Let me start this off by saying that I love my blog. Love, love, love it.
After spending years writing in other people’s voices in various marketing positions, it was just so great to be able to unleash my own voice on the world. When I started Pocketful of Joules, I wasn’t really sure if anyone would bother to read what I wrote, I just loved writing for writing sake.
Over the past year and a half, my blog has grown mostly organically by word of mouth. And I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Even when it was only 3 of you (hi Mom, Lindsay and Annie!).
After attending the BlogHer conference a few weeks ago, I came away feeling both intimidated and inspired. I wanted to make my blog bigger, but wasn’t really sure how to accomplish that. I already work a full-time job (on top of working another full-time job as mommy to my 6 month old), but if you love something – really, really love it – you’ll figure out a way to make it happen.
At pretty much the exact same time that I was thinking that I needed to do something, Kim from Let Me Start By Saying tweeted out a ½ price special to advertise on her website. I was a little intimidated, I mean it’s not like I’m one of the cool kids of blogging – but you have to believe in yourself first, right? I put together a little ad button, sent it through and within a few hours my very first ad showed up on her site!
Do you have any idea how it feels to see your cartoon face on someone’s super funny blog? It feels AWESOME, is how it feels. And it totally made my week that I was able to take advantage of her advertising special. If you haven’t already, stop by Let Me Start By Saying – she’s hilarious and you’ll totally snort a little reading her posts. You can also follow her on twitter here: @LetMeStart
In addition to my day being made by Kim, I ended up meeting another awesome lady in the twitter world, Rebecca from the Frugalistablogdotcom. Basically we had a little lovefest on twitter and she encouraged me to set up a Pocketful of Joules facebook page. I had been dragging my feet because I totally feared that I’d only have 2 likes on the page (which would be one from me and maybe one of my sisters) and die of embarrassment. Long story short, I put on my big girl panties and did it.
Rebecca gets a total gold star for being so awesome and supportive to a girl she never even met in person. Not to mention, she thinks I’m funny, which means that I love her. You should stop by and visit her blog – and while you’re there be sure to tell her that she’s incredibly awesome and nice and really pretty too! You can also follow her on twitter here: @rebeccatg88
I was looking for a snappy little video to close this blog post and was thinking I’d do something kind of girl power-ish, like “Girls Run the World” by Beyonce or something by the Spice Girls. Then, I came across this and knew it was perfect: “Girl Power” by Kara:
Okay, so now that you’ve watched (did you make it through more than a few seconds?) – they are singing in English a little bit, right? Because every time I think there are English words, something decidedly un-English comes out… Oh and Potter totally needs one of those jewel encrusted vests that the bunny rabbit is wearing at :17.
Have a great Sunday Funday!