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10 Reasons I’ll Never Be a Big Blogger

I’ve been blogging since 2009. I am still only at 63 followers via GFC and 80 followers on Bloglovin. I blog constantly: at least 3x a week during the school year and almost daily during the summer. I participate in link-ups, go to blogger meet-ups, pay for sponsorships, review products, comment on other blogs, and use multiple forms of social media. Yet, for some reason, I’m just not growing.
I’ve come to the sad realization, that I’ll never be a big blogger (and I’m ok with that), and here is why.
1) I don’t have a big blogging budget. As of right now, it’s $15 a month, I’ll be honest. I’m grateful for that much, but it only goes so far. But, I have car payments, pregnancy bills (with baby bills soon to come), and housing bills soon to come this summer. 
2) I don’t have as much time as some other bloggers. Some bloggers are SAHMs. They are amazing heroes who find time in their busy mom schedule to blog, but they still seem to have more time for me. Others have a part-time job, or a 9-5 job that they can leave at work. Teaching comes home with you. I have other blogger friends who are teachers, but have more experience under their belts, which means, they aren’t spending the necessary time reinventing the wheel, like I have to in my first official year of teaching.
3) I don’t have the newest fashions. Fashion bloggers are all the rage. They get hundreds of followers just by wearing new name brands. I buy most of my clothes at Target, Wal-Mart, or clearance racks at the mall. I still think my fashion sense is adorable, but it’s not “high-fashion” and it won’t be any time soon.
4) I don’t have a DSLR. I have a $200, 4 year old, point and shoot digital Canon. I am saving money for a nice DSLR, but for now, I have to deal with lesser quality pictures.
5) I hate taking pictures. I don’t like being in pictures–I don’t feel I’m photogenic. (There are a few that I really love). I also feel awkward taking pictures all the time, whether of myself or of other activities. I also forget to bring my camera with me a lot. I’d rather enjoy the activities I’m participating in rather than wondering if it’d make a nice picture for the blog.
6) I don’t have good lighting/backdrops for my pictures. We have a small apartment, with not the greatest lighting. We have new bulbs, but the places they are positioned in the ceiling lights aren’t the smartest areas. Outside our apartment complex is awkwardly lighted as well with tall buildings and the trees. Not the best for pictures.
7) I’m not a photographer. But, I’d like to learn, eventually.
8) I’m not physically creative. Tell me to write a story or a poem, and I can do that. Tell me to design a poster board, knit a scarf, or create some other DIY project and I’ll freak. My sisters and my mom got that gene, not me.
9) I’m an English teacher, and yet, I still make numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Ooops 😉
10) There are some things I’m not willing to share on the blog. I love bloggers who are willing to get down and dirty with hard topics. They are so honest and open. But, personally, I don’t want to share bad times in marriage, medical issues, etc. That’s mine and my family’s business and not the world’s.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach at least 150 followers by the end of the year. It’s only March, so the future still seems bright. 1000+ followers is unlikely, so I’m gonna focus small. I can always shoot to be a medium-sized blogger! =)

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Full of Sunshine and a Birthday

Yesterday was my blog’s 4th birthday.
I started blogging as a way to practice creative non-fiction. It was more introspective and I didn’t really expect people to read it, although I had it public from the very beginning. 
Here is my first post: Really?
I was also nominated by Laura from Mice in the Kitchen .
I love this award and its name. It’s point is to spread sunshine throughout the blogging world. Being positive and inspiring others. To think that I have done this for someone else is wonderful. Too bad Laura has never met me in person, because I’m this way in real life, too (modest, aren’t I?)–I love smiling, laughing, and being happy.

The Rules:
1.  Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
2.  Link to the person who nominated you 
3.  Answer 10 questions about yourself that the person who nominated you asks.
4.  Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. (make sure to link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know you have nominated them)
Here are Laura’s questions for me:
1. What would be your perfect day?
Sleeping in, cuddling with my husband, having a nice breakfast, teaching and all my students are begging to participate and we have awesome literary and writing discussions and activities. Then, I come home and there is still plenty of time left in the day. Justin doesn’t have to work late. We make a super elegant dinner together, (taking awesome blogger pictures of it, of course) and going down  Provo Canyon for a beautiful fall drive and watch the sunset together.

2. Favorite memory growing up?

Family pizza and movie night. We’d always have pizza or Tyson’s chicken (I LOVE IT) and watch a movie together. We had a subscription to rent the DVD’s from Netflix, so half the time, it’d be popular/kid movies, half the time, Mom would have us watch more classical movies. I really liked that she did that.

3. What motivates you?

The knowledge that I am capable of doing the tasks I’m supposed to do.
My husband and my future kids.
My religion.
My students and wanting to see the lightbulb flash above their heads, as well as desperately wanting to see them develop a love of learning like I have.

4. If you could have one dream come true what would it be?

Move to Wales.

5. Why did you start blogging?

More as a way to get my thoughts out on paper, but in a creative way. I was really exploring the genre of creative non-fiction. Then, it became somewhat of a family newsletter/journal for my relatives. Then, it became a socializing aspect. 

6. If you could live anywhere…where would it be and why?
Wales/England because I absolutely love the history there. I’m obsessed with medieval British history so much, I’ve learned a Celtic language, went there on study abroad, and wrote my Senior Thesis on it.
7. If there was only one thing on your Christmas list you could get what is it?
A hedgehog! I want a pet so badly. But I have terrible allergies to fur and hair, so hedgehogs (which are adorable) would be perfect.

8. Are you a dog person or a cat person?  Why?

I am a dog person. I love puppies to death, but I am terribly allergic to both fur and hair. My family bought a “hypoallergenic” dog with “hair, not fur” but when I played with him, I still ended up sneezing a lot.

9. What is your worse fear?

My worst fear is never having kids.

10. You found a bottle with a genie and you got three wishes what would they be…and no wishing for more wishes!!

An all-expense paid trip to Great Britain.
A shopping spree in a book/teacher supply store.
My novel-in-progress be finished, published, and internationally acclaimed.
I nominate:
My Questions:
1) What is the latest book you have read and what did/do you like about it?
2) What is your favorite thing to cook/make?
3) What is your food weakness?
4) What is your favorite season and why?
5) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
6) Why did you start your blog?
7) What could you continue learning about your whole life because you love it/are obsessed with it?
8) What do you like most about your husband/fiancee/boyfriend (or if you don’t have one–what is one quality he must absolutely have)?
9) What was the weirdest dream you’ve ever had (that you can remember)?
10) What three fictional characters (from books) would you love to meet?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Letters, Letters, Letters!

Jacqueline from Just Jacq realized that one of the best things was receiving letters in the mail. I completely agree. I love getting anything in the mail. So, she decided to do a letter exchange program for bloggers. This way, we could make friends, network, and get mail all at the same time! =)
I was paired with Chelsee at Southern Beauty Guide. She is a southern belle who has a flair for makeup and other beauty tips. She’s also big into networking and helping bloggers of all sizes make friends and learn, so she created her own pairing group called Bigs and Smalls Blogging Network. In this, a bigger blogger is paired with a smaller blogger. I think that is a wonderful idea!

Well, Chelsee and I emailed a few times to get to know each other, then we sent each other encouraging letters.
This is the one I received from her.
Thanks, Chelsee!
What I also really liked about this letter exchange program of Jacq’s is that I also received a letter from her! I was only expecting one from my partner, and I think it is wonderful and shows how much she cares about this project to send us letters as well!
If this really awesome program interests you, just click on the button below to sign up for Septembers!

Here is September’s schedule:
Signups begin August 26.
Matches revealed September 1.
Contact must be made by September 4.
Letters sent by September 18.
Sharing post is September 25.
October signups begin September 23.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why are Your Favorite Bloggers Mormon?

That’s a really good question!
Well, as you all know, I am Mormon. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I realize that everyone is online, nowadays. I am too, a bit too much, thanks to this blog. So, what better way to share our lives with people? Give family updates, send friends invites, show off your babies, fashion, decorated houses, etc. A lot of bloggers talk about what is important, talk about deep issues, controversial issues. Then, why not share our religion, which is very important to us, with others?

Now you may already be wondering, what is it like to be a Mormon? Why would anyone want to be Mormon? Those are also really good questions. And because of that, I have joined up with some awesome women who are also Mormon bloggers to help answer those questions for you.

Here is list of those participating:
Me, of course! 

Mariel ~ Or So She Says

Camille ~ Six Sisters Stuff
Leigh Anne ~ Your Homebased Mom
Megan ~ Brassy Apple
Reachel ~ Cardigan Empire
Caroline ~ Armelle Blog
Carrian ~ Sweet Basil
Melissa ~ 320 Sycamore
Shandra ~ Deals to Meals
Kristyn ~ Lil’ Luna
Kelli ~ Lolly Jane
Stephanie ~ Somewhat Simple
Becky ~ UCreate
Arianne ~ Still Parenting
Shawni ~ 71 Toes
Lindsey ~ The R House
Melanie ~ Sugardoodle
Shelley ~ How Does She? 

So, here is how it works. Send me an email at with your name and address. I will send you a packet filled with personal thoughts and favorite scriptures from the founding group of “Why are Your Favorite Bloggers Mormon?’ as well as a free Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that takes place in the ancient Americas. It is a wonderful companion to the Bible and shares even more amazing thoughts and stories about how to be Christ-like. (Don’t worry, I won’t use your information for anything other than mailing you this packet–I promise!)

Packets will be sent during the first week of every month, free of cost! If you are still burning with curiosity while you are waiting for your packet, click on my orange social media button above my picture that has the temple on it. It will send you to, a great introductory site about our religion.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

5 Things–Old School Blogging

So, I was tagged by Kristen at 31 Million Seconds to participate in a link-up called Old School Blogging. And I thought…some of y’all might want to get to know Justin a bit more. Thus, we both will be answering these questions!
This was one of our engagement pictures in May 2012. Awkward. The photographer asked me to have a serious face for this picture. I can’t do serious faces on command…awkward. So, it’s representative of a lot of situations in our life–us laughing at my awkwardness! =)
5 Things I Have a Passion For
1) My husband–He is my everything.
2) My religion–I am a Mormon.
3) Books–I love to read.
4) Wales–Cymru am byth!!
5) Teaching–It has always been my dream job, now it really is my job!
1) Tayler. 
3) Food. I really like food. Especially good tasting ones. And free ones.
4) Numbers. You can say as little or as much as you want with numbers.
5) Video games. Sometimes you just need to smash.
5 Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die
1) Have either a short story, poem, or novel of mine published. Speaking of which, I really should find time to work on them! x_x
2) I would love to go either hangliding, para-sailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping…something exhilarating that has the connotation of flying. I would love to be able to fly.
3) Go back to Wales and England. I miss it so much, and seeing pictures of this year’s study abroad on my Welsh professor’s facebook and Instagram does not help the ever-growing yearning I am feeling. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been there.
4) I would like to become fluent in Welsh. I’m “proficient” but there is still quite a lot more I need to learn and still quite a few grammar concepts and a ton of vocab! I should get a Welsh Book of Mormon to study!
5) Be elected teacher of the month/year/county/state/school district. Something like that. Teaching is my life, it’s my calling. I see all these movies about inspiring teachers and it inspires me to try my best!
1) Have one of my children publicly announce how good of an influence I was without me hearing it.
2) Get a chain restaurant to name a meal after me. (Already partially done)
3) Coach a highschool JV volleyball team.
4) Run a 10k.
5) Dunk!
5 Things I Say A Lot:
1) “So”…I’ve noticed that, especially in blogging and journaling, I start too many sentences with “so.” So, I’ve got to stop that poor habit.
2) “Exacerbated”… I love the word! I need to write a post on it, like I have my other favorite words.
3) “Do I look cute?”…I always ask Justin this, and I think it gets on his nerves…
4) “Are you proud of me?” Can be used seriously, or playfully/silly-ly. This definitely gets on Justin’s nerves.
5) “What do you want for dinner?” Aka…Justin, you decide what you want me to cook or we will go out to eat and you are still deciding that. Also, gets on Justin’s nerves.
1) “Flip a coin”…more often I don’t care of the outcome, so you may as well flip a coin. Get’s on Tayler’s nerves.
2) “I’ll tell you what”…Used when answering a question. Taken from my father. Slightly annoyed that I do it.
3) “Hmmm, yeeesss” (pronounced exactly how you think it should be)
4) “Mrph”…used when moving from a comfortable spot.
5) “Don’t ruin my story with your logic.”…seriously! I tell it way better!
5 Books/Magazines I Have Read Lately:
1) Currently reading With the Heart of A King by Benton Rain Patterson (on the Spanish Armada issue between Elizabeth I and Phillip II)
4) The Secret History of the World 
5) The Bro Code (made for the sitcom: How I Met Your Mother)

1) Haha. 
2) Nice.
3) Try.
4) Tayler.
5) I don’t read.
5 Favorite Movies:
Tayler: (super hard! It changes every day)
1) Lord of the Rings trilogy
2) Pirates of the Caribbean series
3) Secret of Kells
4) Narnia (lion, witch and wardrobe)
5) Titanic (I know, I know, but I do love it!)
1) Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
2) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
3) Hook
4) Aladdin
5) Remember the Titans
5 Places I Would Love To:
1) Wales
2) Wales…via England and Scotland
3) Japan
4) Italy–Venice, specifically
5) Patagonia, Argentina–it’s a Welsh colony! No lie!
1) New Zealand
2) Tonga
3) Spain 
4) Japan
5) Antartica
I now tag….
3) Ginny from Buttergirl Diaries
4) Elizabeth from The Bradleys
5) Diedre from Love, the Skinnys
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.