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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Throwback .... 6 things I've learned about blogging

I have been busy again with my parents, Mom is back in the hospital with CHF so I hadn't the time to write so I went back to see if there was an old post I could share again. Came across this one I wrote 8 years ago and it just spoke to me.
All of the six things still resonate with me but after 8 years and the changes in my life I feel like I can add more. I am going to put the additional thoughts in red   
So here goes with the post from September 2011

These are a few things I have learned in these short few months since I started blogging.

1. Have fun. I am really having a lot of fun keeping a blog. I have been keeping a journal (diary) since I was 12 years old and this is so much more fun. I think you have to have fun doing this because it takes  time to write and figure out all this stuff.
This is all still so true

2. Be yourself. I had read this somewhere else and thought about it and realize how true that is. The hardest part for me is being able to express myself in words. My middle daughter is the writer and makes it look so easy, so writing this for others to read, not like my journal, has been a challenge getting it to sound like I think it should. Who knew I should of been paying more attention in my English classes.
I have to admit it is still a challenge but has becomed easier and I am faster. Besides being myself I have always and will continue to keep this about me and not my family. Which I mean I keep their names private and for the most part very limited pictures. I figure if they want to be public they'll do.

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     3. Write about what you know and have a passion for. Now that has been easy and sometimes I have so many things I want to share and I have to decide what I will write about. Otherwise I would be posting (time permitted) many times a days, you would be saying to yourself that lady needs to get a grip on things.. I can have so many things going on that I have to choose and stay focus. Which has been a good thing for me, I have gone off in so many directions that it takes me a while to complete some of the projects I have started. (Mainly my quilting oh ya embroidery, but then there is my knitting and I can't forget, heck you see what I mean.) 
Boy this part has not changed, maybe my interests but not the wanting to share. My only problem is at times getting writers block or like now which is dealing with my parents and their health issues. There has been so many times a week I say I need to write that down and share but something will come up that I need to deal with. But I have learned not to be so hard on myself and just do what I can at this moment. Life goes on (God willing) and situation will change. And THANK YOU all for still taking your time to read this. Time is so precious.

4. Find your time.  I have come to realize that I write better posts at certain times of the day. I seem to be more direct and less creative when I write late in the day. So I do better in the morning but getting to have time to write then is my biggest hurdle. So my goal for myself is to do more of it. I think you would enjoy it more too.
All I can add is, this has not change at all for me. I am a morning person and mornings are just not long enough to do it all.

5. Use lots of pictures. Nothing works better than being able to see it. What's that saying, "A picture is worth a thousands words." I love taking pictures but I really do need to invest in a good camera. And pictures of pets, animals and kids (baby picture) you just can't go wrong.
Still believe it and I have to say I've been trying to learn how to make videos. I give my grandsons credit for that.

6. Add food.  Whether it is recipes, pictures or whats good, food is a winner. Who doesn't like food and the more yummy it is the better. This is something I love to do and sometimes I get so wrapped up in the process and eating I forget to take a picture and all I have left to show is crumbs. I will get better, work on will power and at least get a pic before I dive in.
Believe that still.

Well that's it but I bet if I had the time to think about this I imagine I could add more but I'm short on time again. Need to give Dad a ride to Tulsa to go Visit Mom in the hospital. I will write again as soon as I can.  Take care of yourself.

Till next time


  1. I dearly LUV your steps (things you've learned)of blogging. They all make perfect sense to me!
    It is hard sometimes, tho, for me to be "myself". I mean, I can be myself...I just don't like to share ALL of my feelings. I tend to want to write fun, positive, info type things. I don't like to write when I am feeling down or feel like complaining. I do get into the "down-moods". But, I've found over my last 10 years of life (I'm 59) that...if I just wait for it to "blow over", I can always say, "it could be a LOT worse". And, when I do complain...out loud or (YIKES and EEEE-GADS) in print, then, almost immediately after...I feel soo VERY guilty for being SO ungrateful.

    Ok...THAT was WAY more than you probably wanted to "hear" from me! =P

    =)new follower =)

  2. Super ideas for bloggers--I am going to link this to a very new blogger who doesn't know what to write...her name is Jacky and she sure can sew up a storm...
    Thanks for sharing--hang in there at this difficult time in your life...hugs and prayers for you all Julierose


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