March 12, 2009

7 Ways to Check … Is Blogging Your Dream?

published this at 7:56 am

A Guest Post by Lisa Newton

For me, the answer to this question is a total, unabashed YES. I live, sleep, and breathe my blog, Travelin’ Local.

1-3 Do You Live, Sleep, Breathe Your Blog?

Live. I live in California, and became a resident two years ago; but I’ve fallen in love with it, the people, its beaches, the cities, the mountains—and so much, much more. However, being in California is only part of what I live for. I also live for my other passion which is photography. Many years ago, I played with a 35mm camera, but four kids, a family, and work interrupted my love of photography. A few months ago, thanks to a Christmas gift, my passion for photography was reactivated.

So what better way to express my two passions than creating my own blog where I am able to feature my deeply personal interpretation of my local neighborhoods, with photos, prose and stories, and research about “all things” California? Thus, Travelin’ Local was born.

Sleep. How does one sleep with their blog? Because I’m thinking about it as soon as I wake up, and right before I go to bed, and even (although it’s only happened twice), when I wake up in the middle of the night—burning with an idea, or thought, which I quickly wrote down on my notebook next to the nightstand, before going back to sleep.

Breathe. I breathe life into my blog, and it gives life back to me. Like yesterday. After working for 10 hours at my “day” job, I arriving home, glanced at the sky, and knew right there right then, that I had to go right back out. I happened to see the one of the most beautiful and stunning sunsets I’ve seen in many, many years. So grabbed my camera and started shooting photo after photo, before the sun quickly set—with one of the pictures featured here. Like a bricklayer who uses bricks to build a wall, I choose words as a wordsmith, instead, to construct a story about the sights and sounds of what I see and experience. And because blogging is an instantaneous and spontaneous endeavor, I immediately wrote this to share my story.

4 – 7 Is Blogging Passion, Connections, Dedication and Goals?

Passion. Don’t confuse passion with unrealistic dreams of grandeur. With our newly wired world, it’s easy to get caught up with things that aren’t realistic. On the other hand from the gems of ideas, do spring captains of finance, information technology, publishing, arts, science, and writing. I have a great family, wonderful friends, and feel good about where I’m at. But my love of blogging has taken me to the next level, just as blogging itself fuels my passion.

Meaningful Connections. Another very important reason my blog is important to me is that it affords me with the ability to meet interesting and inspiring people every day. Lance is a tremendous talent and great person who writes about life with uncanny depth and persuasion of conviction. And with her divine photography; Diane C. takes me right into her “home” with her photo blog of the intricacies and fascinating Arizona desert and habitats; and Henie creates art every day, sharing it with her readers. These are just three examples of the wonderful and talented people that I’ve made friends with at my Travelin’ Local community.

Dedication. Even before I started my blog, I spent quite a bit of time doing my homework by reading other blogs, blogs about blogging, joining communities, fastidiously responding to other’s comments, and enjoying countless hours looking at the huge amount of photography on the Internet. I learned about writing, reading, design, and life.

Setting Goals. I created Travelin’ Local because it’s my passion and inspiration. I did so with a very specific creative and publishing model in mind—I wanted to show and share with the world California; but from my own perspective. But along the way, I literally stumbled upon a “name your dream” contest for photographers and photojournalists, to name their dream job—so for me the decision to participate in it was instantaneous. My dream job is to keep doing what I was already doing—which was Travelin’ Local–but taking it to the next level with more and more content and photojournalistic stories. The chance to win $50,000 didn’t hurt my want for the assignment, either.

I looked at it, and of course — California Dreamin’ was my submission. I entered the contest, aware that I don’t yet know as many people online as I want to, but both in degree and kind requesting votes isn’t considered spam. (Yes, I do read Chris Brogan ……………………….:)

Is Blogging Your Dream? I’ve told you all a lot about myself, along with the where’s, why’s, and when’s of what drives me. So back to the original question posed in the title. My blog is my dream which I made a reality, because I live for it, and it in turn inspires me and others, which, in turn, inspires others and others, creating something that will hopefully be passed on to future generations. If you’re so inclined, please take a look at my contest entry, California Dreamin’. It only takes a few minutes to register. To be considered for the next stage of judging, California Dreamin’ needs to be in the top 20 of all entries. I’d love to get a little blogger help, and I know that Liz’s community would totally understand how to help my dream turn into a reality.

What about you? Do you dream your blog? Is your blog a dream? Do you Dream Big?

Lisa Newton writes content and talks about social media at Travelin’ Local . Her twitter name is @LisaNewton

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15 Comments to “7 Ways to Check … Is Blogging Your Dream?”

  1. March 12th, 2009 at 9:29 am
    Travelin Local featured by Liz Strauss at Successful Blog | Travelin' Local said

    [...] Today Liz Strauss was gracious enough to publish my guest post entitled 7 Ways to Check………Is Blogging your Dream? [...]

  2. March 12th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    Lance said

    Hi Liz and Lisa!

    Lisa – it’s great to see you over here! And what a great post you’ve written. I DO dream about blogging, and blogging is a dream of mine coming true! Sometimes I think I spend way too much time doing this stuff, and then I remember why – it’s because I love it. As I know you do. What’s really brought that home for me has been the real connections that have developed – something I wasn’t expecting, and it’s all been wonderful.

    Great job here!

    And Liz – having Lisa here as a guest today, what a wonderful thing for you to do!

  3. March 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    Henie said

    Hello Lisa and Liz!

    Imagine my excitement to see you here, Lisa!

    In the short while that I’ve known you, your passion is evident and spews forth with “California from your eyes!” (more like “from your heart and soul!”)

    You have no idea how often you have inspired me about my own backyard!:~)

    I look forward to more and more of your Travelin’ Local, where life’s local journeys become adventures for the soul! :~) Thank you!

    And thank you, Liz, for supporting and realizing great passion and talent! :~)

  4. March 12th, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    LisaNewton said

    Hello Lance and Henie,

    I’m so happy to see you here. Liz was kind enough to give me a chance to express my feelings about blogging, which I know both of your share.

    Thank you for your warm and wonderful comments………:)

  5. March 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    Henie said

    Hi Lisa!

    FYI…I just registered and “pic’d” you (California Dreamin’)…:~)

  6. March 12th, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    Lisa's Chaos said

    Wonderful post! Come on Lisa you don’t dream (while sleeping) about posts for your blog? I do dream my blog and I used to have high goals. Nowadays I’m just happy to feel good sharing a little piece of me and meeting the most wonderful people! :)

  7. March 12th, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    Tim Bursch said

    Hi Lisa,
    I like how you have integrated this into your life. Encouraging. Thanks.

  8. March 12th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    Carla said

    Lisa, I love your blog and though I live in the Bay Area, I am checking out your blog to get some ideas for our next trip to SoCal.

    I do think about my blog quite often – at this point, more than my website that the blog is linked on to!

  9. March 12th, 2009 at 10:03 pm
    Gina said

    Some good information here, and in thinking about it, most of the blogs that I put together are more hobby than anything (maybe it’s because I never receive any real revenue from them, that they don’t seem like anything more viable than a way to share information with others.) But I appreciate the information in this post, and it’s given me something to think about.

  10. March 13th, 2009 at 1:13 am
    LisaNewton said

    @ Lisa Chaos Meeting wonderful people such as yourself is one of the reasons I blog. Isn’t the internet grand?

    @ Tim Bursch My blog is part of my life, just as my life is part of my blog. When I ride my bike, I’m not only getting a little exercise, I take my camera to see what’s out there. Often times, I plan my ride around what I want to take see and take pictures of.

    @ Carla I’d love to visit the Bay area, and when I do, maybe we can have lunch……….:)

    @ Gina Thinking is a good thing. I know I’m always coming up with new ideas, and sometimes I think my head and heart will explode with them. I’m happy you found the information useful………….:)

  11. March 13th, 2009 at 7:25 am
    John McTigue said

    I used to think this way before I was going to write an important e-mail. What a waste! Now I find myself concocting my next blog while I’m writing the current one (focus, grasshopper!). It’s a great outlet for my imagination and my long-standing desire to write.

  12. March 13th, 2009 at 1:59 pm
    Diane C. said

    Wow Lisa, you sure are a serious blogger. I’m checking out the links in your dedication paragraph and Liz’s blog too. So much to learn…so little time!

  13. March 17th, 2009 at 7:49 am
    Michael Anderson | emdoozie said

    I love my blog and want to make it grow and do it full time. I’m in my first year and have learned (still learning) alot about what I want the focus to be. It took me a while to realize that I should write about my passion as apposed to writing about what I think people want to hear. It comes so much more freely when it’s your true feelings coming across.

  14. March 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    Krista Berlincourt said

    I have been following Liz for some time now. As a student of Public Relations and a newbie blogger I love to learn from blogging vets about technique. For those of us who are new to the content generation end of the blogosphere it is often difficult to find your niche, to grab hold of your passion and to transform that energy into a cohesive package that is worth reading to others. Thanks for an inspiring post. You have encouraged me to continue blogging post-graduation.

  15. April 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    Being good isn’t good enough « RetailSmart said

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