Last time I sat down to write, it was to tell you all that I was done blogging. I’d decided to move on and pursue other things, and I felt that blogging had become more of a chore than a creative outlet.
For any of you who have been reading for awhile, one thing you might know about me is that I’m extremely indecisive. Over the last few months, I’ve realized that I really, really miss blogging. When I quit blogging, part of the reason I wanted to quit is that I felt boxed in. I felt like I’d painted myself into a corner of having to be funny and witty and all sorts of other things, and I just wanted to write. I felt like I’d created an environment for myself that didn’t allow me to do that.
Long story short, I decided recently that I need to blog. I love writing and sharing my writing, and I miss getting to interact with all of you. In order to avoid getting stuck in a rut of feeling like my blog has to BE something specific, I’ve set a few ground rules this time around:
- If I don’t enjoy it, I’m not doing it. When you first start blogging, it’s easy to get sucked into blogging groups that make you feel like you have to monetize your blog and start building it into a business. That means keeping up with your social media presence, networking, and participating in those terrible “follow threads.” I hate Twitter and I don’t really understand it, and I don’t like following people on Facebook just so they’ll follow me…so I’m not doing it. I’m focusing on the aspects of blogging I love.
- I’m not tying myself down to a theme or a message. There probably will be some themes to my writing, as there are certain issues or topics I feel passionate about, but I’m not going to try to lock myself into writing about anything specifically.
- I’m not going to worry about stats. For a data nerd like myself, Google Analytics is heaven. It’s also dangerous. Looking at your stats leads to worrying about them, which leads to feeling pressured to make your blog something specific. I have Google Analytics installed, but I’m not going to check it regularly. I want to enjoy the process of creating content without worrying about what’s performing well.
For the new ACoT, here’s what you CAN expect:
- Sass per usual. Just because I’m married doesn’t mean I’ve become boring.
- More serious stuff. I’m excited to start writing about topics like faith and marriage.
- Posting as often as I can! I plan on writing at least once a week. Will keep y’all updated if that changes.
For anyone who is new to the blog, the next post is going to be a reintroduction/catching up post to get you all up to speed. Looking forward to delving back into writing. Meanwhile, subscribe to my mailing list (form is on my sidebar!) so you can get posts delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they come out. :-)
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