Liz from A Belle, a Bean and a Chicago Dog is a fabulous Bloggy Friend.
I gravitated towards Liz’s blog because she’s a Mama of girls like I am. Additionally, I loved the “temporarily-retired” description of her professional turned SAHM lifestyle. I interpreted that to mean that she still aspires to accomplish her individual goals (much like me) and that she’s simply on a short, worthwhile hiatus while raising her little ladies.
I also realized while stalking….
I mean perusing her site that she seems to have a good bit figured out. I’m in awe and I need to follow her lead ASAP because “technically” I’ve been blogging since 2006 – and yeah,
I’m SO not at her level.
Which is why she’s one of my Bloggy Idols.
Her Dear You Guys Meme is brilliant and she’s on a roll with her support throughout the blog world. Between her contributing posts, guest features and meme creating she’s really making her mark.
Liz is driven, friendly and the kind of girl you can grab a cocktail with and have tons of fun….as demonstrated in this dance performance (she’s in red) with Kristin from Taming Insanity. I’m looking forward to the day when I can bust a move at a blogging conference with these cool gals.
Then there’s the fact that Liz named me as one of her Top Five Fabulous Bloggers. Which means she likes me, she really likes me!
Needless to say, I love Liz AND her crazy crew.
Here are her words of wisdom for all of us novice bloggers out there……
Q1. Why I started blogging
I first began a blog in the fall of 2008 as a way to keep our out-of-state family up-to-date on our lives. Why I decided to go public in March of 2010 is something I still don’t know the answer to, though I’m so very thankful for having done it.
Q2. Schedule Organization and Bloggy Goals
I feel like this is one of the biggest issues bloggers face – the dreaded 24-hours-to-a-day time constraint!
For me, scheduling was something that I figured out over time. I do write and schedule posts ahead, so that helps. I found that it’s easier to read blogs, tweet, and do other social media things when my girls are around, so I save my writing for when they nap.
I also just finished transferring all my email blog subscriptions over to my RSS reader. My hope is that consolidating all my blog reading to 1 form will help with organization.
Goals constantly evolve and change for me, and I suspect that is pretty normal for just about everyone. I definitely have a few new goals for the new year, but I think I may keep them to myself for a little while longer (wink, wink).
Q3. Keys to success
1. Strong voice – In order to build a strong readership with your blog, you need a strong, consistent voice coming through in your posts.
2. Ask questions – The blogosphere is a whole new word, with a language all it’s own! You will be amazed at how helpful the blogging community is.
3. Good time management and organization – There are a LOT of balls in the air when it comes to blogging and social media, so being able to juggle them all is key.
4. Developing relationships with other bloggers – I’ve put a lot of time into visiting others’ blogs, hanging out on Blog Frog and chatting on Twitter. Interaction is key to build a community and a strong readership.
Q4. Best Social Media Sites
Really, I don’t think it gets any better than Twitter.
Twitter lets you engage and connect with others, as well as promote your blog posts. Twitter gives you the chance to grow a community around your blog.
I know I’ve said this before, but I truly believe that you meet in the blogosphere, and become friends on Twitter.
Q5. Tough Lessons Learned
Like with anything in life, you are going to make mistakes and have periods of ups and downs. I don’t know that my experiences are any different than anyone else’s. But it’s important to not let someone or some thing affect you too greatly. It’s best to get back up, dust yourself off, and carry on.
Q6. Got Any Stalkers?
Um, no. I’m so not “bloggy cool” enough to have stalkers.
Q7. Bloggy Idols
How about the 3 other amazing women you’ve featured this week?!
I still do not know how I ended up on a list with the likes of Angie, Jill and Kat.
I bow down to them.
Q8. Go-To Blog Reference Sites
I tell people all the time that I learned much of what I know at BlogFrog. Also, I’ve been known to throw a question or two on to Twitter; it’s another great bloggy resource.
Q9. Blog Conferences
Blissdom 2011 was the first conference I ever attended. I left with inspiration, focus and new goals for my blog.
Q10. Why Is It Worth It?
Let me answer your question this way…before blogging, I spent my downtime watching DVRed episodes of House Hunters and Millionaire Matchmaker.
Now I’m using my brain in a way I haven’t since I became “temporarily-retired” 5 years ago when my oldest was born.
Blogging means being productive with my mind and my time. Blogging means accomplishing something. Blogging means an amazing community and fabulous friends.
Blogging is totally worth it.
**I’m not the only one who thought Liz’s words of wisdom were valuable! Check out her Theta Mom post on Blogging success here