For Thursday Doors this week, linked to Norm 2.0, I have an extra-wide garage door.
This large, tattered door – with dark chocolate-brown paint – caught my eye because of the banana tree. It is not the typical tree we see here in Richmond, VA.
I then noticed the garage also had a whale weathervane, which is also not that typical being so far inland.
The weathervane brought a smile – such a nice touch of the sea.
I then grabbed a photo of the chipped paint to join in with Narami’s texture (week 38 here)
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I began to think about the person who owned this garage and how pieces of their essence were highlighted here.
Even though the door needs a serious paint job, the door itself seems to be in good condition – also the banana tree seems cared for – and if you look at the small border arranged below the tree, we feel some more personality with the rocks and corner posts. The choice of the whale weathervane brings that touch of the sea – and the two “no parking” signs (one old and one newer one) give us some info about an ongoing matter for this person’s garage location.
This few minutes of thinking about this door (and the essence of its owner) reminded me that I have been wanting to share some lessons I learned about blogging – because the first lesson I learned is that our blogs really need to reflect our essence.
This might sound obvious, but the blogging journey changes as our life changes – and I had to learn that it was okay for my blog (pace and style) to change and grow with me.
As the years have gone by here, my blog has evolved and my interests have changed a bit. Some things have stayed the same, but a few times I had to do some thinking about “should I start a new blog for that interest” or “should I just keep this blog and allow it to evolve.”
I tried the former and have now settled on the latter.
I think that the most successful way to blog is to do what works for you.
Does that sound obvious? Too simple? Not detailed enough?
Let me explain.
Many years ago we used to watch the show called Chopped (here). It is a TV show where four chefs competed making food and the winner usually received 10,000 dollars (sometimes more). The editors of the show give a little background about the chefs and some of the chefs have really fun backgrounds. Anyhow, on one episode, there was a chew who was noted as being “gluten-free” – and when she made her meals – one of the judges said she was shocked that she had used white flour and they were hoping she would have brought more of her gluten-free ideas out. (Something like that.)
The chef lady mumbled some words and said she was cooking what she thought they would like.
That little snippet had me thinking about our approach. I think the editors of that show wanted to give viewers some gluten-free exposure (it was an emerging topic back then – and actually still is….) and it almost seemed like this chef lost her way as she failed to put her essence into the meals she prepared. Now okay, on one side of that – this is what an excellent chef can do – make a meal for the person that has nothing to do with their subjective preferences – but in the case of the show – this chef’s “gluten-free” was mentioned in the opening and was part of her identity. And then when the judges were disappointed – well it showed that possibly this chef “sold out” or forgot to put her essence into her meals.
Similarly, I think people can forget to keep their blog filled with their essence.
And so let’s forget about stats and not learn more SEO (well, unless you have ads – then you can keep more track of that stuff… ha!)
Bloggers – let’s do what we do because we are the only one that can do it….
Okay – so now my top three blogging tips:
First, I think blogging modes should be assessed regularly.
Blog modes should be EXPECTED to change and so just like other areas of life – we need to check in, stand back, and assess. We need to ask – How is it working for me right now? and What might need tweaking….? Because if blogging does not align with current needs and updated life goals, then we could end up sucked into a vortex of momentum that robs us from properly aligning activities. I am sure many of you know what I mean. The social side of blogging is vibrant. There are pros and cons to this vibrancy and for me, blog breaks (fasts) have helped me reassess and stay more in tune.
Second, focus on originality and doing what only you can do – but also remember that we get ideas from each other. Creativity needs fuel and sometimes that fuel comes from reading blog posts and soaking up ideas. Other times we need to tune out the noise and find a quieted voice – or we might need to water a cotyledon of a new phase. We need to learn from others and find inspiration – while remembering to also work at finding a unique (and healthy) groove.
Third, need to stay genuine and draw boundaries. Let’s celebrate exactly what we have so that we can enjoy our blogging days more. Let’s not compare comment sections – likes – or follows.
Let’s write (or post) what we want and at a posting pace that meets our needs.
The originality expressed in a side street garage door
reminded me that our blogs need to stay original too –
so they express our unique hue!
Have a nice day and let me know if you have any tips on blogging….
also – have to share a comic – it is not related to the doors – but hey – it’s my blog…. and I will post a cat comic if I want to… lol