Blogging 101 Carnival ~ Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Chili a.k.a. Chilihead is sponsoring a blogging carnival and I’m diving in…

1.  How did you start blogging?

I used to send weekly emails to my family and friends of quotes, prayers, encouragements, etc. My brother Steve started a blog and there were several blogs I’d visit daily. Steve kept telling me that I needed to start a blog because basically what I was doing via email was a blog. One day when we were together he pulled out his computer and said “We’re starting a blog for you right now.” He set me up with wordpress helped me through some glitches that I have with technology and the rest is history. Here’s a picture I took of my brother setting up my blog back in March of ’07.

2. Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?

It wasn’t my intention to have “a following”. I still wanted to search and find encouraging things to post. I wanted some way to also catalog my new life away from my adult children and best friends in Seattle. This vehicle has given me that. I believe I have the gift of encouragement and it comes very naturally to me. I’ve always been a card and letter sender. I am a commenter because that’s what I like to do. Through some of my comments I have made blogging buddies that check my blog.

3. 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?

I want to continue to post things that are encouraging. I would like to continue growing in my walk with Christ. I want to learn more and share what is the “truth” and is honoring to my King.

I hope to keep my brain working hard. I want any motivation to be a continued learner. Blogging is accountability for me in this aspect of my life desire.

4. Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

The thing that has changed for me is that as I find more blogs I enjoy, I participate in some of the weekly blogging events.

5. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

To have a shorter http:, I get tired of typing https://happywonderer.wordpress.com/ into the blogger sites. WordPress and typepad and some others store my info…that’s really nice for avid commenters. Some sites seem to punish you for not being one of their own! 🙂

6. Do you make money with your blog?

No, I do not make money with my blog but I save a lot of money because I’m not out shopping as much as I used to be…

7. Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

Yes. Some do, some don’t. For some it’s hard to keep up with my daily postings. Some like to keep up with what I’m doing in Southern California now that I’m not living full-time in Seattle. Some read it but they don’t leave comments.

A few of my immediate and extended family have blogs. The more serious bloggers are my sister Lana at Above the Clouds and my brother Steve at The Temple. My son and daughter have a blog but their posts are few and far between…

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

Check out a variety of hosting sites before you choose one.

Consider whether some controversies that won’t be settled on this earth should become the focus of your blog. You might get more than you bargained for…

You can go to Don’t Try This at Home and see what other bloggers are saying…

My updated suggestion is that you do not store your photos at Photobucket. They are now holding all my photos hostage as of July 2017.

19 thoughts on “Blogging 101 Carnival ~ Inquiring Minds Want to Know

  1. Here, here to your counsel on controversies. Wisely said. And ditto to the enjoyment bloggers find in participating in some of the weekly events. This has become a growing goal of my own–to be given a topic and thoughtfully present my writing. Here’s to the internet picket fence!

    Hi Elle, would love to lean over the fence and see you face to face…:)

  2. I agree about the controversies.
    I think it’s so interesting that so many women share similar blogging stories. I enjoyed reading yours.

    Hi Leslie,
    thanks for stopping by, blessings…

  3. I agree about the controversies thing as well. I used to be tempted to jump on every bandwagon, but after I fell and hurt myself a few times…I leave that kinda stuff to the experts…I may comment on someone else’s controversial post, but lay off of them for my blog.

    Deena, thanks for coming by my blog today…

  4. Oh, yes, I don’t want controversies on my blog! Yikes! I like a good controversy, but I want to be able to walk away!
    Nice to meet you!

    qtpies, Nice to meet you, too. Some controversies are better left in person where you can explain yourself and see facial expressions, etc. (then run away! 🙂

  5. Okay, a little late in posting for the carnival! Travel days I tell ya! Sheesh – Love your responses sister dearest!

    Lana, Sheesh is right…at least we learned from many of the answers to the carnival questions it’s ok if we’re late…

  6. Wow, a lot of what you said really felt like I might have written it myself. I found this so interesting and I think I may use these questions myself this week. It seems like it would be a good excercise to evaluate.
    Thank you.
    PS . .I didn’t know that you would need to type in your http each and every time. Do you need to do that with blogger?

    Hi Lovella, Yes, when your commentor doesn’t have a blogger account you have to, unless I’m doing something wrong…Blessings on you.

  7. I like your answer to the money question. : )

    Julie, I used to be known as a “shopper” now I’m a “blogger”. I might need to check my obsessing meter soon…

  8. I love the picture. Now, is that you sitting beside your brother? And are you, in fact, eating ice cream? Inquiring minds want to know.
    I’m with you on the controversy issue. I avoid it like curdled milk. But every once in a great while, I unwittingly “step in it.”

    Fiddledeedee, I wish I was that young and that pretty…that’s my niece sitting next to my brother. She’s actually opening mail. I really appreciate your style of writing…blessings.

  9. I love how you respond to each comment. Definitely an encourager. And you’re an organizer, my gosh! Look at those categories!

    Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by. Speaking of organizing, those categories are “out of control”! 🙂 blessings

  10. Thanks for stopping by my page. I love what you said about why you started blogging and how it should be encouraging! God has also blessed me with the gift of encouragement, and if I didn’t keep myself in check, I’d probably go in debt from sending cards and letters :o)
    Have a wonderful week! I’ll certainly be stopping by again soon :o)
    ~Jennifer
    http://jennandrichsnipes.blogspot.com

    Jennifer, You don’t know how many times I’ve said I spend all my money on cards…nice to meet someone who understands. Blessings!

  11. I am so impressed with my sister. One day, I too, might do the blogging thing. Right now I’ll keep teaching, which I love to do.

    Kathy, You teach well and it’s great that you bring the “light” into those dark classrooms! Blessings on you, sister.

  12. I avoid controversy too! I wish I had known enough to try out different blogging platforms too. Now I am too entrenched to even think about moving.

    Hi Awesome Mom, I totally know what you mean about feeling entrenched. I would love prettier borders, though….

  13. Here’s to saving money by blogging! So glad you waded into the blog pool and that our blog paths crossed–I affirm your gift of encouragement, as you have gifted me many times!

    Thank you Lisa, your affirmation is an encouragement to me…

  14. Beautiful blog! And your second piece of advice is RIGHT ON! It’s okay that some things will remain mysteries. It’s not okay to eat each other up over them.

    Hi Clemntine, Thanks, mysteries are ok, love that, and also expanding the advice to include no cannibalism, well said. 🙂

  15. I love how you aim to encourage others through your blog — that’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing your blogging story!

    Katrina, thanks for stopping by and chatting a bit! I appreciate it.

  16. You’re right on with the controversy thing… And your point about saving money rather than making money with your blog totally cracked me up!

    Hi Shalee, glad you were able to chuckle while visiting. 🙂

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