…it’s a bloggy world: make it personal

I heart all music from the 70s. Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, of course the Beatles, and…Cat Stevens! I must have some type of telepathy going with Cat Stevens because I literally heard in the car this morning on NPR that he is singing at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame this week. I bring this up because the title of my series this week was a play on his song “It’s a Wild World.”  You know it,

“Oh, Baby, Baby it’s a wild world.

It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.”

So true, Cat.

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Cat Steven has a really interesting background and I would venture to say that his music would not be as impactful if it was not so personal. That was my attempt to segue to blogging. How did I do?

I understand that opening ourselves up to strangers is not always comfortable. We are subjecting ourselves to criticism and judgment. But, there is also love and admiration and more importantly a sense of community if you choose to.

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I try to come from an attitude of “We are all in this together. Life is hard and we don’t always have the tools we need to get through it. Let’s lean on each other and lift each other up as best as we can.”

I knew from the beginning of my blog that I wanted to display an honest Christen. I said the same thing when I started dating my Dear Husband. I think when we come from a place of honesty we really honor ourselves. We are saying, I’m  not trying to be anyone else but who I am. We are all snowflakes. Precious and different. Why would we want to hide that?

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This is why you see my kids, me in my painting rags, me laughing at myself and me ranting when I’m upset in my posts. It is very cathartic to be open.

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If we walk around with our guard up all the time on we are not protecting ourselves, we are imprisoning ourselves. There is freedom in laughing openly when you are on the elliptical at the gym watching Hoda & Kathy Lee say something ridiculous. There is freedom letting yourself cry with your neighbor on the way to the bus stop because her dog has just died. There is freedom in pulling the car over and screaming because you’ve just heard of another school shooting and you still cannot figure out why we are allowed to carry guns in our country! ROAR!

Oh, Baby, it’s a wild world. If you are going to blog then make it help & honor you. Let others in so we can see the good and the bad and relate to it all. We are just as messy over here. I have found more friends and readers here because I dare to be vulnerable. Even when just discussing paint :) Thank you, God.

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…it’s a bloggy world series

I have a confession. If you’ve been reading Blue Egg Brown Nest for a while you know that I am working on being honest & true to my feelings. If not, then how can anyone really get to know us? And those that judge or guilt or shame what our truth is, well, they don’t understand what it is for one to have good boundaries and our own identities. I am aiming for freedom this year!

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Now, what was I saying? Oh, my truth is that I heart my blog more than I heart decorating, creating and painting. I was a painfully shy child that never spoke up or had a voice that could express what I wanted or felt or NEEDED. Yes, it was very sad and I’ve been in therapy all of my adult life trying to feel better about it. There you go. BUT, I have always been good at writing. Writing is a safe place to be. You can think about what you want to say, you can walk away and come back, you can delete or ignore. You have options that you may not feel when you are face to face with someone. Now, I know that there is a whole fear out there about us loosing our social skills due to Facebook, text, email, etc. I’m not really talking about that. I’m talking about a safe place to get it all out. Like in a journal or a letter or….a BLOG!

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I never read a blog before starting my own. No kidding. I started one because I had a garage stuffed with furniture that I was getting ready to Chalk Paint and I wanted to talk about it.

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Now it has become the most amazing  tool in my life. It belongs to me and I get to sit and write and “talk” and share and what is even cooler is that I get to hear from people all over the entire WORLD that want to read what I say. They can relate and empathize and get inspired by little, old me. The only saddness I feel is that I wish we could all gather together in one space and hug each other and talk about our struggles to be creative in this world. In Heaven we will do this:)

If you are creative and want others to know, then start a blog. If you are struggling with pain in your life, then start a blog. If you are funny, insightful, have a different perspective on something, then write about it. You may not have a ton of readers or gain a huge following OR you may. Glennon Melton from Momestary is a great expample of a mom with a rocky past that started a blog. She just started writing about her own truth and a ka-zillion people now read what she has to say. That’s awesome, but it’s not all of it. I think we all have a need to download what is going on in our head before it explodes out of us and a blog is a great way to hit a button and send it out into the internet universe and free ourselves from it.

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So, this week I am going to do a little series on blogging. I hear that I have inspired many of you to start one and I want to share with you the ups & downs that I’ve learned throughout the years.

Here’s a little guideline that may help you get started:

1. Know your craft/project/service that you will be writing about. You don’t have to know everything about it, that will be part of the fun. Your journey will unravel in your posts and throughout your process.

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2. Start your blog. WordPress seems to be the most popular at the moment. You will be able to start it yourself.

3. If you want your own domain name then you will need to register it and buy it. Before you choose a name be sure you do your research. There are so many darn names out there and yours may be taken or there may be something so close to the one you want and people may accidently mistake your page for something else and vise versa. Make the name personal.

4. Things going well? Are you gaining traffic and want to look a bit more professional? Now is the time to hire a web designer. Ask around or do a search. Some designers will want to approve you because they take on your job. For an intial overhaul of your site expect to pay $500 plus.

5. Want to sell from your site? If you are selling small items that you can ship you can look into an online payment plan. You will need help to do this. If pieces are more one-off and you want to stay small then have people email you with inquiries as I do. This is a less commercial approach and allows you to have more control.

I will be sharing a few other insights this that I’ve learned from this very powerful process. Hope you enjoy.

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