Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First Tulips and Blogging Inspiration

Last summer when we bought this home, there wasn't a single flower or tree growing on the property. Well, I guess there was one tree, a really huge cedar that I'm sure had been here for 50+ years. The grass was mostly weeds and I remember rocking Paisley one night before we moved in and realizing that the house we had just signed on, had no flowers to go out and pick. I think I actually shed a few tears over the lack of plants on our new property. Judah was 2 and he was just discovering the joy of playing outside in the trees and the bushes. The lack of flowers and bushes on this property totally bummed me out but, I told myself that we could start from scratch and that we'd make it work. 
We haven't even been here a year yet but, we've definitely done our share of planting trees, bushes and flowers. We still don't have the big, full, flower beds that I hope to someday have but, we've made such progress and it has been so rewarding. Each flower that blooms is a flower that we've planted, in flower beds that we've dug up ourselves. 
Today the tulips we planted bloomed. It might be hard for some people to understand but, I love these tulips! They are our tulips, at the first house that we've ever owned. 

When I look at these pictures, I can imagine that when I was worrying about the fact that our new home didn't have any flowers, let alone flower beds, God knew that it would be alright. He's just teaching me to be patient.
Yesterday I came across an article on BlogHer that was too good to not share. This article spoke so directly to me because I've been struggling lately with blogging.... if I want to continue to blog and what I want to write about. I love writing about the various projects that I work on but, I just can't be another craft blog. There are so many craft blogs out there and frankly, it feels too shallow for me. Don't get me wrong, I think craft and cooking blogs are great and I still want to share my projects, it's fun! I just need to write about more than that. It's ingrained in me to want to write about my thoughts, opinions and life. The tricky part for me is that I'm trying to find the balance between writing transparently and also not living my life as an open book on my blog. Does that make any sense???

Here are just a few things that I took away from yesterday's article:
Write about what you love. This struck home with me because I've been thinking lately that sometimes it's hard to remember what I LOVE, with all of the outside influences around me. When I read other blogs, look at Facebook and Pinterest too much, it's easy to forget who I am. I can't loose sight of what I love....not what other people love.

Write the same way you talk. For me, this point sort of goes along with "write about what you love". Again, with all the outside influences, it's all too easy to loose your own voice. We should all have a unique writing voice and I don't want to loose mine. Honestly, I'd rather cut back on the blogs I read so their voices don't drown out mine. It's not that they're doing anything wrong, it's that I'm easily influenced and that I truly do want to write the way I talk! 

Be different. I loved this point because it helped confirm what I've already been feeling. Like I said above, I love writing about my crafting and cooking adventures but, I know for certain that I don't want to be another craft or cooking blog. I love doing those things and sharing about my projects but, I've got more inside of me than that. 

Be a force for good. Anyone who blogs can probably understand how easy it is to write about a bad day and have a good old fashioned vent. Of course, those are okay to have from time to time. But, I believe that writing optimistically is really important. It's important to write sweet memories that'll be precious to look back on.

I don't really have a point in sharing that article. I guess it really spoke to me so, I felt like I needed to share it. So, here's a question for you....if you're a blogger, are you content with what you write about? Do you have any questions for me? Is there something that you wish I wrote about? Do you have any tips for keeping the balance of writing personal thoughts and documenting daily life, while still maintaining your privacy?

Angela



1 comment:

  1. This is great! Especially with my recent decision to make my blog private and start another one. :) I'm not sure what my new blog will look like because my children ARE MY LIFE. It will be interesting to see where it goes and the points you listed are VERY helpful. :)

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