biggest announcement as of yet

Almost immediately after I started this blog, I wanted to redesign my site.  I guess that’s the curse of new things, right?  You buy a house or accept a new job or start a new hobby and then, after the novelty and new bright shiny-ness rubs off, you immediately want to change absolutely everything.  Like painting the kitchen white instead of red.  Or, buying all new running gear for your 3-mile training routes.

I guess that’s the curse of new, shiny things.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re moving.  No, I’m not physically moving, or Kina for that matter.  But we, as in you and I and all those little internet strangers who randomly pop over to my blog to say Hi!  We’re going over to a new site.  Are you excited?  I sure am. I’ve been wanting to say this, for what feels like, forever.

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If you follow this blog by email or wordpress or bloglovin or facebook, there’s no need to fret.  Later this week when I write another post, everything will be delivered to you as normal – only it will be all shiny and new, of course.  And, if you want a sneak peek because you can’t wait, you can click over here.

Otherwise, this site will be redirecting to the new one in a couple of days.  And then we’ll all be staring at the new blingy site… at least for a couple of months until I want to re-do absolutely everything. ;)

Come over and visit!

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How to Get Out of a Blogging Funk (or any funk, for that matter)

Like many bloggers, I’ve fallen susceptible to the inevitable blogging funk.  You know the one where you can’t seem to think of a single thing to write, you far surpass your expectations of a ‘timely’ post and the only thing close to hitting that publish  button is your forehead. *Zoink!*  If you’re like me and words are sometimes more M.I.A. than Miley Cyrus’ foam finger (oh, no she didn’t!)  then hopefully these tips for getting out of a blogging funk (or any funk, for that matter) will resonate with you.  Do you see one that is missing?  Please let us know in the comments!

Old typewriter keys. ©Robin Nelson

1. Live a little – One thing that I constantly like to remind myself is that, most of the time, I wouldn’t have any exciting or interesting blog posts unless I was actually out there living my life.  Some of my favorite posts that I write are the memoir pieces where I flash back to various points in my childhood or embarrassing struggles with my womanhood.  None of these stories are possible without those actual, real-life events.

2. Aim for the blogger you want to be – If I only had one guiding principle for the rest of my blogging career, this would be it.  Our blogs are only as big as our dreams, and it helps to associate with people who achieved that dream before us.  This doesn’t mean that we need to emulate every move another blogger makes or *heaven forbid* steal content ideas, but we should all have bloggers that we respect and admire, even if it’s for the sole purpose of just giving us hope.

3. Stick to a schedule (any schedule) – When I started reading blogs, I read this manifesto by Chris Guillebeau on how to succeed in blogging.  One of the things he mentioned in the manifesto is to identify a schedule for how often you would like to blog and stick to it.  How often doesn’t matter – it could be every day or once a week.    The point is that it provides your readers a consistent schedule for when to expect a post from you, and helps hold you accountable for writing!  This is where a blogging calendar may fit in!

4. Participate in a challenge – One of the things that is great about blogging is the constant availability of blogging challenges. From NaBlogPoMo to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge to the WordCount Blogathon, there are so many ways to get involved in a blogging challenge event.  Heck, it even help to pick a consistent theme to write about for one day a week!  Lindsay, over at Pursuit of Pink, always writes about her top five moments of the week on Fridays!

5. Find your perspective – I feel like a lot of people, including myself, avoid writing because they feel like they have nothing to offer.  I think that we couldn’t be further from the truth.  Each person, no matter how good of a writer he or she is, holds a unique perspective of the world.  It’s your job to discover what that is.  Whether it’s living life as a newlywed, raising three kids under six or just haphazardly living through life as a single, 27-year-0ld *ahem*, we each have a story to tell.

6. Talk about something you already talked about – Sometimes one of the best things to write about is something that you’ve already written about before!  And one of the best ways to discover which writing pieces resonate with people is to check your past blogging stats!  Popular articles and well-liked pieces show you areas where you can continue digging and writing about your experiences.

*How do you get out of a blogging funk?