When you decide to start a blog or blogs, a lot of “stuff” is roaming around in that head of yours. What do I write about? Who do I want to reach? Am I going to have a certain niche? In my head, it was worse than that. I was thinking do I have what it takes to do this blog thing after being a Paramedic for 24 years, and a Veteran of the U.S. Army? I also kept hearing the terms “Mommy Blogger”, “Daddy Blogger”, “Food Blogger”, “Deals and Coupon Blogger”, and the list went on.
So I had a site that I created in the late 80’s called A Medic’s World, I owned the domain already, and it started out simple, and well to be honest, stayed simple. A few years ago I decided to turn it into a blog. Whoa. Me a blogger? Yep folks, I was throwing my hat in, to an internet filled with blogs. I knew from the start, that I didn’t want to have a “niche” or at least one that would restrain me from sharing what I wanted, so I just tried to be myself.
I did pretty well, I have worked with over 80 companies and PR firms, and have earned three ambassadorship opportunities, and have done some amazing articles and reviews. Earlier this year, I really started to realize that my blog name A Medic’s World might be holding me back from certain opportunities. You see, I would love to do Travel and PR work with companies like Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros. Studios, Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and so much more!
That is how Tom’s Take On Things was inspired. It was time for a change, and I knew that. I bought the domain, switched everything over, converted all my social media accounts to the new name, so now what? I wait, partially for things to settle in with everyone, but mostly I work my butt off to make this a blog that people want to bookmark, or visit, or take time to leave a comment, or even share a post. I am even hoping one day to see a post of mine on the The Huffington Post or something similar like that.
I want to give credit where credit is due. There are times I couldn’t have done this alone. Mind you, I learned a lot of this on my own, a great deal of it actually. It was tough and still is tough being a male blogger in a world where industry and businesses are not using us to our full potential. With that said, the list below is not an all inclusive one. I know there are others who have inspired me and helped me along the way. If you don’t see yourself here, don’t take it personally, but these folks have given me reason to keep going.
8 Blogs that have inspired me to Blog Better
by Tom Shewbridge at Tom’s Take On Things
Homemaking Hacks, you can visit Dawn’s blog here. Dawn has given me inspiration to keep going, and helped me find ways to keep promoting my blog on a consistent basis, take time to visit her site today, by clicking the link, or the picture below.
Fandads, you can visit Victor’s blog here. Victor is a Father, and a very good one. He has a site that covers tech, entertainment, Toys, Comics and more. Kind of like what I do here at Tom’s Take On Things. He is an avid runner, and does so many good things for other people. A true inspiration to me.
Mom Blog Society, visit Ladonna’s blog here. If there is one person who has believed in me the most, it has to be Ladonna from Mom Blog Society. As a male blogger, it is very hard to get people to notice you, and she help me find opportunities to write, review, and get in contact with people who would help me. Definitely a blog you need to be following.
Daddy’s Grounded, visit Joel’s blog here. I love this blog, a very progressive look at things, life, and family. He loves Sci-fi and Tech, and really does a wonderful job with his blog. Check him out today, and see for yourself. He has inspired me to keep going on many occasions.
Budget Earth, visit Susan’s Blog here. Susan is like me, she loves tech and gadgets, and recently has been really promoting more articles and reviews related to her dogs. (Which are gorgeous by the way). Susan was very instrumental to me, and really one of the first bloggers that I ever met, and she was more than helpful in the beginning stages of mine.
Everything Mommyhood, visit Darci’s blog here. With my blog in mind, Darci says hers is a Lifestyle Blog with a little bit of everything. She has inspired me in ways that can only be seen by the work and effort she puts into her blog.
What U Talking Bout Willis?, visit Becky’s blog here. In addition to a spectacular blog of her own. Becky has been helping Blogs like mine for a very long time. Her expertise, and commitment have given a blog like mine hope for some time now.
Night Helper Blog, visit Lisa’s blog here. Lisa has been both an inspiration, and helping me with ideas of making my blog better. She is very dedicated in what she is doing, and definitely a blog you want in your bookmark list as well.
So there it is. Do you follow any of these blogs already? Which blogs do you follow that you would like to share with me? Will you try and share and interact with me more here at Tom’s Take On Things?
Thanks for being here. ~Tom
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WOW Tom, this is so wonderful!! Everyone of these blogs are fabulous and I know they all have had an impact on your journey. I want you to know I’m proud of you and that it takes time to really get establish, trust me I myself still have a long ways to go. Keep your head up and remember you are a “Great Blogger”!
Tom Shewbridge says
I appreciate the wonderful and kind words Lisa. Thank you. They mean a lot to me. Thanks for stopping by to comment, have a great day!
Becky Ryan-Willis says
Oh Tom!! You are so very easy to love! Thank you so very much for including me with bloggers such as Dawn, Susan, Lisa and Ladonna just to name a few of those that I either know online or have meant. They are all an inspiration to me also!
You will reach your dreams as long as you keep doing what you do, and that is being yourself! You definitely have what it takes. Just keep moving in the direction you are going.
Just remember—– wise words I have heard from a successful blogger—: Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
Tom Shewbridge says
Those are awesome words Becky, and definitely ones to remember, thanks so much for stopping by to comment, it means a lot to me. Thanks again, and have a great day! ~Tom
Susan Bewley says
Tom, you are one of the sweetest people I know. I consider you one of my closest online friend and know I always have your back. We seem to always be the outsiders in the world of parent bloggers. I know you are going to make all of your dreams come true and you are one of the hardest working people I know. 🙂
Tom Shewbridge says
Thank you Susan, I am blessed for having known you. I appreciate all you do, and thank you for your insight over the years. Have a great day!
Dawn Lopez says
Wow Tom! This was such a nice surprise! I am so glad we were able to connect over the last year! To say that I’m flattered to see my blog listed in this awesome post of yours is an understatement. I’m so happy to be a part of the changes and growth your going through. I’m confident that your blogging dreams will come true with all of your dedication! Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 holds!
Tom Shewbridge says
Thank you Dawn. It was an honor including you, and I look forward to good things as you shared. Thanks for all the support, and I am glad we have had a chance to connect as well. Have a great day! ~Tom