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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