I’m going to let you in on a little secret; blogging is not an easy, get-rich-quick endeavor. Did you think it would be? I’m glad that money and fame weren’t my goal, or I would be sorely disappointed.
Work & Reward
Blogging is much more work, with a much smaller monetary gain than I expected. How’s that for honesty?
Even so, this form of writing and business building has fit my personality and life well. Dare I say that these past 8 months of blogging have even been… fulfilling?
My husband was initially convinced that this blog was taking up way too much of my time. He felt a bit widowed, I think. It was then that I realized a blog is like a baby. A sweet, little, helpless baby. A newborn blog takes many hours of investment before it starts to grow.
At first my new baby was wonderful, but demanding! Now I have a set schedule, blog planner, and tools like tailwind and buffer that allow me to keep delivering content without requiring me to spend hours a day on the computer. Blogging is still a commitment, but now it’s just plain fun!
To celebrate this blog’s wobbly progress into toddlerhood, I’d like to respond to Tonya’s article at Budget and the Beach where she poses 10 “about me” questions.
1. What websites or blogs do you read every single day?
2. If you could attend one awards show, what would it be?
Not exactly what you’re asking, but I’d love to someday go to a medal ceremony for a veteran. Way cooler than any of those awards shows where celebrities pat themselves on the back.
3. What is the one thing you are deathly afraid of?
Deathly? Nothing. Afraid of? The dark. Yes, even as an adult.
4. What book do you always recommend to people?
A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent – This little book is a quick and helpful read. It takes the Gospel and weaves it into life in a way that makes lightbulbs pop over my head left and right.
5. Open a play list on any device you have and hit shuffle. What are the first five songs that come up?
- Sailor’s Waltz by Josh Garrels – I used to really dislike tenor voices, but they’re growing on me. Asgeir, anyone?
- Zechariah Ch 1 by God
- 2 Samuel 19 by God
- Desert Father by Josh Garrels
- Who Fears the Lord? Ps. 128 by Jamie Soles
It was actually quite a few more chapters from the Bible but I cheated and put in some more “regular” songs too. When the whole bible is on your iPhone those gazillion songs tend to monopolize the shuffle feature. That’s a good thing, I suppose.
6. When and where do you blog?
Similar to Tonya, I read and engage in social media in the mornings before my sweet monkeys awaken, and then write in the afternoons during “quiet time”. Most planning and design has to be accomplished in the evenings, but I try to limit that to once or twice a week.
I spend Waaaaaay too much time playing around with site design. I’ve realized that I had no idea what I was doing when I picked my theme last year. Now I keep playing around with plugins and design and drooling over a new theme.
If I spend any more time on this work my husband complains that I am having an affair with the laptop. That’s no good people, no good. I appreciate his keeping me in check.
7. What song is your personal anthem?
“You can’t always get what you want” by The Rolling Stones. I can’t always get what I want, but I get what I need!
8. If you were selected to give a TED talk, what would be your topic?
Please don’t judge, but I must confess that I’ve never seen a TED talk. I’m really gun-shy about anything I think might be even the tiniest bit elitist. I once worked for a woman who was kinda snobby, while simultaneously telling me to peel off the “made in china” stickers from the little totem poles that we sold in the shop. Left a bad taste in my mouth for the elite.
Maybe I’ve got TED all wrong. Feel free to convince me otherwise in the comments!
9. What’s your favorite quote or saying?
I say “tough cookies” to my kids a lot. Does that count?
10. What song, book, movie, or TV show always makes you cry?
Rudy. Love it. Just thinking about that ending gets me a little emotional 😉