Taking a deep breath…time for the next step

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When I started this blog, it was more for fun-a hobby, if you will.  But over time, it became my own little piece of the world.  Several weeks ago, my husband made a comment that he probably didn’t really give much thought to, but it meant the world to me.  He referred to “my business” and not my blog.

As my site has grown and I’ve gotten more followers, whom I love dearly, amazing opportunities have come my way that I’d never imagined could.  I’ve traveled to LA to attend all kinds of press events and walked the red (which was actually black) carpet.  I was invited to spend a day in NYC to meet Queen Latifah, although due to scheduling issues, I wasn’t able to meet with her in person, but did get to “Skype” with her.  I’ve been invited to participate in a few Brand Ambassadorships and have a few very exciting things coming up shortly that I’m still in awe of!!

The next step is to figure out, well, the next step.  Where do I want to go?  What do I want to DO with my site?  I decided that I will attend a blogging conference, BlogHer ’12, this summer, in NYC.  I want to hear from others’ perspectives, meet some of the folks I have exchanged emails with for 2 years now, and network, along with learning some new ways to make my site be the best it can be and function nicely for my readers.

My hands shook a little as I confirmed the payment for my tickets- there’s no going back now, right?  I’d never imagined as a child, nor could you have made me believe for a moment that I would be a business owner.  A successful business owner, in my mind, because I’m helping brands reach consumers and giving “regular” moms like me a voice.

It was a big step.  3 days in New York City at a conference.  I’m a little bit in awe.  My mom would be really, really proud of me right now.

To tell you the truth, I’m kind of really, really proud of me right now, too.

Time to exhale.  I took that step.  Now to prepare!!

What is YOUR next big step?

 

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • Congratulations! Keep walking :)
    I need to create some profiles on social websites in order to promote my business,
    and I need to get back to submitting to magazines and other publishers.
    I have to finish my novel too.

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  • So glad I’m [slowly] working on Blogelina’s 100 comments and finding blogs like yours! Looks like you have a really good deal site here.

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  • That is so great. I’d like to attend a conference at some point. I am glad that you have found such great success in the blogging world. I think it is definitely something to be proud of.

    Keep it up!

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  • Have fun at Blogher! My plan is to be there in the next few years once my babies get a little older. :)

    My next big step with my blog is to get my monthly traffic to double in size! I have the high FB fans and twitter is growing steady, but the actual traffic and pageviews need to increase for me to be completely happy.

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  • How exciting! Have fun in NYC, I’m sure you’ll have a blast!

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  • that is soo cool you got to skype with her! I think that would be a little less intimidating anyways!

    Your mom would definitely be proud of you!

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  • Something happened today that is beginning the process of my DH and I taking the next step in something big. Something that will affect the rest of our lives, we hope. It is scary. Sort of the, “What are we thinking?” scary. But we also know that if we don’t take this step, then we couldn’t imagine life with the alternative – not taking that next step.

    So, we all take a deep breath and put our foot out for the next step.

    Hope yours lands you on a solid surface and a path in the right direction.

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  • Congratulations on your success! Good for you for taking that next big step, too! I am not sure what my next big step is. I’m just dipping my toes into the water of blogging, and I like it a lot.

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  • That is so great that you are able to earn a little money from your blogging. I’ve never had enough traffic to warrant ads being on my blog. Keep up the good work.

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  • Wow, that’s terrific! I remember when my best friend from childhood teasingly called me a “business woman”, and while I’d never thought of it I had been running a business for about a year by that point. Keep up the good work, and enjoy your trip!

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  • Blogging is a lot of work, but I’ve found it so worthwhile for my own personal spiritual growth. Plus…it’s a lot of fun “meeting” new people. :-)

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  • Congratulations on your success! It’s awesome that you are looking for a new goal… I find I always need the “next thing” to be working toward. For me personally, I think it will be a book. We do inspirational public speaking and whenever we do a talk, people always ask for a copy of the story to give to others. A blog is great, but a book would really tie it all together for us. My main challenge with that will be finding the time to do it with 5 children (and homeschooling)! Best of luck to you with your future endeavors!

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  • You’re doing good. Keep up the good work.

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  • You are such an inspiration. I’ve been blogging for three years but it seems I have not step up. I think I should exert more effort and stay focus.

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  • Wow congratulations. Like you I started with a personal blog, actually a requirement from school. Then eventually it became my source of income as well.

    Hope I can also attend bloggers conference.

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  • Congrats on taking the next step! That is exciting! I’m still trying to grow my blog. We started a weekly link up party and I’d love for more people to link their crafts up. So I’m trying to drum up links all over the place now.

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  • I too am hoping to turn my small blog into a steady stream of income and bring it to a higher level. It’s a pity there isn’t any blog conferences here in Singapore or I’ll certainly attend one.

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  • That is awesome how good you are doing. You should be proud of yourself. Your website is great. I hope you have fun at BlogHer and keep doing what you love.

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  • My next step? Keep on keeping on – my blog is only 1 month old, but I feel like I have done so well for only month. My short term goal is to just keep going – reviews/giveaways/events. I am planning on hosting my first event this month…if anyone signs up for it.

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  • Congratulations it seems like you’re doing great. My next step would be to connect with other bloggers and make sure that I enjoy blogging.

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  • I’m a newbie – my next step is to start putting photos on my posts and to work on ways to monetize my site. And continue to post content, of course!

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  • I’d love to turn my blog into a business like you did but my blog is new as of this month. Your journey is very inspiring to us newbies who want to learn all we can.

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  • So nice when the hubby exudes his respect by calling it your business and not your blog. Its a big deal when ‘man language” comes out and he can show is love/respect to you that way. Way to go and congrats on your business and not blog! :)

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  • Congrats, queenb! Best of luck on the next leg of your journey.

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  • So jealous…I want to go to BlogHer. If I could get a sponsor I would go in a heartbeat. Have fun!

    Wendy
    Around My Family Table

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  • I don’t really have any big step planned for my blog, but this 100 comments event was a start. I’m hoping to gain followers, and plan a giveaway sometime in the (hopefully) near future. :)

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  • My next step is reaching out and “making online friends” and getting to really know other bloggers. I hope to get to BlogHer someday!

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  • I just started blogging a month and half ago and I am amazed how fast mine has grown. I can only imagine mine in a year!

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  • QueenB,

    You give me hope. All those opportunities sound so exciting!

    My next big step is to actually think of my blog and my online ventures as a business, a serious business. It is a scary step but it needs to be done.

    Any words of wisdom?

    ~Allie

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  • Congratulations on your success! My next step is to make enough from my business to allow my husband and I to retire and travel. That is the plan.

    suzy

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  • Congrats! I’m sure you’ll have a great time! I’m really hoping to attend some blog conferences this year too. I’m not at your level yet, but do feel it is time to start planning my next steps.

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  • Im not sure what my next big step is, but I love how far my blog has gone as well :)

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  • Congrats on the success of your business!

    Our next step is for me to join my husband in his business and work from home. We have been working together while I’ve been on maternity leave and love it! We’re putting together our plan and have set a goal for me to leave my job at the end of this year :)

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  • That is the exact question I have just started to ask myself! I just started blogging seriously in January. I am slowly gaining followers and readers. I have been focused on blogging and getting my blog out there. I know it is time now to go back and look at my original goals, decide what new goals I should make and figure out where to go!

    Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to step away from the comfortable and take those opportunities as they come!

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  • Wow, I so excited for you. Congrats, you have been blessed just keep moving forward. I hope someday, I will be in you same shoes. Now, I’m just working on getting my readership up and keep it there. Great post and have fun.

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  • Sounds like you have had a great year. Congratulations. It’s a lot of work, but I do love it. I hope I can someday meet some of the bloggers I interact with, at a conference.
    My next big step ….. I’m not really sure. The big thing I want to do is attract regular readers and provide quality content in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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  • Congratulations! My next step is gaining readership which I’m working on this year. Keep up the great work.

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  • Since I have only been blogging for a few months I am hoping to get my blog set up as I like it, get some ads on my site and hopefully gain so new readers.

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  • My next big step is my first blogging conference as well. I will be attending Reviewers Retreat in June. I would love to go to BlogHer, but I think I’ll save that for next year, when I have more conference experience under my belt.

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  • I am so proud of you (and jealous b/c I wanted to go with you!!). I think your blog is amazing how you have grown so fast and you truly do have a thriving business on your hands! Way to go.
    My next big step… sigh… I am still figuring out WHERE my blog is going… :)

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