Today is a special day. I have been given the honor of being in the bloglight as a Hometalk blogger!
I’d like to thank the Academy, my loyal readers, the support of the blogging community, Hometalk…
So, what is Hometalk?
First, If you’re visiting from Hometalk, welcome!
If you’re a regular reader here, then you’ve heard me mention Hometalk a few times here at Mrs. Hines’ Class. It’s where I gathered all of the amazing inspiration for the New Uses for Old Things clipboard,
and more recently the clipboard filled with over 140 Brilliant Organizing Solutions. Have I mentioned how much I love organization?
As you can see from the talent displayed above, Hometalk has earned its status as the largest online hub for all things home and garden.
Professionals, bloggers and homeowners alike share their knowledge, projects and questions. I can tell you that Hometalk has played a very large role in the growth and development of Mrs. Hines’ Class.
The short answer is that I am a 45-year-old wife, mother, sister, daughter and aunt who loves life. And a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom.
But, I’m not one for small talk. So…
I heard it said once that while our God-given gifts remain, our assignments change. Two years ago, I finally acknowledged that it was time to leave the classroom and pursue a different path.
I needed to restore order in my home, take care of my family and give attention to my health. Now, even though I’m a stay at home mom, I still struggle to give those things the time they deserve.
I’d much rather write a blog post, redecorate a room or tackle a DIY project. For the first year of my blog, I felt like it was silly of me to spend so much time on it. Almost daily there was a battle waging in my mind,
“This blog is not my job.” vs. “I want to turn my blog into a business.”
It’s hard to start a business when you don’t know what that business is. Now that I’m in my third year of blogging, I have a better sense of direction and have gained the confidence to make my dreams come true.
In the process, I’ve learned a couple of things:
1. The blog…this blog, is not the end to a means, but rather a means to an end. In other words, it’s one big window of opportunity. Let me see if I can explain myself.
It’s like Hollywood actors who use acting to launch other facets of their career….clothing lines, cosmetics, perfume, music.
So, I’ve started an editorial service for bloggers and have plans to write e-books and publish e-courses.
What are your talents? What skills can you use to build your business?
2. Promote, promote, promote. That one has been hard for me. I’m terrible at tooting my own horn, but I’m getting better.
Kelly, to me, offers a great example of confidence in marketing. And Kari, well, she tells me things like “you’re awesome,” ”you’re a rock star,” and “don’t wait for other people to notice your work.”
It really helps to have other bloggers in your corner. I’m so thankful to Funky Junk Donna for always pushing me beyond my comfort zone and to Tammy from Deja Vue Designs and Tami of Curb Alert! for being two of my biggest cheerleaders.
What is Mrs. Hines’ Class all about?
I started Mrs. Hines’ Class in July of 2011, just a couple of months before that last school year started. Once I resigned, I was able to return my attention to my blog.
I think of it as a virtual classroom where I share my passion for making a house a home.
I love sharing home decorating ideas that prove a beautiful home doesn’t have to be expensive. And, it’s so rewarding to acquire a new set of skills after completing a DIY project, then sharing what I’ve learned with you.
Finding my voice, knowing what to share and how to share it, has been a journey. I’ve recently realized that if I spend too much time on the computer I get frustrated, and my creativity is stifled.
From that comes the best piece of advice I can offer any blogger, and that is this: your blog should revolve around your life, not your life around your blog.
On that note, I’d like to say thank you one more time to Hometalk for featuring me today. It’s been a pleasure and given me an opportunity to reflect.
Looking back at how far my blog has come and looking forward to where it’s going is so exciting!
I mean, who would have thought when I first started this blog that I’d get an appearance on a national television show?!
Now where was I on that acceptance speech...oh yes, I’d like to thank….
See you in class,