I was tagged by kcmarie122 to answer these questions about my blog a few days ago. I will try to make it as interesting as they always seem on everyone else's blogs, but I'm not promising anything.
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I wanted to post on someone else's blog and I needed a google account, or whatever it is, to do so. I know that doesn't mean you have to start a blog, but I figured that was the little push I needed.
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
I knew I wanted my blog to be Catholic-focused, and religious in nature, so I grabbed the Bible for inspiration. I opened it up, blindly, and pointed and when I opened my eyes I was pointing to the verse "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord" in Psalms. I'm kidding! I actually think I looked up "hope" in the back of the Bible and turned to all the references until I found one I liked. This was perfect because it didn't describe my attitude at the time, but it was something I knew I needed to remember. I figured if I had to look at it each day, it might begin to sink in. And, I'm happy to report, it has!
3. Do your friends and family know about your blog and what do they think?
My husband knows about it and he thinks it has been my saving grace because my attitude has improved remarkably since it began. I didn't let him read it at first, and although he knew about it and could have found it, he refrained (or so he says!). Eventually, I gave him permission and he now reads it on a regular basis.
I also have one friend who knows about it, and she found it by accident (although we know there are no coincidences with God). We actually had just met when she found it, and had I not posted my picture the day before, she wouldn't have had any idea that it was me. As for everyone else in my life, none of them know. I'm super open about my infertility, but for some reason it makes me uncomfortable to think they could read about my mucus. It's an issue I will need to confront in the coming days, though, because if someone I know googles the name of my documentary, this blog comes up as a result. In fact, that could have already happened. I'm thinking of just going public and not worrying about it. I think I would be relieved! Maybe my writing will change a little bit because I'll be thinking in the back of my mind that so-and-so might be reading it, but I think that's a worthwhile trade-off for being able to come clean. Then again, do I want everyone in my life to know when I have a bad day? Ahh! It's tough. My goal is to help others like me, and I just have a feeling I may be able to do that on a grander scale if my blog isn't a secret.
4. How do you write posts?
It's a stream-of-consciousness thing. I just open the "new post" window and write. (I know, that is probably evident).
5. Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments?
I'm not sure what a troll is, but if I assume it is someone who leaves nasty comments, then no, thankfully, I have not.
6. Do you check your stats or care how many people read your blog? If so, how do you increase traffic?
Because the whole blogging world was so new to me, it took me a couple months before I realized there was such a thing as stat.counter or site.meter. I do check my stats now and while I may let out a little 'woo-hoo!' when it sets a new personal record for visits in a day, I definitely don't try to increase my traffic. To be honest, I'm not even sure how I would accomplish that (and to think I've worked in marketing).
So that's it. I know, riveting! I will now tag This Cross I Embrace, jellybelly, lifehopes, and ttcdepression (just so I can try to get her to post twice in one week!).