I Heart NYC and Living Large

Congratulations, Kerry! You’ve won the copy of The Green Year! Please contact me ASAP at fivecoat@ozarkmountains.com with your snail mail address!


Living in Our Little House and creating Living Large has brought us so many unique opportunities.

For example, thanks you to, the readers, Living Large has been so successful, I was asked last fall by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) to moderate a panel on “Creating your Blogging Niche” this week at their national conference in New York City.

NYC is one of my favorite places to visit although I haven’t been in some years.

When I was getting my work all done this weekend and trying to prepare the house, the dogs and the husband for the pet nanny/house sitter to take over the daily chores here while I’m gone, I was thinking about what I would tell aspiring bloggers about what makes Living Large click.

Of course, I have a line up of fantastic speakers for my panel that will be sharing about their blogs, including Roxanne Hawn who frequents Living Large and writes Champion of my Heart, but I will also throw in my thoughts at some point:

  • Definitely one of the main points that make Living Large work is the fact that living smaller and more sustainable is a hot trend. I hope by putting our experiences out there, it will help people who are living in small quarters or a more sustainable life, learn from our successes and our mistakes!
  • I also try to write about “universal” experiences. Someone may not have the same exact experiences as we are having, but I hope most of my posts make people think, “I know what that’s like,” or “I can relate to that.”
  • Finally, the greatest thing I believe about Living Large is that I envisioned a true community when I launched it. I didn’t want to be sitting here writing to the masses without interaction from people who visit, be it for every post or a few times a month or even less often. I wanted the community to feel a part of something and interact, not just comment and receive no response.

It isn’t always easy coming up with posts, but just thinking about the Living Large community made me so happy this past weekend. I cannot wait to get out and share about our blog this week!

And if you’re in the NYC area this week, the conference isn’t just for established professional writers. They are having quite a few panels and workshops on blogging, social media and other genres of writing for every level of writer. It would really make my day to see at least one of our LL community there!

Do you have any thoughts on what makes Living Large a frequent cyberspace destination or have ideas that could make our community even better?

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11 Responses

  1. Tanille says:

    Hi Kerri, I wish I had known. Congrats on your success. I was the one that you interviewed for the Mainstreet Article and I have to tell you our news! We were on the Nate Berkus show this past week ( Tentative airdate is June 7th) we were able to show our little trailer that we are so proud of . It was such a blast. I know you had a post on here before about the Nate Berkus show. If you have another opportunity go for it! The people that we worked with were so wonderful and down to earth it was truly a blast! Yay for small spaces!!!

  2. Alexandra says:

    I hope you have a good time. Sorry I cannot be there. Liked what you wrote about community. My blog is niche, too, but different in that it is about a place and living green in that place. I will look forward to your report on the conference. Wish I could be there!

    • Kerri says:

      Wish you could be there too! I think it’s going to be one of those great conferences that sparks a lot of creativity!

  3. Olivia says:

    Oops……..I mean I LIKE your blog.

  4. Olivia says:

    The reason I ike your blog so much, Kerri, is that you are not “preachy”. As Mary said, you “share” your thoughts but are wonderfully open minded and tolerant of dissenting opinions, unlike too many other bloggers. Sometimes I feel that they think they have the only truth or only right way so I have given up reading most of their blogs.

    Congratulations and I hope you have a wonderful time in the Big Apple. I have never been to NYC but would love to visit it sometime.

    • kerri says:

      Thank you, Olivia. I’m glad to read that. I’ve been accused of being very “opinionated.” Maybe we all are, but I feel there’s always something to learn, even from dissenting opinions! 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes. I’m really looking forward to it now.

  5. Kerri, congratulations on your trip to New York and the success of your blog. I believe your blog is a success because you share so much helpful information, you don’t beat to death one subject and most of all you share who you really are; a wonderful person. Keep up being you and have a safe trip. Take pictures and information on blogging to share.
    Mary Nida