Ok, so this is my first post on my new blog. 🙂
Honestly, I have been going back and forth over what to write on this particular post. Should I introduce myself and my family? Isn’t that why there is an About Us page? Should I start a blog about something I did recently as if I have been writing this blog forever, or should I commemorate this first blog with some sort of history? Then, it hit me. I am thinking way too much about this. I’m building it up and over-complicating it. I need to simplify this thought process.
In 2010, I made a new year’s resolution to blog every day. While the experience was fun, by the end of the year I was feeling burnt out. So, the next year, I decided to step away from the computer and not blog for an entire year. This was a very weird experience. Because I was trying to stay away from the temptation of blogging, I inadvertently stayed away from social networking sites as well, for the most part. There was hardly any posted pictures or status updates the entire year. Even though I journaled on paper and took a few pictures here and there, it definitely felt like 2011 was just this big black hole of non-information about our life.
And I really missed blogging.
About mid-way through the year, I had an epiphany. Instead of looking at this non-blogging year as a fast, I decided to use it as a sort of sabbatical. I learned more about why other people blogged, what drove them to write every day, week or month. I looked introspectively at why I loved blogging and where I wanted to go with it. I realized that I had always been an impulsive blogger, so instead, why not really think about what I’m putting out there and plan what it is I want to say and where I might want to go with it?
I came up with some pretty basic ideas. I know that I want to keep it simple. 🙂 I love to share things, so whether it’s my family (especially my incredible husband), my dogs, my bargains or my experiences, I want to record them, share them and let you, the reader, be a part of it. I’m so excited for this new year, and everything it will bring!
So here’s to a fresh start at keeping it simple!
What did you write as your very first entry to your blog? What advice would you give first time (or returning) bloggers?