Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Social- If I Had to Start My Blog Over...

If I Had To Start Over With My Blog I Would Change…

When I say this sentence in my head, my first response is “lots of thing”. The next time I say it, my response is “a couple of things”. Then the third time, I think “not a dang thing”. The blogging world is HUGE. I am just starting to understand that. I am just starting to realize who and what I want to be as a blogger.

In all honesty, if I had to start over, I wouldn't necessarily change a whole lot. I started blogging for family and friends to able to read about our journey as we became first time parents. I think I have accomplished that. However, upon further reflection, here are some things 2 years later that I wish I would have known or changed as time has moved forward.

  1. I would have instantly had someone design my blog. I waited almost a year and it was such a nice face lift and overdue.
  2. I would have learned more about Photoshop and made sure that I watermarked my images. This is something I need to still do. I hate that when I post a pic on my blog that I have no clue where it is going or who is using it.
  3. I wish I would take the time to understand the not so glamorous side of blogging. I keep looking at published posts and know I need to resize pictures to make them bigger but I never just take the time to learn this because I keep telling myself I am going to make the move to wordpress. I swear, I have read how to do it and I just don’t do it. Why? I don’t know but I know it would make my blog look better. I know I need to understand the behind the scenes part of blogging using things like Google Analytics etc… My excuse if I can call it that is time. Between being a working mama, a husband with his own business and #2 coming in a few short weeks, I just can’t bring myself to do this stuff. Writing this makes me realize that I am lazy and need to get on it.
  4. Selfishly, I wish I felt confident enough to blog about other things that I like to talk about such as fashion and fitness. I just think that people who do read my blog would think that was weird since they are so use to reading about our family.
  5. I would change how frequently and set up posts. I post when I have time. A lot of time I have posts written in my head and I just don’t get them down on the web. I wish I forced myself in to a schedule. I love schedules and I think it would be good for me to have one with blogging. Each week I think about doing a pinterest post with cool things I have found and I don’t. But, I am starting to realize that if I did it consistently people might not only appreciate it, but they would look forward to it.
  6. Lastly, I wish I would have bought my own domain and spent some time thinking about the name of my blog! I know I can change it and people won’t care but I just wish I would have thought this through carefully to make sure I like it and would stick with whatever I decided on.

Now, that I have written this hold me to these things. I am going to make changes this year. I really am…if I can find the time.


  1. Oh, I am with you on so many of those things. Especially the name one. I really wish I had thought a little harder about the name. Also, I wish I had realized that staying "anonymous" was probably not going to happen. Or I wish I could have stayed anonymous.

  2. I used to have a blogging schedule...and then I got pregnant. Unexpectedly. It's thrown me for a total loop.

    Also? Definitely look into your own domain name. I got one this year and it's been so liberating in a way, you know?

    I stopped by from #SummerBlogSocial!

  3. I agree with the name one. I'm still toying with changing it, but I had cards made and a button and redesign. I said next year if I'm still worried about it, I may change it.

    Great list. I do love your design. It's very crisp and fresh and the colors are lovely.

  4. You can change your blog name at any time, I'm on my third! (but this one is final! I swear!). And you can get your domain name for just $10 a year through blogger, do it! :) And, to resize your photos, super easy ... when you load a picture, if you "click" the picture then you'll get a pop up right there that gives you size options, right there in your post! Easy peasy!

  5. Oh my - working mama with baby #2 coming? I wouldn't be worrying about Google Analytics either, darlin'!

    I'm a huge fan of consistency and scheduling. I think that will help you a lot. Thanks for joining in!

  6. I think that it is fine to be working on all of these things one at a time instead of having done them all at once or before you started blogging. It's okay to have your blog be a work in progress. I think mine will always be to some extent.

  7. I have to do more learning about the fine tuning too. I love your list.