It’s a new day

bloggy birthday
I truly cannot believe that I am embarking on my fourth year of blogging.  To be honest, I didn’t think one bit about the future when I started this endeavor.  I just went for it.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that I started this blog just so I could link up to The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes!  Now that’s funny.

In 2012, I blogged my little heart out.  I showed you every nook and cranny of my life and my home the best I could, not having watched a single tutorial on how to use WordPress.  Maybe I should have sat down and watched some videos, because man, did I spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to figure out this here blog site thingy.

In 2013, I was like a sophomore.  You know, the “I’ve got this” attitude that is something like pride.  I waxed poetic and decided somewhere along the way that I didn’t have to stick to my blog title when writing.  My category list got longer and my tags got ridiculous.  Whatevs.

And in 2014, I got lost.  I don’t know how to describe it, other than to say that I lost my purpose.  I lost my focus, and I almost quit.  I didn’t want to stop because I had become too attached, but I didn’t really know what in the world I was doing anymore.  Enter Bonnie from A Knotted Life.  Sometimes, I don’t take the time to pray.  Crazy, I know.  But somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, The Lord still helps things along the way that He sees fit.  So when I asked a simple question of a new blogging friend, she directed me to someone who really knows her stuff.  Bonnie is knowledgeable and helpful and humble and kind.  She’s a straight talker like me, so I sure hope our friendship grows.  I love me a straight talker.  Thank you, Bonnie, for your wisdom and guidance and kindness.  You are excellent at what you do.

Over the next few weeks or months or however long it takes, I’m going to be making changes to this little blog that could.  I mean, come on!  That header is ginormous!   The list of things that will be moved and moved again is endless, really, but please.  Stick with me.  Hopefully, by the time I have tweaked and changed stuff, you’ll still see what inspired this journey in 2012:  Sometimes I’m a Martha and Sometimes I’m a Mary and if you feel the same way, then maybe this could be a place where you could find some peace, or some inspiration, or some encouragement, or some joy.  That is my prayer.

So Happy Birthday, Blog.  Let’s grow together.

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7 Responses to It’s a new day

  1. Hi Mary! I’m going to confess that it has been a LONG time since I’ve read your blog. I used to spend quite a bit of time blogging and reading blogs at night after everyone was asleep, but since my husband has been sick, I’ve almost completely abandoned the web. But, I love Bonnie so much, and can’t help but love many of the things, people, places, etc. that she loves – so i had to visit your page after she gave props to your blog today. Anyway, I’ve added you to my blog roll, because I really would love to be here more often. I hope you keep writing so we can all be here to celebrate with you next year, and the next and the next. Happy anniversary!! 🙂

  2. Congratulations! And thank you for writing this. As a hopeful blogger who has many ideas, thoughts, activities to-be-able-to-blog about, I don’t even know where to start (or stop!). The worry of starting off on the wrong direction, or losing focus as you say, is preventing me from starting at all. If you have any advice?

    • Hi Kate! Thanks so much for reading, and for asking. I hope all the other bloggers out there who are following this will please chime in. Do you read a lot of blogs? By the time I started blogging, I had been reading blogs that I found interesting and attractive for about four years. Over the course of those four years, I developed an opinion about what I liked about the blogs I read and what I thought I would do differently “if I ever started blogging.” I think this is so so so important! If you don’t have an opinion, it might be difficult down the road to have a point of view that is uniquely yours. Does that make sense?

      Once you start blogging, I recommend writing posts when you feel like it and not writing posts when you don’t. If you’re not “feeling it,” don’t do it. One mistake I’ve made in this regard is to publish too many posts too quickly. I should write a bunch when I’m feeling inspired, and then save them for the days when I don’t feel inspired.

      I should have joined a “blogger support group” a long time ago. There is nothing harder for a social person like me than to feel alone. A friend invited me to a Facebook group very recently, and I am so grateful to have a group of women to turn to when questions arise or when I just need to hear some feedback.

      Be yourself, but don’t share too much. It’s hard to get used to knowing that friends or folks you meet are reading your blog. What makes it easier is having that thought in your head when they see you and say, “I read your post about …” that they don’t know everything. They only know what you choose to reveal. It’s difficult for me when people say, “Your house always looks so perfect!” I immediately go into “self deprecating mode” and I have this strange urge to prove that I can be disorderly. Readers will think what readers will think. Knowing yourself will help you through the awkward moments when you feel personally misread.

      Please, more questions! I am here to help.
      Mary

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