I loved Nester & Melissa’s workshop at the Wednesday Workshops at Blissdom. Here are some things I took away:
Melissa shared a profound quote (from Barbara Cook, I guess?): * “If you’re able to be yourself, you’ll have no competion.” No one else has your experiences, your outlook, your talents, your take on things. Be the best you can be and lift those around you.
* What is the purpose for your blog? How do you want people to feel when they leave your blog?
In my “about” section I say, “320 Sycamore is about bringing out the charm and potential in our homes and families, with a bit of nonsense and good deals scattered here and there. I am a stay at home mom of 5, I'm so NOT a professional, but I love to look at possibilities of what can "become" with limited time and money.”
That hasn’t changed in two and a half years, but they pointed out that it definitely can. Blogs can evolve over time and your focus may shift.
* Don’t portray perfection: say what you regret, your failures, your frustrations with your projects, blog, etc.
I am dealing with some major frustration in the kitchen re-model right now and I was just going to move on and tell you about what *did* work, but why not tell you about it so you don’t make the same dumb mistakes??
* Your pictures are everything~don’t post photos you’re not happy with.
Nice that I don’t have many with the post today, huh? I am so good at following directions :) Look at the big blogs you love. They all have fantastic pictures.
Ask yourself what the reader is getting out of your post…what would a brand new reader take away from this post?
I tend to wander and ramble and I want to be better about focusing on a single topic…
It was a great session with lots to think about.