Small Blogs Unite! {UBP14}

After blogging for almost six years, I’m still a small blogger. My stats are small. I read and enjoy every comment. (Except all the spammy ones. That’s what Aksimet is for!) I have never had a blog post or even a pin on Pinterest go “viral.” I’ve applied for blogging jobs and been rejected several times. I’m not a social media expert, and I don’t have a huge amount of followers. Some days I wonder why I like blogging so much.

Even though I’ve had some rejection, I keep plugging away. I’ve had some success, too. In 2013, I was so lucky to have two of my stories published in The Mother of All Meltdowns and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game. I was also chosen by BlogHer as a Heart Voice of the Year after submitting a story on a whim. What will 2014 bring? Maybe nothing. Maybe something.

Looking forward to the “maybe something” part of life is exciting, don’t you think?

One of the reasons I love 5 Minutes for Mom is that they continue to support bloggers like you and me. This is the fifth time I’ve participated in the Ultimate Blog Party–at least, I think it’s the fifth year. Every year I meet some amazing bloggers who are plugging away (sweating away? laboring away? obsessing away?) at blogging just like me!

I would love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+. If you’d like to learn more about me, go to my “About Me” page.

Tell me, why do you blog?

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

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41 Responses to Small Blogs Unite! {UBP14}

  1. I’m stopping by (a little late) from the UBP to say hi! I’m a small blog too, and I always enjoy the party because I can meet new bloggers.
    Leah Courtney recently posted…Review of Curiosity Quest DVDs: Answering Kids’ QuestionsMy Profile

  2. Carol says:

    Ginny thanks for stopping by! I’ve been blogging since 2000 and the only “popular” post I have had on Pinterest has been one for grapes coated in Jell-O. Sigh… But I love blogging and I think I do it because I’ve met so many great people this way!
    Carol recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UPB14My Profile

  3. GM, I’m a small blogger too – for many of the same reasons – but I plan to keep hammering away at it (hopefully) gaining sxpertise a little bit at a time. Enjoyed reading about you.

  4. Dropping in through UBP 2014.

    Why am I blogging? My son and I started as a way of sharing our combined teaching experience with parents and other teachers.

    Also, an ulterior motive, is to make a record of all the activities, the lesson plans and the educational background and knowledge that I built up over 20 years.

    Enjoyed your site. Looking forward to your visit to mine.
    Karen O’Hanlon recently posted…Welcome, Ultimate Blog Partyers of 2014!My Profile

  5. Hi,
    Dropping in through UBP 2014.

    To answer your question, “Why do you blog?”. I am a retired teacher with a lot of attachment to all those years I spent with kids and all those boxes and boxes of materials that I had stored up in my garage. I just couldn’t part with them. My son who also has an interest in education, suggested we start blogging. I could find a way to share what I learned and help other parents and teachers in the process. Then I could start to let go of all those physical materials that I had accumulated through the years since I had made a record of them.

    We’re still small but hope to grow our readership by getting the work out and keeping high standards.I look forward to your visiting back.

  6. Linda says:

    Hi! I am just lik you a small scale blogger, but I love the blogging, the interaction and the commenting:) This is my first time joining UBP14, and I think it is an excellent idea:) Great to meet you and I will gladly check back on your blog!
    Linda recently posted…Waterfront in StockholmMy Profile

  7. Ali Dent says:

    Congrats on getting your stories published in 2013!! My first book was published last year too. I understand the excitement you feel. I’m glad we met at UBP14. I hope to see you around.
    Ali Dent recently posted…10 Ways To Impact Your ChildrenMy Profile

  8. Hello there friend! Thank you for introducing me to UBP.

    You are my inspiration to blog. Thank you for co-hosting the Spin Cycle. Gets me off the couch and to the computer to blog!.
    Sharon, The Mayor recently posted…Reverse Bucket ListMy Profile

  9. I blog to share information. I truly love the connections I have made as a result of blogging. I try not to get too caught up in SEO too much, I want to write in my natural voice. I enjoyed your post on the Sears tower (I still think of it as that) those ledges are kind of freaky. I hope to visit Chicago one day as I have never been. Hope you enjoyed getting out in the sun with your children today!
    Raquel @ Organized Island recently posted…Spring Cleaning – Magazine OrganizationMy Profile

    • Ginny Marie says:

      That’s one reason I don’t do many sponsored posts, Raquel! I feel like I lose my voice when I’m trying to sell something. Some people do really well at writing those kinds of posts!

      Chicago is a great place to visit! The ledges are pretty freaky, but the view was fantastic!

  10. Nolie says:

    My main reason for blogging is to share our life and connect with others. I am really trying to focus on getting more comments on the blog. I did lose my passion for awhile and took a hiatus and am now starting to find my way back. I got lots of good things saved in the draft folder to work on.
    Nolie recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2014My Profile

  11. I’m still small too — it’s been 3 years for me. Small is okay; being a big blog really isn’t why I’m in it.

    I LOVE all the people I’ve met over the years. So glad I met you back in the BlogFrog days!

    Happy party!
    Theres Just One Mommy recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2014My Profile

  12. Jolene says:

    I found you during last year’s UBP and stop by and read what is going on. I loved your post where you were doing the cup song! Thanks for not giving up.
    Jolene recently posted…UBP2014 ~ LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!My Profile

    • Ginny Marie says:

      Hi, Jolene! Thanks for stopping by again! I was just looking at my post from last year, and I can’t believe I was brave enough to try the cup song! Looking forward to reconnecting with you during this year’s UBP!
      Ginny Marie recently posted…Staycation! {Spin Cycle}My Profile

  13. I understand where your are coming from. I am a small blogger too. If I was a stay at home mom I could probably get it to grow more. I blog mainly because I love the connections I have with other bloggers. I feel like I have a whole group of girlfriends that I chat with. I would like to make a little money too.
    Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness recently posted…Staycations – The SpinMy Profile

  14. Abigail says:

    Lately, I’ve been asking myself why I blog when I don’t have that many followers and my stats arent high. After a minute of misery, I shake it off and tell myself that I blog because it is my escape and I love doing it.
    #UBP14
    Abigail recently posted…Ultimate Blog Party 2014My Profile

  15. Wynter says:

    Hi! So nice to meet you (stopping by from my first time at UBP14). I love your honesty and pride in being a small blogger and look forward to following your posts!
    Wynter
    http://www.MadetoMother.com

  16. Linda says:

    Kudos to you for not giving up! And you know what – it’s OK. It’s Ok to not have a larger number of followers and readers that keep breaking through the “roof”. It’s OK. First and foremost blogging should be FUN!
    Linda recently posted…Hey, welcome to the party! UBP14My Profile

  17. Hey Ginny those sound like some pretty great accomplishments! I love Chicken Soup for the Soul :) Small looks pretty good on you. So happy to have found your blog and look forward to all the goodness you bring.
    Jenerally Informed recently posted…I’m Co-Hosting This Week’s TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop!My Profile

    • Ginny Marie says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I actually never read a Chicken Soup book until my friend was published in one, and then I discovered that I really enjoyed it! It’s so fun to read stories from all sorts of different people.
      Ginny Marie recently posted…Staycation! {Spin Cycle}My Profile

  18. Julie says:

    I’m like you, I have a very small blog with very little views and comments but I still keep plugging away at it too. I love it. I use it as a way to put all of my thoughts in one place and to save and watch my daughter grow. I’m so glad I found you on UBP link up. Can’t wait to see more of your posts!

    http://www.artworkbyjm.com/
    Julie recently posted…The Ultimate Blog Party 2014My Profile

  19. I blog for the love of it, and it sounds like you do, too! I’m happy to meet you and read more of your posts.
    Nan @ grannyfab.blogspot.com recently posted…Sunchokes Three WaysMy Profile

  20. You know I truly love you and just so glad we met doing The Mother of All Meltdowns together. Seriously just so glad we are friends and love that you joined this :)
    Janine Huldie recently posted…What’s the Big Deal About Kid’s Toy Messes?My Profile

  21. Lauralee says:

    You said it! I’ve never gone viral either. Blogging is just something I can’t quit. I love writing and if a few people get something out of my ideas, I’m happy.

    I believe I met you years ago through the UBP. See, this is why blogging is fun – I have made connections with other bloggers. I always enjoy reading your blog.

  22. I’m so glad we met on Twitter tonight Ginny – it’s not the size of your blog or the number of followers that matter, it’s the impact that you have on the people you reach!

    I’m a Chicken Soup For The Soul blogger and The Dating Game was the last book that I blogged about. Congrats on being published there! That was my husband’s first introduction to the series and he absolutely loved that book!

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope you’ll join us for some of our parties. We have an amazing community and I feature a variety of posts (including written features) each week at Inspire Me Monday! :-)
    Create With Joy recently posted…2014 Ultimate Blog PartyMy Profile

    • Ginny Marie says:

      I’m so glad you husband loved the book! To be honest, my husband hasn’t even read the book. But he has read my story, and he had to approve it before I submitted it!

      I’m looking forward to following your blog; I just added it to my BlogLovin’ feed!
      Ginny Marie recently posted…Staycation! {Spin Cycle}My Profile

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