Ok, I’m simply all aflutter. Seriously! I do this blog because its so much fun and I’ve learned so much from reading others blogs. While I write for my own amusement and to have a textual/pictoral “diary” of my life, it has meant so much to me to find out that others actually read what I wrote and LIKED it. So many times, just when I think nothing I have to say could possibly matter to anyone, I get the nicest comments and encouragement.
One of those who always has an encouraging word and a listening ear is Bridgett from Ramblings of an Uncluttered Mind . From helping me with my knitting oopsies, to tossing in a suggestion on a project, to helping me figure out FB (winks) she has been a good friend and someone I’m thrilled to have gotten to know. Thanks Bridgett!
Now.. 7 things to know about me…
1. I’d never so much as looked at a blog until 2 years ago and could not for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to. (now I’m totally hooked!)
2. I know how to play, and read for, 13 musical instruments.
3. I had a chance to study in England with a composer friend of my music professor. I wanted to be a conductor and was studying theory and composition.
4. The worst job I ever had was as a blueberry picker. ALLLL day in the hot sun to end up with enough money to buy my cigarettes for the week. (back when they were $.75 in the machine and $.55 at the store)
5. I didn’t have a girly girl bone in my body until I hit menopause. Now it’s just disgusting.
6. I can hawk a lugey with the best of them. I get both loft and distance.
7. When I was a little girl (5 or 6 years old) I got chased by a goose that was taller than I was and bit on the butt. I haven’t liked or trusted geese since.
15 Blogs I’m Nominating for this lovely award. I can’t wait for this part! These are in no particular order. Each of these sites have inspired me, made me hungry, made me think, made me laugh and caused more trips to Walmart to pick up some item or another that I needed to try a project they shared! Thanks to all of you!
2. Cozy Rambles
3. Dianne Faw
13. Season’s Girl
15. Craving Comfort
I just wasn’t feeling the other one. The yellow was pretty, but the pictures were not as clear as I wanted and I just didn’t like how the header looked. So tonight I redid the entire thing. Liking this one a lot. You just never know what you will see when you open this blog, huh? lol.
Well, you made it to the end — congratulations! Now is the perfect time to reflect on your 2011 in blogging, and your goals for 2012.
Here are eleven questions to help you determine your blogging strategy for the new year:
- Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge?
- Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge.
- How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge?
- Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not?
- What type of blogging strategy works best for you?
- If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently?
- What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?
- Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge.
- What surprised you about the challenge?
- What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly?
- What are your blogging goals for 2012?
1. I was looking for something to help spur me on with ideas and to make sure I didn’t get too lazy.
2. My blog was, and still is, pretty new. I am not an experienced blogger so there is a learning curve to be sure. My blog was fairly bare.
3. I think my blogging has improved somewhat. I try to make sure there is some direction to my post, something worth reading. Sometimes I fail at that and its just a rambling mess, but I’ve been trying to improve on that.
4. I’m part of Postaweek and yes, I’ve kept to that. I often post more than one thing, but so long as I make my one a week, I’m happy with myself.
5. I don’t have a strategy really. I blog what comes to me or what has inspired me; prompts, events, others posts, etc.
6. I wish I would have found this sooner.
7. What I’ve been learning as I tried to make the blog better. It’s fun to have something to aim for.
8. I didn’t understand, and am still trying to learn how, to find other blogs. I spent the first couple months not really seeing anyones blogs unless they found me first. Now I go out looking for them and am having fun discovering new blogs. I spend a lot of time over at Whimseytopia@wordpress.com and Northernnarratives@wordpress.com . Two new blogs I’ve been enjoying is firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . All of them are run by folks who seem to be as quirky as me and good senses of humor about things. We all need a laugh now and then and to know what we are not alone in our oopsies, booboos, uhohs and wow cools.
9. How much I’ve enjoyed doing it. I wasn’t sure I could. I failed rather miserably at Nanowrimo, so I was nervous about trying this next.
10. Read others blogs. You would be surprised at how many ideas spawn from reading others experiences, insights and ramblings. Also, watch the prompts. I don’t use them all the time, but sometimes they are just the push I need to think of something to write.
11. I truly would like to expand my subscriptions and make my blog look its best. Its nice to say, I’m going to blog for me, to write my own thoughts down, but it really does make one feel good when others read your stuff and can find something in it that speaks to them, encourages them, makes them laugh, etc. I’ve found that far more fulfilling than I really thought I would. I also want to become a better subscriber and do the same for others folks out there.
Even if you didn’t do the postaday or postaweek thing you could answer these questions. How do you feel about your blogging experience over the last year? or more?
I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011 and 2012.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
Ok, yes this is a sample post that I used, but I do think it would be a fun idea. I’ve been trying to become more active and this should be a fun way to start. There is also post a day, but I already knew I wouldn’t keep up with that yet. (see post about nanowrimo. lol)
Anyway, join up if it sounds fun to you, too!
Thanks for all your patience with the renovations. I’ve tried a ton of designs and finally found one I really like a lot.
My issues were with the skinny widths that most of them are. I don’t want someone reading my stuff to have to be constantly scrolling down to read the whole thing. This one is wide enough without being too wide for comfortable, easy reading.
I also wanted custom headers. I want to be able to put up pictures that I like, or that match the season or whatever. Some of them didn’t look as nice as I wanted, or were so narrow that you could barely fit anything into it. This one is a bit taller so that you can actually make a decent piccy for there.
I also wanted my backgrounds to be independent of the writing area. This way no matter what background I put on, it won’t interfere with being able to read the text. I also love the gradient effect that is built into this one and it makes any background I’ve played with so far look dimensional and great.
So… what do you all think? Btw, if someone could test my email button I would appreciate it. <grins>