How I Became the Most Successful Blog Nobody Has Ever Heard Of.

**If you are not a blogger, simply someone who enjoys reading the work of writers that frequently turn to the “f” word when talking about their children, just go ahead and skip this post.  I swear I have something written that has LOTS of swearing and ball-jokes in it that I will post very soon.  If you ARE a blogger, by all means, continue reading.**

This post is about why you should attend the BlogU Conference in June.  You really should, honestly.  But don’t take it from me: take it from my statistics.

I will be the first to admit that my blog is not the biggest blog on the block, by any means.  In fact, I’m going to be straight up with you: my stats suck hard.  That doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself a successful writer.  Why?  Because despite my butt-sucking traffic, I’ve still been able to attain a few of my personal goals: having people other than my immediate family and friends read my writing, get published in an actual book, and to (gasp!) be paid for my writing.  How have I been able to do all this when I write a blog that calls 200 daily pageviews a banner fucking day?

Easy.  I found a tribe.

Over the years, I slowly found like-minded women that liked blogging as much as I do.  These women are funny, kind, talented, and most importantly, generous enough to teach me what they know about everything blogging-related: social media, statistics, writing, tech stuff, etc.  Plus, friends always know other friends, who know someone else who wants to pay you to publish your work somewhere, or at the very least, knows the right email address.

That’s the secret, folks: find your tribe of bloggers, and then empower each other.  Support one another.  Teach each other what you know, and then watch each other take off.


This idea is what the BlogU Conference is all about, you guys.  It’s about meeting successful writers and bloggers and getting real-life, practical advice on how to step up your blogging game.  It’s about finding your tribe and giving each other a continuous boost up and over the fence.  It’s NOT about spending a fuck-ton of money, though — the registration fee covers your ticket, two nights with your new best friend/roommate (a.k.a. a double room), plus all meals and campus social events.  It’s also NOT about being swallowed up in a sea of people — space is limited, which means sessions will be small.  Remember the seminar classes you took in college?  Same idea.  Limited enrollment means small “class” size for the sessions, which means more attention from the “professor” and, overall, a more personal vibe.

Still on the fence?  Do yourself a favor and check out the BlogU Conference website, as well as the Twitter and Facebook page.  But think fast, because registration begins bright and early at 9am on January 1 and space is limited.

I know where I’ll be this June.  I hope I see you there.

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28 Responses to How I Became the Most Successful Blog Nobody Has Ever Heard Of.

  1. Allison Hart says:

    What would a tribe be without a resident librarian? I mean, what if we get too noisy? Or can’t find the self-help section, or need the microfiche? Also, how could a tribe survive without a resident Janel? Impossible!

  2. I can’t wait until June, when I’ll be able to read all the f-bombs and ball jokes AS THEY COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. Also, conference! Woohooooo!

  3. JD @ Honest Mom says:

    I can’t wait to meet you, the most badass librarian who has ever graced the earth. Yaaaaay!

  4. HouseTalkN says:

    I love a f-bomb dropping librarian! Can’t wait for BlogU and your ball jokes.

  5. I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up, but then I changed my mind because someone told me you can’t be a librarian and tell ball jokes. What a fucking liar.

    June can’t come soon enough!

  6. Anna says:

    Can’t wait! Let the ball jokes commence!

  7. Jean says:

    Oh, how this post made me breathe more easily. I’ll be there in June but I’ll tell you this now: I love your T-Rex banner.

    • Yay! Breathing is good. Also: I have no one but my kids, my husband for taking the picture, and a fabulous photographer friend to blame for my banner pic. Can’t wait to meet you this June!

  8. Lisa says:

    Does anyone one want to room with me and my baby? She doesn’t take up much room but boy can she drink!

    • While your baby sounds like a real party animal, don’t hesitate if no one volunteers. There are single rooms available for $50 more (but they’re filling up fast!). Just something to consider. Plus, I’m 99.99999% sure you’ll have no shortage of volunteer baby-holders 🙂

  9. Leslie says:

    I can’t wait for BlogU!! Sounds like it is going to be a fun time, and a great atmosphere for learning. I wish I could feel that excited when I have 200 page views in a day! 🙂

    • Did you register yet? It’s starting to fill up, so make sure you register if you haven’t already. You’re right, though — worst-case scenario, we get a weekend in Baltimore hanging out with a bunch of awesome bloggers. What’s NOT to like about that?!

  10. Been thinking about attending. After 10 years of blogging I’ve found myself slacking over the last year. DO not like slacking. 🙂

  11. Carrie says:

    Alright I’m in! My blogger buddy pal sent me a text today and we booked our room! whoohoo!
    Just Mildly Medicated gal 😉

  12. Teri says:

    I’ll be there! And I agree, having others around to help and support is fantastic!!

  13. Kelly Fox says:

    I am so very excited to be attending BlogU, learn from all of you incredible women, and find a tribe. But my most important question, Janel, is if you can use your super-librarian, microfiche vs. microfilm, badass self to help me figure out the most efficient way to find what issue of Dynamite Magazine my Bummer was published in? 😉 I didn’t save my copy, and I’m still crying about it.

    • Kelly, I’m being absolutely serious when I say if you can confirm what your name was back then, and a rough guess at the years it was published, I’ll find that goddamn magazine for you. SO HELP ME DEWEY.

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  15. Terri says:

    Dear Janel, Thank you for this post. Your line about finding your tribe confirmed in my heart to attend the Blog U conference. I am a bereaved mom and writing has been my lifeline. I try to do one thing each year that scares and intimidates me, entering out into public alone makes my gut twist. Grief work is about finding our new tribes. Thank you again for the above post, I am registered and inked in on the calendar. I hope I get to thank you in person in June. Wishing you a peace filled day.

    • Terri, I’m so glad you’re coming, and excited to meet you! You’ll find that there are several bereaved moms at BlogU that write about lots of things, including loss and grief. Thanks again, see you soon!

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