Hi friends! I’m finally back to the blogging world! I have been gone because I have been working towards revamping my site. This is my first blog post on here since I installed a new theme design and changed the hosting site (great thing about being married to an IT geek…I don’t understand how to do all that hosting stuff, but he does and enjoys doing it!). We weren’t able to transfer all my previous posts over to this site, but I do have them saved and will eventually post them on here just for memories/old times’ sake. Anyways…
I really don’t know what this first post should be about, but I just figured that I need to start somewhere and then hopefully gain momentum from here. I ran across this quote the other day and it really resonated with me.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” ― Mark Twain
Part of me spending time revamping the blog is that I needed a break in order to step back and figure out what I needed to do to make this part of my life more. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and realized that what this blog needs is for me to step outside of my comfort zone and be real and be vulnerable. I am a very private person (even within my own family) and it is very hard for me to talk about me, my life, and my feelings. In addition, the world we live in these days is really scary and then to have personal information be out there and available for people to read and see, scares me so very much. But…with that being said, during this break from blogging, I have realized that the blogs I love to read are very personal in nature and talk about normal everyday life goings-on and I need to step out of my comfort zone and approach my blog this way. I also don’t need to be scared and I just need to be smart about what I’m posting out there and to also trust God with this creative venture.
Another thing I realized is that I need to take advice from my blog title and tagline of “Simply Maude – Keep It Simple” and stop trying so hard to do the “right” blogging thing because it hasn’t been working for me and I end up accomplishing nothing because I am so focused on doing it “right”. I realize now that I have been bogged down with reading articles and blog posts on ways to grow your audience, branding your blog, etc…, so much that I don’t post anything because I am spending all my free time reading and researching. I just need to quit and be myself on here. I need to tell stories about my everyday life, be vulnerable, speak from my heart, and I think the rest will eventually follow. So without further ado…here we go on my new blogging adventure and I am so excited that you are joining me on this!
** Please bear with me as I keep finding things I need to tweak/fix in my blog. This is a work in progress!**
Until next time…keep it simple!