Bling for websites. That's what Kristie T first thought of when she decided to launch her blog. As an at-home entrepreneur, who sometimes works in her bathrobe, Kristie found that blogging led her to a community of people who offered support, encouraged creativity and brought friendships. So much more than just a little bling!
Blogger Story Teller: Kristie T, Kristie T's Home Business Blog
In December of 2005, from the depths of a home office decorated with colorful drawings by my kids, the Kristie T Home Business blog was born. I remember seeing that some of mom marketing friends were setting up blogs and couldn't help but thinking, "that is cool, I want one too!" It kind of felt like getting new "bling" for my website.
Blogging has opened up a whole new world to me. Suddenly instead of feeling isolated as a lone entrepreneur I felt a real connection to my audience. Now I could actually "touch" and communicate with the mom entrepreneurs. I would share a story about a cool business strategy or a mommy moment and my audience was connecting back to me. It's an amazing experience.
The high of that is like the ultimate sugar rush. I felt like someone had uncorked my heart and information was spilling out all over into posts on my blog. And I never feel at a loss of words. Between what I see and experience in my daily life, what happens in the news and on other blogs, and my "blog idea basket" there's always something cool to write about.
You'd be amazed who you connect with in the blogosphere. I blogged about my mom being presented an award in Texas for a mural she painted for the local school. And within a few hours, a member of the Texas media contacted me asking for contact information for my mom so they could cover the event.
The other day I was blogging about my adventures in podcasting and how I brought my box of equipment and cords to Radio Shack, dumped it on the counter, and the Radio Shack man helped me plug it in together and make it work. And the next day Radio Shack corporate contacted me wanting more information to share the success story and congratuate the employee.
To show the goodwill of the blogging community, I asked a few bloggers to spread the word about my 5th annual Doing Business in Your Bathrobe Feb 12, the response has been amazing. I never received so much "link love" in all my life. Bloggers truly support one another. It's a close knit community.
My goal is to be an "A list" blogger someday. I would love to attend big events and share with the world the real scoop about what happened.
I've been a journalist really since the age of 12. I worked for the high school year book, wrote for the school newspaper, and went on the become editor. I love experiencing life in motion, capturing it, and sharing that story with readers. That's why blogging is such a thrill. It's quick, easy, and within about 1 minute you can share a new idea that will shape the world. That's powerful stuff!
Today I am a passionate blogging advocate. I read about 30 blogs daily. I try to post daily on my 2 blogs. I go on "blog adventures" to read new blogs, connect, comment, and make new friends.
My ultimate life purpose is to share my truth and shine my light to inspire people around the world. I am thankful that blogging helps me do that.