(This post is part of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge – Today is brought to you by the Letter J!)
Today I want to talk to you about the other person behind my blog.
See, I am the Take Action Wahm… but if it weren’t for this other person, I probably wouldn’t be here doing this at all.
Jackie Lee is my BFF, my mentor, my blog buddy. She blogs over at It’s a Wahm Life – if you’re having trouble finding the happy places in your life, you should check her out!
It’s crazy, because here I am in Peru, and there she is in Kansas – we’ve only had the opportunity to actually meet once.
See, it all began when I first started blogging. I was looking online for help, trying to find any information on how to actually do this and start making some money, when I found Jackie’s blog. She was a mom with a toddler at home, and was doing exactly what I wanted to do – I was hooked!
I started commenting on her blog, asking questions. Then I started emailing her. Then – she started a forum, which I joined because I was like “$10 a month and I can pick her brain constantly? I’m in!” At that point, she was totally a mentor for me in creating my first money-making blog.
As the years moved along, other topics started creeping into our conversations. We’d talk about our kids a LOT. And we started talking about husbands… and our mothers… and before you knew it, we were on skype together every day, just chatting like friends do.
But Jackie and I have a second layer to our friendship – through it all, we’ve grown together as bloggers. Over the years, we haven’t just been BFFs, we’ve also been “bloggy buddies” – we bounce ideas off each other, we support each other, we share ideas and thoughts. We proofread each other’s ebooks, we tell each other when “those design colors just aren’t working for me”. We give gentle reminders if we see the other one losing sight of their main focus – or if we think that the current main focus maybe isn’t the right one.
And on top of it all, we hold each other accountable. There were days when I didn’t want to do something – but I told Jackie I was going to, so I did it anyway. There were times when I thought about quitting, but I didn’t want to let Jackie down.
And there’s the point of this – I think every blogger needs a Jackie. A friend that you can trust that’s going to tell you the truth about your blog; a friend that’s going to hold your butt to the fire when you’re slacking; a friend that will support you when your mom and your husband are “suggesting” that maybe you need to get a “real job”.
Someone that lets you know you’re going in the right direction – and will tell you when you aren’t.
It’s really important to surround yourself with people on a similar mission as you. That’s why I truly believe that all bloggers should have a blog buddy, or even a small mastermind group to belong to. Blogging can be lonely, and it’s really hard when there’s no one in your life that really understands your frustrations or your successes. Having another blogger or group of bloggers to talk to can absolutely make the difference between your success or failure with your business.
They say that you are the average of the 5 people you’re closest to. I’m glad I’ve got Jackie raising the bar on my average 🙂
Have you got a Jackie?
PS: If you need a group of blogging buddies, join us in the Tribe on Facebook!