As the first series of the blogger stories comes to an end, I want to express my deepest gratitude for all of the bloggers who have participated.
The last installment is from Chrissy Keeton from Crispyview. She is an author, inspiring journalist, and freelance writer.
Let’s take a look at her blogger story in her own words.
How did you hear about blogging? What did you hear about blogging?
I always was aware of blogs and bloggers. Blogs themselves became life impacting as I became a mom, especially a mom with an autistic daughter.
When did you start your blog?
I have been blogging for almost year.
I started blogging to bring meaningful substance to my life by sharing stories that may help someone.
What is the purpose of them of your blog?
I began with the idea of sharing journeys that would help others along their own journey. Recently, I have thought I would like to transform my blog into a place that shares juxtapose views with the hopes of spreading empathy.
How many blogs do you own?
I own just one blog.
What has been your biggest frustration with blogging?
My biggest struggle outside of time management is producing professionally written blogs with impeccable grammar.
What has been your greatest blogging success?
My blog honoring the women who participated in the Women’s March, which was amongst my favorite writing, keeps driving traffic to my blog daily.
What is the most crucial step for you in growing your blog?
I have bigger aspirations of being an author and utilize the blog to sell to potential readers.
Do you see yourself continuing with blogging in the future?
As long as my blogging brings meaning to my life, I will continue my site.
I wanted to go in depth with some of Chrissy’s questions about blogging. Here are some of her responses.
What are your goals for your blog?
The main goal of my blog is to create an online presence and develop myself as an author. I started out almost a year ago on a journey to rediscover myself outside of being a mom in a stalled career. I wanted then and still now, to take my audience with me on my journey.
You mentioned the word journey. What journey are you helping your audience with?
My blog is an extension on the old adage “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. I do want to connect with my audience through shared experiences but more so I want my audience to emotionally connect to a new journey, maybe one they would never take themselves. For example, a reader may visit my blog “Love & Loss on Interstate 64” because they may be on a journey of love themselves and stay to read “Brother vs Brother The Political Divide” to experience a police officer’s love for his anarchist brother and liberal sister.
You mentioned becoming an author, do you have any ideas for your books?
I am always developing story ideas; however, I am currently working on two books. One is a collection of short stories I have written over the years. Second book I am working on, which holds a special place in my heart, is loosely based on my mom’s childhood. Her journey through an alcoholic father and her healing through higher education.
What subjects will you be writing on?
I consider myself as a poetic fiction writer. I love to integrate those great things that come out of poetry like imagery and rhythm into my writing. I save my non-fiction work for my blog.
When can we expect a book?
I should have my first book of short stories published next fall. My second book doesn’t have a time frame set at this time. Partnering with someone else comes with certain obstacles and time restraints. As a new author, I want to get through publishing my first book before putting deadlines on future work. Self publishing seems like a thrilling adventure. I can’t wait to get over the hump of publishing my first book of short stories. It is really exciting to get some of my existing work out to the world.
And there you have it. Author and blogger, Chrissy Keeton is a blogger on a mission to write meaningful posts and share stories through her writings. Take a walk in her shoes as she is on this blogging journey. Be sure to check out her blog.