I started this blog about one month ago. I had originally thought about starting one last fall but talked myself out of it. I guess the whole start of a new year was enough to motivate me to start thinking about it again. So here I am. Here is what I have learned so far through my blogging journey:
Blogging is Fun!
I have had a blast putting recipes together, crafting with my kids, and writing in general. I love feeling creative and getting out of my day to day rut. Crafting, cooking, pictures, list making….these are a lot of my favorite things!
Photography is hard, really hard.
You see all these beautiful pictures all over the internet. When I got ready to post one of my first recipes, I thought I would snap a few pictures and be done. That is easier said than done. I even have a pretty good camera and still was not happy with how my pictures were turning out. I have an even higher respect now for those who do photography as a business. I could definitely use a class or two.
I need more time to craft.
I have all of these ideas in my head and ideas that I’ve written down. There are so many things I want to do and share. Between all the responsibilities of work and home, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do it all. I just have to give myself a break and realize I can’t do it all right away. I will just have to pace myself.
Blogging takes time and commitment.
I read a lot about starting a blog before I launched mine. I knew this going into it. It will not take off over night. You have to keep at it and don’t give up! I never thought this would happen. It is kind of like starting a new diet or exercise program. In the beginning, it is exciting and all you want to do is write and put posts together. After a couple of weeks or so, the new excitement fades away. I still love doing it but I don’t find myself staying up every night now at the computer.
State of mind is very powerful.
I have never doubted myself so much in my life. Sometimes I feel like I am just writing for myself. Who wants to read this? Maybe I should just quit? Another post I read about starting a blog recommended a one year commitment. That is my goal. I will not let myself quit before then even though the thought creeps into my head more than I like to admit.