Blogger Success Bulletin Issue #2: Four More Blog Success Stories

July 8, 2015


Hello bloggers!

Welcome to issue #2 of the Blogger Success Bulletin, a monthly publication from Build Your Own Blog where you get to see real blog success stories, meet inspiring new bloggers representing many different niches–all of them on the path to reaching their dreams and finding freedom.

You also get their stories and advice to those who have not yet started blogging, new bloggers and even providing inspiration to experienced bloggers like me.

Yes, for me, putting the BSB together is a highlight of my month. Because the stories I get to share bring tears to my eyes and fill my heart with emotions that can only be felt through acts of service.

I learn from these blog success stories as much as anyone.

The BSB is a humbling project in a good way. I love getting to know the readers here at Build Your Own Blog. Sharing their blogs is a LOT of fun!

I want you the reader to enjoy this also–and learn some helpful blogging tips along the way.

Sound good?

Let’s dive into the BSB, Issue #2!

Blog Success Stories – Real People. Different Niches.

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Blogger: Jason Giovenco-Montano

Blog: The Hunter In Me

Jason Giovenco-Montano loves hunting wild game. Then after each traipse through the woods, he writes down his thoughts and experiences in a journal.

If you enjoy the sport of hunting, check out his blog!

This lifelong passion for hunting is something Jason never expected to be sharing online.

Starting with my Build Your Own Blog setup guide, he now proudly displays the Blog Boss Badge on the lower end of his home page.

It looks like this:

Blog boss badge

His blogging story is quite remarkable. Here’s an excerpt from a recent email he sent me:

“For years, I always liked to write my experiences from the outdoors in a journal.  Never thought that I would share them with the outside world.

When I met my wife, I would always come home and share my stories with her, sometimes even reading them to her after I wrote them in my journal.  While I was being hospitalized and living away from my home for more than two months, fighting a second battle with cancer as well as going through a transplant, my wife approached me one day about sharing my stories with the outside world.

She told me that even though she herself didn’t or couldn’t share my passion, she could feel it in my stories.

As I sat in my hospital room, she told me that she would support me a 100% if I wanted to pursue it and said that she really believed that I could be successful.  During the enormous amounts of time I had to think about it I surfed the internet.  While searching, I found your website (Build Your Own Blog) and the way you brought “blogging” to my attention really added to the encouragement.

The very next day after I got released from the hospital I began to brainstorm.  After that, it just all started to come together.

Still a work in progress but boy am I having fun!”

A word of advice to all the fence sitters.

When I asked Jason for one piece of advice he would give to someone thinking about starting a blog, this is what he said:

“If you really feel passionate about what you want to blog about and you enjoy sharing your experiences then you should consider taking that next step so you can share that passion with the outside world. I am going to go through the steps again and see if I can iron some things out on my blog.  The SEO blogs are really going to help me and the “Blog Boss Badge” is certainly a badge of honor.”

Build Your Own Blog salutes your tenacity and courage, Jason!


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Blogger: Andrew Hood

Blog: The Weekly Tipping Point

“You can perfect anything over time but you need to start somewhere.”

What a golden piece of advice.

That’s just part of Andrew’s answer when I asked him his top tip for newbie bloggers.

“For me it is about total immersion in the topic for a short period and acting. You can perfect anything overtime but you need to start somewhere. I wrote about starting my blog here.”

Andrew has been a friend of Build Your Own Blog for many months now, and started from the beginning with the setup guide. I have noticed Andrew’s steady determination to succeed. He keeps learning, day by day, never seeming to get too high or too low in the process. He is taking action.

“I’ve had many people say to me that they want to write a blog also ‘one day’,”  he wrote to me recently. “In the end they rarely do.”

If you want to be a blogger, start today. Perfection comes later. That’s what Andrew has figured out.

Think about where you could be 6 months from now if you started blogging something.

“[Build Your Own Blog] helped me greatly already just getting everything off the ground,” said Andrew.

Way to go, Andrew Hood!


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Blogger: Bernadetta Syzmarek

Blog: Mój sposób na życie / Meine Lebensart  (My Lifestyle)

She’s a food blogger, matriarch of a polish family, living on the border of Germany and Luxembourg.

Not surprisingly, her blog is written in Polish and German–which helps her daughters and friends, both in Germany and Poland, read the recipes and lifestyle blogs she creates! “My daughters will be leaving home in the next couple of years and I want them to have access to all these recipes,” Bernadetta shared with me by email.

This talented lady speaks four languages, actually. “In practice we have 3 languages used at home (not to mention English for business).”

I only speak English for business and well, everything else, thus needing an online translation tool to figure out the name of her blog–which makes this compliment coming from her one I treasure: “If it wasn’t for your blog this would have remained a project for the next couple years.”

Thank you, Bernadetta! Happy to help you get your blog rolling much faster than if you were all alone.


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Blogger: Julie Barrett

Blog: Butterflies, Beauty & Blossoms

Battling fibromyalgia since 2007, Julie Barrett started blogging in 2014 as a means to gaining strength and healing during this challenging part of her life.

She also wants her blog to help others facing this misunderstood disease.

Recently, she added the Blog Boss Badge to her site. “I’ve added it to the footer so it appears on every page.”

Thanks, Julie. You are a great example for all bloggers facing tough personal challenges.

So what is her one tip she’d give to a new blogger?

“In terms of one tip I would give people who are hesitant to start their own blog is: Don’t be intimidated by designing your own blog.  It may seem scary at first, especially if you’ve never done anything like it before, but by following the steps on Build Your Own Blog, you are guaranteed success.  Matt is there every step of the way to answer various questions and give advice.  There is nothing to fear.  Jump in with both feet!  In the end, you will be amazed at all you can do with your blog.

I still can’t believe I designed my own website and blog! (All thanks to you!)”

BSB Blog Tips Review

Before closing this issue of the Blogger Success Bulletin, here is a concise list of the blogging tips for beginners found in this issue.

Beginner Blogger Tips

1. Don’t be intimidated about designing your own blog. Matthew is here to help you.

2. Your blog can contain two (or more) languages if that works for your audience.

3. Just start. You can improve and perfect things later. This is a process.

4. If you have a topic you’re passionate about, then take a step of faith and share it online. Share the light inside you with the world.



My hope is that you gained some great inspiration and tips while reading these blog success stories.

Aren’t these four bloggers incredible? Look at how each one is overcoming heady obstacles to pursue their blogging dreams. For their efforts, each of them is receiving back emotional deposits that they would not be getting if they were still sitting on the fence, following the planning and hoping, wishing to one day, down-the-road, once everything is perfect then I’ll start my blog crowd.

Be different.

What does that require?

A pinch of courage mixed with a dash of vision.

Like all these bloggers are telling you–start blogging.

Because I want to see you one day featured in a future issue of the Blogger Success Bulletin.

Contact me if you need help.

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Jason Giovenco-Montano says:    •   5 years

    After I discovered “Build Your Own Blog”, it was a matter of time before my passion for sharing my stories was reborn!

    For seven months now, I have been enjoying myself so much with my new found passion of blogging! Every day, it seems that I can’t wait to share my thoughts, my stories, my passion of hunting!

    Whether I am at work or at home, it seems that the “wheels” in my head are constantly turning and driving me to share, share, share. If it is not through my website, it is through social media. If it is not through social media, it is through my website. It is never ending and so addictive! But that is a great thing and it has been so rewarding!

    I am meeting so many people who share the same passion and can feel my passion for my niche. I feel, I know that this new found passion is developing into something more than just a fun hobby and that makes it very exciting!

    Ultimately, the end result is that I can share my stories, my experiences, my passion with others. Sharing those are more important to me than anything else and blogging has made it all possible!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Love your story, Jason! I’m happy to hear this site has been helpful for you. Can’t wait to see how your blog develops over the next year!

  2. Andrew Hood says:    •   5 years

    Special thank you to Matthew for listing my site on this great list. If my blog is any type of success it is because of his wonderful Build your own blog website that got me started.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      My pleasure, Andrew! Look forward to watching The Weekly Tipping Point continue to rise!

  3. Dr. Rin Porter says:    •   5 years

    These are great stories. It is an honor to read about these bloggers and the challenges they have faced. I don’t know how you found them, but I’m glad you did. Learning about their blogs has enriched my perspective. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the BSB, Dr. Rin! You were in the first issue, so you’ll always be a part of its success. I enjoy so much sharing these stories so people can know it’s going to be okay, you can do it! 🙂
      Have a great weekend!

  4. Adrienne says:    •   5 years

    Great stories of success Matthew and how they’ve been able to take what they’re passionate about and bring that online. With the help of your courses they’ve been able to make that a little easier for them. I only wish I’d had something like that when I first started my blog. It was all by trial and error and a lot of pulling my hair out so having something like this is place is HUGE.

    Really appreciate you sharing these with us and I do wish everyone the very best moving forward. Sounds like they’re already having the time of their lives.

    Enjoy your weekend and I’m off to share this one with my friends.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author


      Thank you for sharing these stories! These guys and gals deserve some recognition for taking the first step! They started. That’s the biggest hurdle.
      Don’t you love Jason’s enthusiasm? Andrew’s consistency? Bernadetta’s warm heart? Julie’s courage?
      They really are having the time of their lives. So true.

      Have a fun weekend, Adrienne.

      1. Adrienne says:    •   5 years

        Hey Matthew,

        I agree and I applaud them all for moving forward and bringing their passions online. Glad to hear they’re all having the time of their lives too.


  5. Phoenicia says:    •   5 years

    Thank you for sharing.

    These bloggers have overcome great difficulties which they are happy to share with the world.

    For blogging to be a real success, a blogger must be passionate about their topic.

    I like the statement from the first blogger;
    “So many people say they want to start a blog and rarely do”.

    Today is the day, you can always perfect your blog as you go along.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Hi Phoenicia!
      Hearing how this inspired you gets me inspired. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  6. Julie Barrett says:    •   5 years

    Thanks for featuring my blog, Matt! Your newsletter, like your website, is great! 🙂 Julie

  7. Don Purdum says:    •   5 years

    Hi Matthew,

    Very inspirational!!!! I really appreciate the perspective that Jason brought up; “just get started.”

    Blogging and marketing is a learned skill. That means as we learn so does our abilities, skills and the way we use this tool.

    Thanks for the introduction to a few new bloggers!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Hi Don,
      Glad this really fired you up! 🙂 Every time someone takes the plunge into blogging, I get inspired too!! I’ll introduce you to some more bloggers in a few weeks. 😉

      — Matthew

  8. Julie Barrett says:    •   5 years

    Hi Matt,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have only been blogging for two and a half months now. I started my blog at the end of April 2015. (You have 2014 in your newsletter) Just wanted to clarify. I’m still very new to the game! 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Hi Julie,
      Wow! That’s even more inspiring! 🙂 You are definitely new to the game but off to a fabulous start. Thanks for the kind words about this website and I wish you much more success! Keep in touch.


  9. Lane Mazur says:    •   5 years

    Hi Matt,
    I am so encouraged by reading these success stories. I know I am close to getting a few more kinks out, then my site will be up and published. Then I’ll look back and say:”Wish I’d done this ages ago!” Congrats to all of you with your success stories. Hope to catch up soon!
    best regards,

  10. Timothy Anzaku says:    •   4 years

    I stumbled on your blog today and I’m so glad I did! Writing is my passion and there is this burden in my heart to share a part of my life through blogging. But procrastination is my biggest foe. I have been greatly inspired by this success stories and your passion for blogging, and I can’t wait to give procrastination a ‘technical knockout’! I have bookmarked this blog and It’s sure gonna be my ‘daily tonic’.