Yesterday I received a WordPress notice congratulating me on the third anniversary of my WordPress blogging. The congrats really go to my friend LKC who insisted I learn to blog and pulled out her laptop and watched while I created a WordPress account. This is probably the way a lot of us start, with friends dragging us into it. However, we were on a “girls” weekend retreat in the mountain town of Black Hawk in Colorado. Leaving work, family, and the big city behind, we were free to go where our minds and pocketbooks would take us. Learning to blog was not really ever on the shopping list of things to do.
We were staying at the AmeriStar a lovely casino/hotel/spa which looks like it was dropped into a space on the side of a mountain. It was spring and I was wearing my standard island attire of shorts and flip-flops. The weather was that nice, for a day. At the end of the weekend we caught a major spring snow storm on the way down the mountain and those flip-flops turned out to be a really bad decision.
LKC taught me how to create a blog. I would sit in the room and work on what she taught me, she would go to the spa. We would take a break and sit in the outdoor hot tub, then we would go back and work on the mechanics of WordPress. Now it seems pretty simple, but three years ago I was barely a Facebook user, so it seemed tricky. In between playing the slots, walks around town, a few visits to the bar, and some nice meals, I managed to learn enough to create my first blog.
Since then I have launched my www.ffptalk.com and helped others such as www.fitfrog.org (a non-profit started by a friend) and www.hadsallassoc.com (for my husband).
LKC also loaned me the book Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk. Being a good and supportive friend, she hasn’t asked me to give it back, yet. I am glad. My personal goal is to reach 9.3 million women between the age of 16-64 with basic financial management information in my Financial Freedom Party for Women. A big goal which only seems possible because of the power of the internet,social media, and the curiosity many women have about financial management.
I learned about www.scribd.com from Crush It and now have articles covering financial management and other topics published there.
For me it took only one weekend in the mountains, a patient friend, and an environment conductive to learning and I was hooked.
I encourage those of you with something to say and a talent for saying it to give it a try.
Until next time