Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blog Inspiration: Kaliwood Edition

I'm happy to join Helene and Sarah today for a post about what inspires me to write. I also thought this would be a good time to look back at some of my old posts and share some favorites. It's always fun to see what you were writing about a year ago. And since I happen to have a poor memory, this blog has always been a refresher for me of all the fun things I have experienced when I can't quite recall the details! So, here you go..

I started a blog (at the time entitled Kali Talks) in 2008. I was about to embark in a semester abroad so I used it as a way to document my time there and to share stories and photos with my family and friends back home. I lived in Dijon, France, but visited many places like Paris, Versailles, Munich, Rome, Milan, and Barcelona. This was before I knew anything about the blog-o-sphere that I do today. This was pre GFC numbers, giveaway, sponsor ads, link ups, etc.

I started my blog up again when I had been home for a while because I truly love to write and like to use this little space as an outlet for whatever I want. It was a time of big change for me as I graduated college, got a big-girl job, lost and found love, and really started out on my own.

After that the blog fell off for a while. I was living life. I was experiencing the independence of being kicked out of the nest, loving my job, working my ass off, and having a blast with new friends. I don't regret taking a break at all.

Last fall was when I decided to refocus, revamp, and come back with a vengeance. So, Kaliwood was born and I started to become a real blogger. The kind that we know in today's world.

Unlike the lucky few, Kaliwood hasn't gone viral. With that being said, I'm still amazed by the number of people who read my blog and I love that I can reach out to a few hundred people each time I put myself out there. So, thank you to those of you who have been here from the beginning, or those who are new Kaliwood residents. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

My blog inspirations come from everyday life. A lot of the reason I came back was because I would get these ideas or opinions and needed an outlet that was longer than 140 characters. I guess this is my soap box. I will get ideas when I'm just in the shower thinking, or walking the dog, or in the middle of the night. I have to run to my phone to jot notes down so I don't forget. (Inspiration really hits me at the most inappropriate times, really. Thanks for that.)

Here's a list of some things that make my fingers fly across the keyboard and some of my favorites to go along with them... (in no particular order)

Whenever you stop by Kaliwood for a visit you can check out my TOP POSTS page. I update this regularly with the most popular posts that get a lot of traction. Also, check my left side bar at the bottom to view posts by category.

What inspires you?

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  1. i'm excited to peruse the kaliwood neighborhood! i will definitely start with the top posts page!

  2. Hi Kali! I'm stumbling on your blog from the link up and am very excited to get to know you. I've been in the blog limbo before. Ware is the Vodka?!? was a complete new start for me from my previous blog and my first venture to actually be myself. It's a huge relief from the past.

  3. I love this post! It's so sincere and honest. Everybody def wants to be one of the lucky ones who goes viral. Love your blog. Stopping by from the link up!

  4. I hear ya about needing more than 140 characters. I feel like i have so much to say all the dang time but my dogs aren't very good at having conversations with me!

  5. looking at old posts is GREAT inspiration!! i love looking back on my blog other blogs etc and seeing how they started!

  6. I think its awesome that you have this to look back at your adventures. I've always kept a journal (there are volumes at my mother's house), and blogging is a fun extension of that. New (ish) follower; can't wait to read more!

  7. my blog has gone through many transformations as well; usually when something huge has happened, i change themes or names. these days, i blog because i'm inspired by fitness, work (more rants, than anything else) and whatever else comes to mind.

    popping by from the linkup!

  8. I so enjoy reading your blog. You are very witty and have such a great outlook. I've only been a resident of Kaliwood for a couple of weeks, as I've only had my blog for 6 weeks! But I look forward to reading your future posts!


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