Blogging: Gratitude & Goals

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So grateful for all of you readers!! πŸ™‚

When I originally started this blog, I had no idea what blogging actually entailed. I pictured it as more of a random scrapbook, until I started reading more established blogs and realized that these things are actually somewhat more organized chaos. I started out searching for traveler and/or expat blogs – kinda looking for ideas I suppose. And it was pretty much a slippery, happy slope from there (smile). I can’t remember exactly what made me decide to take this space more seriously, but I am oh so very glad that I did!

Allow me to say right up front that I am so grateful to everyone that follows along and provides observations, feedback, or even just hits the like button. I came for the information, but I stay for the community (smile) – and I can’t tell you how often you guys really make my day!!

In fact, last month I had a bit of a mini-meltdown that I’m still kind of recovering from. One of the things I found myself questioning was this space and whether to continue with it. I see posts from other bloggers all the time with the same questions – should I continue? in what direction? should I apologize for taking a break? So in a way I feel like I’ve reached a blogger milestone somehow with this little crisis, and I’m relieved and joyful to have come out on this side of things. In all of my bloggy soul-searching, I decided that if I’m to keep going, I really need to set some new goals for myself and this space. So I guess you could say this post is like a forewarning head’s up (smile).

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Do some blog-keeping. I know that I eventually want to move to a completely self-hosted format, so I’m trying to go back through old posts and tidy up a bit. It’s pretty amusing to see how much my posts have changed over time – and it’s really good to see some evolution! I think this will also be helpful for readers old and new (hi!!) searching around for anything specific.

Update information. I’ve been taking notes on the bits and pieces of other blogs that I like in an effort to inspire myself to do some updating. I have a “difficulty” in changing things once I’ve written them to some level of satisfaction, so this one will be fun (smile). I also want to get some better personal photos up around here. As much as I prefer being behind the camera, I also understand the importance of stepping in front once in a while!

Develop templates. I try to maintain as much consistency in my posts as possible, but I know that I can do better. I especially want to do better with my baking posts – I’m not sure I’ll ever be a full-time food photographer, but I can put a little more effort into it. After all, those sweets deserve to look every bit as yummy as they taste!

Be less evasive. I’ve realized that I post some pretty evasive posts on here and I do apologize for that. I understand how annoying that can be sometimes, but the fact of the matter is that most of what I’m “evading” is work-related. I’m hesitant to be too frank on here lest it appear on Google someday. And there are some other things that are just a little scary to share. I can’t make any promises on the work topic ever being very specific, but I will try on the others. Compromise, right?

Write bravely. This goes along with being less evasive. I am, by nature, a pleaser. I rarely speak unless I know the position of everyone at the table first and even then I rarely say – or write – anything very controversial. I adhere to the concept that you get further by persuading people than by arguing with them. However, I have also come to realize that most people do not necessarily agree with that methodology. But part of maturity is owning your own opinions right? There are things I need to own, so #sorrynotsorry if anyone disagrees – just please do so respectfully.

Remember to be flexible. I purposely created this space without a specific niche. I enjoy traveling, photography, baking, reading, crafting, and general life too much to ever stick to any one of those topics. I need to remember that just because the editorial calendar says one thing, that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be shuffled around to suit the mood. And that it really is a quality over quantity space (smile). I’m ready to explore more and get out of the groove – it’s time to ride the wave!

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Blogging: Gratitude & Goals

  1. Absolutely loved this post! I think as a fellow blogger I completely understand this doubt and all and I think it’s human to do this as well! I love reading you (back on the blogosphere now!) and hope you continue! And I loved what you said about the template – I’m quite back for it and admire others who do it!

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    • Thank you!! I so appreciate the reassurance – it helps knowing that I’m not the only one who feels like this some days. It was hard to admit to myself that some of these things need to be done, but I think change and growth are all good in the end πŸ™‚

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  2. Ummm, keep blogging! You have a great writing style that makes people want to read what you say….because it’s real! I have to admit I have been toying with the idea of the self-hosted site also but am hesitant of the migration aspect. It’s awesome you can see how your blog has evolved! That’s a good thing πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you!! I definitely want to keep going. I enjoy the writing and I really enjoy reading/interacting with other blogs/bloggers πŸ™‚
      I’ve been doing a lot of research on the self-hosted migration and have to admit it feels like a big/scary leap right now. I’m hoping for a day when it just feels like the next step. That’s the one thing about blogging, it never gets boring – there’s always something new to learn!

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  3. Interesting. Blogging definitely evolves, and these days, I work with the assumption that whatever I get rid of, or change, is always replaced with something better! That works well….just to keep me going, sometimes!

    Lots of love,

    Fran XXX πŸ˜€

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    • That’s definitely a sound assumption – especially with writing. Being stubborn (and that’s exactly what it is) about editing has always been my downfall, but it’s something I really need to do better with if I want to continue to evolve. Thanks so much for lending some much needed perspective! πŸ™‚

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  4. After 4 years of blogging, I am a firm believer in…You have to write what you feel. It just won’t work otherwise. And yes, I have gone through the whole “To blog, or not to blog.” It takes time, and it takes dedication. In the end, you have to do what ever feels right for you.

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    • You’re right, in the end it does seem to come down to how you feel. It was definitely frustrating to try to force something on the days I was “supposed to.” One thing I did learn is that those days the writing is better left for the journal than the blog. It’s reassuring to know that those periods seem to be fairly normal.

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