I Heart Blogging: Intro, My Blogging Experience

Introduction: My Blogging Philosophy

I was at a baby shower recently and a friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while came up to me to say hi. We exchanged the typical dialogue; “Hi, how are you?-Good, how are you?-Good, thanks.” She let me know that she reads my blog but never comments, affectionately called a blog-stalker. I’m completely cool with that, by the way. Then she laughed and pointed out that she knows all about me and feels like the relationship is very one sided. Her joke made me laugh because it’s so true.

I know a very small handful of people in real life who blog, and if they do, they aren’t into it as much as I am. I do have a very one-sided relationship with a lot of people I know in real life because they read about me but because they don’t have a blog, I can’t read about them. It’s an interesting dynamic! There’s absolutely nothing negative about it but because I put my world out in the open, that’s the way it is.

Quite a few people I know have asked me some detailed questions about blogging, why I do it, and how I do it. When they ask what I do, I’m always leery to tell them I write a blog because I get that weird look, but once they start asking questions I’m always excited to talk about blogging and social media with whoever will listen. I’ve written about this before and I won’t get into it again in this post, but blogging has really evolved over the years and has changed the dynamic of social interaction, media, and the way people can make a living. It’s amazing and exciting to me.

As I was talking to the umpteenth person about my blog and yacking their ear off about social media, I thought why not take everything I tell people and make it into a little (or big. we’ll see where this goes) series so I can refer people to a specific part of my blog.

In this post I’ll start off with the very-basic, generic questions I’m frequently asked about blogging and my experience and philosophy on the subject.

WHAT DO YOU DO? I write a blog.

WHAT ABOUT? I rarely know how to answer this question because I don’t have specific blog content like this or this, for example. But I fancy myself a writer so I write about my life. I’m considered a “lifestyle” blogger. I blog about everything from DIY & crafts, to recipes, to photography, to our issues with infertility. Sometimes it’s deep, sometimes it’s light and fluffy, sometimes it’s very funny. But I always try to put the best possible content on my blog because it represents me.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING? Since about 2004, off and on. I started on Xanga (dark-ages), then Myspace, then moved over to Blogger, now I’m a self-hosted on Worpress (we’ll get into that later). 20 percent of my blogging back in the day was to work on my writing and the other 80 percent was just mumbo-jumbo-what-I’m-eating-right-now type of content. Blogging was a foreign concept back then. It has really evolved and I’m so very glad it has and I’ve been more than happy to evolve with it because now there’s credibility with being a blogger.

WHY DO YOU BLOG? It gives me a creative outlet. Plain and simple. It’s always at my creative disposal and whether I’m in the mood to write or take pictures, I’m always able to get that creativity out through this space.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND BLOGGING? A lot. I put a TON of effort into it but I would be writing, journaling, and taking pictures any way because it’s in my nature. So why not have a venue for it?

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR BLOG? I have several goals. My main goal for anything I put out into the world is to encourage and entertain people. I never want to bring negativity into someone’s life. But I don’t just keep this space for other people, I do it for me too. It keeps me writing. The more you write, the better you get. It keeps me on my creative toes – I’m constantly swirling around ideas. I’m also working toward monetizing. If I’m blogging so much, why not make a living? Eventually, I want to establish a platform for which I would have a brand for, say, writing a book.

WHAT SORT OF OPPORTUNITIES HAVE YOU HAD FROM BLOGGING? So far the biggest opportunity has been forming a Community! You’ll hear that answer from 99% of bloggers who get that question. I’ve met so many people from all over the world that I would never have had the opportunity to know. And it’s so incredible to see the impact that Waiting for Grace has had. I get emails from people who have been so kind to take the time to not only read the series, but to email me and tell them how much it touched them. That, I would say, has been the greatest opportunity – knowing that something I said has made a difference in someone’s life for the better.

SHOULD I START A BLOG? Yes! Why not?! I think it’s so important to write down and capture parts of our lives that might otherwise  have gone unnoticed or forgotten if we didn’t have blogs. It doesn’t have to be a big, fancy show and you don’t even have to get serious about it. But I think it’s important to have that space to go to for a creative outlet and to keep your memories. I say, DO IT!

I have SO MUCH more to talk about but I’ll be dividing it up into separate posts, here and there.

Here’s a few ideas for what’s coming up:

Blogging Etiquette
Writing Content
Photography and Your Blog
Getting Technical
The Money Aspect 

What about you? What are YOUR answers to these questions?

  • Mrs. Gentry - Love this peek into your process and look forward to the rest of the series. I enjoy reading your lovely blog! ReplyCancel

  • Bailey Jean - What a perfect time to stumble upon your blog! I've been blogging for a while now and have lately been trying to sort out the purpose behind why I do it, and I am certain that your I Heart Blogging posts will help me immensely. I was almost a mere blog-stalker but after finding out that you, too, are a Texas girl with a theatre degree, I had to say hello 🙂 You have a new fan! ReplyCancel

  • Kira @ Her New Leaf - Hi Hannah! I came across your blog on Pinterest and look forward to reading along with this series! I have my own series on blogging called Primp My Blog, and I love reading about others' experiences. I have had a lot of conversations similar to yours above, and I totally agree that the community is by far the BEST part! ReplyCancel

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