I was nominated by Vi of Say Yes to Happy to answer a few blogging questions for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I had never heard of this award before, but I thought the questions were interesting and might take me down memory lane with some of my old blog posts.
I actually started my first blog back in 2009 as a way to keep up with my friends that I left behind in Atlanta and all the ones that I moved away from after college. I tried so hard to get all of my friends to start a blog so I could feel connected (none of them kept one up!). I had just moved to Orlando to be with Matt and I had no girlfriends in my new city and I missed my friends like crazy!! The blog started off being called Try to Keep Up and then went to The Malone Monologue. I’ve kept it live and think its pretty funny to go back and look through sometimes.
There are so many blogs out there these days and people are making money and fame and whatever else from blogs these days, but you really should only start a blog because it’s something you are passionate about and you enjoy. And if fame and money come along with it, then good for you. I don’t blog for fame or money. I love it because it’s my outlet to relate and learn from other bloggers, gives me a sense of accomplishment, and also allowed me to make some really cool friendships that I never expected.
This one is tough. My blog posts tend to reflect what’s currently going on in my life. For instance, the last 6+ months has been a lot about pregnancy and babies again because I’m pregnant. When I’m not pregnant, I tend to write more about recipes, parties, or fashion and I’m excited to get back to more of that. I love writing a post that I think might help others or inspire others to do something great. Those are always fun 🙂
Yes, There is no doubt that blogging takes up a lot of free time. Posts tend to take a good hour + of undivided attention and undivided attention is becoming harder and harder to come by. The problem is that it’s not just about putting up a blog post every day. I don’t want to give up reading other blogs because that’s what I really love. So there’s lots of different pieces of blogging that can take up a lot of time!
I’ve met a couple of local bloggers here in Pensacola. I’ve met Emily who actually lives outside of NYC, but is from Pensacola and Traci and Emily of Waltz Me to Heaven who write about fashion, travel and local events around town. I would love the opportunity to go to a blog conference and meet some other bloggers one day. It’s amazing how well you feel like you know some bloggers without ever even meeting them in person!
It really depends on the day and if I actually write a blog posts. I would say maybe two hours total. Lately, I’ve had to read most of my favorite blogs on my phone when I’m out and about or hanging around the house with a couple of extra minutes.
Baby Registry Must Haves | Equipment and Essentials
This post is by far the most popular post I’ve ever written and beats the next post out by almost double the page views. The truth is that as I look over this post as I prepare for baby #2, all of these items still hold true in my opinion. The only item we didn’t end up using that much with Brody was the famous 4moms MamaRoo because he didn’t really love it. I will still give it a try with the new baby and hope she likes it more though.
This is a really tough one. I’m not sure what I would consider to be my favorite post, honestly. I will say that I find it very interesting that my 12 Week Postpartum update from Brody ranks in the top 5 blog post ever written on this blog. It proves that their are a lot of women out there looking for information on body post-baby. It’s definitely a tough thing for a lot of woman and I hope to document more about my postpartum journey this time as well. I also love that bloggers are always so nosy to look into other’s homes. Our house tour is the most viewed page and I really love how it came out. Creative Images did an amazing job photographing our home when we moved in and I love that we will have these images forever.
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