Honestly, I never thought I would still be doing it almost 3 years later.
I started it on a whim.
Here is my first post ever.
I have come a loooong way.
If you can believe it, this was the profile picture I used when I first started blogging.
Of me, pregnant with my second.
Two and a half years before I started blogging.
What is wrong with me??
I don't even remember hearing the term "blogger" before I started even though I knew "bloggers" existed because how else would I think to start one?
I am not that much of a trendsetter.
In fact, I don't even remember what possessed me to start blogging in the first place.
I mean, I know I started it as a stress reliever but what in heavens name possessed me to say, "you know what? Today I am going to start writing a blog. Telling the world my problems, fears and under 5 buck craft ideas!"
I didn't have that actual convo with myself or that would just be silly.
This was one of the banners I was toying with for the blog.
With Ellie's Leap Frog magnets.
I couldn't even flip the picture around.
Recently I read a blog post about someone trying to get into this particular blogging network (not Blogher) and how in order to do so you had to follow this certain blog on 5 different social media sites ( there are five different social media sites?!?!?!) and jump through hoops like donating your blood and children (juuuust kidding. I think.) in order to get in.
And it stopped me in my tracks.
Because I had a moment of "why am I here" right then and there after reading it.
Not "why am I here" in the human sense but "why am I here" in the blog sense.
I am deeeeeeeep.
Then I thought I would stand out if I took a picture of my hubs famous chocolate chippers and use that as my profile picture.
Who uses food as their profile picture????
What are we bloggers doing here?
What is the main objective?
To have a tweet that is favorited 1000 times?
To get a million Facebook followers for your page?
To have your blog featured on the Huffington Post?
To get a book deal?
To have your craft room shown in a magazine article?
To make so much money that you never ever ever ever have to work or struggle again?
To reach a gazillion page views?
Let me first say this.
If you have achieved the above, I am not at all jealous.
I am happy for you.
Because that is amazing.
We live in a jaded, jaded society so if you can succeed in the above ways, you have talent.
And we all want the above for our own blogs.
And you are lyin' like a dog if you don't.
Yeah, sure, you are blogging because you love to write and bring happiness and flowers and rainbows to everyone who reads your blog.
Me at my first and last craft show with my bestie Melissa and my now defunct business.
See the great resolution from the camera?
Neither do I.
I love to write.
I love it more than any other hobby I have.
But I also love to be rewarded.
It's human nature, don't you think?
So getting my little check from Blogher every 3 months is rewarding.
Going to blog conferences is rewarding.
Getting featured at another blog is rewarding.
Having someone comment on my posts is rewarding.
I could go on and on.
But its true.
The old timers will remember this profile picture.
It was up on the blog for over a year.
Because I only take a good picture once a year, apparently.
When I first started this blog, it was completely for me.
All the way.
As evidenced by my 3 page views a day feedback (which I think were all from my mom. I love you mom!!).
But I have grown.
Not in leaps and bounds like most bloggers do but grown in what I consider to be very prosperous ways.
I have met so many engaging and affirming human beings since starting blogging in the forms of readers, other bloggers or friends who read my blog and I became closer to because of the blog.
This blog has created such an amazing outlet for me.
I am a better mom because of it, not in spite of it because I get to vent.
In healthy ways.
About things I love to do.
Like cook, decorate, paint, write and be sarcastic.
Yes, that can be a hobby too.
This is my senior picture.
And my profile for a month in April 2011.
Because I had an 80s theme going on.
Because I had an 80s theme going on.
And now you know how old I am.
And that I fit on top of a giant number.
And that I would probably crush that number now.
I also have a loooooong way to go if I ever want to reach the above goals too.
I don't necessarily want all of the above goals.
A few, maybe?
I would love to be successful enough that I can inspire people.
Especially on the cheap decor bit.
Because I live it.
I am cheap, I don't have tons of money and I am not ashamed of it.
I can't go out and buy lots of home decor.
If you can, then its a lot easier to make your home pretty.
But if you are on a small budget, it is hard.
So that is part of who I speak to with this blog.
That part will never change.
Ooh this is when I found Picasa and sepia tone.
Look how artsy it looks!
It looks sepia.
But I don't know how to do so many things when it comes to blogging.
I am not really good at networking.
I just don't want to come off like a salesman when it comes to my blog.
I see a lot of bloggers who self promote excessively and I just can't do it.
I put my blog out there on link parties, Facebook and Twitter and that is all I can do without throwing up in my mouth a little.
So yes, I don't have 10000000's of followers on the 3 social media tools I use.
But I am OK with that.
Because I am on a first name basis with all of my 200 + Facebook fans.
And I have time to email them back.
And talk to them like we are old friends.
Because, well.... because we are.
And I like them.
An awful lot.
I don't want to become so big that I don't have time to do that.
Or have to hire someone else to do that.
Me and the hubs.
This was my profile pic for a summer.
But I took it down.
Because I write the blog not him.
And I don't have my picture on his business cards.
I even have a board on Pinterest about all things pertaining to blogging.
I almost want to turn it into a secret board because if more experienced bloggers saw what I was pinning, they would hang their head in shame.
And my followers might be a little confused as to why I know so little as it pertains to blogging.
As evidenced by what I am pinning to that board.
For example, clip art.
I pinned a great resource for clip art.
For my blog.
I had no idea you could use clip art on a blog.
Didn't know what that was until last fall.
I thought it was a retirement savings plan.
This is my favorite profile pic.
My hubs took this.
I may put it back up.
Because I look thin in this one.
Because I look thin in this one.
I was informed as to what this was by some amazing bloggers I met in Chicago back in December.
They all had one.
I do not.
Apparently I should have one?
I don't know ......
How to attach a document to a blog post???
Why would I ever need to do this?
I am watching you.
See how little your resident blogger knows?
So I don't think you need to worry about me hitting the big time anytime soon.
And that is just fine by me.
Pass the potato chips.
They're doing something funny over at my friend Sue's blog.