My Blog Story Part 10

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It had been a huge goal of mine to be on TV. I am not talking my own show or anything, although I wouldn’t turn it down if I was offered, but it was a small goal of mine to get on my local lifestyle show, Indy Style.  A door opened (— meaning I pushed and pushed and shoved until it opened) in March and I got to go on the show.  I was so extremely nervous but excited for the opportunity to be in front of the camera doing what I love to do.my blog story logo

I will tell you doing great projects and photographing them is WAY different than trying to (go slow enough) teach them to a live camera, with no do overs.  However, they liked me enough that they offered me a monthly spot.  I have enjoyed building this relationship with Indy Style and growing in my confidence and poise on TV.  I am VERY EXCITED to unveil something we have coming down the pipeline on Indy Style next month (crossing my fingers it gets approved). 

In March I was also presented with the opportunity to be one of the co-hosts of “Get A Little Creative,” which is a webshow on My Craft Channel featuring creative blogs and fun craft ideas.  Now I will tell you that the only reason why this came about is because of Jen from Tatertots & Jello.  I felt like I rode her coattails on this one, for sure (Thanks for letting me Jen!).  She brought this idea to the Craftermind girls and it ended up being Jen, Heather and I on the show.

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unsolicited-two-cents_thumbYou may think a lot of opportunities have come my way.  You may feel like your blog is just as awesome as mine (it is!) you are just as/more talented than me (probably true!) but yet you seem stuck doing the same thing over and over with no opportunities in the foreseeable future.  I, for one, feel that way all the time when I see someone have more success than myself or get an opportunity that I wasn’t presented with. You start questioning yourself and it plays into that whole green eyed monster that we struggle with (I am not alone in this, am I?).  I will say, most opportunities I have created and pursued. I am like a little pit bull when I want to be. But yes, a few fell in my lap. But for every one opportunity that came my way I was passed or overlooked or turned down 5 times that.  I want to encourage you not to give up. Keep sending in articles to that magazine, keep pursuing that opportunity to work for that company, keep honing those skills, sign up to take that class to learn that skill you have wanted to learn, don’t give up! Persistency pays off! {stepping off my soap box…}

At this time Jen and I still had The CSI Project which is a weekly craft challenge blog that we co-owned together. 

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Our love for this site was waning so we hired a writer to help take some of the pressure off of us — which meant we totally broke even on this site.  I knew getting rid of the blog was inevitable.  We had started this blog in May of 2010 and both of our individual blogs had grown into full-time jobs which meant the CSI Project was way down on the list of priorities.  It was an awesome concept but Jen nor I had the time to put into taking it to the next level.  So we were in maintenance mode at this point, which drove me crazy because I am addicted to forward progress. 

So at this point I am working about 20 hours a week with Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Décor.  Plus I still co-owned The CSI Project and had weekly commitments with Crafterminds.  It was all manageable but I was starting to feel the need to scale back and to focus on the things that were really important to me – which also meant letting go of some of the things I loved as well….to be continued.

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Comments

  1. Oooo–I love this series. It’s so nice to have a real look at how a blog (and blogger) grows. I think many new readers and new bloggers just assume that people explode overnight and things just “happen.” Thanks for showing us the hard work and dedication behind what you do. :)

  2. I adore this series! Just when I need a little kick in the tushy, you seem to give it…thanks for your encouragement!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  3. You’re such an inspiration!!!

    Raychel

  4. Sherry French says:

    Loved this and passed it on to my daughter, even though she already follows you. :) I wanted to read Real and Raw and the links aren’t working for me, any hints on where to find the first installment?

  5. I am loving this series. Thank you for being so honest with your story. My blog is very small and I have been doing a lot of thinking on where I want to take it. You have given me a lot to think about.

  6. Wow…what a great story of success! Thanks for posting gives real encouragement.

  7. Just made it through the entire series, let me just say, WOW! It’s so nice knowing I’m not the only one who has the jealousy factor! I’m sure it wasn’t your intent, but I got seriously convicted of several areas I’ve struggled with. This Series has caused me to ask some important questions before continuing to blog. Loved it, and feeling convicted, inspired, and ready to push forward (just like I’ve heard a good sermon lol)! Thanks so much for writing this!!

  8. Wow I am so inspired…I need to go out and find my tribe now! A little bummed about the wordpress advice, wish I read this before I started my blog. Really great information in inspiration though! Thanks Beckie!

  9. I just read your blog story series…it was so full of inspiration and good advice. I so appreciate you sharing it with the rest of us out here. I have a new-found interest in my own blog now, and I don’t feel so inept anymore. I too want to go out there and find my tribe as well. Thank You Beckie!

  10. Thank you for sharing your blog story. I’m grateful for the encouragement and wisdom that you offer by sharing your journey.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  11. WOW. I love this Series. Everything, Every little thing you say is so very true. So much advice, you are one real lady telling your story to us and I LOVE that! THANK YOU! Heard about your wonderful Blog Story from MOM 4 Real and Hating Martha– So happy they directed me this way. You put Blogging into a great perspective, thank you! You are one talented lady …keep doing your do- rock it out– LOOK AT YOU GO! :) You are an Inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing- Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    • Awwww Jen thanks alot for the sweet comment. I am glad you found it helpful/encouraging. It is sometimes just nice to know you are not alone.

  12. Hi, I really like your blog and I was wondering if you could check mine out. The name is annolivia.com ( Ann Olivia the Kid Critic ) and I review things. If you could check that out it would be extremely amazing. Thank you so much for reading.

  13. I just read your whole story. I never even read anything else on your blog, but this, your blogging story, was so encouraging and full of hop and inspiration. Thank you for sharing it.

    I’m a small blogger, but I want to grow so badly. I want to make blogging my “job”, because I love to do it and because I need an income.

    My word for 2013 is “Better”. With God’s help I will better in so many areas this year – one is finances and another blogging. I hope one will feed the other. Am I dreaming too big? Probably, but a girl can dream (and work her butt off), right?

    ~FringeGirl

    • Well welcome to my blog ;-) I am glad it encouraged you. i always dream big so i say go for it. Do a little each day to make your blog better, and I don’t mean blogging. I mean learning about blogging, editing, photography, etc. Good luck in 2013.

  14. Hi Beckie! Thank you so much for this series.. It was truly, truly encouraging. I’m at the early stages of building my blog and I can really identify with the feelings you shared when you first started out too! I’m not a mum yet but hope to be able to work from home when I finally have children so I’m trying to learn and apply all I can now heh. Thank God for you and your open sharing. Please keep on posting! :)

  15. Peggy Williams (South 47th) says:

    Thank you so much Beckie!

    I’m trying to find my tribe. It seems that the DIY/Crafting areas that I love so much are saturated with talent that far exceeds mine. So I’m feeling pretty sad right about now and unsure just where to ‘go’, hence I haven’t really set up my blog. I feel I’m way behind the 8 ball.
    Many Thanks to you on sharing your personal journey.

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