Saturday, March 8, 2014

blogger confessions


Sweet Amanda over at Keeping Up With the Jayneses tagged me for “Blogger Confessions," and quite honestly, this post is probably overdue. I know I have several friends, family {and even a husband} who don’t really understand why I blog at all. Literally, while writing these answers, Daniel came up to me and asked, “I know you like to write, but why do you have to put it all over the interwebs for everyone to see?”

Well, Daniel, this is why…

1. When did you first start blogging and why?
I started blogging {the first time around} the summer after sophomore year because I attended a journalism conference and heard multiple speakers say that I needed to start a blog and create an online presence to display my writing. So I did.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
I got a Facebook account my senior year of high school. I know, I was a late bloomer. Since then, I’ve tried almost every type of social media you can think of – it’s kind of my job.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I started to become serious about blogging when I moved to a new city with a new husband with no job and I needed an outlet for my writing as well as a way to keep me sane during those lonely days. You can read my first "serious" blog post here. This is when I first started getting involved in the blogging community – before then I didn’t really know it existed.

4. What was your first blog post?
the inner babblings of a dieting college student” – most people are embarrassed about their first posts, but I actually enjoy mine. My blog topic was more focused back then and my voice was more defined. Sometimes I go back and read those posts in order to find my voice again. It gets lost in the business professional copy I have to write each day.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Right now? Deciding what I want this little blog to be. Sometimes I think I should make my focus more defined. Other times I like the ability to write about anything that crosses my mind. Sometimes I want to grow my readership and make this blog some definition of “successful.” Other times I like the idea of just making it a historical record of Jenny and Daniel’s life to go back and read at our enjoyment.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Hearing the words, “Thank you for writing this.” When someone else connects with what you’re writing and comes away encouraged, challenged or even convicted, it makes all the time poured into each post that much more worth it.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
The comparison game. Every time. Her blog is prettier than mine. She is a better writer than me. I wish I was as adventurous/pretty/smart/thoughtful as her. The list goes on and on… And sometimes I just have to click the “mark all as read” button on Bloglovin’ and remind myself that God made me wonderfully complex and He declared His work {me} marvelous.

8. What is your blogging dirty secret?
Planning ahead – I bet you could’ve guessed that. I take 2-3 hours on the weekend to write, create graphics, take photos and schedule posts so I don’t have to worry about it throughout the week. So, yes, when I say “today” on the blog, I really mean...not today.

9. What is your current goal as a blogger?
I touched on this in #5, but I guess the answer is: It depends on what day it is. Today my goal is to pursue my passion for prose, and continue to become a better writer and a better designer and a better marketer. How that translates into a measurable, reachable goal? I’m not sure.

10. Have you learned to become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
I don’t know if anything has caught me by surprise – but I have definitely become more passionate about design. I was a graphic design minor in college, but I wasn’t ever sure it was something I wanted to pursue. Writing was always #1. My blog is the perfect combination of the two, where I can test out both my writing and designing. Next on my list of things to tackle: HTML & Coding. I want to be able to redesign my blog without paying the big bucks for someone else to do it.


Well, there you go! Full disclosure. Robyn, Allyce, Beka & anyone else who wants to join – tag your it! Confess away!


22 comments:

  1. I schedule my posts ahead of time too, and I enjoy doing it that way! As far as facebook, I didn't get it till the end of my sophomore year of college--I was definitely slow to get on the social media train! haha...

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  2. I love this! Learning more about the bloggers I connect with is exciting and even makes it seem like more of a real connection...you know? Thanks for sharing these tid-bits about yourself! I get caught up, sometimes, in the comparison trap, too. It can be overwhelming at times!

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  3. #8! Totally all about #8! Hahaha. I feel like you kind of HAVE to be like this or else you'll drive yourself crazy! It's been working for me!

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  4. One of my favorite things about your blog is your "passion for prose"; I love reading all types of blogs but there is a special place in my heart for bloggers who also happen to be fantastic writers.

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  5. Thanks for the tag, Jenny! This sounds like fun. I'll go ahead and practice something I've been trying to do for awhile now....answer these & schedule the post for a later day! ;) I loved reading some of those old posts you linked throughout!

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  6. So with you on 7. I try not to get caught up in that mindset but I think we all do from time to time.

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  7. Anchors the SoulMarch 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Thanks for the tag!! This seems like fun :) I agree with your #7. Comparison is the thief of joy and I have to be so conscious not to let that overtake my passions.

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  8. These are such great questions for every blogger to think about. Thank you for sharing your honest answers. And I think we can all agree on number seven, not fun but it happens.

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  9. i love reading posts like these! :) i'm glad you started this blog!! thanks for tagging me - i'll get to work on mine! :)

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  10. Fun! I've become more passionate about design too! I really wanted to learn coding, but I had a friend do some coding for me and then I was supposed to learn it... yay, the coding part, not my favorite. But the design part, absolutely.

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  11. I wrote this post, and then failed to schedule social media posts for all of this week. Go figure! And you probably were WAY more productive with your time in college, too!

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  12. Yes, these are some of my favorite posts to read, too. Glad you enjoyed getting to know me better (and that I'm not boring!). The comparison game is a tempting one indeed!

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  13. Yes, I'm the girl with the plan. I can't imagine sitting down once a day and writing a post. Life's way too crazy for that!

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  14. Aw, you have no idea how big of a compliment that is. Overjoyed that I fall under the "writer" category in the blogging world!

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  15. This is a good one to start with because it's not time dependent! Another blogging tip: I have a folder full of "rainy day" blog posts for when something happens and I don't have time to write. These aren't time dependent so I can just schedule them in when life has got the best of me.

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  16. Yes, it's waaaaay too easy to do. I think that's why I have a special place in my heart for bloggers that don't sugar coat every aspect of their life. But then again, I often think - man, I wish I could be as open as them, haha.

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  17. "Comparison is the thief of joy" is definitely one of my go-to phrases. I tell myself that when I notice myself getting caught up in the game. Look forward to reading your answers!

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  18. Definitely! You should answer them yourself. And, unfortunately, number 7 is just something that happens when you are a part of a community so open about the details of their lives. But, it's definitely something we can overcome.

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  19. Thanks, Robyn! I'm glad I started it, too. It's kept me sane through dental school (at least!). I can't wait to read your answers!

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  20. Aw, thank you Esther. When I first read this comment through my email, I was so excited I had to share with Daniel such a sweet compliment. Thanks for being such a big fan - it makes this blogging thing SO much better. (Plus, it's fun to see I have at least one reader in Africa!)

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  21. I was supposed to take a coding class to graduate with a graphic design minor, but they changed the requirements my senior year, and instead I had to take a 3D Design class. The coding class would have been WAY more useful - the thought of teaching myself is incredibly daunting! But, yes, LOVE the design part. :)

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  22. Comparing is serious the worst, but we all can (and do) do it in all aspects of life. For the record though, I think your blog & writing are wonderful:)

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