My name is Alison, and I blog at Oopsey Daisy.
I am thrilled to be here at Tara’s place today. I know Tara in real life because we are some of the very few craft bloggers from Colorado. Isn’t her entire series genius?! I love reading other bloggers’ advice!
No doubt about it, I am completely BLESSED to do what I love.
I am a stay-at-home Mom for my 2 1/2 year old son. My husband travels frequently for work, so I cherish my free time. Since I began blogging, I promised myself that I wouldn’t blog while my son was awake. I saved all of my blogging activities for naptime and bedtime. Of course my goal is not always practical. But for me, I try to always be a Mom first and a blogger second. I do my best to avoid mother’s guilt by managing my free time wisely. I plan my time carefully. I plan my blog posts carefully–almost a month in advance. I know precisely what I plan to do for each day’s naptime and bedtime.
But true confessions: I seem to pull out almost of my blog posts last minute around 1 AM!
It just seems that the more positive vibes I send out in the blogging world, the more positive vibes come back to me. I have created strong friendships with many other bloggers simply by leaving comments on each other’s posts.
It’s not fun, but there are certain legal issues I encountered on my blogging journey. Did you know that FTC rulings have required us to have a disclosure statement if you work with sponsors for reviews or giveaways? This was news to me! So I have a disclosure statement now on my blog. You can find out what information you need to include in your own disclosure here.
I also encourage bloggers to have a copyright visible on their blogs! Unfortunately, having a copyright to protect my work has saved me time and time again. There are several free ways to add a copyright such as My Free Copyright.
It can be easy to compare yourselves to others. Resist obsessing over the stats. Just remember that no one else can be you. Find you what makes you unique as a blogger, and go for it! Then go for it!