5 Reasons That I Appreciate Guest Bloggers

IMG_0861When I first started my blog, I would often look for opportunities to guest blog or have some selected guests post articles on my blog. I frequented Blogger Linkup to find them. It was a great resource, and the start to something positive. I am so grateful to my guest bloggers. Some of them have posted multiple articles. Others have read my blog on their own and wanted to contribute. I am appreciative of them for these reasons:

  1. I have contributors as well as readers. I always say that if at least one person reads my blog and learns some helpful information, that makes me happy. I actually have more visitors and readers from outside of the United States! That means I’m reaching readers globally.
  2. Being too busy or too distracted to write. Being a mom, wife, and full-time employee, there are times that I have to put writing on hold. Guest posts “fill in the gaps” and keep readers interested.
  3. Establishing relationships. I have met some awesome bloggers that I have learned a great deal from by reading their posts. As I mentioned, some of them have contributed multiple articles.
  4. Variety.  My blog mainly discusses parenting, health, and relationships, but there are also posts that discuss fashion, the occult, and religion.
  5. A different prospective.   Sometimes, it’s refreshing to get different outlooks on life from young and upcoming writers as well as those that are seasoned.

I look forward to bringing more personal posts in addition to more guest posts to Have Faith and Live Well. Happy reading!

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5 Reasons Why I Blog

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There are many types of blogs out there. Some discuss Kim Kardashian’s backside or Pitbull’s latest video. Others talk about sports or give financial advice. I’ve been blogging for about a year and half now. Here are my reasons:

  1. My family. At the end of 2012, my contract position ended. At that time, I was a Scientist at a large medical devices company. Also, when my son turned 2, he began to have behavioral issues; he would have “meltdowns” if his routine changed. He had been receiving occupational and physical therapy since he was 6 months old.   His pediatrician recommended it since he was a preemie. I decided to return to being a stay-at-home mom until my son’s issues were resolved. Last summer, doctors diagnosed my son with autism spectrum disorder. I wasn’t familiar with it, and quite frankly, it was hard for me to accept. In between my son’s at-home therapy sessions and visits to specialists, I needed something else to relax my mind. I enjoyed writing, and I’d heard about blogging, so I decided to research it further. It was easy to set up a website on WordPress, and friends were always asking me for advice; I decided to launch Have Faith and Live Well.
  2. To inform. I  discuss various health topics in my blog. Since my son’s diagnosis, I began researching the types of foods that he should eat and those to avoid. Fortunately, my son is a very picky eater. As a family, we don’t eat fast food or drink soda among other things. It costs more to eat healthy, but it’s worth it. I know that at least one person is reading my blog daily. I hope that they are taking the initiative to do their own research and make the necessary changes. I believe that by helping one person, that person can help others and so forth.
  3. For exposure. It takes time to build a strong following. (Of course, there are those exceptional bloggers that have millions of followers). It will be that one blog post, one connection, or that one application that will make all the difference. Guest blogging is also helpful for exposure. I’ve posted on other blogs as well as having guest bloggers on my own blog.
  4. To network with other bloggers. There are many blogs that I follow. Some of them I read for entertainment, and others give great blogging tips. I learn a wealth of information from other bloggers. It’s an ongoing process. People come into our lives for different reasons. I don’t believe in coincidences.
  5. For income. The goal is to generate income from my blog, which is a work in progress.

I would like to thank all of you that take the time to read my blog posts. You are the reason that I continue to write.


Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

This past Saturday, I attended Women’s Bible Study at my church.  We had taken a break for the summer. I was looking forward to it all month.  The topic was “Ready, Set, Grow”.  In order for us to grow, we must first use Jesus as a model.  It must be intentional; we have to be willing to change something about ourselves in order to see growth.  If we don’t, we’ll still be in the same position unfulfilled.

This was an awesome study, but what I enjoyed the most about it was table talk.  We divided into small groups, and we discussed ways that each of us wanted to grow.  A common theme with our group was improving our health, making lifestyle changes, and using our unemployment as an opportunity to do the things that we’re passionate about.  I’m passionate about writing.  When I write, I need intellectual stimulation.  To move to the next level, I need to step out of my comfort zone.  Little did I know that the opportunity was at that moment.  Since I want to develop my writing gift,  I was designated as the note taker for the group.  Being the note taker also made me the spokesperson.  I had to get “comfortable with being uncomfortable” when it was time to present.

The words came as I read my notes. I was actually talking in front of a group of about 50 women!  It felt great!  I’m not a public speaker, but a lot of people thought that I did a great job.  Some of the women I knew while others I was meeting for the first time.  Even at church service the next day, some women were still talking about it.  I was definitely encouraged.  If I ever have another opportunity to lead or speak in front of a group, I won’t refuse it.  I’m sure that with time and practice, I’ll improve.

I know now that I need to make every effort to use my writing gift.  Even if I fail, I at least tried.  If you don’t, you’ll always wonder if you could have succeeded…….if you could have helped someone else reach their goals or given them encouragement.  Even in this crazy economy, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams or use your talents.  If you help one person, you’ve done a service. Whatever the case, don’t let fear keep you from achieving your goals.