I'm fairly new to blogging. My first post was about 7 months ago. My initial intent wasn't to blog actually. I had wanted to start a website with message boards where moms could come to share the quirks of their children with autism. I envisioned that the board would offer support as well, but my unique niche was to try to have as positive of a spin on our situation--to have an uplifting place where moms could go to laugh and cry about their experience. My husband suggested adding a blog as one component to the site. I remember thinking, "Hell, no! I can't write. What do I have to say that people would want to read?"
As I started this endeavor, I was running into barriers every step of the way. I couldn't find a good host for my site. There were so many scams that I read about! And, well, I just wasn't that creative. Then I heard about these great blog sites that offer free hosting. On Blogger, you can even run ads really easily! Wow, I can easily make money while working at home! How perfect is that?
The only problem was that the blogging sites didn't have the capability to have message boards. So, I was going to do the thing that appealed to me the least--blogging! Around this time, I rented the movie "Julie and Julia," which is about a woman who starts blogging and discovers her passion in life--cooking and writing! It really inspired me to try my hand at blogging! So, I dived in.
I quickly discovered two things about blogging. 1) It's really hard to make money at blogging and 2) I LOVED to blog! My ambition to get a message board going has totally melted away! Why do I love blogging? It's very therapeutic. Whether I'm having a bad day or a great day, I have material to blog about, and it makes me feel so much better! I've met many other awesome women bloggers that I love to read and inspire me to do better at my blog. Occasionally, someone will leave me a comment that says I've helped them understand autism more! Or that I've helped them with a problem they were having. Or that I've made them laugh! I cannot even describe the high you feel when you receive nice comments like that.
This is the fuel that keeps me going! I've been having a blast doing this, and I hope to continue it.
I'm REALLY hoping to attend THE blogging conference next year--BlogHer 11. It's being help in San Diego, which is a two-hour drive from my house. I'd love to go and meet some of my blogging friends in real life. Everyone I know who went to BlogHer 10 had a blast!
So, here's to the joys of blogging! Who knew?