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Friday, October 1, 2010

BFF: Who Doesn't Wannabe Wonder Woman?

I found this week's Blog Friend Feature through a link that I now can't even remember where I found it. But, it was talking about a blogger who did a weekly suggestion to Re-Ignite Date Night. Since marriage is very important to me, I was interested to see her date ideas, so that's how I found her blog. And I'm glad that I did because she's an inspiring blogger.

Hi-ya girls!
I'm Heidi and I'm just so tickled Shell invited me to spill my guts to ya'll this week for BFF!!
Isn't Shell the best?  Serious, she's got some mad skills and dedication as a blogger as evidence of the pretty fabulous place she's built here for us all to get together, share our stories, encourage one another all while authentically representing her sweet self.

I've decided to share a bit about my blogging journey as I so heart blogging and I know that's something you all can relate to! ;)

I first began blogging several years ago to chronicle our families life after our first baby was born (probably like many of you!) in efforts to help long distance family and friends feel more connected to us.  That blog is still going strong and that first born babe is now 5 years old!

Shortly after our 2nd born made his arrival in 2008, I decided to start another blog as a space just for me.  I wanted a place to process all that I was learning about in my pursuit to be the best little mama/wife I could be as well as have a virtual file system of all the tips and tricks I'd absorbed that I found helpful in my various roles.  It seems that I was always referring to the same book, article or website when visiting with friends.  I thought it would be great to have them all organized in one space that I could easily link to a friend in an email to or have access to myself.  It was essentially to be a place to chronicle my journey to become more like the Proverbs 31 woman.

I like to think of the Proverbs 31 woman as the original Wonder Woman - you can read more on that on my "About" and "Meet Heidi" pages.

I like to feel useful (don't we all?) and I figured this blog would also aid in that desire to share helpful tidbits and revelations to others who might share my interests.  Little did I know this was NOT a novel idea!

 I began to learn of other blogs mentioned by a few of my friends via facebook.  My interest was piqued as I was introduced home decor blogs. Slowly but surely, I found that there was literally a whole society of women bloggers typing their hearts out, connecting through shared interests and I was completely oblivious!

Reading these blogs gave me the gumption I needed to be 'Through with Making Do' with the state of my decor.  I painted my kitchen cabinets and dove into a slew of other DIY projects that enabled me to participate with fun linky parties, resulting in comments on my own blog, and even my first few followers - oh my!  I continued to formulate posts that I was passionate about, intermingled with these projects hoping to get feedback there as well.  There was so much to learn and share and it was exciting and inspiring and encouraging!

That is, until it began to feel lonely, discouraging and isolating. Suddenly, I had lost the vision of why I originally started this blog in the first place. I was trying so hard to 'succeed' as a blogger.  I was no longer satisfied to just share for sharing sake, I wanted to 'be' somebody in the blogging world (again, don't we all?)  I felt I had something to contribute, but was a bit lost as to how to get my content noticed and recognized.

It was about that time I posted about having the Bloggy Blues.

I got some great feedback within the comments, encouraging me to just write for myself, and find other like minded blogs and I was also reminded of my original intent for starting the blog.

As soon as I started really being honest and open about what was going on in my heart/head that's when I really started making the connections I was hoping for.  Did I immediately get tons of new followers?  No.  Am I okay with that? Yes.   I may never be a blogging starlet, but I've found my own personal bliss in blogging. Along the way I've also found some great articles to help me make Wonder Woman Wannabe, the best little blog it can be even if it's just for me and a precious few to enjoy. ;)

Have you read the book "Blogging for Bliss?" 

If I were as rich as Oprah this would totally be the point at which I tell you - "If you leave a comment you get your own copy!" But, alas, I'm not. So you'll have to settle for a few of my favorite quotes highlighting why several of the featured authors in the book blog.  If ever you were stumped as to how to explain why you heart blogging to a friend or family member who just doesn't 'get' it - perhaps one of these lines will help you sum it up:

"It's our human nature to want to connect with other people, to explore, and to be inspired."

"It's about connecting learning and giving back by inspiring others."

"With just a click of a mouse you can be transported into a
 creative and inspiring community, 
share creations and gain recognition."

"The satisfaction of giving, sharing and inspiring others is priceless."

"It's wonderful to have a place to work out your thoughts with immediate supportive and encouraging feedback."

In short, blogs offer:

For me, blogging is:
*An ongoing coffee date with good friends
*Like your favorite magazine (home decor, scrap booking, parenting, you name it, it's out there!)
*The ultimate reality show - I'm a sucker for reality TV - blogging is the same.  It's so fascinating to see what other 'regular people' are up to in their various hobbies, observe what they value or simply how they live their life.  In many ways, reading their life stories serves to help me slow down and more appreciate my own life journey.
*A fabulous outlet for self expression.  If you have a passion, this is the best way I've seen to express it - weather it's simply sharing your life, or showcasing your talents or business (or even a combination of these)
Well, that's about enough about me - I want to hear from YOU! :)

Tell me,

Why do you blog?
What's your blog about?
What are your favorite blogs and why?
If you don't yet have a blog, but have thought about it - what would you write about?
"I could write a blog. I have thoughts."
~from the movie, Julie & Julia 


You know how this works! Leave Heidi some comment love here and then go follow her blog if you don't already!

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Blogger Angie said...

Great post! It seems that everyone gets the bloggy blues from time to time but something draws us back!

October 1, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

What a great post. I never thought of blogs as being like my favorite magazine, but they so are!!

October 1, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Eva Gallant said...

That was an excellent post. So true about the community that exists on the internet!

Glad I found this blog today

October 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Blogging is totally a coffee date with friends!!

For me, it's inspiration...a reason to write it all down. The unexpected bonus is "meeting" so many amazing women.

Haven't read that book but will :)

October 1, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Oh, and my fave blogs tend to be humor or fashion/style. Yes, I like a well-dressed, pisser of a gal.

October 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I think a lot of bloggers started for the same reasons. Many, myself included, have changed their blogs or started a second one.

I never really thought of blogs being like reality tv, but it's true!

On my way over to check her out!

October 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger julie said...

I love how you described blogging as an ongoing coffee date with friends. That is so true!

I blog for the adult interaction and for the pat on the back that I don't always get from my kids.

Thanks for a great guest post! Have a great weekend1

October 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I will definately go over and say hi. I hope you are having fun with all the wedding hooplah! Thinking about you!

October 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Steadfast Ahoy! said...

For the past 10 years, I sent emails to a massive list of people who wanted to live vicariously thru my cruising in the Bahamas. When I discovered blogging (thru my daughter in law) it was so much easier. Then, when boating season ended, I didn't want to stop. With the encouragement of friends and family, I kept going and haven't looked back. I LOVE the creative element and truly enjoy getting to know new friends. Your post is right on.

October 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Heidi, you sound like my cup of tea! :) I loved your post. Blogging was an unexpected treat for me as well. I had no idea this underground world of fantastic women was out here! It is my favorite magazine, and daily cup of coffee with friends! I also LOVE that you are striving to be that Proverbs 31 woman! What a tough job! I try...LOL

October 1, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger kc said...

excellent post...so spot on. I think everyone gets to that point and changes their blogs for one reason or another.

Those that write for therapeutic reasons have a tendency to delete earlier posts that are hurtful or when their therapy changes. The singles that write about the woes of being single evolve into a couple which means their blogs changes (always an interesting journey). The fashion/DIY/photo blogs are constantly changing it up which makes them so much fun to read and watch.

October 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Fabulous post! I started blogging because I was quickly headed to depressed stay at home momma with limited adult interaction other then my husband. I was the first in my group to have a kid (at 24 even!). I figured if I was going through this someone else would be too and little did I know how many someone elses there would be!

October 2, 2010 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger In The Babyhood said...

I've been checking out "Wonder Woman Wannabe" all evening and am so completely impressed. I now have it bookmarked on my bookmarks bar so I can go back and read it daily until I can say I have read every post on it!

October 4, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

Oooh, to be a wonder woman. I need a cape.
This? "It's our human nature to want to connect with other people, to explore, and to be inspired." Awesome. I'd add and "to laugh."

Love the quote from julie and julia, too :)

Shell, you find the BEST friends to post for you. I'm a 'lil biased, but you know - that's me & my big head.

October 7, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Oh I LOVED this post! I think we have all been there with the bloggy blues... I know that I have gone for month long gaps without blogging just because I don't feel inspired about anything to write.
I'm on my way to become a follower now!

October 9, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

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