blog beginnings

I started this blog in June 2012. Liv had just turned one year, and I really wanted to just. . .write. Writing had always been my passion. My first degree was in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, and I worked as a reporter and in various editing positions on our college newspaper.

Our college newspaper staff when I was Asst. Sports Editor

Our college newspaper staff when I was Asst. Sports Editor

Late nights, greasy BBQ and pizza, and loads of Mountain Dew kept my writer’s spirit alive during the college years.

I blogged back then too. They didn’t really call it “blogging”. It was an Open Diary or a few years later, Xanga, or Live Journal. That was the beginning of my meanderings online. It slowed down a little when I realized it was time to pursue my other passion.

When my heart turned to teaching, I still wrote, but focused a lot on fiction. I published a few short snippets here and there, but it was the journalistic, nonfiction writing that I knew I was born to do.

I asked my friend, Bolton, what I should do. Was a mommy blog too cheesy? I knew I wanted to write about my kids, but I didn’t want to bore the world with my constant chattering and pictures. I wanted to give it an edge.

It took awhile, but I have established a following, and I am discovering that I did not only miss the writing, I missed the networking. Meeting other bloggers online and in person to discuss our struggles and victories is an incredible experience.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to meet some extremely talented, seasoned writers in the House of Writers, as we journeyed to Kansas and enjoyed the solitude of nature and camaraderie of eclectic writing spirits.

This summer, I am finding a whole new group of writers through the July Challenge I am hosting on Facebook. Experiencing the highs and lows of other bloggers and sharing my own triumphs and defeats has not only made me a better blogger, it’s made me a better person.

Now, I am at a new beginning. Liv, Laugh, Love is now self-hosted on its own domain. I have so many goals for this blog, and I cannot wait to see what this new beginning holds for myself, my family, and my fans. Thank you for following and reading!

23 comments for “blog beginnings

  1. July 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Here’s to new beginnings and self-discovery!

    • Jen
      July 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you! I love comments from such a strong, local organization that advocates for education of adults and children! I appreciate your support online and in the community!

  2. Liz
    July 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh opendiary. It’s funny, I think we were destined to be the best of friends. I started writing at around 7, wrote a (terrible) book at 10. We did journalism together all through h.s. and college, and now even though our lives our so different, we still bond over blogging. Sorry I’m getting sappy. Anyway, I think it’s really cool that we used to write for our own selfish purposes, and through blogging we now (I’d like to think) help other people.

    • Jen
      July 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Get sappy, girl. I never minded a little sap in my writing. I wonder if my Opendiary still exists. That’s kind of a scary thought.

  3. July 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    It is so awesome to see someone stick to what they are doing. I wish you much luck and success with your blog.

    • Jen
      July 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Thank you! You too!

  4. July 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Jen–great story and best of luck…happy writing and finding your voice to share with others 🙂

    • Jen
      July 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Liz! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your blog as well!

  5. July 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    My blog started is a much similar way; although I’ve never been a journalist I love to write and wanted a way to share my writing with the world. Cheers to your new beginning – I can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  6. July 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    pizza and mountain dew in college??? what about now? i’m still all about it! 🙂

    congrats and best of luck on the new domain! i couldn’t be more excited to see what will unfold.

    • Jen
      July 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      No more Mountain Dew. I am a Diet Coke girl. Thank you so much for supporting me today and always!!!!!!

  7. July 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I have always wanted to do a blog but held back for fear of judgement. I didn’t want to do the typical mom thing. I’m not the typical mom lol I am far from what most people consider normal! I am a big kid at heart and love being silly with my girls. Just because I am getting old doesn’t mean I have to act my age or grow up! 🙂 So far my blog is still pretty small (only 2 months old) but I hope to one day be as great as you and be able to do as much as you do!

    I love reading your blog and I am super happy that we were able to connect through blogging 🙂 I know that it is an experience I will never be ready to let go of!

    • Jen
      July 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      I think you are already there, Becca! Thanks for all your help, and I am so glad we connected to!

  8. July 26, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Jen, love your story. I too find the connections I make while blogging to be very rewarding. I have moved a lot in my life, so my friends are scattered all over the place. I can keep in touch through my blog, and when I write I feel I am speaking directly to them. Makes it very satisfying and fulfills some needs in my life. Keep up this great blog!

    • Jen
      July 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Thank you so much, Regina! Maybe someday I can get out to your B&B!

  9. July 26, 2013 at 1:19 am

    nice to know you and please keep writing about your family. i prefer reading fun family stuff rather than blogs full of giveaways or ads. first timer here by the way.

    • Jen
      July 26, 2013 at 1:29 am

      It is so nice to “meet” you! I do some giveaways and reviews, but I will only promote businesses and bloggers I believe in! Thanks again for stopping by!

  10. July 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Congrats on 1 year! I live networking 🙂

  11. July 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Happy bloggerversary! Its great that you decided to stick to what you love and wanted to do. You did a fantastic job and I love reading your blog. I agree about blogging and the connection made. I’ve made quite a few connections since I started and we’re not 6 months yet. Hopefully we’ll be as big as you one day. Hope you enjoy the weekend!

  12. July 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I’m very glad to have found you and your blog. For me, a transplant into a city where I know no one, I’ve found the connections with other bloggers very important (and I’m just starting!)
    I very much enjoy your writing style. Here’s to many more years.

  13. July 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I love reading mommy blogs. Mom’s tells stories that aren’t written in manuals or books and they don’t sugar coat the realities of being a mom.

    • Jen
      July 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

      Thanks, Christy! I agree. Reading mommy blogs inspired me to start my own!

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