Thank you to Elite Flyers for providing my amazing business cards for the Type A Conference that I attended last week. No other compensation was provided.
I attended my first ever blogging conference last weekend. I am not going to lie — I was scared out of pants. I had no clue what to expect, I only knew a handful of people there, and it was the first time that I had ever really talked to clients and brands face to face. Thankfully, I had some really cool business cards to pass out, because those are really what broke the ice and made the conversation flow easily.
Atlanta was amazing. I’ve driven through there before, but nothing could compare to actually being there. I ate some amazing food, met some new people, found new blogging friends, and had a great time. This however, is what I woke up to every single morning, and it is simply beautiful.
I am SO pumped about this upcoming weekend. I have never been to a blogging conference before, so when a friend asked if anyone wanted to buy her ticket to Type A, I said YES!!! So — Thursday, I am jumping on a plane and heading to Atlanta to join old friends that I have never met before, and to meet new friends and learn all I can about blogging.
I tend to disagree with many bloggers out there — the ones that say in order for people to be interested in what you are saying you MUST post every single day. I don’t believe that for one hot second. In fact, I have found that in my world, sometimes less is better, because in reality, it’s about the quality of what you write and not the quantity or how much you write. The quantity vs quality issues has always been a sticky subject matter, but here are my thoughts on it.
One thing that bothers me the most is the numbers game. You know the one I’m talking about. It is basically played in every area of life:
~Facebook Fan Pages
The thing that I have come to realize that blogging is NOT about numbers. Life is NOT about numbers, church is NOT about numbers.
It’s about the people
The change you make in their life
The wisdom you share with them
For me, I don’t hang around a blog that does not have some nugget of wisdom for me, whether it be spiritual for for my home, or for our homeschool. I love when I find blogs that are real and share their heart in every area of their lives.
That is how I want to be here — with you.
What about you? If you blog, do you worry about numbers all the time? How do you get past that?
Ever since I went to New York a few weeks back, I have been pondering this question. I watched and listened in awe as many women who are all bloggers shared their different takes on what they did on their sites and how they got where they are today.
So I started asking myself, What is it that you want for your own blog?
I thought I wanted to do reviews.
I thought I wanted to just do giveaways and draw in readers.
However, the more I write on my blog and I read what others post, I have decided on the answer for what I want for my blog.
I want to be authentic.
I don’t want to be like anyone else when it comes to blogging.
Good grammar does not make you a great blogger.
Posting about the latest and greatest hot trending topic does not make you a great blogger.
Having tons of followers does not make you a great blogger.
What makes you a great blogger is just being yourself and being REAL.
Do you have problems comparing yourself to other bloggers? How do you handle your own competitiveness to be like the rest?
I decided this weekend that for a while, I am not going to be blogging on Saturday and Sunday. I am going to try *really* hard to cut my Internet time down since I no longer work from home so I am leaving the weekend open for just my family starting next weekend.
Ya know what else I did? I removed all the ways to track my blog stats. I have been so consumed with how fast my blog is growing and how everyone is commenting and it was beginning to take over *why* I was blogging, so I deleted it all. I don’t want my writing to be about numbers and such. I only want to share what is important to me.
Another thing I realize is that my niche here is a Lifestyle blogger. I am so glad to finally have a name for what I do. I talk about everything on here. Whatever hits my fancy that day and I think that is what makes me unique!
Have a great day friends and I will have a wonderful post for you on Monday. Not sure what that will be yet, but I am SURE it will be something great.
Awhile back on Amy Bayliss’s blog, she talked about niches and who you are as a blogger. Since I read that post, I have racked my brain, prayed, and begged and pleaded within myself to find out what it is I do over here.
It finally hit me the other day at the park.
It never occurred to me how many posts I have actually written about marriage. It should have been so obvious. I am writing a book on marriage, my marriage has been to Hades and back and then some, and I share passionately about the changes God has made in my marriage. Everything else I write about revolves around marriage:
- the food I cook
- raising our kids
- dating my husband
- books I read
It just seems like everything I do is related to marriage.
So here is where YOU come in.
What would you like to see discussed on For Such a Time as This?
- More recipes?
- More marriage tips?
- More homeschooling tips?
I want to hear from you! Tell me what you want to read about on here. I am all ears.