I’m on a quest to find my blogging identity! Last night I went to bed thoroughly depressed. After a weekend of visiting some pretty amazing blogs, I came to the realization that I am having a blogging identity crisis.
As a hopeless creative eclectic who cannot seem to say no to “just one more artistic endeavor,” I’m finding it extremely difficult to decide what I want my blog to look like, be about, or represent. I constantly change the banner because I never like the ones I make. Most of my photos are either blurred or lack those close up, artistic angles. I spend hours surfing the same theme templates, all of which are not to my artistic satisfaction. It is as if I have a blogging itch I just can’t scratch. I cannot decide what to include and what to remove.
Then to top it off, my husband and I rented the movie “Julie & Julia.” I related a little too much with both of these women’s struggles to find their creative identities (except for the cooking—the one part my husband hoped I would miraculously fall in love with). Julie’s struggle as a want-to-be writer hit close to home. Her idea to cook through Julia Child’s cookbook in 365 days sparked an interest. My husband laughed out loud several times during her meltdowns and then looked at me shaking his head up and down as if to say, “That is just like you!”
Then this morning I awoke with an epiphany, “What if I set out on a quest in 2010 to find my blogging identity? (I have a sneaking suspicion it is directly linked to my creative identity, which is in a constant state of flux).
This New Year has a “10” so I will come up with the “Top 10 Components of Interesting Blogs.” Although my readership is small (a relief due to my present lack of talent), perhaps some of you might decide to go on this journey with me and actually begin your own blog as well.
So I wrote down some basic guidelines, which I will most assuredly change because I get bored with rules. Nevertheless, I have to start somewhere. In 2010, I will try to do the following everyday:
Rule Number 1: Visit at least one new blog site and leave a comment (I love to get comments)
Rule Number 2: Post one new finding on my own blog
Rule Number 3: Take “no longer wanted items” off my computer in order to make room for new pictures (I am down to 2:29 GB of storage and can’t afford a new computer yet)
Rule Number 4: Organize my discoveries into “Top 10” categories so those new to blogging can easily find them (banners, photos, sidebars etc)
Rule Number 5: Create some helpful and simple tutorials for new bloggers to follow so they can avoid some of my frustration with navigating this new terrain
At this point I decided to stick with my WordPress hosted blog because it is easier for new users to navigate. However, as I get more expertise under my belts, perhaps I will highlight the “how to’s” of setting up a self-hosted site.
So I labeled this first blog -2 since the quest and numbering will not officially start until January 1st.
My husband and I are off to Las Vegas for the New Year and plan on indulging our insatiable photography habit. What we cannot have in reality, we will have in fantasy—traveling around the world taking pictures of ourselves. The many international hotels will suffice for now. Posts highlighting will follow along with my daily “Search for a blogging identity.”