My Blog Story Part 9

Last year I wrote My Blog Story in an effort to encourage other bloggers, document where I have been and chronicle my journey as a blogger.  I thought I would update my story to include 2011.  Obviously it might be helpful for you to read the first 8 installments on my blog story or else it will be like walking into the room in the middle of a movie.  It will only make you want to go out and rent it to watch it all over again. Start here with My Blog Story Part 1.my blog story logo

Holy cow what a whirlwind 2011 has been as I have partnered with brands, built upon my community, taped a web show, launched two new blogs, officially started earning an income, sold one blog and said goodbye to another one.  WOW did I do all of that in 2011!?!?  I am tired just thinking about it.  Let me begin…

I kicked off 2011 with a new blog.  I have always loved knock-off projects and thought it would be cool if there was one knock- off inspiration place to go. Knock Off Decor officially launched January 1, 2011.  I was really excited about this new adventure and especially being able to set it up the right way. Okay technically there is no “right” way, but I was able to apply all I had learned about blogging the last 3 1/2 years and start the blog the way I wanted.  I couldn’t believe that in three months my new baby blog outgrew Infarrantly Creative in pageviews per month.  I  was kind of miffed at first, since IC is my baby, but then I quickly got over it and have enjoyed the success that KOD has had.

 

In January, I also went to CHA which is the trade show for the Craft & Hobby Association.  Besides being in craft supply heaven that is where I first gained experience talking with brands face to face.  It was VERY intimidating at first but I felt confident with Jen, Heather and Amy with me.  There is power in numbers for sure.  Through some relationships we built there, Crafterminds was able to offer craft bloggers some paid campaigns in 2011.  If you are a creative blogger and haven’t checked out Crafterminds it is a great resource.

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The first part of 2011 I also made the big and scary switch from Blogger to WordPress.  Moving 3 1/2 years of content was stressful and freaky, as I have heard horror stories of people losing all of their followers, content, etc.  So I didn’t skimp and paid the best to help me.  Shannon of Eight Crazy did my rebranding and design and Shauna from See My Designs by Shauna did the transfer and coding.  While it wasn’t without a hiccup I made it through unscathed.unsolicited two cents

If you are considering starting a blog and ever think that it might turn into something other than a hobby save yourself time and money and start your blog on WordPress.  There are many successful money making blogs on Blogger but I feel like WordPress is more powerful offering better SEO (Search Engine Optimization) options and plugins to help you make your site perform better. However, if you are a self-hosted WordPress blog you will have to pay a monthly or yearly hosting fee in addition to a yearly domain name fee so that is an option to weigh.

Then March was an exciting month when two new opportunities came along that were unexpected.  It had been a huge goal of mine to…

to be continued…

Click here to read My Blog Story Part 10

 





  • Amy Jo Trager

    Hey Beckie!!

    This year has brought a lot of changes for you. You “sold” a blog? WHAAAAA? Can’t wait to read more about all the opportunities and challenges you came across last year!

  • http://www.ahhhmom.blogspot.com Ahhh Mom

    Wow, awesome story! I’m a new blogger so hearing someone else’s story is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://mom4realky.blogspot.com Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    You have no idea how your entire blog story has spoken to me! I only started my blog in May 2011, and it has changed my life. I have always been different from the rest of my friends…none of them are very crafty or creative. I have always been the “Mom” in every group of friends I have had since elementary school. Now, I am the mom that all of the other moms come to for advice. So, when I started my blog, it was mainly to answer questions that my friends were asking. Then, I decided to share some of my craft projects, organizing tips, and kitchen tutorials. They loved them. Now, I am stuck. I like doing all of these things, but some bloggers have said that if I want to grow, I need to find 1 niche. You have made me feel like it is okay to take my time and figure it out slowly. You have also inspired me to reach out to other bloggers like myself, and “find my tribe.” I could not have read this at a better time…the funny thing is, I would not have seen this. It just so happens that I added your blog to my blog roll yesterday…talk about fate!

    Thank you so much!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  • http://www.serenitynowblog.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    You have been so blessed, Beckie, but you have also worked really hard to get where you are today. You have so much to be proud of!! Fabulous projects, and an awesome blog. :) I see more and more (and more!) about WP. I don’t think I”m quite technically savvy enough to handle the WP dashboard/behind the scenes stuff, nor do I think my blog brings in enough $$ to justify migration/hosting costs…but maybe some day!!

    I think you’re awesome, and I’m excited to see where your blog takes you in 2012. :)

  • http://charmingdecor.blogspot.com Miss Charming

    I love reading your blog stories and have been following them since part 1. Really looking forward to the next installment! You are so encouraging and have such great advice.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Miss Charming!

  • http://www.loveinthemidwest.wordpress.com Chelsea

    I have really enjoyed reading this series. Thanks for the great insight!