Three days into being an official *blogger* and this is what I know so far:
❊ Blogging is fun!
❊ Comments from you guys are awesome!
❊ I am absolutely in love with my blog design & layout.
❊ I am such a newbie! Everything takes a LONG time since I am learning.
❊ Blog organization is tricky…
It took me a very, very long time (better part of the year to be honest) to decide how to go about organizing this blog. Having three YouTube channels featuring different types of content & subjects posed quite the dilemma at first. I had to decide whether I was going to have one blog or three separate ones (which could possibly all funnel into a main website), and accordingly, one domain name or four separate ones. This was a toughie. As much as the categorizer in me loves the idea of the multi-blog main website, ultimately I decided it wasn’t realistic for me to take on such a huge blogging endeavor like that on top of my YouTube filming & editing to-dos. Having one blog where I can post pretty much anything I want and just file it under one of my three YouTube channels as categories was the simplest option.
That I actually chose the least complicated path comes as a delightful surprise to me. I usually chose the more challenging way when it comes to pretty much anything. When I was younger I believed I acted this way in order to prove myself to others as someone who could aim high and accomplish lofty goals. This belief started to shift in the latter half of my college education when I realized what I really desired was the challenge itself and to push myself just because I could. I worked my tail off in school to achieve the highest marks possible. Since then, my desire to learn and be the best version of myself has been the driving force for all that I do in my life.
This can be a bit of a double-edged sword, however, since it is very easy for me to over-commit myself and my time. In the past few years in particular I have worked on making boundaries for the purpose of allowing myself some breathing room. I cannot be idle. I am always on the move (quite literally!) with multiple projects going at any one time. I am fiercely stubborn when it comes to finishing what I started. Couple that with a tendency to chose the more complicated version of accomplishing something and the possibility of burnout looms perilously close by. As much as I am excited & inspired by my new career as an Original Content Creator (and all that it entails), I must be very careful not to take on more than I can feasibly handle. I will always take on a lot as it is in my nature to do so. I’m in my comfort zone when I am functioning at full capacity. The choices I made for organizing this blog symbolize growth on my part. Yes, I am taking on another endeavor, one that will require much time & energy, and is a true commitment in those senses, but I chose the simplest path. The blog (and my efforts for it) are organized, but not micro-categorized. That, my friends, is real growth.
It is a joy to walk down this path and enjoy it with you all. Let’s grow together
* I am not affiliated with Mary Engelbreit, just a great admirer of her artwork. I was given express permission by the Mary Engelbreit company to use this image, which is protected under copyright law. Visit www.maryengelbreit.com to peruse more artwork and products. *