I've been a bachelor all week (until tomorrow) so I've had lots of time to lurk around in blogland. Early in the week I came across a post over at Thistlewood Farms titled What Does Your Blog Want To Be When It Grows Up? She and 4 other blogger friends had gotten together to talk about their own goals and decided to co-host a link-up where fellow bloggers would identify 5 goals for their blog, blog about it, and then hook up to the party on Friday, March 2. I thought it was great idea, and promptly decided that it would be good for me to join in. I should have written the post right then as well, because here I am on Thursday night, reticent to do the post.
Do I not have goals? Of course I do. Do I want to share them? Probably not.
In an effort to procrastinate I first want to show you what I had for dinner. The perks of bachelorhood are many...eating the chocolate pasta that has been in my cabinet for 2 years for dinner is one of them.
So now I'm satiated, listening to good music and ready to get down to business.
What I Want My Blog To Be When It Grows Up - or at least on its first birthday...
First - I want my blog to be authentic. I've always pretty much been a "what you see is what you get" kind of girl - so this comes pretty easy for me. But there are a lot of blogs out there with some pretty fascinating people running them and I sometimes find myself wanting to be funny like them, or technically skilled like them, or easy-breazey like them. On Jan 6th I posted my first creative post and started it out with this quote "Its not who you are that is holding you back - it is who you think you are not." I remind myself of this often because it's so important. So I just put myself out there hoping that I find a place to fit in somewhere. So far I think I've been pretty real - and occasionally I've even been funny.
Second - I want my blog to be Quirky, attractive and easy to navigate. I have set some pretty boring goals related to the mechanics of blogging. I have goals for how many times I will post weekly and how many new "skills" I will learn weekly. Boring I know but I don't believe that my blog will grow (or interest ME) if I don't pay attention to the details consistently. This one is hard because you have to start somewhere. I am being patient with this - there is a lot to learn.
Third - Of course I want better photography. Achieving this goal will involve learning to take advantage of my good camera and learning PhotoShop WAY BEYOND what I know now.
Fourth - I want to be consistent but FLEXIBLE. I want to remain open to any direction this blogging exercise takes me. It is my belief that this blog a first step in an exciting process of me moving a new direction in my life. I have some ideas about where I would like to end up, but I am remaining pliable in order to be receptive to whatever comes my way.
Fifth - I want my blog to be encouraging and influential. To do this I have to put myself out there.......whether that means facebook, twitter, - whatever. I didn't start on facebook until last November, and I only did that because I was going to start blogging. I have been too inwardly focused since I moved to Michigan 6 years ago. This blog helping me to get out of myself - I needed that.
Well there it is. On paper. Out in the world.
Make something wonderful today!
oh, and I want comments! And follower friends!