Before I list my blogging goals for 2012
I need to share why I got into blogging in the first place.
A few years ago I found Thrifty Decor Chick
and she forever changed my idea of bloggers!
The way she wrote about her DIY projects
made me feel like I was actually reading
about a real person with real issues
who could even live next door to me!
Before, I would look at Pottery Barn or
Restoration Hardware for inspiration,
but I could never afford to duplicate anything
beyond the color on the walls or maybe furniture placement.
Then I met Sarah…
she showed me how to paint furniture with spray paint and
how to spot a really “special” piece at Goodwill
that I could transform into something useful & pretty.
She wasn’t afraid to post pictures of her mistakes
but with her quick wit & humor showed me that she was a real person,
not someone living in a showroom or mansion!
There have been many other bloggers
who have inspired me in the past few years
and I will share my “blogging inspiration” in another post,
but for now I want to get back to my blogging goals…
Me, keeping it real!!
I think the most important goal for me
is to keep it real with every post I write,
whether I’m showing you how I organized my closet
or perhaps sharing my heart with you.
I want anyone who reads my blog to know
that my life isn’t perfect and neither is my home.
When I started out blogging I was afraid to post pictures
that were less than perfect or with anything out of place.
But then I realized that the bloggers I enjoy the most
are the ones who aren’t afraid to share their messes
or failures and that I don’t need to portray myself (or my home)
as something I’m not.
I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mom
of 2 teenage daughters and an almost teenage son
who keep me running all over town with soccer practices,
games, parties, youth group…
and the list goes on and on!
But I really wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
My “babies” 8 years ago…where did the time go?
I think the secret to enjoying my crazy life
is realizing this:
1. Kids grow up way too fast so enjoy em’ while you got em’!
2. God made me who I am for a reason
and I need to stop whining about where I fall short
and just continue to seek after Him, day after day,
one foot in front of the other!
3. Most people don’t really care if I dress in the latest fashions
or have a spotless home.
They care more that I am honest about where I am in my life
and am willing to share the things I learn along the way.
Bottom line is: As much as I would love the perfect-looking house,
beautifully decorated & organized,
I want even more to portray who I really am
and how I am enjoying my not-so-perfect life.
I hope that you’ll continue to come along for the ride!
Here’s a quick list of the blogging goals that I have made for 2012:
*Blog intentionally with content that is relevant
to what is going on in my life
*Learn to take better photos and how to use editing programs
*Keep my blog’s “look” up-to-date and appealing
*Continue to look toward the future in blogging –
linky parties, tutorials, possibly advertisers…
Here are a couple of links to some great blogging tools
that I found recently on Pinterest:
*Blog Topics Organizer (free printable) by Perideau Designs
*Blog Calendar (free printable) by Living Locurto
*Here is the link to my Pinterest board that has lots of “Blogging Tips”
that I haven’t had the chance to read yet
In my next post I’m going to share my “blogging inspiration” – stay tuned!