#BloggerConfessions: A Nerdy Girlie Linkup

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My buddy Megan Gotch aka The Nerdy Girlie (you might remember her from our Women in Geek series) from the awesome Google+ group, Female Geek Bloggers, is hosting a fantastic linkup where we bloggers share 5 confessions of being a blogger. You can see Megan’s confession post here.

So, here are my five Blogger Confessions:

1. I hate, hate, hate promoting myself. 

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It’s been awesome reading some of the other Blogger Confessions, because I’ve seen that I’m not alone on this one. It feels really weird for me to post all over my Twitter, facebook, and wherever else, asking for people to come and read my stuff. It’s the same reason I’ve never tried to sell Avon or Tupperware. I hate any kind of sales-pitchy, self-promotion. Ultimately, I know that’s what is going to get my blog noticed, so I do my best.

2. I often bite off a lot more than I can chew. 

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Any reader of my blog will know that I write a LOT outside of Distracted Blogger. Contributing to other blogs is something I love, and it’s a way for me to grow my platform. However, I frequently sign on to do FAR too much in the blogging world (and IRL, too) and I find myself swamped a lot. The problem is it’s tough for me to say no to anything blogging-related because I love it, but I really have to stay on top of myself to avoid spreading myself too thin. I do not always succeed at this.

3. I’m really bad at investing in online community–but I’m working on it. 

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As I’ve said in the past, I’m a part of the Google+ Female Geek Blogger community. It’s a great group of creative and fun women, but I don’t nearly invest as much as I would like (or as much as I should). I really try to plug in to what others are saying via Bloglovin’, Google+, Tumblr, or Twitter, but I am INCREDIBLY bad at being consistent with it. I can even be bad at keeping up with my IRL buds on social media. I’m trying to clean up my act, but it’s a process.

4. A “blogging schedule” isn’t a thing for me, but it should be.

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Because I do a lot of “news blogging” for sites like Project-Nerd, it can be really hard for me to whip up an actual blogging schedule. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll notice that I have a board called “blogging tools”. It’s laughably under-populated compared to the legions of stuff clogging up my other boards. I would love to someday be that blogger who has a specific blogging schedule, and even have some blogs ready ahead of time. However, that’s definitely not the woman you see before you today.

5. Blogging has helped me get a better grasp on my dreams and what I want from my life.

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It’s weird, but starting Distracted Blogger has helped me realize what I love, and what I don’t love. For a really long time, I felt like I really needed to aspire to be a novelist. I work in publishing, a lot of my friends are aspiring novelists, and for a while, I aspired to be one, too. However, I’ve realized pretty quickly that the novelist life just isn’t for me. I love blogging, and I love journalistic-style writing, and it’s okay for me to leave noveling to the pros. I’ve also realized that I’d love to some day parlay Distracted Blogger and my blogging life into some sort of a career in journalism. I don’t quite know what that looks like just yet, but I know that I love this stuff too much to not attempt to turn this into some sort of a real job where I make actual money. For a chick with an English degree who for years now knew that she just wanted to do “something with writing that isn’t teaching”, this is a really exciting and refreshing revelation.

So there you have it! If you want to participate in the link up, write your own post with your 5 blogging confessions, link back to Megan’s original post, use the hashtag #BloggerConfessions so we can all see it and Megan can RT, and leave your post in the comments of Megan’s post!

11 thoughts on “#BloggerConfessions: A Nerdy Girlie Linkup

  1. B says:

    I’m pretty good at the social thing via Twitter but I’m still new to Google+ and I’m never sure I’m doing anything right! I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it!

  2. Megan Gotch (@thenerdygirlie) says:

    Kendall, this was amazing! Thank you for joining in, I loved reading it! On my post I have a lil schedule about how much time I try to spend on each social media outlet in the morning…that could be a great jumping off point for you. At least some place to start and then make it work for you!

    I am so happy you have found something you love doing! Isn’t that what life is all about! xx

  3. popculturedrandoms says:

    I’m so with you on the online community thing – Twitter’s ok, still figuring out Google+ (which I probably wouldn’t have joined if it wasn’t for our FGB community). And omg yes, even keeping up with IRL friends is difficult on social media!

  4. geekyseamstress says:

    Fantastic list! I especially agree with #5. I actually got into my current line of work because I also wanted to be a novelist! Then I realized somewhere along the way that it was an expectation that others had of me and not something I wanted for myself. Through blogging, I found a style of writing that I enjoyed and also found a craft that I’d love to turn into my livelihood one day!

    And I’m totally with you on the community thing. Keeping up can be a little overwhelming!

    • Kendall Ashley says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets overwhelmed with online community. It’s awesome, it’s just so BIG! And I totally agree with you about being a novelist. It was a weird expectation I placed on myself because of things others had said, not because of any burning desire in my heart. Writing books is a hard gig, so you’ve got to want it, and I realize I just don’t want it. Blogging is really where I’ve found my groove though. I’m with you, I’d love to be able to make some real money doing it (I know, I know, every blogger says that…) I’m glad we’ve both found our niche! 🙂

  5. Gaby says:

    This was a great post! I’m thinking of doing one for my own blog… Can I just say, the GIF’s you chose are HILARIOUS and so very appropriate! I think your wanting to turn your blogging into a journalistic style career sounds like an awesome idea, and I’ve often thought of how cool it would be to do the same, but I’m not a professional writer. Ah well.. for the record, I think you’re on the right track! I’ve only just discovered your blog this week, and am amazed at how much you post! Great job, and I look forward to more 🙂

    -Gaby
    whimsyandnoir.blogspot.com

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