November 2010

5 Lessons Learned from 3 Years of Blogging

by Tammy Strobel on November 29, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever told you how RowdyKittens got started. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this story because I’ve received hundreds of inquires from readers asking questions like:

  • When did you start RowdyKittens?
  • Was it an overnight success?
  • If you had to do anything differently, what would that be?

So let’s get started…

While interviewing for a “real job” during the summer of 2007 I was asked the following questions:

Have you blogged before? Do you know anything about WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and social media in general? Can you define the term web 2.0? Ohhh and have you ever written a press release?

During this interview, I kept thinking to myself:

“Wow, what am I doing here? I might be a Victim Advocate, but I don’t know anything about the Web 2.0 world.”

At the time, I used the Internet to check my email and for research purposes. However, blogging and social media were not a part of my life. Before this interview, I had heard the term “blogging,” but didn’t understand what it was. I walked out of the interview thinking I bombed the interview.

So, imagine my surprise when I was offered the job. I was super excited about the opportunity to be part of this organization.

The day I started my new job, I was completely freaked out. I vividly remember my boss giving me a tutorial of WordPress and I was extremely nervous. However, he assured me that with a little practice I would become a “blogging ninja.” Little did he know that he would unleash the RowdyKitten. :)

As I got more comfortable with WordPress, I started toying around with the idea of starting my own blog. I wanted to learn more and be better equipped to do my own job. But I didn’t want to test out my new skills on the organization’s website. So starting my own blog was the perfect way to improve my skill sets and get going. My co-workers and boss encouraged me to start a blog, even though I didn’t think I had anything relevant to say. [click to continue…]

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