The Blogger Interview

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I was tagged by the awesome Trista at Domesticated Momster.  This is my first blogger interview and I’m excited to do this.  This is giving me the opportunity to get to know my fellow bloggers as well as letting them get to know me.  This is a fun little interview that I will enjoy writing.

 

 

 

How did you get into Blogging?

Well, when I left my job as a Developmental Specialist, I had gone on a few interviews and sent my resume out to several potential employers but all to no avail.  So, not really knowing what to do I thought of my writing and started doing research.  I don’t remember how I came along the blogging.  I use google for everything so somehow I ended up at a few blogging tutorials and thought, “What the hell.  I’ve got nothing to lose at this point.  Might as well try it and see where it takes me.”

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Well, first I would tell them to do their research.  I was going to start with a free blog but since my blog is something that I do want to eventually make money at, I went with self-hosting.  I figured if I’m going to do this then I’m going to do it right and do it my way.  After you decide which type of blog you want, check YouTube for tutorials.  I got an excellent tutorial by Dear Blogger and I found them to be very helpful.  I also started asking other bloggers for some feeback and asked questions.  One of my first stops was actually Domesticated Momster for which I am so grateful for her help.

How has your blog changed since you started writing it?

I am still in the beginning stages of my blog but what started out just being posts about myself and my boys has turned into so much more.  This was my plan from the beginning but I didn’t expect it to take on a life of its own.  I plan to make more changes and add more things as I go but my ultimate goal is to get my fiction writing out there and to eventually start to make some money.  I’m still figuring it all out though.

What would be your dream campaign?

I don’t know much about this but I would ideally love to use my blog to reach out to people affected by mental illness, Autism, and ADHD to give messages of hope and inspiration to those struggling.  I would also like to get some of my creative fiction out there and make some money off of my blog while being able to be at home with my kids.  What I have discovered about myself is that maybe this is I’m best suited for.  Maybe a traditional job isn’t is the cards for me.  We will see though.  I haven’t given up that dream just yet.

What advice would you give to PR’s wanting to approach you for a campaign?

I would say that I cannot do it for free.  While I would love to help out and advertise and review products, I also need to get paid.  My goal is, after all, to start making money so unfortunately I am not able to do any kind of PR for free.

Do you have a plan for you blog?

I do.  I want to get my name out there and starting writing for companies.  I am currently looking into some freelance work and I do see my blog (or blogs, haven’t decided yet) spreading awareness about Autism, ADHD, and PTSD (as well as other mental illnesses).  For now though, I am concentrating on sharing my blog with as many people as I can and getting to know the awesome blogging community that has welcomed me with open arms.

What do you think about rankings?

Honestly, I am so confused by it.  I don’t understand the rankings or how to get them or where to view them.  I have Google Analytic’s and am active in much of the social media so for now, that’s what I’m concentrating on.

I am tagging the following fellow bloggers.  If you weren’t tagged and want to participate, feel free to do so.  It’s always nice to get to know my fellow bloggers.  Have Fun and Rock On!

Katie @ patchworkgiraffe

Jessie, FlusteredMom

jeremy@thirstydaddy

Angela at Daysinbed

Katie (Growing Up KaterTot)

If you’ve already been tagged, that’s great! Everyone enjoy!!!


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39 of My Rockin’ Random Stats

So in honor of turning 38 years old last week, here are 38 facts about me.  Update: I am now 39. These are just some of my little truths.  Enjoy!

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2. Coffee is my heaven, while wine is my therapy!

3. My Favorite season of the year is Autumn, time of my favorite holiday: Halloween!  Which is tied with Christmas.

4. I am mostly Polish but I also have German, French, and Native-American.  I am discovering more on Ancestry.com Update: I took a DNA test a few months ago and found out that I have no Native American. Such a bummer. On the plus side, I did find out I have some Irish in me. Yay for the Irish!

5. When I was little, I believed that Unicorns and Cabbage Patch Kids were real.

6. I have three tattoos: A dolphin on my lower back.  A heart with angel wings and Adam’s name, and a skull and dagger with Conner’s name on each shoulder. I plan on getting at least three more.

7. The Lost Boys is the movie that started my vampire obsession.  It has never stopped.

8. My three favorite historical figures are Vlad, the Impaler, King Henry VIII, and Queen Elizabeth I.

9. I love Gothic Art (and Gothic Literature).  My favorite artists are Myka Jelina, Anne Stokes, and Victoria Frances’

10. I have Dyscalculia, otherwise known as Math Dyslexia.  This wasn’t discovered until college.

11. Ever since I was eleven years old I wanted to own a 1969 Ford Mustang, cherry red with black leather interior.

12. I am the oldest of four.  Two brothers and a sister.

13. Music is my first love.  It got me through a lot of really hard times growing up and into my adult years.  I could not exist without music!

14. I love going on long drives and I still blare my radio, of course!

15. I’m addicted to the History Channel and ID Discovery.

16. There are very few people in this world I will go above and beyond for.  Trust is hard to gain for me but once I love you, I’m there for you always.

17. I’m a fighter, survivor, and fierce protector of those I love.

18. I was raised in a Roman Catholic home but went to a Baptist church.

19. My three favorite wild animals:  The wolf is loyal, The Lion is Regal, and the Dolphin mates for life.

20. I have two Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts-English and Early Childhood Education.  I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Child Advocacy Studies.  I designed my own degree and do not recommend it.

21. I spent most of my college career raising my boys.

22. I’m still friends with my ex and no, it’s not weird.

23. Chocolate is my friend.

24. My all-time favorite books are Frankenstein, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Call of the Wild, and Anne of Green Gables.  My favorite childhood book is Where the Wild Things Are.150809_10200365312512373_197756614_n

25. I call Massachusetts home but I haven’t forgotten my Baltimore roots where I was born and raised.

26. I have too many favorite songs to name just one but…

27. My life’s theme song is Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benetar.  It was the first song I remember singing around the house and the first song to resonate with me. It started it all! Eye of the Tiger is another major song that played into my childhood.

28. About a year later, I idolized Madonna and had a crush on Michael Jackson.

29. I love Bon Jovi!  I also love Maroon 5, Shinedown, PopEvil, Skillet, Red…Seriously, the list could go on forever!

30. I had my first child when I was 24.

31.  My second child came along when I was 29.

32. My natural hair color is blonde but I love, love, love being a red-head!

33. When I kiss my boys on the forehead I say, “Angel Kisses.”

34. I don’t scare easily.  Unless you’re a spider. Or a ghost.  Both are just creepy.

35.  Yes!  I believe in Ghosts!  Oh and yeah, I LOVE HORROR MOVIES AND TV SHOWS!  Especially Underworld, The Walking Dead, and every Dracula movie ever made! Even the dumb ones.

36. My favorite video games are Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Call of Duty. Update: Just added Destiny to this list.

37. In Junior High, I wanted to Marry Joe McIntyre from New Kids on the Block!

38. My boys are my everything!!!

39. I actually met someone! Didn’t think that was going to happen but he’s awesome! Always makes me smile!

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Welcome to My Rockin Blog!

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Hi all, my name is Michelle and welcome to my rockin blog.  I am a random, often sarcastic, lover of rock music, the color purple, coffee, wine, tattoos, vampires, video games, and of course, my boys!  I have two awesome little men (though my oldest is taller than me now) who have taught me so many things about, well, so many things!  My oldest has High Functioning Autism and my youngest has ADHD.

My rockin blog covers a range of different topics. Autism and ADHD are among them. I also write about mental illness, music, and whatever randomness pops into my scattered brain.

I am a firm believer that having a disability doesn’t have to prevent a person from living his or her life. While I have struggled with my own issues, I have also somehow managed to raise my kids fairly unscathed. I believe in taking action and working to make a difference, even if that difference is a small one.  I strive to think positive by knowing my own strengths and the strengths of my boys. Work to make yourself a better person tomorrow than you were yesterday.  Even when I am at my darkest, I never give up and I never stop learning.  Honestly, I think it’s just not in my DNA.  I work towards living a happy and healthy life and show that there are so many possibilities out there for my kids.

Hense, the start of my rockin blog!

But I don’t raisFacebook-20150221-025442e them alone.  While my marriage may not have worked out, my ex and I have a successful co-parenting relationship that apparently many people don’t really understand and that is okay.  You don’t have to.  What’s important is that my boys have two loving parents who will do anything for them and will always be there for them.  We both agree that the best thing either of us did was create such awesome human beings!

Apart from being a mother, I enjoy hiking, swimming, and cardio kickboxing.  I love being out in nature enjoying the many miraculous gifts this beautiful planet gives us. When I’m not outside and not busy with the kiddos, I play video games, watch horror movies, and write.  I love to write creative fiction.  In fact, my favorite genre is horror/fantasy.  I am an avid reader too!  I mean, really. You should see my book shelf.  I actually need to buy another one!  I am an insightful, but complicated person. Not religious but I am spiritual. History is a passion of mine but within the past few years I have developed an interest in Science.

So, if you are a mom (or dad) who is a parent looking for some inspiration or just to hear something random and maybe funny, I welcome you to read my rockin’ blog and don’t forget to comment.  I love having productive, fun, and thoughtful discussions with people.

Thanks so much for reading!

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