It has been two weeks since I participated in #ASKAWAYFriday because of the holidays. I love connecting with new bloggers and learning more about them. I decided to participate because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself and thought it was a great way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Jodi asked me and I hope that you enjoy my answers.
Jodi is a wife and a mother of two amazing boys. I enjoyed connecting with Jodi this week and admire her for having two kids that are very close in age. Mine are spaced out and I don’t know how she cares for two that are about a year apart. You can find information about IVF, Preschool, Terrible Twos, and so much more on her blog: The Noise of Boys.
- I know you began blogging in 2012, after your back injury….How did you discover the world of blogging? Did you jump right into it or take some time?
I actually started a piano site in 2009 and tried writing articles for that site. I wasn’t very successful at it because I am not musically talented and it was difficult to write about topics that I didn’t have a clue about. In 2011, after the birth of my youngest son my husband suggested that I try another blog. So I started a breast pump review site because I wanted to help educate women that they could continue to breastfeed their baby once they returned to work. I wrote several reviews and started working on this site shortly after I was sent home from my job on medical leave while I was searching for another job with my employer. I was eventually laid off because my employer felt that my medical restrictions were too strict and they felt that I was a liability risk (to future injuries on the job). Around the September 2012, I felt that I felt like it was time to expand my niche so that I could blog about a wider variety of topics. So the long answer to your question, I learned about blogging from my husband. He did it in his spare time as a hobby and he was able to earn some extra money. I wasn’t the best writer when I started but I just jumped in and started it. Over the years, my writing has improved and I am still learning new ways to share my blog with others. My advice to newbies is to jump in and give it a try, there are many free ways to start a blog so that you can test the waters.
- Your blog is awesome filled with amazing content! What would be your top 3 tips for a beginner, in regards to starting a blog?
- Find a niche or several niches that you are comfortable writing about.
- Brainstorm and come up with a list of possible domain names (Brand Name). You want something catchy and easy for people to remember.
- I highly recommend that you read “[amazon_link id=”1493545701″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” ]The Blogger’s Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers, Wordsmiths, and Enthusiasts[/amazon_link]”. I read this book after I stared blogging and it is very helpful. It will help you set up your blog and give you step by step instructions to get you started.
- Share one thing you thought you would do as parent, but changed after actually having kids?
I wasn’t a fan of being grounded when I was a teenager and I am pretty sure that I told my mom that I wouldn’t do that with my own children. However, as a mom I found that taking away privileges or things that they like actually gets their attention. Time out works fairly well for my youngest son too. Of course, I am not opposed to giving my child a spanking if they need one.
- Did you make any resolutions for 2014?
I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions because I am typically not a huge fan of making promises to myself that I don’t keep. I would much rather set small attainable goals for myself.
Continue Reading: My Answers to Jodi’s Questions.
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