Blogging My Way

28 Jun

When people ask me the name of my blog, I generally get sideways glances when I tell them.  It’s long winded, I know, but there is a point behind it, I swear!  I originally started blogging because I was feeling lost.  I decided that if I started exploring my creativity and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, it might lead me to some realizations about myself and what I wanted out of life.  My original plan was to commit to blogging at least twice a week for at least a year (hence the “Year”) and explore things outside of my comfort zone (“Strategic”), in hopes that by challenging myself, I would open up an unknown world of possibility (“Serendipity”).

serendipity [ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtɪ] n the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident

When I began blogging a year and a half ago, I had no idea that it would turn into a home design/DIY focused blog and that it would help me rediscover my design passions.  Serendipitous, don’t you think?  (Sorry, couldn’t resist).  I’ve enjoyed blogging and sharing my ‘adventures’ more than I ever anticipated, so it’s time to up my game.

For the past month, I’ve been an eager learner in Blogging Your Way 2.0 run by the amazing Holly Becker (of Decor8).  Maybe I can absorb some of her and the other teachers’ blogging awesomeness simply by proximity.  Just in case that doesn’t work, however, I figure I should make the most of the lessons and homework assignments.  (Some of the homework assignments have included this post and this post).  The class has far exceeded my expectations!  It has me looking at my blog in a whole new light.  I’m just disappointed that the month-long class is almost over- I want more!

The most beneficial part of this class for me is that it’s helping me find my voice.  This is an outlet for me to share my passion and build my brand, and I need to present my thoughts in the best possible way.  I always know what point I want to get across in my posts (sometimes babbling a bit too much about it), but I’m starting to really understand the best way to curate the information.  There will be a bit of trial and error really figuring this stuff out, but it’s only getting better from here!

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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7 Responses to “Blogging My Way”

  1. Revival Girl 06.28.2012 at 9:12 am #

    I, too, started my blog (agrandrevival.com) because I was a little lost and in need of reviving. It is incredible to me that taking a couple baby steps (such as creating your first blog post) can lead you on a completely unexpected path. Life is full of serendipity — as long as you are open to it. I wish you all the best in your journey! By the way, I love the above quote…who is it by? Cheers.

    • vintageviolet 06.28.2012 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks! I’m not sure where the quote is from- I came across it on Pinterest, but the source led to a dead end.

  2. Mel 06.28.2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing, a beautiful post:) What a great journey we’re in.. Mel (BYW2)

  3. Jane 06.29.2012 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Karen A fabulous post.I’m delighted to find another blogger finding her voice, just like I am. And the journey of self-discovery is an endless one, isn’t it? I’m sad BYW2.0 is finishing as well. J x PS The photo can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/moniquewilmoth/6165445298/

    • vintageviolet 06.29.2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks! I always hate it when I can’t find the source on pinterest- gotta give credit where it’s due!

  4. summercrafter 07.03.2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Amazing how much we bloggers from BYW 2.0 have made the same discoveries and share so much of the same emotions. Yay for us! for moving forward on our journey! Elaie

  5. desha 07.13.2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi, I saw your message in BYW about the Blogger Meet Up in New England. I hope we can make it happen, hopefully in early fall. I’ll post something in our BYW facebook page once the summer simmers down. Nice to meet you!

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