I think I began blogging because I like to have a captive audience. To have people listen to me. I like ot show off. When I first started blogging, I didn't know much about it, I still don't. I would get lost for hours inside the pages of people's lives. Their ideas, their projects, their children. I wanted to include them in my life too. And I wanted to allow those who know me to see a side of me that they normally don't. It started with crafts, sharing my ideas, my projects and my favorite things. I chose to name it "Jill of All Trades" because I have a hard time settling into one thing. I love to experiment and try new things. I'm good at them, but not usually the best. But I have fun so its okay.
My crafting passion started out as a child with beads. I remeber going to Shipwreck with my mother and buy bags and bags of wooden beads. I remember we put then in an old Lego briefcase and we had them for years. I love to make my own jewelry, earrings especially. I love to look at jewelry in stores and figure out how to make it myself. I love to take old things and make them new.
The more I blogged, the more different blogs I discovered. Scrapbooking blogs, fashion blogs, indie blogs, style blogs... I didn't want to be just one blog. I'm interested in more than one thing. There are so many different facets of my personality I want to talk about. And I seriously lack focus!
I would love so much to become a "professional" blog. Have more giveaways and sponsors... link parties and guest bloggers but I just don't have the time. I'm already a full time worker, wife and mother and a part time crafter (full time crazy person)... blogging is supposed to be just for fun. Not a job.
But I like that I have gotten to the point where I have some regular(ish) features. Mondays are my "free" day, usually updates and pictures from the weekend. Tuesdays are my craft day, I share links and project ideas, It's also the day I share my own projects. Wednesday is "Working Mom Wednesday." I love Julia's meme and try to participate every week. She's a friend and I love to give her my support. On Thursday I like to talk about trends, in clothing and crafts to whatever suits my fancy. Thursdays are also the day I like to feature product reviews. Its just stuff I like that I think you should know about. Then comes Fashion Friday. I'm trying to limit my wardrobe posts (I'm gonna get back into this!) to Fridays. In the future, I hope to also feature some of my favorite fashion bloggers too. And that leaves the weekend. I don't usually post on the weekend. Besides the fact that I don't currently have a home computer, weekends are strictly family time. Two days a week is hardly enough time to spend with my husband and daughter. I don't want to waste it on blogging.
Maybe someday I will have more time to spend blogging. Maybe I can become a full time blogger and crafter but for now I think I am doing all right. I like the lack of pressure. I don't feel guilty when I don't blog or if I'm not "on schedule." I don't have to worry about funding or giveaways or sponsors.
All that said, I still want to be a better blogger. A better friend. To actually participate in the blogs I love so much.
And this has all been leading up to this...
Write a blog mission statement. Hey look, already done!
Comment on at least 1 blog per day. Linking this to Elsie's blog. Another goal complete.
Cut the junk! Junk food, candy, pop, alcohol. It all needs to go. I need to make better choices. An apple instead of a candy bar. A glass of water instead of pop.
Quit being lazy. I need to get off my ass and do something. I'm not just talking working out, that too. I'm talking about the hours I spend on the couch watching TV after I get home from work. I need to just get up and go for a walk, work on a project or *gasp* clean.
I think those are pretty simple, right? The first two are already done. But okay, the last two are kind of all encompassing. We're talking a total lifestyle change here people. In all fairness (or laziness?) maybe those aren't simple enough. Maybe they should be even simpler?
KELSY'S 4 EVEN MORE SIMPLE GOALS
Read a book. A real, paper book. Cover to cover.
Write a poem. On paper. With a pen.
Make art for my walls. Put it in a frame.
Make a robot. From recycled boxes. Cuz I promised Goose.
Now those look like things I can do!