Celebrating Our Blogging Success

Summer is one heck of a time to be a blogger. Gardens need weeding, kids need feeding, and our blogs end up taking a back seat to family vacations, mowing the grass, and a never-ending barrage of graduation parties and weddings.

Even though I set up a spiffy summer work plan and have actually been following it for the most part (no lie!), there are still days when life happens and blogging doesn’t.

Whether we’re cutting back on our blogging by choice or by chance, most of us end up with that icky ‘falling behind’ feeling sooner or later. Once there, our minds quickly go into ‘I-suck-as-a-blogger’ overdrive, reminding us of all the things we ‘could or should’ be doing. Convinced that every other blogger in the planetary system is doing and getting more of everything than we are, we’re soon feeding a budding case of blogger envy with a steady diet of ‘poor-me’ sandwiches.

Well, I’ve been there and done that, and I absolutely, positively, refuse to do it again today.

Because the truth is, no matter what does or doesn’t happen with my blogging or with your blogging today, we’ve all come a loooooong way from the first day we started down this road. We’ve learned, created, and shared things day-after-day, and it’s about darn time we give ourselves credit for our accomplishments.

So let’s do it. Instead of thinking about what’s not getting done, let’s pat our own backs, toot our own horns, and high-five ourselves until we finally, truly, and totally appreciate just how much progress we’ve already made.

Here’s to you and how far you’ve come. You all continue to inspire, motivate, and amaze me.

Your turn: What’s something you’ve had to learn, do, or overcome to get where you are today?

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75 Responses to Celebrating Our Blogging Success

  1. Gurl June 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Oh heck.. I'll start off. I've had to overcome my fear of being me. I have this idea that most people in the world won't accept me as I am. For the most part I accept me as I am, but I know there are things about me that are…strange, to put it nicely. The good thing is that I can be me without pouring out all kinds of my strangeness on the blogging page. Getting to this comfort level with putting myself out there has been a long road, and I still have a ways to go!

    Also, I've had to stop thinking that posts that get no comments are failures. I have to look at them as learning what doesn't work in so far as getting feedback and discussion going. Most of the time I find I've not asked people to add there thoughts when I am not getting comments. It seems that simply asking for this gets the comments going. Something I need to add to my blog post check list πŸ˜‰

  2. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks for starting us off here. And let me just say that you are an inspiration with the way you've gotten out there and showed the rest of us how to keep on keeping on! I also think your guest posting is a big mark of achievement. Plus I know you've had to work your way around some personal issues too. Can you feel the confetti I'm releasing over your head??? :)

  3. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks for starting us off here. And let me just say that you are an inspiration with the way you've gotten out there and showed the rest of us how to keep on keeping on! I also think your guest posting is a big mark of achievement. Plus I know you've had to work your way around some personal issues too. Can you feel the confetti I'm releasing over your head??? :)

  4. Gurl June 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Wow. Thanks for such awesome kudos! I am humbled. I am still working around those personal issues, but they make me even more determined to make it in the online biz world. Then, a goodly bit of these issues will be taken care of :) Now I need to go brush the confetti out of me hair so I can head to class πŸ˜‰

  5. Brandon Connell June 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    You know what Jean..? I have been doing a great job over the past couple weeks without taking my meds. But over the past couple of days, I have felt so drained and that was when I realized I am starting to get burned out. I know, Scott won't be far behind on this comment with a “what? you better not die on me!”, and I won't. I simply referenced my own article on how ritalin made me a better blogger, and decided to take my pill today. That's what got me as far as to comment on your blog today πŸ˜‰ Now I am working on an article I hope to be a guest post on your blog if you will have it Jean.

  6. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Brandon, I'd love to have you guest post. Can't wait to see what you come up with. And, I'm glad you caught those signs of burnout. You are doing some amazing things, but you need to stay healthy for us :)

  7. Brandon Connell June 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Jean. I emailed you a guest post a little while ago. Let me know what you think.

  8. Manal June 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Yay! A feel good celebration post.

    You are so right Jean we need to celebrate our successes and stop moping around. I always say comparison is the root of all evil.

    My success so far: increased blog traffic, guest posting and being out there getting to interact with some awesome bloggers (like you).

  9. John Soares June 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Jean, this is a very thought-provoking question.

    I had to learn how to write. I've been a full-time professional writer since 1994, but I had to develop my talent and study the art and craft as I went along. And it wasn't easy for me, especially in the beginning.

  10. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I emailed you back :) Long story short it's a great post!

  11. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I say anything that gets between me and chocolate is the root of all evil, but comparison is a mighty bad thing too :) I have loved your guest posts at Momentum Gathering and Live Bold and Bloom, Manal, and I'm really glad we've connected!

  12. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi John. It's so refreshing to hear a professional writer admit how difficult it was to start out. People tend to think that people who write well have an easy go of it because they don't see how much hard work is involved in developing the craft. Thanks for telling it like it is!

  13. Dave Doolin June 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    John, I am sort of a professional writer in the sense that when I am consulting, I sell words by the pound.

    For all the thing I have done, and know how to do, writing seems to be the thing that I keep returning to, time and again. I really should put more deliberate practice into my craft. Just cranking out words every day isn't bad, but it just means I can crank out words every day. Practice will help me get the right words out.

  14. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    There have been a couple recent posts of yours on Website on a Weekend where your writing ability especially shined, Dave. That one about passion being the new cool definitely had all the right words strung together in the right way!

  15. Katie Tallo June 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Funny how celebration is partly admitting our vulnerabilities. Maybe that's how we release them and let the confetti flow. I can relate to Gurl's worries over comments. I was quite depressed by my subscriber count at one point and then realized I was, where I was. Ego be damned and just get on with loving life and writing and helping just one subscriber. I let go numbers and let go trying to best the day before. It was a hard lesson. Now I just work on being a better blogger. Numbers shmumbers.

  16. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    I'm right where you are with the numbers, Katie. Mary asked me the other day and I had no clue if I was even looking at the numbers right. It just doesn't matter to me at this stage. I think Leo has really rubbed off on me :) I love seeing the good thing that are happening with your blog and also with your growth as a blogger!

  17. Kim June 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    This is great, Jean!
    I've given myself permission to stray from my schedule. After all, isn't that why we work online – for flexibility? I know there's something to be said for consistency, but I've learned to be more forgiving. I'm not tech savvy and I've learned to ask for help. Writing hasn't been my forte, thank goodness for guest posts πŸ˜‰ I really didn't know allof the aspects of blogging until I jumped in and I'm still learning.

    I am in gratitude for the supportive community I've found and I'm sending a high-five right back at ya :)

  18. Keith June 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi Jean
    What a great way to look at blogging.
    Think what it was like in the beginning…. so much to learn, so much to do.
    Didn't even know how to add a graphic.
    Lots of things now are just matter of fact.
    Starting to feel better already. LOL

  19. Ricardo Bueno June 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Here's a BIG high-five to you! (Just because).

    I've learned to just write. Not seeking perfection (though perfect or close to perfect is nice). What I mean is, finding the courage to just write and publish and learn and grow along the way.

  20. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Hi Keith. Glad you're feeling better about yourself :) We learn and grow so much that we really do have a lot to feel good about most every day! The way I see it, any day the fire department doesn't have to come hose down my computer is a good day :)

  21. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Kim. Hooray for straying from schedules! Sometimes we just need to do that and not beat ourselves up over it. Asking for help is HUGE! Because I've never done any coding, I spent hours trying to figure out why some html didn't work, and in half a second someone else told me it was because a slash mark was in the wrong place. Sheesh. I'm so glad you're here where we can laugh and be real together!

  22. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    I like high-fives just because :) I like cake just because too! Learning to get those words out in public is such a big, big deal. We write soooo much – actually more than many writers who work in other fields. Still, so many bloggers don't think of themselves as writers. Well, we are, and so it's only natural we get nervous, scared, blocked, etc. So, for you to find that courage and go forward, Ricardo, is definitely a cause for celebration!

  23. Jake LaCaze June 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    If you ever doubt whether you've made any progress, go back and read some of your early posts. I did this recently, and the difference was obvious (at least to me). I love my blog, it ain't going nowhere. πŸ˜‰

  24. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Jake, I was linking to some old posts on my 'Start Here' page and some were so flat sounding I didn't even use them. So, yeah, that's an excellent suggestion! And keep on loving your blog in a big way. After all, what's not to love about a people-oriented blog written by a social media introvert?

  25. Kaizenvision June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Jean, I love this celebration! Lets break out the champagne!!!
    My success is that I'm still moving along. :) The technology learning curve is not yet mastered, the writing craft is still forming, the subscriber count I just ignore for now. I'm happy to have Arvind (A-list Blog Clinic) work on the look of my site – can I call that a success if I'm not doing it? hmm….?

    I'm really not feeling like having a” diet of β€˜poor-me’ sandwiches” – they aren't tasty and they leave me with indigestion.

    Champagne anyone?

  26. Dia June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this post Jean. Summer is hectic time and instead of feeling bad that we are not spending enough time on our blogs, we should look at the positive side and see how our blogs improved since we created them.

  27. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Champagne is chilled and glasses are ready. We might be running a little low on cake though due to a mysterious cake-eating bandit that broke in and . . . oh, wait, that was me. Haha.

    I think hiring someone to do work on your site is massively smart and shows just how far you've come. Working on your 'core genius' and outsourcing other things is just plain brilliant.

  28. virginbloggernotes June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Exactly, Dia. We all have so much to feel good about and celebrate if we just open our eyes and see the beautiful reality!

  29. Kaizenvision June 10, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    fabulous perspective!! I like that – I'll work on my “core genius and outsource other things” yay

  30. prolificliving June 10, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    Jean, tell me about it – vacations are the worst. I wrote 4 articles (one guest post and 2 future ones to schedule on my twice weekly update) before leaving on vacation – it's so hard to keep it up and NOT treat it as a chore but rather as that inspiration and original writing that each post deserves…..I think I am turning down invitation to parties though! :) Thank you and BEST OF LUCK during the summer!!

  31. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    My summer is especially challenging this year because my elderly folks are needing some extra care due to a major move, health issues, etc. I'm grateful to be near enough to help, but it is definitely making me streamline and whittle everything else in life! You write beautiful posts, by the way, so I can tell you right now that your extra pre-vacation work is all worthwhile!

  32. prolificliving June 10, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    Thank you I am so happy you are enjoying the posts and I wish you the very best for the summer challenge! You never know, those challenges inspire ideas and ideas can turn into good blog posts :)!

  33. John Soares June 10, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Dave, you write very well. If you're interested, Strunk and White's Elements of Style contains just about everything a writer needs to know.

  34. mark June 10, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    Hey there Jean,

    It sure is a good day for me to talk about things that I have had to learn. Really, I usually feel overwhelmed by the things that I have yet to learn. I started “blogging” in order to document some things and be able to access them from anywhere.

    So, the first thing I had to learn was how to write so other people could understand what I go on about sometimes. That one likely needs some work, but I have seen evidence that some people have understood a few of my claptrappery (I am sure that is not a word, but I like it for some reason).

    @Gurl – I don't know that the absence of comments is a sign that your writing was bad. It seems (and this is something that I have found since starting) that you have to kind of leave a post somewhat incomplete if your goal is to get comments. A completely thought out post that does not ask for input probably does not get too much. Like Jean, I think that the things that you write are great – I have not ever stopped reading one of your posts part way through.

    Have a great day!

  35. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    Hi Mark. I'm rather fond of your claptrappery. You have a way of taking the scenic route in your posts, which appeals to me. I don't know where the peaks, valleys, twists, or turns are coming in, and the ending is often hard to predict. That's a good thing, by the way :)

  36. Angela Artemis June 10, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Jean,
    Yes! We do need to pat ourselves on the back for how far we've come.

    I feel like I'm always behind the eight ball and can never catch up. I decided I could only write two posts a week, but some weeks it's damn hard to squeeze in the time. It's not always fun when your rushed.

    If I could just win the lottery and quit my full time job…..

  37. Hulbert June 10, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Inspiring post Jean. Sometimes we put too much focus on the things we don't have and forget the progress that we have made from our start. To answer your question, something that I've learned in terms of blogging is simply to never give up when things aren't going your way. Blogging takes a lot of persistence and seeing your blog grow reminds me of this quality. Thanks Jean.

  38. Scott Barron June 10, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    I'm pretty bad. I try to post every other day, and you're right – summer projects are getting in the way. Lately, I go down the list of everyone in my blog roll and see if they've posted anything new. I sometimes hold my breath and hope they took a day off so I can quickly move on. Then some days everyone posted something new and I've got some reading to do :-)

    But honestly Jean, I can't tell that it's summer from the way you post. I swear, rain or shine, your face, along with a substantial response is on many peoples blogs, daily. I think you're working more than just mornings (or you have an evil twin).

  39. alexwhalley June 10, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Jean, the only thing missing here is a couch and a rather large bill at the end of our session! This was not only typical 'inspirational Jean' it is also incredibly timely.
    I have spent the last week adding an average of 5 things to a to do list and getting one or two done resulting in a massive feeling of being overwhelmed and a side order of 'I suck at blogging' which is not good. Funny thing is only today did I do take a step back and look at what I have achieved since Feb 21 2010 when I started my blog and you know what: I rule at blogging! LOL
    Seriously though, can I steal this idea and write something similar just so I can gloat in my brilliance for a minute?! Thanks Jean, you really are a diamond in the rough.

  40. darrenlcarter June 10, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Hey Jean,

    I like this post. Very uplifting.

    Something I had to do to get where I am now is make choices based on wanting to live an awesome life. That meant I had to make a lot of choices that weren't the traditionally “safe” or usual choice. In fact most of my choices have been outside of the norm among people I have known. I believe this has been an incredibly good thing.

    Peace,
    Darren L Carter

  41. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella June 10, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I've had few set backs that were mostly out of my control. Last summer a series of mishaps happened in rapid succession to people I care about. I accompanied a dear friend out of town for a surgery that was very rough (we were there for 7 days while she recovered), my ex-husband had a heart attack which devastated my kids, the little girl I babysat accidentally put ammonia in her mouth while her mother's back was turned and a few other nasty thing happened too.

    Now you have to understand that I battle chronic pain every day and that in itself can be exhausting and demoralizing. But when the people I care about started being knocked down by adversity I was beyond stressed and the blog fell apart – for several months I couldn't bring my self to get anything done.

    Eventually the stress abated and I climbed back on the horse and started building things back up again. And just when I thought that all was well, I accidentally destroyed my directory files on my host server while trying to migrate to WordPress. Thank goodness for backups. Still it took a lot of time and effort to put all the pieces back together again.

    I lost a lot of readers – again. But this time I had quite a bit of strength in reserve and have been rebuilding steadily over the last few months.

    I give myself a pat on the back for not just giving up and abandoning the blog when things became so overwhelming. Thank God for the support of my mate and my two lovely children.

    Perseverance and patience are a bloggers allies.

  42. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Hi Angela. That always behind feeling wears me out, and it's definitely hard for me to write in that mode too. I think getting two posts a week done when you're working full time is excellent. Meanwhile, here's to winning the lottery!

  43. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Hi Hulbert. It really is all about persistence, isn't it? Even if we don't post as much as we'd like or haven't learned everything yet, if we just keep at it, the number of posts will build and our knowledge will grow. We definitely need to keep that 'marathon and not a sprint' mentality.

  44. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Hi Scott. I'm the same way with my Google Reader, where there are times I breathe a sigh of relief if there's not a lot of fresh material in there to read.

    I'm still sticking with the morning thing as much as possible here, although that gets cut short sometimes. I do catch up on emails/comments/reading posts here and there in the afternoon/evening when I can. Most times I'll set a timer for 15-20 minutes so I stay focused cause I tend to be a distracted scatterbrain otherwise :)

  45. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Alex. I'll try and bring in a couch for next time, but I promise not to bill you :) And you DO rule at blogging! Those to-do lists can sure make us feel terrible though. I ended moving a lot of my tasks to farther down the line because I was trying to do way too much for this level of blogging and it was making me cranky and ineffective. You can always steal any idea on here and write about it as you wish.:)

  46. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Darren. It takes a lot of courage to step outside that box at first, but it sure does make life a lot more interesting (not to mention authentic) when we do. No one will ever be able to accuse you of living inauthentically! I'm glad you've taken the path you have because it makes for some interesting reading for the rest of us :)

  47. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow, Joella, what a powerful and inspiring story. What a perfect example of getting back up again and again when life knocks you down, plus persevering through hardships. I'm giving you a pat on the back too, plus a big round of applause. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, and I'm glad you've stuck it out so we can all enjoy your beautiful, helpful blog.

  48. rob white June 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    When I started blogging I had to learn how to take my own advice. I often tell people that the key to success is repetition, repetition, repetition and more repetition – drip, drip, drip. For some reason I thought success would come quick and easy… ha! Blogging success is measured in small victories along the way.

    Like anything, the reward of repetition is cooperation from all depths of our mind. When we gather all the rays of attention of the objective and subjective parts of our mind and point them in one direction it leaves no room for doubt.

  49. rob white June 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    When I started blogging I had to learn how to take my own advice. I often tell people that the key to success is repetition, repetition, repetition and more repetition – drip, drip, drip. For some reason I thought success would come quick and easy… ha! Blogging success is measured in small victories along the way.

    Like anything, the reward of repetition is cooperation from all depths of our mind. When we gather all the rays of attention of the objective and subjective parts of our mind and point them in one direction it leaves no room for doubt..

  50. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi Rob. Oh yeah, taking our own advice . . . I have had a guilty moment or two when I look at an old post and realize I'm not practicing what I preached. That does tend to motivate me to get back on track though!

    Our success really is about all those small victories and the repetitions that add up over time. I love the way you put that . . . drip, drip, drip!

  51. Minimalistwoman June 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    Good morning, Jean. I've just caught up to this post after having my reading and writing schedule thrown off for the past 2 days. Celebrating is a wonderful thing–in fact it was the focus of my last meditation session, to let my thoughts flow over all the things in my life worth celebrating, including any problems which were overcome. But back to blogging successes–

    I've been blogging casually for several years, but seriously for only three months. In that time I have had to make decisions about my working life, my personal time, and the structure of my home-based business. There are serious health and financial issues in conflict with my creative spirit. These past three months are the very beginnings of the life I want to live. Every step has required consideration. And every day I have had to bat down any signs of negative-loop thinking (e.g., “I sure hope doing this isn't another pipe-dream or dead end”).

    One of my hardest decisions was to give up the kind of cooking which was physically too difficult for me to do, because it was my main source of income. The second hardest decision is one I am in the process of making right now, which is choosing which of my other blogs to close, to combine with the two I am keeping, because it is difficult for me to let go of work I have created from the heart. My heart needs a cleanout as much as my house needed it when I began this project. Same mantra applies: “Keep the love and get rid of the stuff.” I will be blogging on this topic soon.

    Thank you, “Dr. Jean.” :)

  52. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi Meg. I've definitely had my share of negative-loop thinking in terms of blogging and writing overall, so I can relate. The thing that always saves me is getting back to the core purpose and my values and remembering that this is who I am and these are my gifts. Of course I have continual freak outs anyway, but that's just me :)

    It would be hard to close down a blog! On the outside looking in it's easy to just say 'oh, just consolidate!' These blogs are our creative children though, so it goes beyond the logic of the situation and really does need to be addressed at a heart level. Looking forward to that upcoming post of yours!

  53. Dev | Technshare June 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Hey Jean,

    super-Awesome post. Your writing style is really awesome jean ;). I love this celebration.. !!
    I started blogging 5months to make money online, but now i found passion in this field. I'm really enjoy blogging πŸ˜€ and happy with the achievement of my blog so far.

    Thanks for sharing this great Post Jean. keep it up πŸ˜‰

    ~Dev

  54. virginbloggernotes June 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi Dev. You're making me blush with your kind words, but that's okay because I like to blush :) Your passion for blogging shows and is inspiring to me. I love how you're always coming up with something new and are in so many places.

  55. Angela Artemis June 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Thanks Jean!

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  56. Chania Girl June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I have gotten better at tooting my own horn over the years, but permission to “toot” (ouch … that sounded a bit crass?) is always appreciated. πŸ˜‰

    Loved the light-hearted, stop-beating-yourself-up attitude of this post! YAY!

  57. clearlycomposed June 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Such a happy, positive post. I had to overcome a whole bunch of fear of failure and some pretty strong perfectionist tendencies to get myself to start LABL. Joining in the blogging community has been worth the effort, and then some. Here's to celebrating blogging and focusing on the joy it brings! :)

  58. James June 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    I totally agree with this post. Blogging is a tough road, I've only written 10 posts on my new blog and for the second round I'am more confident that my betterstartblogging blog is going to be more successful than my atmmultimedia blog. My point is the learning curve from my first blog to my new blog. Has improved dramatically.

    You'll be blogging more and more in the autumn and winter. Trust me.

  59. k0zm0zs0ul June 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Hmnn… to get where I am today, I've had to learn virtually everything! lol I didn't have a clue about blogging or writing or internet marketing when I first started my ghost biz. I was bouncing all over the place trying to figure out a way to make money online so I could quit cleaning vacay homes.

    Finally I learned enough to dig myself out of that icky little hole, and haven't looked back since. It's been a huge learning curve, but luckily I pick things up pretty quick. Now I'm blogging, ghostblogging, and marketing like a pro. Kinda. :)

    But I do have my days of “I suck, my blog isn't going anywhere, and why doesn't anybody like me?!” (waaaaa!) lol Those are the days I crawl in bed and have a little nap. Then I wake up refreshed and ready to kick butt again.

    And then of course there are my slacker days, where I procrastinate like nobody's business and get sidetracked and am totally unproductive. Those days, I accept for what they are and move on. And vow that tomorrow will be SUPER productive or else! πŸ˜‰

    Unfortunately shingles doesn't care too much about my threats. Go figure. Great post Jean, Xo!

  60. Scott Barron June 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Do you have the TV on in the background? That's usually my distraction. I like background noise of some sort. But if it's a good show, then I find myself involved.

    Now Alex wants a couch? I'm not sure I can blog watching TV and lounging around on your couch, with the mirror ceilings. I bet the maid has 1 heck of a time cleaning those! That's a big job!

  61. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Well, I like you so you can never say 'nobody' likes you again. :) But those little naps do work wonders, don't they?!? In any event, you give off a total pro vibe on your blog (no not THAT kind of pro!), and I expect great things for you. By the way, ghost blogging just makes me want to say BOO! Yes, I did have a little too much caffeine earlier . .

  62. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Hi James. I love that you're feeling confident and that have learned so much! Yeah, I figure I'll the colder months will be my most productive ones for blogging. So for this season I just need to do my best and forget the rest!

  63. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:33 am #

    Perfectionism and blogging are not good partners, are they? I've heard stories of people who never even got their blogs up and running because they wanted the design to be perfect and it was never good enough. Lucky for me I was willing to put up a crappy looking blog on day one :) Getting out in the community and meeting people really does make this worth all the effort. Congrats on the great progress you've made!

  64. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Permission to toot is granted. Haha. Yeah, no beating yourself up allowed around here. I usually do enough of that for everyone anyway!

  65. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    I get all the background noise I can handle from the buzzing in my brain, Scott :) Oh, and Olivia the cat sitting on the keyboard is a little distracting too . . . I

  66. mark June 11, 2010 at 1:41 am #

    Ha! Yeah, I guess I do kind of go all over the place :) Have a great weekend Jean!

  67. Gurl June 11, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Mark,
    thanks so much for your kind words :) They made my evening! I have started to add questions in to prod those inclined to speak their mind. The point about a completely thought out post is something I hadn't considered…Most of the ones that have no comments have no request for them. I see the pattern but sometimes forget to add the important stuff.

  68. k0zm0zs0ul June 11, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    LOL… Yeah, ghostblogging, ghostwriting… everyone thinks ghosts like
    Casper! And thanks, glad my pro mojo is working on the gen pop. πŸ˜‰ As to
    naps…totally.. and I missed mine today! So off to bed I go,
    lol…fortunately I skimped on caffeine today so I'll actually sleep.

  69. BSwafford June 11, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    What did I have to do? How much time do you have? *smiles*

    I started blogging over three years ago and knew nothing. Since then I've learned all about blogging, coding and a lot of that behind the scenes stuff that used to make me beat my head against the wall.

    It's not often I stop and take time to pat myself on the back, but based on what you said in your post, I'll take your advice and raise my glass. Thank you for the reminder. :)

  70. Sally_Neill June 11, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Hey Jean, well my fear as you know was speaking live on calls, videos and interviews but I pretty much overcame that lately, so I wont have anything to write about now!

    I think it's good to face your fears, the feeling you get when you overcome them is amazing, I feel like superwoman ha ha.

    I can really relate to what your saying though, it's hard to manage everything, but you seem to take it all in your stride, it was nice to see you come up against the same problems as other bloggers, I was starting to think you were the perfect blogger!!!

    Sally :)

  71. Vince June 11, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Hi
    I like the positive approach,
    I am ultra new to this and wrote a similar blog last night basiclly saying that we should all take time to assess our accomplishments, and not always look for the problems
    Vince

  72. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I bow to you for having three years of blogging experience! From my newbie viewpoint, that's a huge accomplishment. And to know how to code . . . well, let's just say I'm still in that 'head-beating-against-the-wall' phase. You give me great hope for better things though :) I am raising my glass to you right now!

  73. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Sally, you are such a good writer that you had darn well never run out of thing to write about :) Oh yeah, I have all the same troubles as other bloggers and then some. Just when I start thinking I have it all together I realize I forgot where I put it!

  74. virginbloggernotes June 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi Vince. Staying positive is a good thing :) Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! Glad you've found your way here, and do let us know if you have questions. There are a lot of smart and talented people hanging around here, and we're all still pretty new ourselves or remember how it felt to be new at this.

  75. Vincent Audritt June 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Jean
    Thank you for the kind words, it is great to be involved in such a friendly and helpful community

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