Erin tell us about you!
I’m a Stay at home Mom of twin girls. Most days they rule the roost. I’m outnumbered, so sometimes it’s easier to give in than to argue with them! I’m an avid reader, I love to write, and I recently became a vegetarian (although I do still eat fish). I’m very involved in my community and causes I believe in, and especially devoted to my Judaism. Life is too short to sit back and wait for other people to make things happen. My ultimate goal is to write and publish a book. I’m hopeful that once my girls begin kindergarten next fall I’ll have more time to focus on that.
When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging a few years ago because one of my best girlfriends from college had a blog and I thought it was so cool. One day she told me I should start my own blog. I was incredulous and had NO CLUE what I was doing! Before I knew it, I’d created my Blogger account and it was easier than I’d anticipated (I’m not very techno-savvy). Back then, my posts were mostly just drivel — about the daily grind of raising twins, the challenges it brings— and the blog itself was a good outlet for me to vent my frustrations and fears. Lately I’ve made an effort to become more focused. I’m writing for me. And it’s not drivel anymore (at least I don’t think so!)
What advice do have for bloggers?
QUALITY, not quantity. Some might disagree with me, but don’t post daily
just because you feel you should or that you have to. I think the quality of my posts and writing improved dramatically once I began posting less frequently. If your post is about what you ate for breakfast and you find yourself actually typing, “hmmm, I don’t really have much to say,” then STOP. Do not pass go. Do not publish. Wait until you really have something in mind, something good and worthwhile and interesting. Of course, if you aren’t worried about attracting a readership/audience, then disregard this! Secondly, don’t let the cliques and the trolls get to you. BLOG ON.
I also try to keep my posts brief, 3-4 paragraphs. I read a lot of other blogs and so I don’t have time to read too many lengthy things; don’t misunderstand me—if it’s a kick-ass post, I will read it until the end no matter how long it is! But if you are rambling about nothing, I will leave and likely not comment. Reciprocity is another big thing. Blogging is give and take. Make an effort to visit others’ blogs and comment when you can. Do unto other bloggers as you would like them to do unto you!! Treat everyone with respect. If someone gets nasty, just walk away, do not engage.
What has and hasn’t worked for you?
I think I went into this a bit in the question above–posting constantly didn’t draw any more readers. I also don’t like Blog Hops/Follow Me Fridays, that sort of thing. I care about the number of followers I have, sure. But I don’t want you to follow my blog just because of some meme. I want you to happen upon me by accident, hear about me from a friend, etc. I want you to read a post, like it,
and decide to click on that “Follow” button (or subscribe) because you WANT to, not because you have to because of the Mr. Linky rules!
A funny story you would tell me if I met you.
I would tell you that back in the spring, @ShellyKramer’s husband threw her a surprise party. I was there and it was a blast! As Shelly (and most everyone else) knows, I’m a little OCD and I also didn’t want her to have to clean up after her own party, so I was dutifully at the sink washing dishes. I didn’t know it at the time, but apparently my “whale tail” was visible. I didn’t even know what that was until I asked. I was mortified. And it wasn’t like I was wearing some midriff-bearing top, either!!! Not sure how it happened. I guess I was so wrapped up in the suds and taking the trash out that I didn’t notice. Oops. #fashionfail.
When you get writer’s block how do you snap out of it?
I walk away and do something else. I read. I hang out with my kids and my husband. I try not to stress about it, because that only makes it worse.
What inspires you?
Other women. Strong women. Women who are taking life by the balls and there’s no stopping ’em. You know who you are.
What is the BEST advice you ever received?
Just keep writing. I love Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. She talks about how you just have to write a bunch of crap to get down to the good stuff buried underneath. We can’t just write perfection right off the bat. It takes time. Writing takes practice, just like anything else. I need to remind myself of that!
What is a funny memory that makes you laugh?
Sooooo many. Most involve my being klutzy. Once when I was in high school, I tripped in gym class while we were running laps. I knocked myself out, hit the floor, total face plant. Out for a full minute or two. Woke up to see everyone leaning over staring at me. Oy!
Ways to follow:
Follow me on Twitter here: @erinlynn76