I have blogged about simple minimalist living and trying to learn this blogging world for a while now. I started consistently blogging in October of last year (2011). I was thinking back over the last couple months and all the work I have put into it and wanted to write up some stuff on it to share with you. This is the ‘behind the scenes’ 🙂
What I have learned:
- Anyone can do it – if you are interested I would love to help. Check out my blogging tips page
- Overwhelming – there is always something else I want to do with my blog or something else someone else says I should do. There are great blogs out there and great advice that never ends.
- Never perfect – just when I think I have a good post or a good add-on working I find other problems.
- Hard to stick with – I haven’t had to much trouble coming up with things to write about but I am scared that I will. I don’t always feel like writing. Sometimes I feel like going to bed early or playing computer card games 🙂
- So fun to connect with people – I love hearing from people who have been reading my blog in the comments or who e-mail me. Other bloggers have said it as well, but truly meeting and talking to you is the funnest part of blogging.
- Clarifying thoughts – lots of thoughts can float around in my head but to really make sense of them I need to write them out, move paragraphs around, re-write sentences, brainstorm the missing pieces. The process is learning and clarifying and the record on the site helps me remember it.
- Practice Makes Perfect – I need lots more practice to be perfect 🙂 but I have been learning more about writing, spelling, grammar and more by consistently blogging than I did in college. ….probably just more proof people learn what they want to learn better. I have also learned about sticking through with a project. So many self-growth things like exercise, reading, learning a new skill etc are hard to stick with. Blogging is also for self-growth, but because it is being published there is more accountability.
- Stats obsessed isn’t good – it is way to easy to become obsessed with stats. I want to do it for the love of it but people coming and reading makes a bigger difference to me sometimes than it should. I want to write and share who I am and what I believe for the audience that will benefit from it instead of trying to write generic stuff to try and please the biggest group of people.
Still trying to learn
- Balance with life – I have talked about time management and technology management several times on my site. I unplugged for a while and I have set several different schedules and goals for my blogging time. …but I have been on and off executing them properly. I will try and just be on my e-mail once a day but then I will have something I am looking or waiting for that gets me on several times….which then gets me back into bad habits.
- Balance with learning, creating, networking – this is something I have been thinking on lately. It is one thing to split off a specific amount of time for blogging but then how should it be spent? Reading others work? Writing? Networking? All three are important but balancing them is not something I have figured out yet.
- Balance with perfection – how hard to I work on perfecting blog posts or website design?
- Learning and growing personally or whole hog the blog as a business – Now that I have gotten started, should I really try and make a blog business (lots of work for a long time and still really needing luck and talent) or do I just do it for the fun of it? I will say that so far I have made about $20-$25 blogging total. The ebooks make much better money, but just the blogging is harder to make money on unless you are trying to push products pretty hard… which I just don’t want to do. (it is completely against the point of this website ;))
I will say it has been a huge growing experience personally just learning to be myself and voice my opinion. I am usually way to concerned with what people think and find myself trying to tell people what they want to hear instead of what I actually think. The blog has been a way to stretch and exercise who I really am. Then, at the same time, it is super scary. I am afraid that I will offend someone or that people won’t like the way I say things. Just pushing publish on some posts is hard.
I want to thank you so much for coming and reading (if this is your first time by the site, you can be welcomed and thanked as well :)).
Also, I really wanted to ask you what you think on a few things?
- A few months ago I switched themes. What do you think?
- I post on a posting schedule with several topics through the week. What do you think of this? Is there anything you would like to see more/less of? Is it confusing with several topics all together on one blog?
- Is there something else I could do/add to my site that would help support/encourage/motivate you in your simple living?
- Anything else you would like to share?
My goal for the site is for Loving Simple Living to be a little virtual space that is simple and refreshing. I want it to be a place where true priorities and success can be cherished and developed, and where society’s and other’s expectations can be given second place without guilt.