5 “thoughts” after 1 month of blogging

So it’s been exactly one month since I made my blog “official”.  Whew! It’s been a crazily awesome adventure so far! Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…

1. It’s a lot of (worthwhile) work!

-I had no idea what to expect when I started blogging… but it’s more work than I first anticipated.  However, looking back…it’s totally that worthwhile kind of work.  I’ve seriously come to enjoy connecting with other cool people here in the blogging community.  The benefits outweigh the losses (can’t think of any losses  right now anyways…!)

2. Be consistent!

-Yeah, you’ve probably heard that one before. But it’s really true.  No one likes a “dead blog”… I’d rather follow consistent blogs too…which means I need to be consistent.  It’s more work that way…but a lot more fun too!

3. Don’t wait!

-Sometimes you just have to do it (post it!) even if it isn’t “perfect”.  I’m somewhat of a perfectionist…and I’m the type that waits around, works on it, until it is perfected.  With blogging you can’t always do that (especially when you have self-imposed deadlines as I do!)  Sometimes, I know my wording isn’t the best and that I could sit down and make it better…but you can only agonize and analyze for so long (I’m a photographer not a writer…I have to get over my “imperfect” word order. 😀 )

4. Inspiration…the ups and downs!

-Be inspired, and celebrate those moments! When you’re consistently blogging… you’re not always inspired (for me this comes in the writing department!) Well, I’m not always inspired…maybe you are? 🙂 My advice is just do it…even when you’re not inspired.  Blogging can be a little bit like work…but I’d say, do it even when you’re not “in the zone” rather than wait until you are! On the flip side though, take advantage of those moments when you are inspired.  Stop what you’re doing (if you can! 😉 ) and write that post, even if it won’t go public till later. You won’t regret it! Or, if you don’t have time to sit down and do it right away, write yourself a quick note…chance are (at least some of) the inspiration will come back later.

 5. Be Yourself!

-whatever your blog is about…be yourself.  No one else is you.  No one else has my odd writing style and no one else’s pictures are the same as mine.  No one likes a copy cat.  Don’t stress that your words and pictures aren’t as “hip” as that other popular blogger… chances are, people are going to like the real you rather than who you want to be. Besides…it’s SO much easier just to be who you really are meant to be. 🙂

 

Well, that’s a start. I wrote all this out for myself as much as my readers.  It’s good to sit down and analyze once in awhile.  To take a moment and sit down…and be thankful. 🙂

 

It’s been a fantastic month! Thanks to all my followers! I appreciate each one of you! I love connecting with people from all over the world and blogging makes it so much more enjoyable! 🙂 I always enjoy seeing the different countries that view my blog…as of today 37 different countries have viewed it and it’s had over 3,500 hits.  Also, a special thanks to my family and friends who have supported me in my blog venture… you know who you are! (You’re all SO awesome!) 😀 Comments etc. always make me smile… you’re always welcome to leave a little “hello” from wherever you may be!

Super excited for the future! 😀 Enjoy your Friday…I sure am!

Always, Aims

photo credit: Joanna Webber

Why Green?!

I’ve hinted earlier at my favourite colour: green.

But, why? Well, here’s my “green” story. 😀

I didn’t grow up loving green, and calling it my favourite colour.  Actually, I can’t even remember what my favourite colour as a kid was…hum, weird.  Anyways, I didn’t wear green, all my accessories weren’t green etc.  So…Green came into my life with a “bang” or, quite literally a splash of paint.

Rewind my life back two and a half years:

It’s a few weeks before my birthday…and when Mom asked what I wanted, I suddenly had this brilliant idea. “For my birthday, I want a can of paint for my bedroom walls.”  I was somewhat ecstatic when she actually agreed.  The only stipulation was that we both had to agree on the colour.  I was just excited for the change… anything would be better than my currant bedroom wall colour (you know that babyish princess pink that every 6 year old LOVES? Hum yeah… let’s just say I haven’t been six for LONG time!)

Too make what could be a long story shorter… I’m sitting in my bedroom now, surrounded by “light” green walls and chocolate brown accents.  As one my friends stated when she had a sleepover, “I always wanted to sleep in a lime.” 🙂

Postcards I collected while in England...tacked up on my GREEN bedroom walls! 🙂

But you know what? I love it! Why? Because it’s SO different than the rest of our house, than the rest of my life, haha.  It’s so refreshing to come home…and to walk in and “be in another world” ;-).  It’s almost become a haven of sorts.

When I think of green, some of the first words that come to mind: Spring. Resurrection. Fresh. LIFE! England. Rain. Happy. Mint chocolate chip ice cream.  The list could go on and on… 😀

For myself, it has come to represent optimism, or rather the choice to be optimistic. I also heard somewhere that “green is the colour of hope”. Maybe it’s true.

When it’s muddy and yucky outside, it’s still bright and cheery in here. 🙂 However, even after that, green only stayed on my walls.  It’s only been in the last six or sevenish months that it’s made it into other parts of my life and in a few different shades…( I also adore Kelly green by the way.) Or maybe I’m just noticing it now.

So, here are a few of the “greens” that surround my every day life.

the flashlight on my keychain...
My iPod case and the case for my Kobo eReader
Curtains...
"my mouse" 🙂
my travel mug
I even had green butterflies put on my nails a couple weeks ago...
Yes, I am cool enough to use a green violin bow...just sayin'
My recent VV purchase. Airwalks in my size...and they're green! How cool is that, eh?

So that’s why I choose green to accent my blog, my facebook, twitter, and website. Green reminds me of life, and to choose to look on the bright side. And always to have hope!

Always, Aims