I’ve turned July over to Momcomm readers while I vacation, visit family and take a little break from blogging. This month’s guest posters were randomly selected and boy are they awesome! Stop by each Tuesday and Thursday and see who’s holding down the fort while I’m gone.
Today I welcome Tiffany from A Little Campy answering, “How did I get into blogging?” Be sure to catch her light bulb moment. Kinda honored I had something to do with it!
I’ve taken back my name, found my passion and I spend a lot of time gazing up into the night sky. That’s right. I’ve become a blogger. Well, I’m an outdoors blogger to be more precise.
Why Did I Become a Blogger?
That’s a question I am frequently asked (along with what is a blog and what do you do with it). For me the answer is more than the quick little one liner I give to the vaguely curious bystander. So for you I give the real reasons I became a blogger.
Hey, you came all this way to the read this post so it’s the least I could do.
I wanted to take back my name. You see, I am essentially a stay at home mom with three children. After the birth of my last child, I was starting to miss, well…me.
In my former life, I had a successful career, cute clothes, time to get an occasional manicure and I was able to have adult conversations that didn’t include the words puke, potty training and don’t hit your sister. Few people even used my first name anymore. I had become Middle Gal’s mom, Hubby’s wife and Baby Girl’s mother.
I knew I needed a change, but as much as I missed the old me (or would that be the young me), I loved being a SAHM, watching my children grow up and being an integral part of their daily lives.
I love writing. I always have loved it. I have poems that I wrote when I was nine years old. While other kids dreamed of being a pop-star or a pro-athlete, my dream has always been to write a book.
How I Chose the Topic for My Blog
During this time, I read a book by Tris Hussey. He gave some great advice about choosing your topic for a blog. To paraphrase him, he basically said not to worry about finding a popular topic for a blog. Write about something you love and that you think you could write about everyday. The Internet is a big place. Somewhere on the Internet there are other people who are interested in that topic, too.
What Topic Do I Blog About?
I have a family camping blog called A Little Campy. I blog about tent camping with kids- from pitching tents to pitching fits. I give camping tips, gear reviews, camping recipes and I throw in some silly posts for good measure. My most popular posts include The Girly-Girl Camping Guide, Camping Personality- What Type of Camper Are You and a non-camping post, called Life Lessons Learned From Footloose.
Proudest Moment as A Blogger– Having a post published on The National Park Foundation’s blog during National Parks Week.
Game Changing Advice Regarding My Blog (aka- Why I Am a Consummate Fan of Melissa and MomComm)- Right after starting my blog, Melissa gave me some advice that completely changed my blog. Until now, she probably did not realize the impact of this advice.
Melissa commented that she liked the humor in my posts. That was a light bulb moment. Until this point, I felt that to be taken seriously as a blogger, I had to write with a serious tone. I tried to limit my humorous posts. If it weren’t for Melissa’s comment, I would still be writing dry, educational posts (yawn) with no humor in sight. I still write educational posts, but I don’t limit my light-hearted posts. Melissa addresses finding your voice in a recent blog post, How To Make Your Blog Stand Out.
The great thing about blogging is that I have been able to combine my passion for camping and the outdoors, my love for my family and my writing obsession.
And these days, people call me Tiffany. After all…it is my name.
Tiffany, aka The Campy Mom, loves camping and fishing with her husband and three crazy, camping kids. She writes a family camping blog, A Little Campy, where she shares her camping tips, outdoor adventures, recipes and more. Join her there anytime, around the campfire.
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