Why You Should Blog and Helpful Tools


September 12, 2012

23 thoughts on “Why You Should Blog and Helpful Tools

  1. I absolutely LOVED this article you wrote.  It was very well written.  I am a new blogger (started last October) and love it.  Like you said, it’s my time away from my family…it’s something for me that I look forward to at night after my boys have gone to bed.  It also is a way for me to capture special moments with my family and put a little story behind the pictures I post.  Everything about it I love.  Thanks again!  :)

    1.  Thanks Kelly! 
      I just checked out your website http://thecrookedpear.blogspot.com: very nice and you have a great looking family! 

      I too love doing the writing at night, I find a lot of times that I’m so caught up in what is happening at that moment that I don’t actually enjoy the moment, so writing about it that night really helps me lighten up and get perspective.  My husband calls me the girl version of Clark Griswold because my expectations are usually so high. :) – gotta love Christmas Vacation.
      What are you looking to do more of with your blog?
      Stephanie from grinninglikeanidiot.com

      1.             Hi Stephanie!  Thank you for responding to me and THANK YOU for checking out my blog!!  I actually found your blog through Amanda’s facebook post…SO glad I opened it up!  That is too funny, I love Christmas Vacation.  :) 

              I would love to see my blog grow and for people to like the ideas and pictures I put on there, comment on them, and pass them along.  I work full time in a super boring office job where all I do is answer the phone all day.  This blog is one of the best escapes away from work that I look forward to…family coming in first of course. 
              Any more suggestions or ideas you may have to help my blog grow would be great!  You have tons of resources I am looking through that are so helpful.  Thanks again!!  Kellyhttp://thecrookedpear.blogspot.comhttp://thecrookedpear.blogspot.com 

  2. This article is fantastic!!  Thanks for sharing :)  I am interested in starting a blog and didn’t know where to start.  I can’t wait to look through the links and finally get started.  Thanks for the inspiration!!  

    1.  Hey Alicia,
      I’m so glad you liked the article!  One of the things I find about blogging is that I just beam over comments that people leave, like yours :).  It is just so nice to see and hear that I may actually be helping people.

      I’d love to know more about your blog!  When you get it up and running post it to livelaughrowe.com they have a blog hop about once a month and you’ll start getting some traffic from that too.

      Stephanie from grinninglikeanidiot.com

  3. I’m here via Kevin and Amanda and am so happy to find you! I love when a good resource list comes together (I’m in the process of creating my own). Great work! :)

    1.  Hey Alisha,

      Thanks so much for stopping by!  Amanda was actually the one who encouraged me to start a blog and has introduced me to other bloggers/conferences etc.  I’d be glad to pay it forward and do the same for you.  What is your blog going to be about?
      Stephanie from grinninglikeanidiot.com

  4. Hi, Stephanie!  I, too, saw Amanda’s tweet about your post ~ I’m passing it on to our local newspaper, since they’re doing a story on local bloggers (and I was lucky enough to be one of the featured bloggers).  Thank you for your words of wisdom!

    1. Hey Lisa!
      I’m so glad you dropped by from Kevinandamanda.com and thrilled that you are passing along my info to a local newspaper! You just emphasized my point about the blogging community, it is a community where we help build each other up!
      Please let me know if I may return the favor or if you’d like to meet up for lunch sometime, my email is stephanie@allartful.com

  5. I have been blogging for a brief period of time and love it.  I am using blogger for the exact reasons you named.  However, I am already frustrated by the limitations it has, but know nothing- i mean nothing- about writing code and designing my own page.  Perhaps someday I will financially be able to commit to making that next step.    :)   

    1. Hey Marci,
      One of the best resources I found for blogger tools was http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/
      , they have all sorts of free tips, tools, code extracts that I literally copy and pasted into blogger. And if you do run into a snag, reach out to Sarah at tech4mommies, her rates are extremely reasonable (I work full time and like blogging for the joy of blogging I went to her after about a week of agonizing over one little thing that she fixed in 5 minutes, after that I go to her for most things cause I’d rather be writing, crafting and taking pictures than figuring out code :) )
      Hope this helps!!!
      Stephanie from grinninglikeanidiot.com

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  12. Blogging is a great deal! I started blogging three years ago and each time I stopped it in a year I come to the conclusion I need to start it again and again and again. And I also noticed that I need more information, to tell the truth, I’m always in a hurry to visit conferences and webinars about blogging. So much information)))

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