Posted by: The Striped Pearl
Our four month blogiversary is upon us. Sometimes we sisters talk, and we feel like it’s been a lot longer. Sometimes it feels like we just started yesterday. We can’t believe we have over sixty posts under our belt either.
Instead of getting all formal about everything we have learned so far (and thus somewhat repeating last month’s blogiversary post), we are going to summarize our thoughts into ten points.
What have we learned after four months of blogging?
1. From Kelli – Blogging can bring out my best insecurities. We have not publicized our blog to personal friends and family yet. I am not ready for that yet. I think I will second guess everything I am writing once my friends know about our blog. Do you know what I mean? Our current readers are real people. It’s different for me, though, because I haven’t met you all personally. In short, this is also known as fear of being judged. Summary? My insecurities.
2. From Kelli – I really like blogging. It has taken time and effort and much learning and reading, but blogging is worth it to me. I like our blog, and I like where it’s going. I like our ideas. Maybe this is the opposite of point #1. I have fun taking pictures and sharing stories. I have fun seeing other blogs. I enjoy learning about other women and seeing their real lives.
3. From Kristi – Blogging takes a lot of original thinking. Before I started blogging, I felt like I had constant ideas running through my mind of what would be a good blog post. Now that I have a blog to post my ideas in, my mind sometimes feels blank. I think I’m still finding a groove in who I am as a blogger and learning what is an appropriate post for our blog.
4. From Kelli – I have found so many other blogs that I wish I had found years ago. I wish I could sit and have coffee with a few of these ladies that I have found. Prior to blogging, I was drawn primarily to home decorating blogs. Now I am drawn to Life Lived Beautifully and Maggie Whitley’s blog and Under the Sycamore. I don’t seem to find myself comparing our blog to their blogs. I find myself being encouraged by their blogs and reading about these women.
5. From Kristi – It is difficult to have a lifestyle blog without a nice camera and photography skills. I don’t have a camera or photography skills. I’ve learned that even when borrowing my husband’s iPhone, I don’t know how to frame an appealing Instagram photo. This goes hand in hand with my next point, but it has been so very true. People are visual and are drawn to nice images. I’m not sure if this means I’m trying to be a blogger prematurely or if I can only expect to grow as a blogger at the same rate that my photography skills grow.
6. From Kristi – Good bloggers have more honed abilities than what I gave them credit for. When I think about the blogs I’m drawn to, I used to think of them as mostly moms with handy husbands and good taste. Now I realize that although that brief description may be true, they also have photography skills, writing skills, and technical skills. Most of them also have experience in running a small business and sticking to a schedule. Just as it is with any profession, a person with 5 years experience will generally be better at their job than the new person. If I want to be a good blogger, I have a lot of skills to learn.
7. From Kristi – Social media can be a bit much. It is awesome and exhausting. It provides connection and alienation. It eats away unknowingly at your time and takes too much of your scheduled time. If you want your blog to be found, you have to use social media..and a lot of it. I don’t always like using social media. Sometimes I just want to sit back and enjoy the show and not be a part of the show. I think (hope?) as I grow in my confidence level as a blogger, I will be more excited to share with others.
8. From Kelli – I could not blog if I didn’t have the full (and I mean 100%) support of my husband. Blogging takes time. If my husband didn’t understand why I wanted to blog, or if he wasn’t willing to watch the kids some Saturday afternoons, I would not be able to blog. Plus, I need his handyman skills and way smarter brain than mine to complete half of my projects. I doubt I’d have the confidence to try out blogging if it weren’t for him either.
9. From Kelli – Being a mom and blogging has its challenges. Mostly mental for me. I find myself sitting in a circus tent from Ikea, with Mike the big brown bear, and two little boys. I sit there just wishing I could go write a new blog post or go finish my nearly complete triangle quilt. But I can’t. And that’s okay. And that’s the way it should be. I need to be with my boys, and I know I will never regret the times I spend with them. The blog can wait.
10. From Kristi – Writing a blog with a theme of intentional living has been good accountability. I wouldn’t say my life has changed, but I think through things to see if they are a good fit for a blog post. This then causes me to think through my reasonings for doing things. Also, I’ve learned a lot from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom as she posts her goals on her blog. Perhaps as I become more comfortable with my place as a blogger, accountability will be a more integral role of the blog.