Then my friend was like, " Well, I dont know the blog, but I know there is a family in that ward that has twins. Then the inner turmoil started. No, I KNEW these were her kids because one of her twin daughters has a birthmark on her forehead. I remembered it from this post. WHY do I know this much about someone I have never met?!? How cool though would it be to meet Shelley? But what would I say? What if its not even her kids. Then I decided to look and see if the girls mom was coming down the hall. (stalker mode) "Oh my gosh, its totally her." My friend was out in the hall with me the whole time, she started to urge me to talk to her. " Janean, you should totally say something." "No way. What the heck am I going to say? Hey. I know you dont know me, but... I saw your kids, I really love your blog?" Right, cuz that doesnt sound stalkery... Then she started walking towards me, she walked right past me. I remember thinking, Hmm, shes shorter in person. (weird) and then I felt a sickening in my stomach. I had missed my opportunity. My heart started pounding... I turned around and tapped her on the shoulder.... Word vomit ensued...
"Hi, I really love your blog."
"Oh, thank you"
"Yeah I saw your kids, and new you had to be here."
(umm, who says that? SO embarrassing)
"Oh, thanks... Whats your name?"
"Oh its so nice to meet you Janean. We're just here visiting my sister."
"How fun. What ward is she in?"
(another dumb thing to say)
Then we talked for like 5 more seconds and she had to leave.
I felt like I had totally botched a great opportunity. What I really wanted to say was
"You are such an amazing blogger, and I really love all that you have done. You have accomplished so much with your blog and are such an inspiration to me. You are one of the reasons I really started to pursue blogging. I love the opportunities that can come from it and think you are a great person and an excellent business woman. I just really started going full force with my blog about 6 months ago. What have you learned that you can share with me?"
But no, I took the stalker, weirdo route and told here I knew who her kids were. So, I am here to try to redeem myself. Shelley, if you are reading this, please tell me, and all my readers, what are the top 5 pieces of advice you can give to help build a blog? What have you learned along the way and wish some one would have told you?
Basically, if you knew then, what you know now, what would you tell yourself?
Here's to hoping she answers.