It's Official: I'm Hot Shet!
First, writing a blog is great fun. Many people have said to me recently that I always seem to be in such a good mood. Well, it's true. Thinking funny thoughts and then blogging about them keeps you in a happy frame of mind. Even the more thought-provoking and sad posts can be invigorating.
Second, trying to learn the "business" of blogging is still a daunting task for me. Attaching widgets, twittering, adding html language to the template are still not easy for me. Thank goodness I have Dwight at Gettingraphic to help me out on a weekly basis. I hope everyone blogging has a great web designer (and fixer) behind them like I do! Also, I want to understand the affiliate programs and try to be more successful at generating more revenue from the blog this coming year.
Third, I have learned that while there are millions of people blogging every day that are also millions of empty nest Moms and Dads who have never blogged. I have friends who read the blog and want to comment, but they have no idea how. I literally go to their homes to show them how to "do it". The fun, empty nest niche is pretty wide open but that also means that there aren't as many fun, empty nest people to blog with! This year I will be focusing some of my attention on beginning blog seminars for the empty nest crowd. (Kind of the blind leading the blind, but it's sure be a hoot and a holler for all those in attendance).
Fourth and finally, I am in total awe of the blogs that I have discovered and read this past 4.5 months. There are beautiful sites, hysterical sites, naughty and nice sites. I will continue to do my single blog stalking in 2009 as it's simply the best way to get to know a particular blogger.
I am humbled every day by other bloggers (you know who you are) and wonder about who I'm missing. Why just this week I came across Becky C. of Just a Girl in Short Shorts Talking About Whatever. She has been writing on this blog for a little over two years and was celebrating her 2 Millionth profile viewer at the same time as I had my 1000th. (Talk about being deflated). But she's got a really fantastic site with interesting pictures and you tube videos and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. How did I find her? Well, I was looking around for bloggers in Arizona, of all things!
Well, I went to make a comment on Becky C.'s blog even though I was slightly intimidated and feeling rather small with my small following but when I got down to word verification, this is what came up:
Call me Pollyanna, but I think someone "upstairs" was giving me a little signal. Or at the least, some encouragement to continue writing and enjoying my life with my blog in the year 2009. Let me see that again: