i've been thinking alot about this blog thing lately. i started last august without really having a goal or philosophy at the time. i jumped right into it after getting all excited about opening a shop on etsy (that took lots of courage), finding blogs (i'd never even really knew what that meant), & meeting some really nice people through teams on etsy (i once thought that people who talked to people on the internet were a little strange)!
i've transitioned a few times with my purpose for blogging. i've bragged about my etsy shop (resulting in probably little or no sales), i've learned a new thing or two from reading other people's blogs (very valuable in my opinion), i've gained tremendous computer skills & i've met some more really nice people (& i no longer thing it's strange)!
sometimes i find myself really enjoying what i post. sometimes it's an effort & i post because i don't want to lose my friends who have been faithful in visiting me. i've gone through periods when i commit to a "project" just to keep my juices flowing. that doesn't work cause i find myself giving up & feeling like a ditz or failure.
so i'm asking myself.... why do i blog? when i like it... i really like it! when is that? on the occasions when i share something really meaningful. sometimes it's a little story about my family & sometimes it's a photo that is really special or an extremely good shot. when i'm feeling emotional or sappy i try to stay away from the keyboard lest i say something too personal & make a fool of myself.
so you may be wondering what this confession is leading up to??? i'm not saying goodbye but rather i'm entering a new stage of blogging. i'll call it my blog makeover (i know... probably not too original). i started a couple days ago when i played with the new blogger designer templates. i was bored with my old look but feared changing in case i screwed it up. well, i didn't. i'm liking the new look & have a few more ideas to test out. i'm also gonna start writing about some things that really matter to me.
my faithful readers.... don't be afraid now! i haven't gone off the deep end... really! i'm not gonna get into all that deep, dark psycho-babble stuff (at least not too often). i think it'll be more like not holding back when i feel the movement to speak from my heart! i'm gonna share more of my moments... both happy & not! i'll post when i feel like it & won't if i don't.
so today i was going through some old photos & other precious odds & ends i've saved over the years. i found these beautiful cards by maya angelou who i just admire so much. i'll leave you these words from the back of one of them....
"poet, author, entertainer, mother sister, friend, role model. maya angelou is these things & more to people all over the world.... a universal voice of hope & inspiration. with compassion & candor, her work speaks to the heart, inspiring us to love life, to persevere through its challenges & to share our gifts with others."
it doesn't get better than that!