Tell us a little about you (the person behind the blog).
Jack of all trades is the first thing to come to mind. I’m a self-proclaimed herder of kids, cattle, and words. I grew up an Iowa farm girl with those good Midwestern values but a mouth like a sailor. In my 30 some years, I’ve concluded that life is never dull. You can laugh about it or you can be upset about it. I choose to laugh.
I’m a TV addict, a fashion and pop culture follower, a writer, a blogger, a middle school teacher, a photographer, a left-handed farmer’s daughter, and a wife. With all those titles, there’s just never enough time to do everything, but I want to anyway!
Tell us about your blog.
I’m the funny neighbor next door with a story to tell, a comment to make, or advice to give. I like to think of my blog as a humorous slice of life/ life lessons kind of deal with all the flavor of a 60’s variety show. I think it’s modern day Erma Bombeck meets Dear Abby meets Maxine the Hallmark lady with a side of 30-something survival mode thrown in.
I actually have 3 blogs that I keep up and running. However, I am more religious about updating my wordpress blog.
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
In the old days, we called it journaling. Bridget Jones’ Diary renewed my love of journaling. Then, I had my first book e-published, and they told me I needed to get an audience to follow me. Hence, the beginning of my blog and people knowing way more about me than they probably even wanted to know. Lol.
How has blogging affected your life?
I have more deadlines and more things I can’t keep up with (lol), but otherwise, I roll pretty much the same way I always have. Now, I just write stuff down that a few people are nice enough to read.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your blog?
Chandler Bing had his big 3 – he wanted someone nice, heterosexual, and employed. I’ve got 3 challenges: selfishness, stats, and subjects. Sometimes, I have to decide to ignore my husband for the sake of a post. I’m also known to have meltdowns when I have what I consider to be a creative blog and my stats look like I’m a TV show on at 2am on PBS. And finally, it isn’t always easy to spew out a blog topic every week that I really like and think my readers will like. Nothing proves how boring you are like having to have something fabulous to write about!
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Oh, my grasshoppers, I have advice. Find your niche. For instance, mommy blogs are killing it right now. Find a topic people want to know about. That has been one of my big struggles because I like to be diversified, but that doesn’t work so well in the blog world. Secondly, be consistent. You need to blog at least once a week. Disappearing does not gain you readers. Finally, have a picture or a video. Nothing gets a reader’s attention like a picture. We all judge a book by its cover whether we’re supposed to or not. Have something they want to click on.
Which three posts on your blog would you like to share?
Here’s a little of the variety I like to whip up each week:
Class of … I ain’t tellin’!
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