15 September 2013

Blogging Tidbits - The SK Edition

Happy Sunday Friends! I'm happy to report, it's time for some Sunday Social with Ashley and Neely.

1. What is the name of your blog?
My blog is Seriously Kate. When I first started blogging, the 'Seriously' seemed fitting since I was constantly saying the word in everyday conversation. But before actually committing to make it a part of my blog name, I researched the true definition. According to Merriam-Webster, seriously means "in a sincere manner" or "earnestly." I was sold after that, because that's exactly how I wanted to portray myself - as sincere and earnest.
2. What do you love most about blogging?
Besides the fact that I enjoy the art of writing itself and connecting with people, I love the thrill. I sound crazy right now, don't I? But, it's true - I love hitting the Publish button and waiting to see what transpires. Will people actually read it? Will folks enjoy what I've written or identify with it so much as to leave a comment? Will anyone whose never been to my blog before feel a connection and want to follow from now on? Are those who are already following me looking forward to reading what I've written or considering un-following me? Is there any chance that by sharing my experiences and my faith, I've actually encouraged someone else? And, will someone confirm that I am not the only individual in the world that feels this way in regards to whatever it is I'm writing about? It's the thrill, I tell you - the anticipation and expectation that my thoughts and opinions might actually be read, contemplated upon, and agreed with or disagreed with.
3. Why did you start blogging?
I really enjoy writing. My mind approaches it like a challenge - finding the perfect way to take the thoughts and feelings that I am experiencing and translating them into words that others can read and relate to. It's sort of therapeutic. My heart approaches it as the opportunity to share with others my ups, my downs, and my in betweens - a chance to encourage by sharing my very own personal experiences. I love that aha moment when you realize, "Hey - I'm really not the only one!"
4. What is something you'd want to tell someone just starting out in the blog world?
It is something I have to continually remind myself, and that is to find balance. As a work out of the home wife and mother, I have to remember that it's okay if I'm not posting every day, that sometimes sleep is actually more important, and that my family enjoys home cooked meals and clean clothes. :) I essentially try to remember that I need to balance the use of my "me" time between all the things I enjoy and not just the one - because blogging is addicting!!
5. Biggest blogging learning experience you've had?
I was a no-reply blogger for awhile. I had no idea, and then finally, a blogger who was much more advanced than I was showed me the light. As I've progressed more in my bloggy interactions, I see how that makes responding to comments so much easier. Basically, I totally get it now. :)
6. What are three blogs you love?
Oh, this is going to be hard. I've talked about why I started blogging and what I love most, but I have yet to mention how FUN it is to read others' blogs and connect with so many awesome women who I imagine if we met in real life outside of the blogosphere, we would be the best of friends. But I'll try...
Would love to hear your thoughts!
And as always, I am so thankful that you're reading. :)
September 15, 2013


Samantha Curtis said...

Ugh the balance thing is something I'm still trying to find... maybe I'll have it down one day ;)

Renee Bursey said...

I can relate a lot to #2 and #4. Being a newbie in the blogging world, I also get a thrill every time I hit publish and I'm hoping this continues! I'm also learning very early on that finding a balance will be very important in these neck of the woods!

Meghan said...

I really love your answer to #1! I too strive to be sincere as well:) So glad to have found your blog!

Allison said...

I love the way you explained #2! I usually have all the same thoughts, but I've never actually attempted to put them into words before. You hit the nail on the head :)
Thanks for the shout out! What a compliment! :)

Sophia Season said...

I was a no reply blogger for a while as well. I am glad someone was kind enough to show me the way. Some people are really kind and helpful.


Kristen said...

Such a great post! This is why your great. While my blog is for me to capture moment I otherwise wouldnt be able to, one of my main reasons for starting to blog is that I hope to encourage others. Sure, I may not get any comments which is sometimes a downer because who doesnt love them!? But as long as at least one person read what I wrote, I feel I've done something. They may only be inspired by one simple word or sentence but it's ok. In my opinion, I learn the most from bloggers who share an experience. Whether it be a break up story or something they've struggled with to a moment they were happy. Fashion posts and such are great but I want to learn and take something away from it you know? Ugh, find a balance can be hard. So many bloggers feel guilty about not posting everyday because then they feel they cant keep up with the "bigger" bloggers. It's ok though. I read it's sometimes better to not post for a day or two. The last post you wrote will be the first post when readers check out your blog. Which means more exposure on the post

Sarah said...

I was a no reply blogger for a while too until someone told me! :)

Tina at Mommynificent.com said...

Popped over to thank you for coming by my blog, and this was a fun first post to read about you! I feel like I got to know you a bit. Looking forward to getting to know you more in the future!

mail4rosey said...

Blogging IS addicting, and your advice is sound!

Laura Darling said...

I agree, sometimes I forget that laundry needs to be done! :)

Shannon @ Everyday Mom-ents said...

I was a no-reply blogger too! Seriously, why do they make it so confusing! Thankfully someone showed me!

Thanks for mentioning me! You're too sweet!

P.S. I have not forgot about your Liebster Questions! I will be posting them soon!

Lena said...

I was a 'no reply' blogger too!!! UGH! I was SO frustrated when another blogger informed me but super thankful that it was finally addressed!

XO/Lena @ Root&Blossom

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