Your name: Janet Krugel
Your kids: Benjamin, age 5 (going on 13)
Your Twitter name: @JanetGoingCrazy
Your blog URL: goingcrazywannago.com
1. What year did you start blogging? August 2011
2. In addition to blogging and being a mother, what other jobs do you have? I’m a Child Safety Specialist for Child Protective Services in Texas. I’ve worked for CPS for 8+ years and most of that was working with families to reunite them in one way or another.
3. Why did you start your blog? I learned about blogs as a business when I began watching Extreme Couponing in April 2011. I started reading coupon blogs and then discovered giveaways. I’ve always been told that I should write so I decided to start a “random” blog about my life. I didn’t expect it to be a business, but I thought it looked fun for a part time hobby.
4. What advice do you have for those starting out? Do your research and become a blog reader, commenter, supporter first. Learn about different platforms and designs that you like and take your time. If I could start over, I would write articles in an offline format and build up content before launching and promoting my blog. Be sure you have a passion for something, even if that is writing about your life and your family in a way that will encourage others.
5. Name a few challenges you see or have experienced in the blogosphere. The biggest challenge is writing fresh content and finding ways to market it to the readers so they can see it and use it. There are so many bloggers with so many ideas and readers are bombarded with the information. Being genuine and unique takes time and focus and doesn’t gain the viral traffic that will make your heart race. It does, however, gain the long-lasting traffic that makes you feel like you are doing something right.
On a personal note, the animosity and “rat-race” of promotion is hard to see and handle. I don’t like confrontation and negativity and this happens more and more as the “market” becomes flooded with bloggers.
6. What are your favorite and least favorite part(s) about blogging? My least favorite part of blogging is the competition and animosity that I see in different communities. The internet is an infinite place and there’s room for us all (I hope) and we don’t have to run over each other to be seen. I’m not a fan of self-promotion to the point of annoyance and disrespect to others and that can happen when someone is excited about their newest content or trying to beat out others for the traffic and stats.
My favorite part of blogging is writing about my family and then sharing it with whoever will read it. My family has so much fun every single day and I know too many families who don’t know how to have fun. We didn’t, honestly, until we started doing things for the blog. I like seeing the boys get excited about my blog work and then seeing my readers get excited about what I wrote.
I also really love sharing and supporting other blogs. I’ve made several good friends through commenting and interacting. We’re all stuck on our computers to create new content that we forget about friends and interaction. This is a great way to stay connected to real life and relationships.
7. What is the wackiest opportunity you have gotten since you started your blog? I have to laugh every time I write a post about being one of the #wwemoms. A while back, my husband’s friend brought a signed photo of Dolph Ziggler to our son. The boy became obsessed with seeing him on WWE so we started watching. We discovered that he is a HEEL (bad guy) so we started encouraging him to like other wrestlers. I saw a posting about an opportunity to write for WWEmoms and I applied. Now, we watch WWE every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We order every pay per view. I write about WWE social good campaigns and twitter parties once or twice per month. I (secretly) have become a little obsessed with wrestling as well. There are times that my husband and I will watch without the boy because he loses interest from time to time (or falls asleep).
While that is hilarious to me, I have to say that even wackier was the Mannatech conference that I was invited to attend in Dallas last year. I met some really great bloggers and had a great time, but it was definitely different. I think that is all I can say about that. Google “mannatech” and you’ll probably know why I thought that was a wacky experience. :)
8. What are your top three blogging tips?
- The most important tip I can ever give about blogging is to support other bloggers, whether you see the return support right away or not. It may seem backwards, but it’s authentic and uses a “golden rule” type of mentality. Leave good comments, share good content, interact on social media, and you’ll see your own blog grow because of it.
- Write for you and your readers, not the traffic, stats, brands, “free” stuff, or even the money. If you write for any other reason, you will burn out, feel ungenuine, and will lose your passion. You’ll also likely get “lost” in the thousands of blogs who are also writing that same thing.
- Learn what you can about SEO, social media, and how to brand your blog. Being unique is important. Finding ways for your true audience to find you, recognize you, and stay with you is even more important.
9. What are you hoping will happen for you and your blog within the next year? In my heart of hearts, I want to be a full time blogger and a stay-at-home mom. I don’t admit that to many people and probably haven’t fully admitted it to myself. This is most likely about lack of confidence in my ability to provide for my family if I did that. I have a long way to go because I’m currently the primary breadwinner for my family, not only with income, but also insurance and stability.
I want my blog to be a go-to place for creating a family that is fun and funny, happy and loving, and enjoys life to the fullest. This is what I’m learning through my blog so I want to spread that to others.
On a personal note, I want a baby girl this year! At the very least, I want to get pregnant this year!
10. We love link back love! Please tell us 2 or 3 blogs you love, their URLs, and twitter names.
- Blogging with Amy – I’ve learned so much from Amy. She is down to earth and genuine and her teaching style is perfect for me.
- Horrible Housewife – She gets me. She’s a good friend and her blog is real. She holds nothing back and she makes me feel like I could probably be a stay-at-home mom.
- Life with Captain Fussybuckets – She and I are so much alike in personality, but so different in who we are in real life. That makes no sense, but it works and I love her honest blogging. She and her boys are having just as much fun as I’m having with my boy and we encourage each other to just write about it.
I have to mention that this was the hardest question to answer because I love so many blogs. I subscribe and read no less than 10 blogs daily and I could recommend up to 20 of my favorites.