On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life. ~Alvin Toffler

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Well, life for me lately has been all about blogging. If I am not working to pay the bills, doing general housework to live in a tidy and decent space and caring for the spoiled household pets around here, you know I am doing something related to blogging. Yesterday was no exception. I spent half the morning doing what most bloggers do, that is, reading, commenting, gather ideas to put together the next post and occasionally do some blog page renovations. While practicing the art of blogging, my thoughts lingered over what I could share that would have some meaning (and not just fluff) to anyone who may happen to come over to this blog.

The one thought that stood out was how blogging uncovers the person living inside you. For example, I discovered how much fun writing can be. It has been so enjoyable that I am now reading with delight, Julia Cameron‘s, The Right to Write book. I have also found that I think like a bird. You know, a free bird, no major commitments, ready to fly out of any situation with just a few flap of the wings. However, I have come to see that sometimes it is good to have your wings clipped to make a, *gasp,* commitment; especially if blogging brings stability and opportunities to practice many ways to become a better communicator.

Perhaps change is not merely necessary to life, but change may also be necessary to a blog.  Commitment, for those with a flighty heart, may be necessary to a blog as well.

Since my one-year blog anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I would share with you some good changes that have happened around here and a commitment I am proud to have made since my first shaky post on, of all things, snakes!  Now how charming and elegant of a start is that?

Beginnings

After a long “shopping trip” over at the Word Press Theme store, I originally thought the Chateau theme was an elegant way to make my mark on the blogosphere. After a few posts, however, it occurred to me that the Bueno theme was really the one that showed the sunny and fluffy blogger (yikes!) I was turning out to be. Only I knew about the slowly emerging writing style coming out of me and it took my 12th post–can you believe it–before someone noticed my existence. Suddenly, after laying out a dozen eggs posts, I got my first like!  (Thank you, Ng Tom!)

I stayed happily in love with my Bueno theme, experimenting and playing around with most of its options and had the time of my life blogging almost everyday. It took me several months to figure out how to activate the Featured Post widget to show a thumbnail image next to the widget feature. Whenever I saw another blogger using the same Bueno theme and using the thumbnail image with their featured posts, I would ask how they did it. I did not hear back from any of them, (maybe I forgot to say the magic word, please) but somehow, I managed to figure it out on my own.

Permanency

In May of 2012, the tag line (is it called a tag line?) that shows up when you first open your dashboard finally got my attention.

Upgrade your own domain!

I would press to read about upgrading my domain, but never dreamed of committing to it.  It sounded so complicated and please, do not ask how many times I went over there to read about it. (Okay, I went over many times! Sheesh.) Then, my half way mark as an almost daily blogger went by and I was still, totally ‘in love’ with writing and blogging so my ‘serious self’ suddenly asked this bold question:

Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

“Uh, well,” I said, “because it is free? There are no strings or money involved and I can leave and walk fly away anytime. Nothing lost. ”

Then, to make sure I removed any thoughts of committing to an upgrade, my thoughts whispered, “oh, upgrading is much too expensive.” Alas, after calculating all the cost, I knew I could afford $2.75 per month and what is that, about nine cents a day, on something I felt was one of the best change that has come my way in a long time. Therefore, in May of 2012, I finally said YES, and my blogging life has never been happier. Oh, gosh, I felt like I had just said YES to be married or something!

Domain

I simply want to say that the domain upgrade makes me feel this is not just a ‘drive-by’ love affair, rather, an affair that has an unspoken promise of sharing no matter how I feel or how busy my life becomes.

“A full commitment is a promise to stay active regardless of the endless changes and challenges life brings to us.” ~Sunshine

Forever

However, with the domain upgrade, I found another thing about myself. Self control. I need to practice not going overboard when I find a good thing. For example, with the new domain change came the customized fonts and soon after, another theme change: the Forever theme. It seemed only logical to go all out and celebrate like that of a festive wedding ceremony. Okay, so now my love affair is costing me a mere, $5.25 per month minus internet service fees but that is cheaper than going to the movie theater these days.

Endless changes are all part of life and part of blogging. I hope this has encouraged you to welcome changes despite the disruptions changes often bring. Oh, and if you happen to suffer from commitorum metus or commitment phobia, I totally understand where you are coming from.

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 Do you find yourself  reflecting on  how blogging is uncovering and defining the person inside you?

Are you the type who welcome blog changes and accept commitment well?

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26 thoughts on “On Blogging: Why, ‘self,’ are you still living as a half committed blogger?

  1. fgassette says:

    I love your article. It is very informative and encouraging. I started blogging in Dec, 2011 and I am committed to blogging every day. I find the commitment gives enjoyment to my daily life and forces me to remember and appreciate events that have encouraged me and gives me the opportunity to share that encouragement with others.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • Sunshine says:

      …And thank you for your daily encouragement that you bring to us, Francine! Appreciating the small things in our daily lives does get buried away sometimes, and blogging, as you say, does force us to reflect and that is a good thing.
      I appreciate your unwavering support, Francine. Thank you!! 🙂

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  2. Angelia Sims says:

    Your blog is wonderful – not fluffy at all. If the changes make you happy and accomplished, then you are on the right path. I am on year three of blogging and could not imagine life without it (although I tried! Lol). I love changing it up. It does seem like more of me is coming out with it. 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      You are sweet, Angelia, thank you for your kind words and lol, please do not try anymore to quit blogging. We ‘die-hard’ bloggers are commanding you to continue til the end of time! hehe. okay, be seeing ya! 🙂 Thank yOu!!!

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  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin says:

    Sounds all good to me…I would say it’s what we are trying to achieve for sure…I finished a whole year dedicated to my special kids I worked with for 30 years…That finished…I said I would just blog to entertain…happenings in my life usually…or someone elses..I’ve got 5 more months to achieve that…What’s next?…we will see…but, I do know “change and learning is such a good thing!”…~mkg

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    • Sunshine says:

      Mmm, must have been a hard transition, Marilyn, going from working with your kids for 30 years and wind down to having your own time…good thing for blogging! Yay!
      Entertaining is much needed for lots of us who need to slow things up and see life on the light side of things to keep everything in perspective.
      I agree, change and learning…are keys to living a good life.
      Glad you stopped in to chat…see ya! 🙂

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  4. angelswhisper2011 says:

    Promise me you’ll never stop blogging, Sunshine. I love your work! It’s always a surprise what comes next, and it’s always spiritual and deep and I like that!
    When I started blogging last year around the same time as you, I had so much to tell, and everything was so interesting, but everything was also “a little bit of this and a little bit of that”. Now I’m getting more organized and have much more fun with it 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      Angelswhisper, you are as your name describes…a true angel and a blessing to many bloggers, me included. You share your beautiful family of cats, especially the late Big Binky…still hoping for his return…you are always so encouraging as well. Thank you!!!
      Let us continue blogging on to another year and another until…??? eternity? Sounds good to me! Ready, set, GOOOOOO! 🙂

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  5. Janet Williams says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve also started slowly changing and trying to upgrade, and constantly wondering ‘should I or shouldn’t I’…? My thinking is never ending, and it’s important to make informed choices. I used to buy some domain name but I hated it afterwards. Money and time wasted; lesson learnt. Now I’m more cautious…….

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    • Sunshine says:

      Hi Janet! It is all a learning adventure, this blogging business and for sure, there is so much to learn. Hmm, I am curious to know about your domain upgrade experience–you planning to write on it? Or maybe you have…at least it is not a very big cash layout so that is a good thing. 🙂
      I put myself in time out and stay distant from the WP theme park otherwise I would, most likely, have a new theme every week. Yikes!
      Thanks for cruising by and sharing in the conversation…;)

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  6. allthingsgirlrelated says:

    What a fantastic piece of work Sunshine!! I’m only new to this world but I’m loving it all so much already!! Your words are so authentic and truly inspiring!! 😉 Keep up the good work!!xoxo

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    • Sunshine says:

      Hey, allthinsgirlrelated! Welcome to the blogosphere and for sure, one can never be bored in this world. Lol!
      You have a cool blog… lots of power to your creative self and your blog.
      Thanks for joining in the conversation. 🙂

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  7. amira says:

    Nice post sunshine.
    Blogging has been an eye opener for me. It has been a companion on sad gloomy days and a companion to share happy news with on bubbly days. And it showed me that I can write 🙂
    I guess that’s something most bloggers have in common – the revelation that we can write if and when we want to 🙂
    the only downside of blogging is that it gets addictive … I had to take a long break as my pending list kept growing … needed a breather.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Blogging is a wonderful companion for sure, Amira and a great place to share with kindred spirits.
      Yes, you can write and hope you write everyday, even if you do not post it.
      Keep writing, my friend, and be easy with yourself…good to see you again. 🙂

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  8. Caddo Veil says:

    Somehow I missed this yesterday, but am glad I found it today. Sunshine, this is SO great, and I recently made a slight upgrade too, so I know what you’re saying–it was tempting, like you said, to go for the “whole wedding package”!! But since my blog adventure is totally a God-thing, I’ll wait on Him to tell me when I can afford the next fun upgrade. I wasn’t having commitment issues about daily posting–I work at mine like it’s a job–but I was having trouble putting down some money; I’m really glad I did, now. So, your anniversary is Sept? Wow, you came to the neighborhood shortly after me! I think you’re doing wonderfully here–and I like the recent changes a lot! Thanks, also, for the tip: “The Right to Write”. God bless you always, every day, BIG–love, sis Caddo

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    • Sunshine says:

      Oh, I so glad you found me, sis! Julia Cameron is a great inspiration and I think you would like her style of writing. Here is to another year of creative blogging!
      ~Peace and light to you! 😉

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  9. philosophermouseofthehedge says:

    Seems like blogging makes many analytical as well as reflective – not such a bad thing….then there are the ones who just stick in pictures and quick silly things – blogs: something for everyone! Everyone welcomed. You get out of it what you put into it?
    It’s all fun in any case
    Great post. Be looking for an amazing anniversary post in Sept ( no pressure. HA!)
    Always enjoy visits here

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  10. suburbanclairvoyant says:

    I love Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way. So inspiring! Also, and I don’t think this is a conincidence – ha ha as a clairvoyant, I know there are no coincidences like, in randomness, but coincidences as in “happening at the same time”. Since the pic on the post is of a bird…have you ever read Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott? Its a great book about writing too.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Hey Deb, um, no, I did not know about Bird by Bird

      I will need to check it out…the title sounds intriguing and when you say it is about writing, even more so!
      Thank you again for the great information you bring…:)

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  11. island traveler says:

    It’s like reading my own thoughts and journey with blogging. I didn’t know what I’m doing when I started but I knew that I wanted to write and make a difference. All it takes is a burning passion and the rest will follow. Thanks for sharing your world with us. Always an inspiration to hear from you.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I think it was your post about upgrading you wrote awhile ago…you did, right? Just checking, as my memory seems to fail me more often these days–drats!
      Yes, you cannot stop now, Island T. or there may be a big hole in the blogosphere if you do, and you do not want to be responsible for the hole, right?? Lol!
      I appreciate your visits and thanks for the kind words…

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    • Sunshine says:

      Ohhh, I totally see how you feel, Sixpuns…one has to find a balance and also set limits, otherwise one can look up one day (from blogging and carrying on) and find everything in their personal life in shambles due to neglect. *eeek*
      Thank you for your few minutes here and I truly appreciate your thoughts…:)

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