friends! And I'm so glad I stopped by here...this was nice...

Pam said...

First time visitor. Loved your blog, and I even visited some of your friends' blogs. I'll be back!

ashley said...

I'm here through the Carnival. :-) I am trying to get to know more people, discover some new blogs, perhaps expand my readership a bit.

I used to be a prolific creative writer but that kinda all went away... blogging has really helped me work on it, and for that I am grateful!

Awesome Mom said...

I came here from the Carnival.

It looks like you are making a great blogging start!

Dana~Are We There Yet? said...

This is a very visually compelling design. I really enjoyed reading your answers.

Anonymous said...

Well said, its a good bandwagon to jump on. Thanks for sharing your blogging story. I'm here following the Mr Linky links but I like your title and will browse around.

Shalee said...

I love that you're a newbie and you've joined in the carnival! That's awesome!

And you hit the nail on the head when you indicated that you write to keep your skills from waning. That's one of the reasons I blog as well. Plus, if anyone complains about my time spent on the blog, I can chalk it up to be educational...

WendyDarling said...

Very well said. :-) I too get caught up into how many people visit, and tend to be disappointed if they don't leave a comment. I need to just "let it go." :-)

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