Friday, April 10, 2009


I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about this blog. It all started when I read a post at Copyblogger. The author of the post discussed how to grow your blog readership and he (or she, I can't remember) made the point that you can't enter a market where many "big gun" blogs already exist. This was an Ah HA! moment for me because it totally made sense, yet I'd been trying to maybe play along with the Big Guns of Frugal Blogging for a while.

This lead to thinking about why I was blogging, what I am blogging, and who reads my blog. Let's face it: there are about a gazillion "money saving", "frugal", and "mommy" blogs out there. I can't compete and I'm not sure I want to.

Then I started thinking about the blogs I really like to read. I subscribe to many blogs, and lots of them are simply "money saving" blogs with coupon and sales match ups. They serve their purpose of helping me saving money, but they aren't my favorite blogs to read. My favorite blogs are CFO: Chief Family Office; Joy of Frugal Living; Like Mother, Like Daughter ; and Like Merchant Ships . What I like most about these blogs is that they are "non-commercialized" -- they are just women living life and sharing about it on-line. I appreciate the fact that when they are making money from a link I click or a service or product that I purchase, they tell me (Cathy at CFO is fabulous about this. I've never seen anything "commercial" on the other blogs, in fact Like Merchant Ships is a "no-PR blog").

I started blogging just to blog about "us" -- my family. I discovered along the way that I also enjoy sharing how I do life because I'm fairly certain we're not "normal" in that category. I am also passionate about leading a cleaner, greener, more organic life. I love to help anyone and everyone figure out the confusing mess our society has created with chemicals and nonsense in about everything we own. I like to share good deals that I find, because I puffy heart LOVE getting a good deal and love to help others score them as well! But as of today I am re-focusing my writing on us: a blended family doing our best to bloom in the desert.

Hopefully you'll find something in the mass of posting that helps you bloom, too!

3 Thoughts From Others:

Robin said...

I love you and your blog! I love the deals you share. But I love seeing what an awesome mom and wife you are. Reminds me how much I miss you my college friend! :) Keep bloggin!

Camille said...

:-) Thanks, Robin! It has been awesome to re-connect and share life via the internet!

Chief Family Officer said...

Sorry this is so delayed - I am about a month behind on my blog reading at this point!

But I HAD to stop by when I just saw this post in my Google Reader - your words are so sweet and kind and encouraging. I really appreciate being including in that list!

Cathy :)

P.S. I just read your more recent posts and your kids are adorable! FWIW, I think you did the right thing letting your daughter get pierced ears! I was so angry w/ my mom for not letting me pierce them forever, as if there's something about pierced ears that's akin to getting tattoos. Now she won't go do it herself the first time she gets away from you (like I did, lol!).

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