Look Ma, I’m in a Book!

When I started this blog, it was kind of a mish-mash of, well…crappy food pictures and selfies taken after a run.

I’m so ashamed…

I published my “Meet Me” post on November 2, 2007 with the following statement:

Hi! My name is Katy and while I am a longtime internet user, I’m a first-time blogger. And while I love reading other people’s posts, I have to admit — I’ve never been very good about keeping up journal entries of my own.

That’s changing. I love to write, and even if no one reads this, it feels good to put it out there. A little bit of background on me: I’m 27 years old, married, with two cats and two dogs. No human children, and there won’t be (cross your fingers) for a few more years. There is so much I want to do first — travel, read, write, sleep … the list goes on and on. I attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University. I majored in broadcast journalism and policy studies, and for the first time in my career, I’m using both skills sets.

I’ll post more soon … in the meantime, please feel free to comment!

I never really expected anyone to read my blog, let alone learn from it. I wanted to journal about losing weight, starting to run, my job and more.

Over time, though, as I started to teach myself the inner workings of the blog world, I figured that if it took me an hour to figure something out (basic HTML, how to add a widget to my sidebar, how to start self-hosting), I might as well pass on some tips so that the next person would only need a half hour. So I started sharing fewer posts about cooking (seriously, what was I thinking?) and more posts about social media and technology.

That’s my sweet spot. I still love sharing my fitness and food struggles, because that’s where I need the most support, but my goal is to try and be a reader resource whenever possible.

So, you can understand why I squealed when I received the following email back in May:

Dear Ms. Widrick:

We’d love to feature a screenshot of the disclosure policy on your blog in the second edition of Social Media Marketing for Dummies All-in-One, which will be released by Wiley Publishing, Inc. this coming Fall. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Dummies line of books with their yellow-and-black covers, so you recognize this opportunity to receive some free publicity and enhance your own brand reputation.

I jumped up and down and, um, you know I said yes!

And voila:

The book is now out and I’m excited to be included. :)

(This isn’t a review, just a “holy crap I’m in a book!” post, but it seems appropriate to note that I was not paid or compensated for this inclusion except that the publisher did send me a free copy of the book.)

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  1. Nodisha says

    Now that is awesome. Congrats girlie. I can definitely say that i have been using your site as a resource as i am a new blogger. I’m not even live yet but i am taking the time to learn so that when that first post goes up, I’ll seem somewhat like a professional.

  2. says

    Congrats!! As the owner of a blogger I still squeal every time I get a comment much less an opportunity such as the one you received. We bloggers pour are heart and soul. It takes a lot of work and when that work is recognized it is reason to celebrate.

  3. says

    Katy that is super exciting! I love that you found your sweet spot and that I like many others have been able to learn from you! It’s awesome! Yay go ahead and celebrate because this is MAJOR. By the way between baby bug’s birth and this publication you should send it to the alumni announcements

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