February 4, 2015 Greetings reader! This is a post from the heart. Here goes.....
I started a blog a few months ago. To date I have 13 posts, 1 comment (thanks Dad!), and a total of three hundred and some odd views (275 of them were probably from family members, friends and myself). This is the current reality of my blogging experience. And for now, I'm ok with that. Between posts (which I aim to publish weekly),I am setting goals that I know will lead me to my destination. My primary goal (which became much more clear to me today) relative to blogging, is to develop a site that is an extension of myself; a site that demonstrates my personality and love of what I do. A sight that I can be proud of and feel confident sharing with the world.
So Why a Blog? Why Now?
Over the past year or so I've thought more and more about exploring my creative side; not only for myself but for the benefit of others as well. Entrepreneurship has been a thought I've had for quite some time, but I'd never really done anything to bring myself closer to that reality. During a recent family "get-away" I had time to do a lot of reading on the topic. I became overwhelmingly inspired. I knew it was time to get to work and it just felt right to start making decisions and setting serious goals.
Let me rewind a bit....over coffee one fall morning in October 2014, an entrepreneur friend of mine suggested I start a blog to document my work. I liked the idea. I thought about it and decided to make this my very first business development goal. So, in November 2014, with absolutely no experience in blog world or design, I checked out WordPress and an hour later I had a blog. I named it "Little Green Ranch". I chose the no-cost blog option without a customized domain name, with the understanding that it would be essentially impossible for others' to find my blog, not knowing my blog address. To me this seemed like a good way to ease into blog world. I could "learn the ropes" at my own pace, free of pressure.
Learning As I Go
I started reading other blogs and stumbled upon Bloglovin'. I was blown away by all the beautiful blogs and creativity out there! For a novice blogger it was overwhelming. It wasn' long before I acquired a preference for certain blogs and blog styles. Although I have 12-15 blogs on my blog feed, currently there is just one that I've followed on a consistent basis. (Elle & Co.). This blog provides an abundance of information on what makes a successful blog or website. (if I knew how to create a link, this would be the ideal location for one!). Not only does the site provide useful information, but the writing style, content, visual appeal, and mood of the site make it a success. I find that the more blogs I read, and the more I learn, the more questions I have. When do I take the plunge and amp up my current site? Do I continue my "practice" blog with the goal to launch a bigger and better site? Do I learn photography? Do I seek out someone to help me design my site? How can I attract readers and keep them coming back? How can I create authentic content in a creative industry where there are thousands of talented people doing the same thing? I am reminded of a quote I heard once....
"We're not creating something better, we're creating something different". -Steve Jobs
The Next Step
It is early February 2015....the start of a new and exciting year. This morning a dear friend of mine came over to talk about my new endeavor. She left me feeling as giddy as a kid at a candy shop. Up until this morning I had a hundred questions....and now.....I have about 70. It was great to obtain constructive criticism and discuss ideas that have been swirling around in my head. It is re-assuring to know I am on the right path and that this is by no accident or fluke, a new page in my life story. My friend couldn't have said it any better...."Just let your light shine". I have clarity on what the next step is.....and that is to begin designing a new and improved site that one day (hopefully soon!) I can be proud to showcase, and that will provide the foundation I need to enter into the world of creative entrepreneurship.
So with that, I"d love to share another great quote from Steve Jobs. His words stuck with me and help put life into perspective; allowing it to unfold in ways that are meant to be; not always knowing the answers going forward, but with the knowledge and belief that we make life happen by acting......
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."