I have been hosting my blog for 8 months or so and I have learned a few things, or a lot of things. First of all I have humbly learned that writing a blog is not easy. I incorrectly assumed that my ideas and writing would come easy, I would be able to put together a short blog in an afternoon, and three or four in a week was going to be no problem. It wasn’t, and 8 months in to this thing, it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Start slow and work up to it:
I am usually very good at setting goals, so when I set a goal to write three blog posts per week. I was being a little ambitions- or a lot ambitious. I could hardly find time between the wedding planning and buying and selling houses, spending time with family and friends and my full time job. I felt like I was I was failing at my blog. I hit reset for the month of August and planned for one post per week. If I felt inspired I would write more, and for the time being, I scheduled them for Wednesdays. Even when I had time or an idea for another blog, I waited and scheduled it. Slowing down and not feeling that much pressure made this way more enjoyable.
I felt like I could spend more time and pick projects and topics that I wanted, and I saved some for later, knowing that my life will get crazy busy and I may need to stockpile so posts for future use. I was having so much fun and lack of stress writing that
Maybe next month I will work up to 6 or even 8 posts a month.
When I started my blog, I had a few ideas of blog posts that I would write about. And then the well ran dry. One day I sat down with no ideas, knowing that I needed to meet my goal of 3 posts in a week and I had nothing. Writers block. Lesson learned, now I carry a small note book around with me and write any possible blog idea, or recipe I want to try. When I write the blog I cross it off the list. What I actually found though, is when I sit down and feel inspired to write, I open the book of ideas, and instead of checking something off the list I end up writing about something else.
This blog isn’t making me any money or getting thousands a hits with every post. It is an outlet for me. It might evolve into something later on, but right now. I am working on just enjoying it. I wanted to start writing again, and a blog, like I mentioned in my first post, seemed like less of an undertaking than starting a novel- which has always been on my bucket list.