Friday, September 17, 2010

The Joys of Blogging

The SITS Back to Blogging Challenge is nearing the end. For our last challenge, we're suppose to write about why we blog.

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?

14 comments:

  1. great post.. well u make me laugh in almost every post and help me to feel like i am not alone in the autism world. I actually find more blogs on children with severe autism, which are interesting to read, but my situation is more like yours in that my son is more quirky and unpredictable and high functioning--but that is still challenging in its own way---so its good to know ppl similar.

    message boards--I used to do those much more. But, I kinda lost interest in them for a variety of reasons and I find blogging easier and more fun.

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  2. You do such a great job and I'm so glad to have "met" you out here! You've brought so much understanding of aspergers to your audience and should be proud of everything that you've done. Who needs a message board...there are plenty of those! If I can't make it to BlogHer next year, there is supposed to be a BBC in Chicago next August so I will at least have to do that!

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  3. And I'm glad that you started blogging! :)

    I'm hoping to go to Blogher next year, too...even though it's across the country from me.

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  4. I'm so glad you decided to blog too! It really is therapeutic isn't it? You are a great writer by the way. I really want to go to BlogHer too...I guess I better start planning :)

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  5. I'll see you at Blogher 11! I have lots of friends in LA to visit and as you said, it's not that far a drive to San Diego.

    I, too, and really glad you decided to start blogging. I look forward to staying in touch long after Thelma and Louise have settled in at someone's home :-)

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  6. Great post girl. Glad it all worked out for you. It is addictive and oh so therapeutic.

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  7. I love hearing how you got started blogging. It's such a fascinating world and funny how people who aren't familiar with it react when you tell them you're a blogger!

    Keep up the great work. :)

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  8. I'm so glad you started blogging!! Your awesome at it and I always love to read your stuff and the fact you leave great comments doesnt hurt! lol Your humor is the best and so is your honest out look. :)

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  9. I use blogging for therapy, too. I'm glad you enjoy it and plan to continue writing. I would miss you.

    And did you catch Parenthood this week? Great stuff with Max. I also loved Zeek's therapeutic approach to life attempts.

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  10. I'm not one of the women you've met in the blogosphere, but I too am glad you are a blogger and happy I stumbled across your site.

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  11. I love blogging, too, Cheryl. It is a good outlet for me as I am retired and an empty nester. Blogging about NYC makes me go out and explore the city more and try new things. I've also enjoyed meeting so many new and interesting people and learning new topics.

    You are so right about not making much $ blogging but the fringe benefits can be good..I've had a lot of nice surprises come my way since I began my blog.

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  12. Wow, I have to rent that movie! I actually wanted to start my own website (I'm not sure why), and that's kind of how I got addicted to blogging. You're right...it's so theraputic. Plus, I love making some great friends. I'm happy to hear that you're planning to stay around for a while...I love reading your posts!

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  13. I am so glad you decided to blog! I've learned a lot - and I hope to meet you at BlogHer11!

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  14. Girl where do you live? I am an hour from San Diego! I am so planning on going to BlogHer next year. With it that close to home it would be criminal not to! hahaha!

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