Shimelle's class - Blogging for Scrapbookers - started today (hey, it's not too late to join me - you can find all the info to sign up here!).
Why this class? Why now? Well - I've just passed my one year blogiversary and I'm trying to figure out if my blog has lived up to my expectations for it. I began blogging to share the scrapbooking that I'm doing and to share what is going on in my life. I've done that - not consistently, but I've done it. And I've had some good posts. Yet there is this nagging little bit of discontent about my blog. I still haven't figured out how to put up a real header. I still haven't figured out how to make it pretty.
And I have to be honest - I LOVE comments! When I make a blog post and get no response, I'm actually disappointed. Which is silly if I'm doing this blog for me. Not so silly if I'm doing it for reasons I haven't articulated - like for validation, to find kindred souls, to connect with a world larger than my own circle of influence. And when it comes right down to it, this may be the unspoken reason behind my blogging. Having said that, my reason for taking this class, and what I hope to gain from it, is to take my blogging to the next level. I want to create blog content that people will actually want to read and respond to, that is still true to my authentic self, and that will become the foundation of future scrapbooking. Although sometimes, it will be my scrapbooking that becomes the foundation for a blog post. Hopefully each creative outlet will feed the other! I'm not promising to blog daily (I don't want to bore anyone to death and I DO have a life). But I am promising to put a little more effort into future posts. Hold me to it, okay?