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Now, on to Words With A Blogger Wednesday!
This week's blogger is...
Take it away, Helene!
When did you start blogging?
I actually started an online journal several years ago at the beginning of our trying to conceive journey. I started the "I'm Living Proof...." blog when I was 22 weeks pregnant with our 2nd set of twins, mainly as a way to keep friends and family up to date on the latest with our family. Then it kind of morphed into what it is now, a daily recording of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Do you make money from your blog?
No, I don't. But I've discovered that I do have a creative side when it comes to writing and I'm really enjoy it. I'm currently working on a book about my experience with infertility but it's a very slow process since the kids keep my busy on most days. So hopefully, one day I'll get that published and go from there. I've also done product reviews and giveaways and even though none of those have earned me extra money, it's nice to be able to try different products for free and then recommend them to others.
How frequently do you post?
Daily, most of the time. Over the weekends, though, sometimes I'll skip a day or two. My kids are always providing me with plenty of entertaining things to blog about.
Do you have a favorite blogger(s) that you just can't live without reading?
I have so many, honestly that it's hard to narrow it down to just one. I really enjoy The Creative Junkie (http://thecreativejunkie.com/). She is hilarious and I find myself laughing out loud (sometimes even snorting) while reading her posts. I also really like 3 Bay B Chicks ( http://3baybchicks.blogspot.com/). The blog is written by 3 ladies who have been longtime friends. Not only are they hilarious, but they are so witty with their storytelling. And sometimes they have an "Ask A Dad" segment, which makes me laugh hysterically.
Have your readers influenced you in any way?
Their encouragement and support has influenced me the most. I don't sugar coat things in my posts, esp those posts on motherhood and marriage, and I'll often get comments and e-mails from other mothers and wives who have read my blog, saying they totally understand where I'm coming from and that leaves me feeling very encouraged, just knowing that there are others out there experiencing the same highs and lows. And besides the encouragement and support, I've learned so much from other bloggers, like gardening tips, fun crafts to do with the kids and wonderful recipes to make for my family.
Has blogging changed your life in any way?
If anything, it has really helped me maintain a great sense of humor. Though most of my days with my family are filled with fun, there are days that are very difficult and stressful. I find that blogging is a release of sorts, where I can write all my thoughts and feelings down and where I can turn a negative or stressful situation into a funny, light-hearted situation.
What do you do when you get writer's block?
The funny thing is that I don't often get writer's block. I keep a pad of paper and a pen near me at all times (and my camera too) because I just know, inevitably, my kids or husband will do or say something that will be worth writing about. Or sometimes I'll just sit at the computer and a thought will pop into my head and next thing I know, everything's pouring out into a blog post. I write exactly the way I talk out loud so it's very easy for me to just jot all my thoughts down.
Any other advice you might have for newbie bloggers?
Just have fun with it!! If your blog begins to feel like work or a competition with other bloggers, than it's not worth the stress it's causing for you. Blogging should be fun and enjoyable...and a great way to meet other people in the blogging community. Get yourself out there and network with other bloggers...you'll be amazed at how many wonderful people you'll meet!