Looking at 2012 and What I Have Learned

Although I started blogging at the end of 2010, it truly wasn’t until the September of 2011 that I decided I wanted to really focus on blogging.  I made the switch to WordPress and had an awesome design created by Kendra at Key Lime Digital Designs.

I started out 2012 with such big goals and intentions.

While it went well for a while, I quickly realized that I didn’t know exactly how much time it would require.  To say I bit off more than I could chew, well that would be short of an under statement.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, blogging takes a lot of time and is A LOT OF WORK!

I love blogging but I learned that I can’t allow it to be the focus of my life.  I need blogging to fit into my life and it is okay to not cover everything I want to or post every single day.  While I struggled coming to the realization, I know without a doubt, it is better to post high quality content that interests other than to just cross something off my agenda and post daily to just have something to post.

My children are far more important than me worrying about getting a post completed or returning 126 emails.  The time I have with them can not be repeated.  I want to make the most of it now.  This one day that can not be repeated, I want to use it to the full.

Goals are needed, they keep us on track, give us something to measure and keep us motivated.  Having goals that you can not attain is setting yourself up for failure.  Its called being realistic with yourself, something I have always struggled with.

I learned that staying up late blogging is not for me.  I am not an easy person to deal with when I have only slept 5 hours the last 5 nights, nor am I patient with my children.  I don’t like that person. The solution is easy, just not easy to begin.   Balance is the key and it has taken me some time to work it out.  Although I am saying it has been totally accomplished, I do have a strong plan of action to get it under control.

Blogging & Income

Don’t ever let someone tell you that blogging is an easy way to make money.  Bottom line, they are crazy!  Blogging takes a lot of work (did I already say that?)

When I decided I would really try to make blogging work for me, I gave myself one year to start making a small income.  I never intended to get rich from my blog, nor did I want a blog that consumed all of my time.   As the end of that year rolled around, I prayed what the right decision would be.   I was right on target with the very modest number I set as my goal and had just been accepted into an Arkansas based marketing company that has been an amazing blessing.

I started my blog initially as an outlet.  It was for me.  Now, with the goal to stay home and home school my children, I am so thankful for the small income that it trickling in.

During the course of realizing that I could make some income from my blog and realizing I couldn’t do it all, I seemed to stray from my vision of what I wanted my blog to be.  I have lost some of my green focus, my focus on simplicity.Sunset - Samurai Beach 25Jan2004

2012 has proven to be a year of discovery, of learning and finding the right path.

I don’t regret where the path of my blogging in 2012 has taken me, as I have learned so much.  I have met some other amazing bloggers, have developed more of a support system and can’t wait to improve.  What good is having something to say if no one cares to listen?

Very soon you will see some changes in how the blog looks, I can’t wait!   Kendra’s been working on something very special to help make it more user-friendly that will be rolled out at the beginning of the year.  You will also notice some shift in the focus on the blog.  While I hope to add so much more content than I have the last few weeks, my focus will be on quality and not quantity.

For me, 2013 is all about the year of being intentional.

This year is about goals that are reasonable, that are attainable.

Moon in Sunrise Sky

Analyzing the year end of 2012 is a great way to look back on a beautiful sunset and look forward to the new arrival of the next sunrise.  Each one offers the opportunity to experience such beauty.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for being a reader and spending a few of your precious moments of your day with me.  Time is precious and knowing you are choosing to spend some with me is really heartwarming.  If there is something you would like to see more of, I would love to hear from you, please let me know!

I will be sharing my 2013 blogging plan very soon so stay tuned…

 

11 thoughts on “Looking at 2012 and What I Have Learned”

    1. Thanks Angela, I hope to put a great plan in place to get back to blogging that I truly enjoy (as well as others). Your blog is amazing and I know you will also take it to new levels this year!

  1. I agree blogging does take a lot more work then people think. There is just so much to do behind the scenes. It’s fun though and I love every minute of it. I’m interested in seeing the upcoming changes on your blog and where it goes. It sounds exciting!

    1. When I started blogging originally it was just for me. I have gotten away from some of that and it is so important to love what you do. I love blogging but want to even more 🙂

  2. I love your perspective! I’m totally ready to get organized and have a plan for the new year. 2013 is my time to create a blog I love and create content people will enjoy.

  3. Great ideas and thoughts. I started thinking I wanted to do three posts a day on my blog but now I am happy with just one. It is a lot of work and I don’t plan to over stress myself out with it.

  4. I LOVE this post. So many people don’t realize the HOURS it takes to put into a blog, and think we are making the big bucks. At first you really have to do it for just the love of doing it! Good luck with your 2013 goals!

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