…it’s a bloggy world: the good & the bad

So, speaking of roaring a bit when I slip up and mis-spell something, I come to the part where I will discuss the good and the bad about blogging. Let’s start with the good news.

I always want to encourage you all to paint or to collect or to write because you love to do so. Start there.

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I don’t want you to blog because you want exposure, business, money. I want you to write because you need to write. This attitude will come through. I have read some blogs where it just feels like either the person is at a job and has to be writing the post or, even worse, is selling something. Blak! Your readers will be able to tell very quickly whether or not you are enjoying your process.

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As I have said, I love the writing part of my job even more than the painting & decorating. There is freedom in putting down your ideas and sending them out into the world. You will feel energized and inspired. You will gain new friends that want to read what you have to say. They may even want to meet you or buy one of your pieces. They may forward you beautiful post to a friend or neighbor.

You will be able to talk about your process and explain what you are working on. This is important for any creative person. Yes, working in your own, quiet studio is lovely, but I think we all have the need to show what we’ve done. You can post pictures of the process and the end result. You will feel accomplished and proud.

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Your business will grow and you will gain followers. Your numbers will climb and that can be fun to watch. You may sell more. You may be able to buy more supplies and materials to create more. This will make you feel happier and even more creative! Yahoo!

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Like in life there is always a flip side. If you have read Blue Egg for a while you will know that I don’t deal too well with mean people. Helpful pointers are one thing, but when it is delivered with a mean spirit I lose my cool. I know many, many, many, many bloggers that feel the exact same way. We are the ones wearing our heart on our sleeves and we get to reap the beautiful parts, but when we hear something harsh from someone we don’t know it, well, it pisses us off.

The information you are providing is free. When people get free things they should appreciate them. Most people do and you will create meaningful relationships with these readers and followers. Like a bad apple in every bunch there are people out there that want to tear others down. We all know it. Just know that it is coming. Even if you were giving out free apple pie every Friday you will have someone complaining about the crust. It’s not you, it’s them.

The reward that you will feel from talking and writing about what you are working on will be worth anything negative that you come across. At the end of the day this is just little, old you. It is YOU. You and your business. You and your craft. You and your writing. You and your audience. You and your blog. This is a very special time for you and something worth doing for yourself.

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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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