I was recently selected to receive a Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which recognizes bloggers “who work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place.”
I have my friend Moreen Torpy to thank for this honor. If you’re a long-time reader of Your Organizing Business, you probably know Moreen as a guest blogger and frequent contributor to the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, as well as the author of Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In.
Moreen, thank you very much for this recognition. It means a lot to me!
Why I design websites and write a blog for professional organizers
I had my first taste of web design back in the 1990s. One of my husband’s colleagues in the IT department had a side business creating websites, and taught me the basics so he could subcontract some of the work to me. I designed a site for my sister and a few years later I created one for my organizing business. I began offering website design as a service a year or so after that, and since then I’ve become quite passionate about creating websites that capture the unique essence of each client and her business.
As that side of my business grew, I no longer had the time and flexibility to take on organizing jobs, but I maintained a close connection to the organizing industry and the relationships I formed during that time. For that reason, when I decided to start a new blog for a course I was taking, it made sense to tap into my existing knowledge base and audience.
A few lesser known things about me
I’m an introvert, and my personality type is ISTJ. This means that I prefer email to phone calls, one-on-one get-togethers to large gatherings, and am quite content to sit and work on my computer or read for hours on end.
I’ve been self-employed full-time longer than I’ve worked anywhere else.
I’ve also lived in my current home longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in my entire life.
I was born and grew up in Toronto (Etobicoke, to be specific) and lived in Caledon East and Orangeville before settling in Hamilton, Ontario 25 years ago. You could probably drive the full circle in under 3 hours.
I recently became a grandmother to twin boys.
Pay it forward
I read a lot of blogs for entertainment, for education, and to stay in touch with my online community. Since you’re here, I’m assuming you do too, so here are a few that I recommend.
I’m pleased to pass on the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to:
Julie Bestry – Paper Doll
If you’re looking for a quick inspirational thought to begin your day, don’t go to Julie’s blog. But if you want well-researched coverage of a particular organizing topic, complete with images, videos and links, Julie’s your girl.
Elizabeth Hagen is a motivational speaker and business coach, and I’ve been following her since I read about her 30 Ideas for Business Success session at NAPO2013. What I like about her blog is the way she injects stories from her own life to illustrate lessons. She also proves that you don’t have to write a full article each and every time you blog.
Linda Samuels – The Other Side of Organized
Whenever I’m talking to someone about reader engagement, Linda’s name always comes up. She really puts forth the effort to initiate conversations with her readers and encourage ongoing discussion, both on her blog and on social media. Her posts are always insightful and accompanied by beautiful photos which Linda has taken herself.
Please note that many of my clients are excellent bloggers, but I didn’t think it would be fair to single out any particular client or mention blogs that I may have had a hand in.
If you have a blog, you know how important it is to receive reader feedback, so please check out Julie’s, Elizabeth’s and Linda’s blogs. If you like what you see, leave a comment, share some posts on social media, and maybe even become a subscriber!
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