I’m still taking a break on this blog, but I have been meaning to talk more about my experience as a blogger. Just to let anyone who may be curious, or wants to hear more from me (sniff, you’re so kind!).
Overall, this past week has been about accepting change, adjustment, and trying to dig deeper. I started a poetry series on Inside Cup that depicts a child and an element of earth and how symbolic it can be in regards to us and God.
I shared a very personal way I praise God and talk/pray to Him through music. I was worried that sharing this might be an egotistic way of showing my ability (?) if that is what it is. I can listen to music, and once I know the rhythm of the melody I can change the words in my mind.
But a fellow blogger shared with me how many people do not know how to pray and by opening up and sharing that kind of prayer, it could help others. And I think as long as that is the focus and reason behind why I post, for God and for the community, it’s okay. But I have to be guarded and make sure I am not writing for the praises (compliments) of man.
My love language is words of affirmation and I know sometimes this is a weakness of mine.
I’ve been adding pins from my Community Spotlight posts to my Pinterest board Christian Bloggers to check out. I think it’s a nice way to get people’s names out there and hopefully draw the community a little bit closer.
Also, in addition to what I’ve been working on, I’ve tried counting how many times I’ve made edits to my blog(s), and by edits I mean…
-Changing blog logo
-Changing blog site icon
-Changing blog overall look (including sidebar options)
-Making feature images for posts
-Adding titles to feature images
-Editing document using Grammarly to fix my mistakes
-Editing document for clarification, adding new links to posts now relevant that didn’t exist
-Adding sign off
-Adding additional links/info at the bottom of a post
-Adding and/or Deleting Tags to posts
-Adding and/or deleting helpful pages on the menu for readers
The answer is around 8 total edits thus far.
When I started blogging I knew nothing of feature images, pictures, or tags. In fact, it took me a while to have all of these components together. I didn’t know how to really use Canva properly until February of this year.
I went from using no pictures to pictures, no tags, to tags, and I had to constantly keep adding, deleting, and changing. As soon one thing was accomplished, I had to go back and change it because it didn’t feel right.
I didn’t know all of these things as a blogger when I started. I just wanted to write, and get out my message and my story for the glory of God. Which leads me to add…
Do you need all of these things to be a blogger?
But steadily learning about all of these options and how to properly use them not only helps the portfolio of yours and my writing, but it helps our audience. It shows us how we are growing both as bloggers and writers.
Currently, I have almost 400 posts on Inside Cup alone, and I am slowly going through each post and adding a feature image WITH a title in it. Yeah, that’s a lot.
Which was something I’ve been working on recently in regards to titles and fonts. I know it is recommended to only have a few select fonts represent you and your work.
I excused myself by saying since I’m creative, it’s okay to have multiple fonts used. And it is okay overall. But I had to admit it didn’t feel like everything was together. I do want some stability and uniformity in my posts and on my blogs. It helps both my portfolio and more importantly, my audience.
I have two fonts chosen for Inside Cup, and one of them is the main font for both Inside Cup and Peeking Beneath. I’ve yet to pick the main font for the titles for Peeking Beneath, but that day will come.
Book One writing-wise, I am on Ch. 6. I have not written in a while since visiting family. I’m not sure if I will while visiting. But I really want to crack down on making sure I write a page for the book first before I work on a blog post.
Blogging is very easy for me overall, aside from Thursday’s in-depth posts on IC and my Bible Summary series posts, which I am one post away from completing 1 Samuel!
Writing a story, however, is very different. I don’t write the way a lot of people do. I have never been able to just write through things. Like people can say they whipped out 2,000-10,000 words per day for a novel, and I’m like, “I wrote a single-spaced page,” which is roughly 300-400 words.
But I do edit along the way, and people don’t tend to do that either. Many warn against it. I do it to relive the scene, and since I’m so freshly attached to the past scenes anyway it makes more sense for me to do this. It has not hindered me to complete the past three novels I’ve done, and it’s helped me with the book as well.
My husband told me, “Think of it this way. People spend fewer months writing a story than you do, yes. But then they have to spend more months editing and going through the story. You’re taking the time to do both.”
I knew I married him for a reason.
I get in my head a lot, and I know right now I’m afraid to write the story because it just means I’m that much closer to publication or attempting to be published. I’m nowhere close of course, but I know in the back of my mind, this is a reality.
Yet at the same time, the blessing is that “This is a reality,” I used to be a 13 year old girl who thought, “I will only be a poet.”
I’m a poet.
I’m a blogger.
I’m a novelist.
And one day, I will be a published author of a book, and eventually a book series. 🙂
But it all will take time, and that’s okay.
Would you be interested in me sharing my week with you in regards to blogging and writing?
What has your experience been as a blogger and/or writer?
Main Blog: Inside Cup