It’s been seven years since I wrote my first “real” blog post. I had blogged on and off as more of a diary before really wanting to blog for a reason, a purpose, something real. I started a book blog called Coffee & Literature, and I kept it going for about six years in its original form. I began where most bloggers seem to begin—Blogger. I finally moved it to WordPress and bought a domain name. That’s when I knew that I really had jumped into the world of blogging with a goal in mind.
Coffee & Literature was actually a success, in my opinion. I received books from authors to review and post. I was even sent a book by New York Times’ bestselling author Carol Radziwill’s publisher when Carol wrote her novel. That was a very nice surprise. But after about five years of doing strictly book and bookish type blog posts, I knew that I wanted to blog about more things. I started another blog called Southern Bell, City Style so I could blog about fashion, reality TV, and related subjects. But what I found was that running two blogs was too much.
So, last year I chose to consolidate the blogs into one lifestyle blog that encompassed everything. I chose the name Magnolias & Mimosas. I loved the name since it worked with my Southern roots and the fact that I LOVE Mimosas. But this past year I realized that, while people did know my blog, I had really branded myself more through social media than I had my actual blog. So after months of researching, I decided to purchase my own name for my domain and launched KristySherrod.com as my lifestyle blog. The transition was simple since I had already used my full name on all of my social media profiles, and I found that using my own name, helped my blog and social media be seen more than they were being viewed.
I’m still working on being even a part-time blogger with my full-time job as a high school data coach and testing coordinator, but finally, after seven years, it is truly coming along. I have found a niche with my readers who love books, fashion, organization, and reviews. Although that does sound like a lot, it works for what I want to do.
Although my blogging journey may be short compared to others, I finally feel “complete” in a way with my journey. I’ve found my niche, my name, and how best to work on regular posting and hopefully revenue at some point. My advice to any new (or old!) bloggers out there: GO FOR IT! It may take a while to find your niche, your blog name, and everything else, but it is rewarding and so very worth your time.
Besides blogging, she is a merchandiser for Chloe, plus Isabel and a high school data coach.