“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
I decided to sit and to reflect on the decisions I made over the past year…especially decisions regarding my blogging.
Blogging has transformed my life these past few years in ways I could not have anticipated.
I began, perhaps as many of you have, by sharing bits and pieces of my life. Which has grown into expanding my interests, delving into creating and exploring many new ideas. All of this has enhanced my life in this transition period.
I had become an empty nester…what a term – it sounds so forlorn, but it can be one of the best times of your life.
At the same time, I suppose I have become one of those women the French refer to as ‘une femme d’un âge de Certan’ having just celebrated my 50th birthday.
In all the seasons of my life, this is truly a rewarding and enriching time.
There’s a certain sense of contentment, confidence in looking at life knowing all of the events in my life have brought me to a place where having focused on my family, and in certain ways I still do, but now there’s more time to pursue my hobbies and interests. I’ve enjoyed each stage of my life and this time is definitely quite delightsome.
In blogging, this past year, I made a few decisions that I think have beautifully enhanced my blogging experience and I look forward to seeing the fun and fascinating things I can explore in the new year.
Early in 2013 I decided to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I found a very easy step-by-step program created by Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating. She also provides services to set up and design your website. I did have her design my blog on WordPress and have loved it!
Having blogged for three years, I wanted to learn how I could build and to grow my blog…I want to continue to do this and to make this more than a part-time hobby. I found KeriAnne’s wonderful program and had a wonderful time consulting with her – gleaning from her experience and gaining new ideas and direction for my blog.
One of KeriAnne’s suggestions was to build my presence on Pinterest. Pinterest is quickly becoming a wonderful resource for my blog. With Viraltag, I can schedule Pins! Isn’t that a wonderful concept!
Not only am I increasing my presence on Pinterest, but also on Facebook. I have found that you can also schedule posts and find groups that will build a network with fellow bloggers – if you’re interested in learning more about Facebook groups, leave me a message and I’ll share more with you!
I upgraded my camera from a point-and-shoot Kodak to a Canon Rebel T3i. I shared with you how I chose my DSLR. I really LOVE this!
Now that I have my DSLR, I wanted to learn more about it and how to best use it. I’ve seen the affiliate ad on several blogs (I’m now also an affiliate!) Josh and Kevin at ShootFlyShoot have an excellent video tutorial program that has helped me tremendously in taking better photos for my blog. This, I highly recommend if you have a DSLR and would like to learn more about taking great pictures.
Not only did I become more active on Facebook and Pinterest, but I also became more active on Hometalk and joined the Facebook group associated with Hometalk. This is a fantastic community to further your blog presence and to find great inspiration.
Google+ is another Social Media site that is great for increasing your followers and views to your blog. It is also a fantastic place to learn more about Social Media sites through videos.
I have attended the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain, Georgia for the past three years. This past year I joined with several other Bloggers in a meet-and-greet time for Hometalk -that was fantastic! I met Heather from At The Picket Fence, who was a complete delight and several others…it was so much fun!
These are the best decisions I made for my blog in 2013.
One I wish I could add is the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I was doing something else during that time, but I do plan to attend this summer! I have heard/read so many good things about this and know it will be wonderful!
I look forward to 2014 and what this coming year has to bring.
The best decision of all was to begin to blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with so many wonderful Bloggers. It is definitely rewarding and enriching. What were the best decisions for your blog that you made in 2013?
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