Just Jot It January – 2019 – My Blog

The #JusJoJan prompt today from Linda G. Hill is to write about my blog.  Why I started it, what my theme is and how it has changed my life.

I’m going to be honest here, I originally started my blog to promote my Etsy shop and try to interest people in my cards and crafts.  See, here I go:   

I thought I’d be rich and famous no problem.  Quite quickly I realized that no one knew who I was so no one was reading my blog and that makes getting sales a bit difficult. I decided to join a few challenges to try to “meet” some people.  

Nothing much happened but slowly I began to realize that I was enjoying the blogging and didn’t even mention my Etsy shop very often!  Then I found the A to Z Challenge and that really made a difference.  I started following a lot of people and began learning so many interesting things.   
I even got an award which I thought was really cool at first because, you know, mystery, but actually I’m not even sure why it is called that.  Since then I’ve gotten a couple of other ones but I don’t feel comfortable nominating other people so I didn’t participate.      

Now I am blogging because I enjoy it.  I am an introvert so big crowds are not my favorite thing but I can easily “talk” to the 130 followers I have no problem.  I’m not sure 130 people actually read what I write but whatever.  I still participate in challenges and I like to try and come up with interesting tidbits of my own to share with others.  For example, they call the city I live in the “City With A Heart” because we have a heart-shaped street. 

My husband and I go to a lot of concerts and I like to share the pictures I take and tell about our experiences. 

I don’t even mind sharing a picture or two of myself once in a while.  This is me on the occasion of my first birthday.  Aren’t I cute?  

I did add some affiliate marketing into the mix because I’m still trying to make some extra money.  Creative Live is one of the ones I belong to and they have some pretty fun online classes in a lot of different areas, not just creative ones.  I’m definitely not getting rich (yet) but I have gotten some money from the affiliate links (probably from the classes I took myself!) and I did actually make two Etsy sales from people who saw my things in the blog (thank you Jay and Dawn!)  
My “theme” is “sharing smiles” because I really believe that smiles are contagious and we could all use a little more of them.  I call it “Janet’s Smiles” for that reason – also because my last name is Miles but my maiden name starts with an “S” and when I wrote Janet S Miles it kind of hit me that way.  I try to make my posts fun although every once in a while I have posted a story that was not so fun (when we had to put our cat down).      
And then there are pictures like this:

Maybe I’ll start my own challenge one of these days…

Thank you, Linda, for another fun day in bloglandia.  How about you?  Read my blog much?  Write one of your own? 

from Blogger http://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com/2019/01/just-jot-it-january-2019-my-blog.html

About scr4pl80

I'm a 60-ish, married, mom to 3, creative soul looking to make the world a better place one smile at a time.
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15 Responses to Just Jot It January – 2019 – My Blog

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I just realized that I hadn’t seen a post from you in a while so I thought I’d stop by to see what’s up. I like learning about your blogging path and how you came up with this name. You make me smile so I think your blog is named perfectly.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Oh, Ally, you made my evening! I was just getting ready to put a post out there saying that I wondered if anyone would notice my absence and there you are! I’ve been busy working in an office during the week and it has taken A LOT more juggling to get everything done. It is all good as the extra work means that I’m making money to pay for the she shed! Thanks for noticing that I wasn’t around!

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  2. virgobeauty says:

    Great to meet you Janet, and lovely crafts. You’re pretty awesome and doing a lot. When you’re rich, just wave and I’ll wave back lol.

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  3. LindaGHill says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Janet! Love that your blog is loosely named after you. 😀

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  4. joey says:

    That’s cute about your name – S Miles — 😀
    There are TONS of bloggers who began their blog to sell books and it turns out, blogging is its own pleasure.
    Glad you joined us!

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  5. Tara says:

    I love that there’s a heart-shaped street in your town! And sharing smiles is the best. I’m a fan. 🙂

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  6. John Holton says:

    “I even got an award which I thought was really cool at first because, you know, mystery, but actually I’m not even sure why it is called that.”

    I guess that’s the mystery…

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