Most Challenging

Most Challenging This week I am going to write about 1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…  I chose this one because now I am really struggling with certain parts of blogging and I wanted to write about them because there are definitely challenges that go along with blogging.

The first thing I have struggled with when it comes to blogging is coming up topics to write about.  I do tons of reviews because I love to read and it was a great way to find new books to read.  It took me awhile to break into the review world but I am glad that I did.  Anyway let’s get back on topic.  Other than reviews I struggle with coming up with things to write about because I am scared to put certain things on my blog because I am worried about the reactions somethings could bring.  I have tried to get more personal when it comes to adoption and Multiple Sclerosis because I know I need to get my feeling out but it is hard to expose certain things about me and let other people in.

Another thing I am finding challenging is finding other blogs to read and comment on so that I can find more readers for my blog.  Since I don’t really have a blogging niche like some blogs do so I am struggling to find other blog’s that are like mine.  I know that people don’t read my blog a lot because of the book reviews but I love doing the reviews so I just need to find a better balance between reviews & personal post I guess.

Those are the things that I find most challenging about blogging now.  Things always change in my world but as for now those are the things that I find the most challenging.  If you have any advice please let me know!

What do you find most challenging about blogging now? 

Mama’s Losin’ It

If you want to join in pick one of the prompts below and click here to link your post up!

1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…

2.) You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?

3.) A blog post inspired by the word: sweet

4.) Describe your dream home.

5.) Choose a recent Instagram photo and use it to inspire a blog post!

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Best Thinking. . .

Best Thinking

I got the idea for this post from the blog Daily Post and the topic is:

When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?

I chose this prompt because everyone has different places where they do their best thinking and I think it would be fun to find out where other people feel that they do their best thinking.  I have to be honest this post took me awhile to write because I wasn’t really sure where I did my best thinking until I stopped and really thought about it.

After thinking about it I came to see that I do my best thinking at night when I am should be sleeping which is probably one of the many reasons that I can’t sleep.  The minute I lay down my head starts going and I always get such great ideas for blog posts or other things I want/need to do.

I also find that for some reason I write the best blog posts while I am on my lunch break at work.  I am sure that is because my brain is already in work mode so it is easy to switch from doing work and writing a blog post pretty easily.  I am also lucky that my job doesn’t mind that  I blog as long as all my work is done.

So that is when I do my best thinking.  When and where do you do your best thinking?

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Taking The Week Off!

Closed

I am taking the week off of work so I am not going to be blogging as well.  I am taking a much needed break.  I still have 2 posts that will go up because I was able to schedule them to post but other than that I am gone but I will be back on the 2nd of December so I will see you all then!

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Hi, My Name Is . . .

My Name Is . . .

This was a prompt from last weeks writers workshop and I had to write about it because it was such a fun topic and there are tons of things that could complete the sentence.  I think I am going to just list things that I am and then explain why on some of them.

  • Birth Mom-I placed my daughter for adoption when I was 20.
  • Blogger
  • Daughter
  • Mom to two crazy cats
  • Book lover
  • Introvert
  • Person who truly loves to be alone
  • Huge football fan-I will watch pretty much any game but I love the University of Utah & the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Suffer of an invisible illness-Multiple Sclerosis
  • College dropout
  • Blog Designer

Those are just the few things that came first to me.  I know I could go on and on with a list but no one has time to read that.

How would you answer the sentence?

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5 Great Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips

Last week for the Writers Workshop one of the prompts was to list 5 of my favorite blogging tips.  I always love to read other people’s tips and tricks when it comes to blogging so I figured I would list a few of my own.  These are things that I also wish I would have known from the start.

  •  First before I started a blog I wish I would have picked a name and also known what I wanted to blog about.  I say this because it is so much easier to have all of this done before hand instead of trying to figure it all out once you have been blogging for a few years like I did.
  • Don’t get caught up in the numbers.  I spent a lot of time worried about the number of followers of my blog or the number of likes that my Facebook Page had.  For me this just turned blogging into some sort of popularity contest and made me want to stop blogging.  Once I stopped caring and started blogging for me I found the reason I started blogging in the first place.  Now I still love when I get comments or emails from people who read my blog but I don’t focus on those things because if I do I get discouraged and blogging becomes a chore instead of something I just love to do.
  • For me I always have to remind myself just to have fun and be true to who I am.  I have been blogging for years and only in the past year have I started to really just blog about things I want to.  I have lost readers because of the book reviews but it is something I truly love doing so I am going to continue them.
  • Know that people who know you in real life can and will find out about your blog so don’t blog about things you don’t want other people who know you to read.
  • It can take years to build a blog so don’t give up if you aren’t where others are.  It takes some people years to build their blogs and then others make it big fast.

Those are a few of the things I wish I would have known before I started blogging.

What do you wish you would have known before you started?

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Things I Would Do Differently

Differently

This week for the writers workshop I wanted to write about things I would do differently if I started blogging again.

  • I think the first things I would have to do differently is not care about numbers.  As I look back now I see how much time I spent worrying about numbers and followers.  I spent a lot of time when I started blogging worrying about how many followers I had and the number of comments I would get on posts.  I have since learned that for me watching and worrying about numbers took the fun out of blogging for me so I try not to focus on those things anymore.
  • I also would have picked a name and tagline for my blog in the beginning instead of waiting a few years before I picked one.
  • I wish I would have done more research before I started  blogging.  When I started I had no idea about how big the blogging world was and things like that.  It took me a couple of years before I realized just how big blogging was and where I wanted to go with my own blogs.
  • I also wish I would have spent less time worrying about offending people and more time being true to me and who I am.  I am at a place now with blogging where I try not to offend anyone but I also am not going to not write about something in fear that it will offend someone.

Those are the only things I can think of that I would change if I could start again.

What would you change?

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Writers Workshop-10 Reasons. . .

Top 10 Reasons

For the writers workshop this week I am going to write about 10 reasons you should be glad I didn’t blog in my 20’s.  I am going to change the prompt slightly though because I am still in my late 20’s.  I am going to write 10 reasons why you should be glad I didn’t blog while I was in college and in my early 20’s.

  1. All I would have had to write about was what I was doing in class and lets just say that would have been super boring.  I never partied in  college so I wouldn’t have any good stories.
  2. I would have written about my crazy roommates and the one who ended up over dosing the day before Thanksgiving my last semester up at Weber State.
  3. You would have had to read all the posts from when I was pregnant and pissed off at my daughters father.
  4. You would have had to listen to me complain about all the young girls that were keeping their children when I was 20 and placing mine for adoption.  It really bugged me at the time and I have since got to the point where I just don’t care anymore.  Everyone decides what is best for them and I don’t have the time to worry about it.
  5. Of course you would have had to read about all the high school drama that went out those years.
  6. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to see pictures of me from that time because that would be super scary.
  7. God knows who I would have pissed off because I just learned how to control what I say or write.  I didn’t have any filter back then.
  8. There would have been tons of god awful music and crazy music on here.
  9. I never would have gotten any school work done because I would have spent all the time blogging and reading blogs.
  10. This last one comes from my favorite roommate and she said she was glad I didn’t blog then because she didn’t want any incriminating information out there about her.  I gotta love his roommate she is also the only person who ever gave me a nickname the stuck and she still calls it til this day.

So those are my ten things.  What is one reason you are glad you didn’t blog then?

Mama’s Losin’ It

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One Tip-Have Fun While Blogging

When I started blogging I didn’t even realize that there were so many blogs out there.  I started blogging simple as something to do and as a way to keep my husbands family up to date on things that were happening with us since his family is all out of state.  There are so many things that I now know about blogging that I wish I would have known about when I started blogging years ago.

The biggest tip I could give a new blogger would be to just have fun with blogging.  When I started it was more like a chore and it was really hard for me to keep it up.  I do go through phases where it seems like it is a chore but when I just have fun with it and blog about things that are on my mind I find that can write posts without having a problem.  Right now I feel I am stuck and I haven’t been able to finish a blog post to save my life.  I know that once I get into the groove again I will have tons of posts almost ready.

When I have forgot to have fun with blogging I have gone months and months without posting.  I know when I have to write blog post for products I receive or a book review I struggle with it because I really don’t enjoy having to write posts on something.  I love when I write about whatever I am feeling like and I hate having to write about certain things.  Now that being said I still do sponsored posts and book reviews because I love books and can use the money and products from sponsored posts.

I went off on a tangent there but in the end I would just say don’t forget to have to fun with blogging and don’t lose site of why you started blogging!  What one tip would you give to someone who is starting out blogging?

Mama’s Losin’ It

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