Let me begin by saying I had the most *FUN* last night at the Texas Bloggers meet-up at A Piece of Work in Fort Worth. I’ll be posting about it , plus uploading pictures and showing off my “masterpiece” very soon. Let me tell you, though, I am *NOT* quitting my day job to become an artist!!!!!!! I would give a new meaning to the term: Starving Artist.
It’s time for another Sunday Social, a link-up hosted by Ashley and Neely. This week’s questions are a similar to Week One, but with a specific focus on blogging and what it means to me. I don’t say it nearly enough, but I am so grateful to every single blog reader who takes time out of their busy day to read Three 31. Thank you! Thank you!
Now, let’s get this social going.
What is the name of your blog and how did you come with with it?
Three 31 (that would be the blog you’re reading right now) is named after the day Husband and I got married. Our anniversary is March 31. Thus, the third month of the year (*THREE*) on the thirty-first (*31*) day in 2007. It was a lovely day, literally and figuratively.
The guy in the snazzy penguin suit is Husband. The girl in white is me.
Just putting that out there, to clear any confusion. =)
What do you love most about blogging?
I love signing into my account and seeing notifications about new followers and comments. The fact that someone would take time out of their day to stop at my blog, read my ridiculous-ness, *AND* leave a comment, that’s pure bliss. It’s also validation. It makes the time and effort put into writing, photography (not to mention my severe lack of editing skills), and social media networking worthwhile. Of course, I would be inconsiderate if I did not acknowledge the *PEOPLE* that make networking possible. I have met some incredible people —- shout out to all my girls that I met at the Texas Bloggers event last night too —- and I would not hesitate to contact any of them in a time of need.
What are your two favorite posts you’ve published?
I’d be a liar if I didn’t include the post describing my weekend spent with Mister 50 Shades, Christian Grey. It is the most popular post on my blog, and for very good reason.
I wrote this plea for help a couple of weeks ago asking for gifts and donations to benefit a fundraiser at my church.
( fyi: THERE IS STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE AND DONATE GOODS AND SERVICES ) I greatly appreciate, and am extremely humbled, by the response. Some donations have come from complete strangers. It’s amazing how this networking idea — when put into practice — works!
I’m breaking the rules here (go figure), but I have to include this Q&A with Husband too. It cracks me up. What you see, is what you get. This was our *ACTUAL* conversation.
What tips would you give to someone new to the blog world?
Just like in life, surround yourself with authentic people. I know I’ve said it already, but networking is a popular tool for bloggers. You have to be willing to put your true self out for everyone to see (or in this case, read). For me, honesty is a deal breaker. If you are honest and allow me to see (read) your good, bad, ugly, goofy, and serious, we’re going to be instant friends. Also, set realistic expectations. I’m not on the same playing field as The Pioneer Woman, but I seriously doubt she became a blogging sensation, cookbook author, and Food Network star overnight. When designing your blog, PUH-LEASE keep the layout neat and the font legible. For example, if your background is paisley, sidebars are chevron, and fonts are so small even I cannot read them, I’m leaving your site immediately. If the pictures are so large that it takes a while to download your page, I’m leaving. Simplicity speaks volumes, at least for me, when looking at blogs. Finally, if you’re going to blog, commit to it. Post on a regular basis. I’m not saying I’m the bee’s knees of the blogging world, and I certainly don’t post seven days a week, but I try to keep my publish schedule consistent. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, and I don’t consider it easy either. I do, however, enjoy it immensely and look forward to continuing this journey!!!!
p.s.Three 31 reached 20,000 all-time views this weekend and I literally squealed like a fat pig in a mud hole. =)
What is the best blogging experience you’ve had? Or lesson learned from blogging?
Without repeating items from above, I have to say that new friendships, inspiration from other bloggers, and the challenge of being a blogger are the best experiences. I think blogging is a challenge, at least for me, especially when it comes to improving my content and taking photos. Looking back on older posts, I cringe. But, then I remember that each post is a stepping stone towards my improvement. Of course, the good Lord knows I have written material and then screamed later, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!”
Which three blogs do you visit daily?
I’m cheating here too. You’ll have to visit my Front Porch Pals and check out all of the wonderful blogs that I visit regularly.