When I first started blogging, I had no idea how long it would last. I started on a whim, and I could have stopped just as easily. I had no idea that I would grow to love it so much! Why do I love it? There are many reasons. One of the biggest reasons why I love blogging, and why I continue to blog, is the blogging community.
I had only been reading blogs for a few months. I’m not sure what exactly made me decide to start blogging in the first place, but I think it might have something to do with meeting a few bloggers at a little gathering in Madison the summer before I started. Heather, Julie, and Ashley were the first bloggers that I ever met. While I was quite nervous to go and meet them, I came home from the meeting excited and happy that I went. They had not met each other before that weekend either, but they had what seemed like an instant connection through blogging.
A few weeks after that, I started this little blog, Brownies and Zucchini. I wasn’t sure what it would come to be, or if I would even continue blogging for more than a few weeks, but I started it anyways. I told myself that I would post at least once a week, and that was all, no pressure. I actually ended up posting about three times a week in the beginning and that worked well for me. It was hard not to feel like I should be blogging more, but considering that I really had no expectations for what my blog would be it was usually easy for me to convince myself that it wasn’t worth it to stress myself out about it.
(Photo Courtesy of Heather)
Shortly after that, on a whim, I bought a ticket to the Healthy Living Summit that was being held in Chicago. This really was out of the blue. I had just started blogging, and really had no idea what to expect. The only people that I had met before that would be there were Julie and Heather. I went back and forth with that being super exciting, and it scaring the crap out of me. What was I thinking going to a giant blogger meet up when I would only know 2 people?! That is so not something that I do. There were other bloggers that would be there whose blogs I had been reading, and even though I had interacted with them on the internet I had never met them in person before. I was definitely intimidated.
The time in between when I bought the ticket and the actual Summit I went back and forth between being very excited and crazy nervous about 100 times. I think that the only thing that was keeping me from totally backing out was the money that I had paid for the ticket – I definitely didn’t want it to go to waste! I also knew that if I was ever going to go to one of these things this would be the one since it was so close I could drive!
Then the weekend came and I went to the Summit. It was a whirlwind. There were many sessions that had interesting topics, and of course lots of great swag, but the one thing that really hit home with me was the community. All of these bloggers were there to support each other. Some had met many times before, some had never met. I was definitely intimidated when the weekend started, but I left with some great new friends and a new outlook on what blogging could be.
This feeling has not only continued but has gotten stronger since that first Summit. Since then I’ve been to two other Healthy Living Summit’s, as well as other blogger meet-ups here in Madison, and while I was visiting New York. Each time my love for my existing blogger friends grows, and I meet new friends. One of the most awesome things about this community is the relationships that form. We relate to each other, help each other, and have each other to lean on when times get tough. Even though we are many, many, miles away from each other, the internet (and social media) brings us together on a regular basis.
So why am I blabbering on about how much I love the blogging community today? Well, I have a pretty awesome giveaway for you! Have you heard of HealthyLivingBlogs.com? (go click over and check it out if you haven’t, I’ll be here waiting!) Healthy Living Blogs is a website dedicated to the blogging community. Over on HLB they not only have an amazing directory to help you can find healthy living bloggers in your area, but they do a lot more. On Thursdays they share blogging tips from members of the community, on Wednesdays they host a recipe link-up, and every Friday they feature a different healthy living blogger for you to get to know. Oh, and they were also a big part of the most recent Healthy Living Summit!
I am a huge fan of this site as a community resource, and it has grown so much since it started back in 2010! Heather - the woman behind HLB , and a good friend of mine- is passionate about the blogging community and does everything she can to find ways to make it a better place and bring people together. No matter if you’ve been blogging for four months or four years, or even if you are just a blog reader, there is something on HLB for everyone! Recently, I was asked to become a bigger part of Healthy Living Blogs…and I accepted! I am officially a part of team HLB! I am so excited for the future of this fabulous site, and I know you all will be too! (Don’t worry, my blog will not change at all. You may just see me over on HLB from time to time too!)
Now for the really good part….
I am excited to be able to host a giveaway for three months of free ad space on HealthyLivingBlogs.com! Entering is simple: Leave a comment on this post about why you love blogging. You have until next Tuesday September 18th to enter, I’ll notify the winner on Wednesday! Good Luck!!
And the winner is…..Arlene of Adventures in Weight Loss! Look for an email from me soon
Thanks to everyone that entered, I loved hearing about the things that you love about this community!!! <3