Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A little challenge for the New Year

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My blog is fairly new.  I started it in July 2011 as a way to organize some of my thoughts on our family, our decision to homeschool and all the other tidbits of our family life.  A couple years ago, I didn't even know what a blog was!  It was by chance that I stumbled upon my favorite homeschooling blog Raising Arrows while using my new BlackBerry at the time.  I was hooked.  I could not stop reading her blog.  Her stories were so uplifting, so honest and at times so painful.  I remember being at my in-laws home reading her pages one after the next and telling my husband "Omigosh, you HAVE to read this". 

I continued to read her blog and my list of favorite blogs began to grow. As I began my back and forth decision to homeschool, I thought that maybe if I blogged about it I would finally be able to make a commitment to homeschool.  So began this blog.


There is a conference coming up in April of this year called the 2:1 Conference.  It is a conference for homeschooling bloggers.  I have been eying this conference for a while but have had a hard time committing whether or not I should go.  My blog is tiny compared to the ones I read.  I barely know how to use twitter and other social networks that help promote blogs! 

But I love blogging.  And I really want to go.

So my husband made me a challenge that if my blog can get 25,000 hits by March 1st then I can book my flight to Washington, DC and go to the conference!  So far I'm about 5000 hits away from that.  This is a really small number for most bloggers...but my blog is new so it could still be a challenge!  We didn't want to make this challenge impossible  for me, because I do really want to go!

So cross your fingers for me and say a prayer that I can be disciplined enough to write regular blog posts to get me closer to my goal! I'll keep you all posted!

64 comments:

  1. I am absolutely humbled and honored by your words! Would love to meet you in person! Good luck!

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  2. The size of your blog does not define you - we're here with open arms no matter the size. But for what it's worth, 25,000 hits is NOT small, you're rocking it whether you realize or not. Great job! Good luck!

    And ps - I agree, Amy is amazing :)

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  3. Oh, how exciting for you! (I love Raising Arrows too ~ she's on my list of fave homeschool blogs! I saw her FB status and ended up here....woohoo!). Going to try sending some ppl your way as well. Best wishes! =)

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  4. Blessings to you as your go after this goal! I love Raising Arrows, and consider Amy a dear friend -- no wonder she inspired you! Just keep blogging and writing. And..I hope to SEE you at the 2:1 Conference. :)

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  5. Shay @ Wonderfully ChaoticJanuary 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Good luck! I am retweeting your goal on twitter. I'm also a big fan of Raising Arrows & jut recently found a sponsor for The 2:1 Conference. I am so excite about going and will pray that you reach your goal. Hopefully I'll see you there! :)

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  6. Wow - that is so exciting, while our numbers are not everything, I agree with Cheryl - 25,000 is not that small - you're doing awesome! I'll send some people your way - it would be cool to meet you :)

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  7. So glad to find you! LOVE the challenge your husband gave you, too. :-) I'll keep checking back to see how fast the Lord brings those hits in! :-) God Bless!!

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  8. So if we visit your website is that all we need to do? Let me know if I need to do anything else.

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  9. I'll visit yours, if you visit mine! lol I have no challenges to meet, and living in the UK, have NO way of getting to places like Relevant or 2:1! :-( I just live it through the experience of others! hope you get to go, and I will share with others to get your numbers bumped up! :-)

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  10. You can do it! I bet you hit your goal sooner than you think!

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  11. Much luck and very best wishes to you ... and btw, your blog is beautiful ... so peaceful and graceful!

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  12. Thank you so much for visiting! I'm glad you like the design of the blog...it was done by The Cutest Blog on the Block!

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  13. Caroline, your blog post today was beautiful! Thank you for sharing my blog with others...I am now following your blog too!

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  14. Yup, my page views are counted by people visiting the site! If you want you can stay and read a while too ;) Thanks so much for visiting!

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  15. Thank you for sending people my way! I am getting more and more excited about this conference! I really hope I get to meet you in Washington :) Thanks again!

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  16. Hi Shay! I am following your blog now too! Thank you so much for retweeting my goal! I am so happy that you found a sponsor for the conference and am crossing my fingers I get to meet you there! Thanks again :)

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  17. Thank you for visiting my blog Rachel! I am getting super excited about this conference and hope I get to meet you in Washington soon!

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  18. Thank you so much Stephanie for visiting my blog and sending people my way! I've just spent the last little while on YOUR blog and I'm now a follower and I liked you on Facebook...can't wait to read some more!!

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  19. Thank you Amy for inspiring me and for hosting this contest! The contest alone has brought so many new readers to my site...I am getting excited about this conference and hope I get to meet you soon! Thank you again :)

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  20. Thank you Maureen! I'm loving all the printables on your site...I'm following you now! Can't wait to read more :)

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  21. Good luck with your challenge! I really think you can do it, as I see that you're already getting close to 22,000 and it's only January! Tell your husband to get the checkbook ready. ;) Looking forward to meeting you at 2:1, because I just know you're going to win that challenge.

    As a matter of fact, let me try to help by posting it on my Facebook pages for Many Little Blessings, The Homeschool Classroom, and Catholic Mothers Online. :)

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  22. i'm a Catholic homeschooling mom, too! beautiful design on your blog! love the jumble under the "what i have to say about,," section,,great idea! i hope you have a wonderful time at the conference, as i'm certain you'll have no problem hitting your goal ;) God bless and keep you!

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  23. Good Luck! I hope you make it!!

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  24. Thank you so much Carolyn! Do you have a blog? I love reading other Catholic homeschooling blogs!

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  25. Wow Angie!!!!!! I am SO HUMBLED! Thank you so much for sharing my blog! YAY!! I'm getting closer to meeting all of you wonderful mothers!! Thank you again...I can't stop smiling!

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  26. I'm a Catholic homeschooling mom, too, and followed the link from facebook. I really like the look of your blog! Makes me want to get a cup of something hot, and stay awhile. :) I hope you make your goal!

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  27. Girl, I think you and your hubby may be underestimating the closeness and support of the online homeschooling community! We'll get you to 25,000 in no time! Best of luck, and beautiful blog design!

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  28. Sonita! Thank you so much! All these hits today was very unexpected! My husband is going to be VERY surprised when he gets home from work...I think he's going to be getting his check book out earlier than he thought!! Thank you!

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  29. Thank you Tina! Do you blog as well? My blog was designed by The Cutest Blog on the Block..they did an awesome job, so happy you like it!!!! God Bless!

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  30. Good luck! I'm right there with you having a new, small blog with only a little traffic. You'll make it--enjoy the conference!! =)

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  31. I wish you well. I will visit your site everyday. :-)

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  32. and will join your blog too. :-) I am a fellow Catholic homeschooler and I will take your cause personally. :-))

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  33. You're so welcome! And, looks like an hour later, you have had more than 1000 pageviews. WooHoo! Tell your husband to be prepared to buy that ticket today. LOL ;)

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  34. I'm also a Catholic Homeschool mom. God bless and enjoy your trip to the conference. I know it will happen! :)

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  35. Good luck! You will get there:)

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  36. I shared it with my Homeschool Groups ... we'll get you there! :)

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  37. happy blogging and hope you get to the conference!

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  38. Good luck! 1st time here, fellow homeschool mommy : )

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  39. Kristin, what is your blog address? I'd like to visit it!!!

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  40. My sister Angie mentioned I should hop on over and help you with this amazingly cool goal you have set for yourself. I am a goal person too, so I simply could not deny someone else's goals! How excited... glad to be a part of it all!

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  41. Wishing you the best of luck on making your milestone. I wish we lived closer so I could attend conferences like that one. But, the airfare from Alaska is a 'killer'.

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  42. Laura I wish you could go to! Thank you for checking out my blog and helping me get closer to my goal!

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  43. Thanks to you AND your sister Angie! I am getting so excited that I am getting so close to my goal!

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  44. Great Job Honey! The power of the internet and the homeschooling community! In 1 day you beat my highest posts ever and comments count! Conference, here you come!

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  45. Get your checkbook out my dear! How exciting!!! Thanks for being so encouraging :)

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  46. Pack your bags!! So happy for you!!

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  47. Amen th all these comment. Hold fast to your faith girl......looks like,the numbers are rising and your dear hubby will be paying up..!!

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  48. Good luck and God Bless!

    In Jesus Thru Mary,
    Heather L In Buffalo, NY

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  49. Hope your hubby is prepared to write a check today for that ticket. :) I'll help spread the word!! Can't wait to meet you in April!!!

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  50. good luck!!!!

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  51. I hope you get to go to your confrence. Keep up the good work!!

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  52. New here!! Yes...it is so hard as a new blogger in a saturated blogger world to get the hits! But yea for you...5000 will be a piece of cake! I just started homeschooling this year too after a number of years back and forth!

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  53. Here is another one for you! Good luck! :]

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  54. Thank you so much for helping me reach my goal!!! Good luck with your homeschooling and I hope you visit again :)

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  55. I'm going! I'm going! Thank you so much for sharing my blog and I CAN'T WAIT

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  56. Thank you Heather! I hope our paths cross soon!

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  57. You made it! In 2 days! Told you, we homeschool mama are a supportive group of gals! Have fun at the conference!

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  58. I was so excited, I even typed the words "excited" and "just" wrong! hahaha :)

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  59. Hope you meet your goal! I am a fellow homeschool mom, I found you via Raising Arrows & Homeschool Creations. God Bless you & your family! =) Looking forward to reading your blog!

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