Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Blogtoberfest Day #23: Car's blogging passion
Today's guest post comes from the lovely Car, who blogs at Carrose Creations and has been participating in Blogtoberfest since its inception in 2008. I couldn't go past the opportunity to ask Car how she keeps her blogging mojo up, with over five years and almost 1,000 posts under her belt!
When Kat asked if I wanted to do a guest post, I jumped at the chance. I then sat and stared at a blank screen that mocked me. Blog posts and words flow freely when it comes to my own little corner of the blogosphere but doing something to feature on someone else's blog… oh my... I started to quake in my boots!
What could I write about that would be remotely interesting? Then I remembered I was nearing that magic 1,000 figure (if all goes well.. I will be hitting publish on that post early NEXT week) and I thought I could share with you why I blog. What keeps me going after 1,000 blog posts. How I continue to find topics to post about. How I managed to already draft potential blog posts for Blogtober and now have more than enough without life providing more blog-fodder!
Back in 2007 after keeping an online journal on a baby website I realised that my family who live a fair distance weren't getting to see me each week as my belly progressively grew bigger. Blogging seemed to be the perfect option to keep everyone in the loop and keep me busy after I quit my full time job to become a stay at home mum.
Somewhere along the way I discovered a love of quilting and crafts, and created my crafty blog. At first I blogged mainly about my somewhat dubious creations. And it evolved from there. These days with more time on my hands to craft, I write about anything that seems remotely interesting to me. Some days you will find (obligatory) pictures of my coffee. Others I will be sharing my drawings. Art journalling, sewing, quilting and writing.
I would suggest to anyone wanting to start and maintain a blog, to write about their passion.
Write what interests you. If you and blogging are meant to be, it will become a part of your being and it won't be a chore. It will become something you WANT to do. Something you NEED to do. And the beauty of that is you will find the time to do it.
My blog is my own little happy, fluffy place in the world. There have been times in the past that my life wasn't all picture perfect, but I did what any good blogger does: I went and started another blog!
Thanks, Car for this wonderful advice! I love the way you use blogging as incentive to "keep your eyes open", and am always delighted to come across another crafty coffee-loving mama! (Especially love your crochet blankie, pictured above.)
Friends, as we embark on the home stretch and our last seven days of blogging together, you are invited to think about the role of blogging in your life, going forward. What are the gifts it brings? What are the things you find yourself drawn to say? How does it represent the parts of you that are truly you?
And if you find yourself on the other end of the spectrum, frustrated at the limited time you have at your disposal to blog, or prohibited by the availability of particular software/hardware/internet access, or just at a point where you are wondering why you blog at all... then you also have permission and a safe space to allow it to unravel and see what's holding you back.
Wherever you find yourself, Car's words are an important reminder that it is your space, you make the rules and it needs to work for you! And if all else fails, you are allowed to start over.