Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Honesty Hour: A survey to bring my blog back to life.

Lately I've been finding it really hard to come back to blogging.  I've shared my thoughts on blogging before and how much the community has changed as of lately and how that has effected not only myself but some of my very good blogger friends as well. It's hard to find my voice after taking such a huge step back and it's almost made me feel like a stranger in this space. Obviously I haven't kept up with sponsorships, emails, or on my connections with the good friends I've made through the years here and it makes me a little sad to see my passion for blogging slip away.
I think that if I do stick around here things will be different, a name change, a different direction, a different attitude toward the blogging world. Sometimes we grow and the things we once love just aren't that great anymore, it's all apart of the journey. I'm still trying to figure out where my journey will lead me.
I don't want this space to be about expensive material objects, sponsored content, and posts without heart and hard work. I want all of my passions and creativity to flourish here without the worry that my readers will not respond. In the end my blog is for me, and I have to be happy with it every step of the way.
Recently I found this little survey posted by Sometimes Sweet and I thought I would take it and post it here to remind myself about my love for blogging and connecting, and to maybe get back into the swing of things.

1. When did you first start blogging and why?

I first started a blogger account in 2008 and wrote a high fashion blog for a short time before starting this more "official" blog in 2012. I started blogging to share my love for vintage goods and ran it alongside my vintage Etsy shop which is now closed.


2. Have you had any past online presence?
 

Yes,  I had a Xanga back in the day and I was really big on Myspace until it basically crumbled to the ground.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
 
I have had a love hate relationship with my blogging experience over the last two years. There have been times where I have taken it very seriously and dedicated a lot of time to posts, sponsorships, ect and times where I have just left the radio silence drag on for weeks or months.


4. What was your first blog post?
 
My first blog post was more of an introduction to the space and what I had hoped to create for my blog over time. I've used it as sort of a "start here" page for new readers to get to know me in the past, but now its just there in my archives.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
 

I think my biggest challenge has been keeping myself interested and honest in this space. It's easy to look at what everyone else is doing and lose yourself in the blogging world. Surprisingly there are a lot of cliques, drama, pissing matches, ect that keep some bloggers at the top and some at the bottom. It's sometimes hard to stay out of all of the bullshit and just worry about your own purpose. I think since I've stopped caring maybe I can keep true to what I want to do here.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
 

I think the most rewarding thing about blogging is that I've made some really incredible friends that I wouldn't have known otherwise. I have met wonderful ladies from the west coast, east coast, UK, AU, and they have all be supportive and wonderful not only in the blogging world but outside of that as well. Those connections really make blogging great.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
 

The overwhelming amount of work that goes into keeping up. I get overwhelmed with home life, orders, my shop, and making sure that I don't neglect everything here and that I'm giving you something interesting to read, not a bunch of filler nonsense.

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
 

My inspirations change frequently but I would say that my main motivator is that I need something for me. Everyone needs something that is just for themselves, whether it be art, music, exercise. Something that they can focus on and enjoy on their own. This is my little world and I have to keep reminding myself that I need this and that I deserve this little space all the time.

9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?
 
I don't really know if I have one currently. I used to write a weeks worth of posts at a time and scheduled them so that I would be frantic everyday but obviously I stopped doing that.

10. What is your current goal as a blogger?
 

My biggest goal currently is to figure out what I want to document here and to start becoming more dedicated to that vision. I want to keep my voice and write about what makes me happy and have a purpose for this space. 

11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
 
Very much so. I've become so much more passionate about creating and painting because of encouragement that I have received here. I would have never thought that my handmade and paper goods would be making themselves around the world and that so many people would be so supportive of what I do. Big surprise. 

Hopefully in the near future I will come back here more often and I can decided on what direction I want to take this space but until then I hope to keep in touch with you all on Instagram and Twitter. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Off to see the Wizard.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween! My littles had a fantastic time handing out candy and going out to trick or treat! Marli wanted to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz this year so we decided a family theme was in order. Hunter dressed up as the cowardly lion and he wasn't the happiest camper at first but he eventually warmed up to it and looked really sweet. I decided to go with the wicked witch of the west and I wore a fun little witch hat, my husband was a flying monkey, and grandma and grandpa were the scarecrow and tin man. It was pretty hilarious and Marli was absolutely thrilled about the whole thing.
She had a lot of fun trick or treating in our new neighborhood. There were so many kids out despite the rain and how chilly it was. Both of the kids just loved seeing everyone in their costumes. Hunter had no idea what was going on and kept pointing at everyone around us. We only took them out for a little but we ended up with a good bit of candy and two happy kids. They both hit sugar coma by about nine o'clock and they were done for the night.I wish I would have gotten better pictures but it was so gloomy out and Hunter wasn't in the mood for paparazzi.
We also carved our pumpkins a few days ago and lit them up for Halloween. Yet another theme! I've been wanted to do an Ariel pumpkin for forever so we went with an under the sea vibe. My husband and I like to get super competitive when it comes to silly stuff like this so we both spent forever designing our pumpkins and making patterns. My husband did a pretty amazing job with Sebastian and I think my Ariel turned out pretty cute. Marli's pumpkin is the little fish with the bubbles, and Jared and I split the last two and did a starfish and seashell with seaweed and bubbles. This was basically a full day worth of effort, which is ridiculous but we had some really awesome family time and I ended up making pumpkin bread when it was all said and done. Success!