Interview with Conni from “MrsMamaHen.com”
I began blogging for two reasons. First, to share photos and “happenings” of my family, for my relatives that live very far away. Secondly, to share recipes that I was often asked for, and repeatedly would type up for e-mails. It has grown from there.
My original blog was started before the creation of “blogs.” I had a “homepage” that I would update every couple weeks or so, and the family would just visit it to see what had changed. So it was very similar. That was back around 1999 or 2000. Then actual “blogs” came about, and was thrilled! I started my first actual blog, around 2005.
I blog about a variety of topics, but the biggest would be cooking, military life, homeschooling, and nature. I try to keep the content of my blog positive and encouraging. If I can inspire others to try a new recipe, or cook for their family, then I am thrilled.
My best advice is to write about what you love, and be yourself. When you write what comes naturally, that “realness” comes through.
I do! I often respond to comments, and answer questions via the comment section. It is extremely rewarding. I even altered the comment platform to more easily interact, using the “Disqus” program.
I also keep in touch and interact via Twitter: @MrsMamaHen
Yes, many of my relatives keep up with my family via my blogs, because we live thousands of miles away. And having made many friends through the military, who move away and are all over, it is nice to keep up with them that way as well. And I have both friends and relatives who will go on there to “snatch” a recipe or two!
I visit a few. One of them is The Homeschool Lounge and then, I recently discovered “Blog Frog” and the community on there of 5M4M!
I normally blog from home, several times a week, as the inspiration strikes! But I occasionally blog from “the office” where I volunteer, when there is some downtime, if I had a post started that I want to finish up.
Anywhere from 2 to 7 or more times a week, and if I am doing recipes, it will probably take me a couple hours to cook, photograph, and then create the printable version and everything for just one post. But sometimes the posts are a simple “Wordless Wednesday” which doesn’t take long at all. So it really varies.
Hmmm, I have never heard of Technorati! I must check it out! To find other blogs, last year, I discovered the “UBP” events, and have a ball with them. At other times, I usually look at the profiles or links that people leave attached to their own blogs, comments on my blog, or links I come across on Twitter or Pinterest.
Back when I had my “homepage” someone else I knew told me about it, and that it was so much easier, and I gave it a try. I’ve been hooked ever since.
It was the blog of a friend who lives in Kentucky. She doesn’t have that blog anymore, but she recently started a new one – The Practical Housewife
My family inspires me to be a better wife and mother. Those who leave comments on my blog inspire me to blog better, and put forth the time for them. And God inspires me to do my best in all things.
I challenge myself to develop more recipes, and try things I may not have in the past. It has also challenged me to take much better pictures. Not just for my blog, but my family has reaped that benefit.
And as a wife, homemaker, and mother, I am so encouraged by some of my readers. Over the years I have received some of the most wonderful messages. I know one in particular, the lady thanked me for showing her ways to cook, because now her family actually had family meals, something they had never had before. It was so humbling, and just typing those words bring tears to my eyes. If that was the only message I had ever received, it would have been worth it all.