Pretty simple. That was my idea when I originally jumped into blogging. I have complicated the whole process for myself. I have stressed way too many times and tried to be more than what I am comfortable with at times. I wanted to express my thoughts and creativity with others. It was created as a 'me' thing to relax and do for enjoyment. I take breaks here and there because life happens. I blog in real life...to me that means that I am blogging within the week or day of a published post. Yes, one reason is that I just don't have that much content and the other is me being a procrastinator. As my kids get older, it really seems like there is more to do and I get less done. I have spent way too much time with blog related things...hobbies are supposed to be fun and enjoyable.
My kids were home for a week and a half and yes, I felt like a crazy person every day they were home. However, I love them so very much and spending so much time with them made me realize that I need to do more with them. I have been doing so many other things and it should be with them. By keeping it a hobby, it brings it back to the basics and give me more time to focus on better quality in my posts that I want to express and share most. It gives me more family time and time to do the things I really need to be doing.
o My original intent was list and series posts. Those are the ones that I am most fond of. I get impatient and post many projects individually when I could work them into a list. This will be something you will see more of this upcoming year.
o I won't lie....I LOVE traffic from Pinterest. Seeing Pinterest within the top 3 of my traffic sources makes my heart happy. A sense of accomplishment, even though it is small, it is so very exciting for me.
o I am interested in the series posts and hope to get my foot in the door on that one this year. Additionally, a longer term goal would be to invite others to do it with me.
*Future-orientated fear- My biggest fear and lack of the 'go-getter' spirit in blogging is the fate of nothing happening. No linkers, readers, comments. I avoid doing lists and it took me a while to do my own link up for the fear of no one coming to link up and hop around. To me it feels like failure or poor content if I lack linkers and people that want to interact with me.
o Since I am not making money, I decided that it is pretty pointless for me to force out continuous posts
M-F and it be a hobby. They can only go together if I am ready and am confident in the material within the post. So for now on, I may post 2 posts in a week or even more at others times, depending on how the week is going. I hope that more posts will be the case, but I won't sweat it.
o Developing friendships by commenting and connecting- I have a list of other blogs that I really enjoy reading their blogs and connecting with them. I go through phases of being able to comment on all of their posts and other times I run out of time. I don't know how some people do it. I do make an effort to comment on other blogs, but often times it is once or twice a week in a long stream of back to back blog visits and commenting. I feel like it helps me write a more personal comment. Once upon a time in my time blogging, I spent a large amount of time linking up and visiting other blogs, but it really made me feel like I was living on the computer. With doing blog content, editing photos and regular life it just eats up so much time. I am really realizing that commenting and visiting other blogs is really the only way to actually develop a close relationship with other bloggers. A bloggers writing is something personal and comes from within, which is the best way to connect on a more personal level.
Personal Blog Connections- When I originally started blogging, I had the plans of doing post only articles and my blog not being a personal blog at all. I had no interest in me or my family being in my blog. It took a really long time to include personal details and personal photos, especially of my children. It freaked me out to put their photos on the internet. I wanted a tutorial type blog. I got overwhelmed with pushing out creations so I could post them and some of them were not fun because I rushed through it. Now, I couldn't imagine not being a personal part of my blog and giving it a personality. I then connected with quite a few great bloggers and it changed my thought on the whole not connecting personally to my blog. How can others get to know you and enjoy your content if they have no way to relate to you on any level if you say nothing about yourself or your life? They can't.
Blogging groups- I moved through a few different larger "blogging groups" before I ended up where I am right now. I couldn't figure out where I wanted to be, needed to be or where I felt like I fit best. I really feel like these semi-private blogging groups exist. You can tell a blogging group, because it seems as if a certain group always stick together in all they do, they partner together for projects or other things, they hop together and associate within the group the most. Some group bloggers join in with other groups and others have no group. The first 2 groups I feel like I tried to connect with were not enjoyable and didn't seem to have time for outsiders. I may be wrong, but for me that is how I have perceived it. I now enjoy a mix of connections within different groups. Some are crafting, creating, baking, sweets, organizing, personal and family. Everyone should do what works for you.
My want of the year: To further grow the connections with the bloggers in whom I already interact with and enjoy their blogs. I will take quality blogging friendships over quantity any day.