The "blogosphere" is a strange world to enter. There are no real guidebooks or maps. Your starting point may be your first, "hello, is anyone out there?" post, but you have no real idea what the final destination is or what the milestones along the way are (oh, sure, you may THINK you know what they are, but you don't REALLY know what they are). And while there are certainly a lot of statistics (How many readers? How many uniques? How many subscribers? How many return visitors? How many Twitter followers? Blah, blah, blah.), there isn't really a great way to measure your journey through the blogosphere.
So I consider it pure coincidence and happenstance that I ran into a bunch of great bloggers at the beginning of my blogging journey, actually pre-Caffeine And A Prayer and learned about the Silicon Valley Moms Blog Group and the DC Metro Moms Blog. Back then I only had a private, for-the-family-only blog, but I knew I was going to launch a public blog soon. And I decided when I did, I wanted to be able to be a writer for DC Metro Moms.
Of my checklist of things to accomplish with my fledgling blog, receiving SV Moms Blog founder Jill Asher's call was one of my most thrilling.