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.