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I registered my domain name 3 years ago to start blogging but never did. I kept thinking that nobody would want to read what I wrote. And mabye that’s still the case. However, I have found healing in what I’ve started here. The support from friends, real life and online has been amazing. I am so grateful to every person who takes the time to read, comment, share…it’s amazing. I watch the little feed ticker every day and see it going up and up and up…it’s a small number, but I feel like I’ve made it to the moon. And maybe that’s small beans to most people, but I just started this, so I’m pretty impressed.

The three things I’ve learned along the way? Here they are:

#1 – Freedom. The freedom to write about any topic, that is. When I first registered my blog, I was going to limit the topics discussed to writing only. I’m an aspiring writer, so I should write about writing. Umm, wrong. I’m an aspiring writer on a good day. I’m a frazzled and sleep deprived mother of two small children, a woman who has lost her mother at a young age, a former athlete turned fatty wanting to turn, umm…normal, every other day.  So when I read Kristen Lamb’s post, ‘Sacred Cow-Tipping – Why Writers Blogging About Writing Is Bad, I felt vindicated. And relieved. I had already come to the conclusion that I knew jack-shit about writing and I couldn’t possibly babble on about how I hate grammar for an entire month, let alone an entire…umm…writing career (unless it was really short and sweet. Which is entirely quite possible. Anyways!). So I had given myself the freedom to write about just about anything. I’m still trying to figure out where my boundaries are. In real life, I don’t believe any topic is taboo, soo…I’m wondering if the post I’ve been planning on what I discovered about tampons may be too much? Let me know!

#2 – Honesty. It’s really quite simple. If you write from the heart, you’ll connect with your readers. I’m afraid of a lot of things when it comes to this blog. There are things I want to talk about, that would help me, maybe help others, but a part of me is intimated by the disapproval of others. But what I can see from my stats is that my blog post, An Oak With A Sapling Heart, has received the most hits. And it’s probably my most candid post to date.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  Besides what I’ve noticed on my own blog, Pioneer Woman, who I’m in complete admiration and adoration of, confirmed my feelings in her post, Ten Things I’ve Learned About Blogging. It’s a good post, you should go read it.

And finally,

#3 – Consistency. This is probably the hardest part of blogging — doing it everyday or every other day. There’s real life stuff, writing, writing procrastination and a host of other excuses that prevent the blog post from getting written, but you have to do it. I’m still not there, but if you read comments on posts like this one, you’ll see that people achieve success with their blogs the more consistent they are. I’m fairly certain that three posts a week is the perfect balance between real life/other non-blogging responsibilities and blogging success. It’s the goal that I’m going to be working towards, in any case.

Besides posting more often, I’ll continue to post with honesty and transparency because I think there is so much we can learn from each other, if we’re willing to share our hearts. And if you like reading my blog or don’t, please leave a comment with your thoughts! I’d love to hear what you think makes a good blog good!

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14 comments

  1. August 1, 2011 at 6:32 am Kristen Lamb

    Fantastic post and I LOVE YOUR HEADER!!!!! Thank you for the mention. You have a fantastic blogging voice.

    • August 1, 2011 at 9:27 am Syd

      Kristen! Thank you so much for reading and for your comment! I am so honored!

      It’s funny how a little bit of encouragement like your comment can make a writer’s heart soar. I question my blogging voice all the time. So much so that I half write posts and walk away from them thinking the whole thing sucks. But this goes back to the honesty thing. I gotta write like me, or write like I’m talking to a sister (same thing, IMO) and just let the chips fall where they may!

      You are an inspiration and I am so thankful to have come across your blog. It’s gold!

      Glad you like the header, too! *squee*

  2. August 1, 2011 at 8:00 am Barbara L

    Love your header also. Enjoyed reading your post. Totally agree with the write from the heart part!

    • August 1, 2011 at 9:38 am Syd

      Thanks so much, Barbara! When you’re writing from the heart, it’s a lot easier to write, isn’t it? The less I worry about what other people think, the better it all turns out.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate it!

  3. August 1, 2011 at 11:23 am N

    With each passing day, I’m inspired more by you. You make things in my lifehappen. You make my heart soar, even when there are tears in my eyes. You are a true oak with a sapling heart.

    xox

    • August 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm Syd

      N, you are an inspiration to ME! Jeez, woman, don’t make me cry now. Thank you for reading, supporting, loving! You are a gem and I appreciate YOU!

  4. August 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm Nikki (EQ21)

    Syd- I think you’re doing a wonderful job! Keep ’em coming, tampon glory and all! *hugs*

    • August 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm Syd

      Thanks Nikki! I appreciate you coming by to read and comment 😉 So you really wanna hear the tampon story?

      • August 3, 2011 at 5:32 am Nikki (EQ21)

        Hehe. I’m sure it can’t be all that bad! …And no one could ever deny you of speaking your mind & honesty points. 😉

  5. August 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm Nikki Rules

    Every so often I visit your blog. I’m jealous of it actually, and its probably why I don’t usually comment on it. But I find your eye-candy most appealing, I find your writing simple and inviting, and well, it’s just an overall great place!

    Just keep on doing whatever it is you’re doing, if it has peeps like me jealous then heck it’s gotta be good! ツ

    • August 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm Syd

      Nikki, I want to grab you and squish you right now! That’s a good thing, by the way 😉

      I am insanely flattered that you’re jealous. Huzzah! *happy dance* Umm…okay, that came out wrong. I have no idea what there is to be jealous about, but the fact that you are has me grinning from ear to ear.

      It’s a great compliment because I often feel that way when I read a blog I really like. So thank you for de-lurking to comment. I really do appreciate it. I hope that you’ll keep coming back 😉

  6. August 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm Nikki Rules

    And by so jealous I don’t comment its more in the terms of “what the hell could I add???”

    p.s. thought that additional bit of info needed to be said!

    • August 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm Syd

      No additional info needed, I got what you were saying. But thanks for adding that in. To which I would say, of course there’s something you could add! You could always tell me what color leggings and shoes you’re wearing that day. Or, or, what you had for lunch! Comments are always welcome no matter how random or ridiculous 😉

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