Recently I posted a vlog where I briefly mentioned how happy I was that my office was finally coming together. Flying high off the newly purchased coffee table to accompany my small loveseat, I could only imagine the fanciful notions I’d conjure while lounging on it. I had a new organizer and notebook to schedule out my blog posts and write ideas down in. A new set of fresh ballpoint pens sat inside the decorative pen holder, that was also new.
All the things that I felt I needed to write were finally in place, except for the small sheepskin rug that was on back order. . . Bummer.
The Driving Force
It would seem that on the surface, I was ready. Surely, armed with my new pens and coffee table, I’d be inspired to write the most captivating blog posts of my freelance career. Hell, I might even finish my novel this year. With the muse of my perfectly-cute blue loveseat I was unstoppable, right?
Wrong. As I glance up at my most recent purchase, a bookshelf from Target that’s lately held more used coffee mugs than actual books, I am brazenly reminded that no amount of cute office supplies will ever encourage great writing or ideas.
The year has merely just begun and I’ve spent more money on my office supplies than I’ve made off of my blog. Big Mistake!
Making Up For Lost Blogs
So here I sit, actually writing the first blog of the year. It’s only taken three weeks and about $600, but I’m finally doing it! Let this be a lesson to the children; if you can’t come up with a good idea with a composition notebook from the dollar store, you probably won’t be able to in a designer folio.
Mistakes Were Made
In the last couple of weeks, while I should have been writing, I’ve done some pretty extensive research on how to run a high performing blog. I started out by giving my website a mini makeover. I love the new clean look it has. It just seems more accessible than before.
I also took notice of what my favorite websites had writing blogs had to offer. What exactly hooked me to come back in the first place? What was the root of their fan base?
Because We Love A List
Here is a list I’ve compiled during my last few weeks of procrastination of websites that have given me some real insight into the blogging world.
Recently, my boyfriend and I took a small trip to San Diego for my birthday. We had a great time at the zoo, and an even better time at the bar. . . Duh. On our way back to Vegas we decided to bypass the crazy stand-still traffic of the I-15 and go on a little adventure. We took the scenic route through the Mojave desert. Just before we entered the Joshua Tree National Park, we came across this guy! We quickly decided to pull over for a photo opt. As we got closer to the lion dude, we realized we had found our very first Geocache! It was such an amazing experience reading all the previous travelers notes of well-wishes and mirrored excitement from finding this not-so-little-gem in the desert.