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