A few months ago I almost did a post on – Q: Where have all the bloggers gone? The question would have been answered in one sentence A: Doing bigger projects and/or busy with life things.
When I started blogging, way way back (I’ve had 4 domains in total including this one) everyone was blogging every other day. I kept up as best I could but looking back I missed out on precious time in a relationship (that didn’t happen to last) and not going out and doing things.
There’s a handful of blogs I’ve followed for years and lately they’ve come alive again! Journal Girl is still getting her creativity on and sharing again around her full time job. Jamie Ridler is still blogging, vlogging and setting projects as a great creative guide. Lisa Sonora after lots of web changes (she wrote the Creative Entrepreneur, great interactive book) is back blogging. Leonie Dawson is a fun honest read and around the time of her yearly workbook. I’m a fan of Jen Morris, she often shares inspiration links where I find out about more bloggers! Others like Mandy Stewart who wrote empowering art notes and now a zine are hard to find and some I can’t find at all.
This got me thinking to my own blogging, I’m still not regular and I’m making site changes all the time, I check the comments and approve them though most are spam (I will get in better habit of checking, I do go to most sites in hope I won’t find naked ladies. So if you leave a comment I will look through your site then reply!) Even my creative practice is a little all over the place at the moment if I’m completely honest.
There are new blogs I follow and blogs that have new content everyday, the later are great to learn from as short posts can be gold. Bloggers like Seth and Austin Kleon perfect it, chose a subject, write about it and done. I can read a blog post at breakfast and pick up on their quick style. Danny Gregory is still around, this time podcasting and managing Sketchbookskool
A new blog I’ve come across from browsing a magazine where she wrote about her lastest book (writing really pays off, eventually) is Cait Flanders, ironically though she’s just retired her blog, at least for now, I hope. Cait is a great writer, in good news she has tons of useful content about daily living spending less and goal setting.
That’s the other pro but a paradox to blogging is building content is so useful, giving people a library of posts to read, superlativelyrude is a good example of this. I think it’s good practice for passer by to see you wrote something two weeks or a month ago, not 5 years ago. It comes with checking in with your readers, having engagement and checking stats every so often (another thing I am going to work on).
Blogging takes time, it’s more accessible if you you’re making money through it or can squeeze it in between things but for example, today I have 2 hours before work that I’m going to use editing and writing posts, for an audience I don’t even know is there. I could be using those 2 hours in many different productive ways, such as writing for a bigger project. Today I chose blogging.
Other bloggers I read 2018:
End of year stock check To Dos Dec on blogging and future:
Block and delete spam.
Check comments, approve and reply.
Save all passwords, hosting and domain info for renewal.
Get used to my theme on WordPress 5, what a headache….
Aim to blog once a week, I’m not committing to a day because I’ve done that before and it just equals pressure, writing block and I don’t fill a page with stuff that speaks from the heart, just stuff. Keep building honest content.
Track my weekly expenses to be more self aware, make better choices.
Complete all online art courses I bought in December, use as valuable lessons for future journal pages and art.
Write a mini story a day for my writing project. I don’t want to say what and only two or three people know, again I don’t want the attention, to feel blocked, I want to write the first draft by the end of December 2018.
Try out hypo birthing online and mp3s.
Book onto local Life Drawing class for Jan.
I bought Mala supplies and haven’t attempted to make any yet! So this Dec I will try or retire the idea. Malas have become a daily use for me.
I’m also doing a Kundalini 40 day practice and plan to re launch as a teacher Spring 2019 using resources I have up and plan classes in Jan, Feb.
That’s all for now, I will check in to and share in a stock check start of January 2019 post.