I started She Scribes back in April/May 2008. I actually owned the domain SheScribes.com for many years prior to starting my blog. My original idea with She Scribes was to create a website where women writers could share their articles with companies and newsletters, in hopes of promoting writers and getting them seen by a larger market. Companies often need interesting articles for their newsletter, both off and online. I thought it would be a great way to connect people. “She” of course representing a woman and “Scribes” refers to people who write. So basically it means a woman who writes. 🙂
When it came time to create a name for my blog it made perfect sense to use the name I have already owned for so many years. And thus She Scribes was born.
Originally my blog was started as a way of promoting my home business that I used to have. Everyone told me a blog was a great way to promote your business and gain new customers. Perhaps it is, but not for me and my business. I quickly learned that writing about my business was boring. So I stopped writing business stuff and turned my blog into a more personal blog where I just rambled about day to day life.
Back then I was unaware that companies would want to work with me, or ask me to a brand ambassador. I also never knew I could make $$$ with advertising on my blog. I just blogged for the fun of it.
I wish I knew then what I know now. Perhaps my blog would be a bit better as far as rankings in the search engines, traffic and income. Back when I started there really wasn’t much resources available to bloggers. I think that is because 2008/2009 seemed to be the start of the “mom blogger” niche on the Internet. There was really nothing to go by except pure luck and a little ingenuity.
I would consider myself a seasoned professional when it comes to blogging, but that doesn’t mean for one minute that I am an expert in everything pertaining to blogging. In fact, I think I have a lot left to learn. I know bloggers that started years after I did that shot past me in the blogoshere. Why? Because they tapped into a variety of resources and learned how to optimize their site for SEO, how to monetize their site to bring in viable income, and how to pitch companies and PR professionals to land primo gigs and paid ambassador programs.
Don’t get me wrong, I do know a little about those things, but not as much as I SHOULD. Besides, you should never stop learning. Times change, as well as technology. You always need to be on top of things if you want your blog to be the best it can be.
Thankfully there is now a place where you can find not only the resources needed to become a successful blogger, but also access to expert tips, useful articles and professional training.
The site is called Top Mom Blogger. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a “newbie”, Top Mom Blogger is the site for you. Although it is geared more towards the “mom blog” genre, I feel that the information provided on the site is beneficial to any type of blogger whether you blog about crafts, sports or reality TV. Men could benefit from the variety of great resources and tips found on the site too.
Top Mom Blogger is the brainchild of Trisha, a successful and well known blogger from MomDot.com, and Lynsey, also well known, who writes as MoscatoMom.com.
I had a trial membership there for a month to check it out for myself. Even though I know things the site proved to me just how much I DIDN’T know about blogging. After reading a lot of the articles on the site I was left shaking my head and wondering how I didn’t know about these things a year or two earlier. Things like how much your blog design is really important, how to be inspired to write blog posts even when you are lacking ideas (aka “Writers Block”) and most importantly the right (and wrong) ways to approach companies that you truly want to work with.
To say that Top Mom Blogger was a plethora of valuable information would be an understatement.
I only had a month on the site but I made sure to take notes one some of the key tips that I read about so that I didn’t forget about them. There are a lot of positive changes I would like to make with my blog, and thanks to what I’ve learned at Top Mom Blogger, I know which are the main areas to focus on first and foremost.
My month went by way too quickly. Sadly things have been slow since the holiday season. Once things pick up again and I start making a little $$$ I plan on renewing my membership to Top Mom Blogger. Each and every day I learn about new ways to improve my website, so I really need to keep up-to-date on these changes. Tom Mom Blogger is constantly adding new content that reflects new trends and ideas.
I also want to rejoin so that I have all the information in one spot instead of having to Google it and have dozens of bookmarks. With Top Mom Blogger all the information I need is right there on one website.
Top Mom Blogger would like to offer a lucky reader a FREE 3-month membership to Top Mom Blogger (a $29.97 value). Thank you Top Mom Blogger.
This giveaway is open to everyone world wide and will end on January 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win – or – if you are a current blogger, what area do you feel you need the most help with?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry or else the additional entries won’t qualify.
* PLEASE NOTE * Extra entries are optional. They just provide you with more chances to win. 🙂
*I received a free month membership in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own ad are not influenced in any way.