Ideas – I Got ‘Em

I’m starting to come up with more ideas on how to revamp my blog, to make it into a space that’s more me, and to make it something I can manage with my busy schedule. I’ve got a bunch of stuff written down, and I need to start working on it so that I can implement these changes.

It’s tough, having been blogging for as long as I have been. It will be 7 years in March. Seven whole years.

I started as a measly little personal blog, writing out my feelings about whatever I wanted. Then more real life people started reading, and I started holding back more. Then I met Mister, and moved in with him and got married, and had a life outside of this here blog. That’s contributed.

But I think I figured out the biggest thing holding me back. I’m disorganized. There, I said it. It’s hard to admit that out loud, considering that I once wanted to organize the world. But I haven’t felt disorganized in years.

So that’s my immediate goal. I need to get organized. Not just with my online stuff, but my physical space as well. I feel like once I’m able to make progress there, I’ll be able to make progress in other areas of my life as well. In the meantime, I hope to gather some more ideas and get those organized… so I can start implementing them.

2012 in Review

I suppose I ought to get the new year started by reviewing last year. Yes, I should have posted this yesterday, but I was busy trying to catch up on Downton Abbey before series 3 starts this weekend. So, here’s what I did in 2012.

January – We prepared for our move and spent most of the month packing.

February – I quit my long-held job due to our move. Greta went for a walk. Our drive from Las Vegas to New Hampshire was longer than anticipated.

March – While trying to get settled in NH, we flew to California to visit Mister’s parents. Then the job hunt started.

April – More job searching. I got serious about wearing makeup. We finally closed the short sale of our house in Vegas.

May – I started a job and had to deal with the commute. I started to get a bit homesick for Las Vegas.

June – My nephew graduated high school. I continued working at my job but got a bad cold.

July – Greta got super freaked out by a trifecta of scary things on the 4th of July – strangers in her house, fireworks, and a bad thunderstorm. She was sick from the stress for a couple of days. I also spent a lot of time contemplating the future of my blog and what I wanted out of it.

August – We moved into my Dad’s house for a few weeks so that we could trade in our mobile home. Greta broke her paw, so we had to deal with her being in a splint.

September – We moved into our new house. I started a new job, closer to home.

October – we continued getting settled in our new house, and I finally got a room of my own. And Greta hates hurricanes.

November – I painted my craft room. We had our first Thanksgiving in New England!

December – My blog got neglected, but we had our first Christmas in New England. A dusting of snow early Christmas morning means it was a white Christmas, and Mister was super excited about that.

Overall for me, 2012 was not the best year. While moving was exciting, I didn’t feel ready to leave Las Vegas. Our house situation there meant that we had to move, though, so we moved back to my home. I was also not really ready to leave my job there. I had two jobs since returning to NH, and both left me missing my old workplace and coworkers even more. That made the adjustment back to NH difficult.

I’m hoping that 2013 is better. I start another new job this week, after spending the month of December temping, and I really hope that this one is it. I hoped beyond hope that I would not be offered any job that I interviewed for if I wasn’t going to be happy, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is it.

I’m also looking forward to getting more organized and settled in our home. There was a lot of packing and moving this year, and I’m very tired of it. There are a lot of things I haven’t seen since they were packed up nearly a year ago, and I’d like to get it all taken care of. I think that if I can get to a point where I feel a lot more organized, I’ll also feel more motivated, and maybe then I won’t be neglecting the blog anymore.

What are your plans for the new year?

No Progress

Remember when I blogged about the goals that I have for my blog?

I have a confession to make: I haven’t done a single thing towards accomplishing them. In fact, I’ve barely thought about my blog since then. I’ve had real life stuff taking over, and I just haven’t felt like dealing with my blog. I am still reading other blogs, though, so there’s that.

I will most likely be taking a break from blogging until after the new year, though don’t be surprised if a random post shows up.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Writing Skills

For some time now, I’ve felt that my writing skills have been seriously lacking. I’ve been having a harder and harder time writing what I want to say the way I want to say it, and I think it’s shown on my blog. Or not shown, since I haven’t been blogging as much for the past few years. It kind of bums me out. I’ve always been a writer in some way, first journaling, then blogging. Since my blogging activity has decreased, I haven’t been writing anywhere else either.

I feel as out of shape with my writing skills as I do with my body – and currently, I can’t run down my driveway and across the street without stopping to suck air like a dying fish.

While I’m not quite ready to get off my fat ass, I will be doing something to help with my writing. I signed up for a non-credit online course through the local community college.

It’s a 6 week course that should hopefully help me redevelop the skills that I once had, and to help me find my voice again.

As for blogging, there’s a bit more to it than just skills.

I went ahead and purchased Campfire Chic’s Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Pages, & Art Journal Entries. It’s so simple but full of ideas of things to blog about for those who, like me, struggle to come up with ideas for nearly every post.

I need to print it out so I can start taking notes. And more important, I need to start thinking like a blogger again.

When I step away from my computer, I need to think about my adventures out in the world and how they could be turned into a blog post.

I used to do that, but somehow, somewhere, it faded away. I feel like that part of me is missing and I’m struggling to get it back again.

This is a serious case of lost mojo.

Have you lost your blogging mojo? What have you done to get it back again?