I’m starting something new this year. In 2012, I learned a tremendous amount about the blogging community. To sum it up in just two words: Bloggers Rule!
For the most part (There are always exceptions. Oh, you totally know who you are!), I’ve found bloggers to be some of the nicest, friendliest, supportive people around. Many have helped me out with advice and support, looking for absolutely nothing in return.
So I want to give back to the community. And the best way I can think of is to share. Sorry, I’m not sharing my Candy Cane Oreos or Magic Cookie Bars. But what I am sharing is blogs. Every week, I plan on spotlighting a different blog and blogger right here on my site. I plan on hitting up all types of blogs from guys to gals, from fairly new and small to ginormous ones.
To kick things off, I’m starting with my blogging buddy Kim. I first took notice of Kim on Twitter actually and soon after started following her blog. Once I joined up with the wonderful blogging crew over at Momdot.com, I got to know her even more. (Kim and Momdot’s owner Trisha Haas both co-own the brand-promoting site Brandfluential) She’s totally into healthy living, enjoys posting thousands of photos of her at her computer with a dog on her lap, and graduated from the school of sarcasm. I couldn’t think of a better blogger to premiere with.
Meet Kim from What’s That Smell?
Blogger: Kimberly Grabinski
Blog: What’s That Smell?
How’d your blog get its name?
What’s that smell? has been my signature phrase since, well, forever. My friend from years ago still calls me “stinky” and yes, you can joke about why, but it’s because my annoyingly keen sense of smell causes me to always ask that question. It was a natural title when I started the blog because I started it as a mom blog and kids are a HUGE source of strange smells.
What do you love most about blogging?
The connections and true friends I have made within the blogging community and the income it has provided for my family. I’m not going to lie, making money doing something you enjoy while spending time with your friends is a huge benefit.
What’s the worst part about blogging?
The pressure of connecting with my readers and growing my audience. Also, because it has become a source of income, there is a lot of pressure to maintain it.
Why do you blog?
It’s kind of like owning a dog. Even if they aren’t listening or can’t understand you, at least you have that feeling of actually getting something out there. Ok that was a joke – well partly. It goes back to the connections, and if I can post something that someone relates to or learns from, I like knowing that I have made a contribution.
Does your family read your blog? Ever get in trouble because of it?
They read it but I do not post things that would cause tension or discomfort among my family, especially my husband. Private stuff is private, especially where adult relationships are concerned. I do think that as my kids get older you will see less of them as well because I believe it will become more of a personal privacy issue.
How has blogging affected your life?
I started blogging as an architect who had just quit her job to become a stay-at-home mom. I am now a professional blogger with a growing PR business. Blogging helped support our family when my husband lost his job. I’d say that blogging has supported us financially, emotionally and made it possible for me to remain at home with my kids. Blogging also has brought so many amazing relationships into my life. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it.
Have you met other bloggers in person? Is it awkward?
Yes, met many. No, not awkward. At least not for me. I found it to be fun and it solidifies relationships and helps grow new ones. It can become awkward, however, when you are wearing tight ’80s sweatpants and a Dolly Parton wig…oh wait, I’ve said too much, and even then – not awkward.
If you could have anyone in the world (living or dead) write a guest post for your blog, who would it be?
Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms. I’d love for him to address organic farming from a parenting perspective. On a level that would connect with the average mom and dad. He is so inspiring and he’s also the one person I would also love to have over for dinner. I wouldn’t mind if he adopted me either.
Visit What’s That Smell?
And be sure to tell Kim that Andrew from Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy sent ya!