How did you start blogging?
I started out just reading blogs. Then one day I clicked on a Blogger button. Once I realized how easy it is to blog, I created my own. It was my 8th wedding anniversary and I thought it would be a neat little surprise way to wish Karl a “Happy Anniversary.” I fully intended to delete the blog the next day. I posted again about a day later. If you look at any of those early posts you will see that Karl is the only commenter. He really loves me.
Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?
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?
Well, I hope to read great books and write helpful book reviews. I hope to become a better writer by practicing writing every day. I hope to encourage other women. I hope to write in such a way that Christ is glorified.
I usually check my site meter before I go to bed each night. It is amazing to me to think that men and women living in China, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Germany, etc., could read this blog and learn a little something about God’s grace through Jesus Christ. I never know who could stumble upon this blog. God could use one of my posts to draw someone to Himself. Hmm, maybe I should quit posting so many dumb quizzes about myself…
Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
Not really. Well, this blog is more than one short note after another just to my hubs, so I guess it has changed. I remember writing in my journal one morning and thinking, “Why don’t I just put this on the blog instead of this notebook?” Overall, though, I don’t think the focus of the blog has changed that much.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?
I wish I had known more about blogging etiquette.
Do you make money with your blog?
Yes. I have an Amazon Affiliate account, but in a whole year of blogging and links to Amazon, I’ve made a whopping $2.78, and they aren’t going to give me anything until I reach $10. So, no, I guess I don’t make money with my blog.
I recently signed up with Westminster Bookstore. They count clicks instead of dollars (yay!), and thanks to all your clicks last month I received a $10 gift certificate. Guess what I bought? BOOKS! I ordered Pursuing Holiness in the Lord by Jonathan Edwards, The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson, and When People are Big and God Is Small by Ed Welch. Thanks to the great prices at the WTS Bookstore and your clicks, I bought three books for less than $20. Thank you very much!!
So, you could say that I earn books, but not money. I don’t really want to do ads or anything like that, so I don’t really plan on making money with this blog. I have a secret desire to write books and make money that way, but don’t tell anyone.
Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
Yes. I think most of them know about it. I didn’t tell anyone for a very long time, then I wrote something Karl thought was pretty good, and he decided to email the link to everybody who has an email address. I was a little embarrassed at first, but got over it. I know my parents-in-law read my blog (Hi, Mom & Dad!) and Aunt Terry reads it when she has time at work (Hi, Terry!), but I don’t know about everyone else. The ones who don’t read it either do not have a computer, do not have time, or they hate the internet.
What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
1)Try to get in the habit of writing everyday. You don’t have to post to your blog everyday, but writing is a wonderful discipline.
2)Write about what interests you…don’t pander for a “following”.