Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The best laid plans

When I began this blog, I really was like a young adult who grabs her backpack and says, "I'm going to tour the world." I had an idea. I had the passion, but I didn't know where I was going to figuratively sleep at night, nor whom I would meet, nor what I would learn along the way. In place of my Let's Go Europe, I have The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook as my guide and companion. The discoveries and encounters have been numerous and extraordinary, but as in any journey, sharing the importance of these events in a clear way that those back home can relate to, is a very difficult task.

I thought it logical to begin the journey by talking about wool. I began with sheep's wool five months ago and we have barely touched the surface. So many interesting things have happened to me since then (as these things do on a voyage) that I felt compelled to share here, that I strayed from this "logical" course I had set.

I plan today to "set things right." in the best way I know how, straying from logical and going with my heart! As you can see in my sidebar, I am participating in two simplifying challenges - two extraordinary simplifying challenges that I highly suggest you join! The Simple Living Challenge and the De-Clutter Challenge.  Although these challenges touch many subjects, organization, finances, consumerism, my number one problem always has been, and will always be stress. That is my goal for joining these challenges, simplify to reduce stress. You might not think that blogging alone at home in your nightgown with a nice cup of coffee surrounded by your cats could be stressful, but, believe me,  it is!

House cats know nothing of stress!

According to the experts, in order to be successful at blogging, one must have a plan. According to psychologists, in order to reduce one's stress, one must not have to high expectations vis-a-vis their goals. So, here is my doable blogging plan that I share with you, also as a means of reducing stress!

I commit to writing three posts per week, one on fiber discovery, but rather than follow a logical course, I will share the types of fibers as they come. One on Knit-a-Square, because it has become a very big part of my life. And finally, one on anything related, far or near, to yarn, crafting, animals, etc.

Freud's couch - LOL!
 Now, I do feel better! I thank you for your indulgence, dear readers. The experts also advise to not apologize for not blogging, however, since this text flowed freely this morning, instead of what I had planned to write, I risk the indiscretion and follow my Id!


Sweet Posy Dreams said...

A blogging plan? This explains why I don't have more followers. ;) Good for you for getting organized!

Laurie Fortier said...

Oh, don't listen to me. You have more followers than I do! Remember, if it aint't broke, don't fix it!

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Oh yes, listen, Sweet Posy Dreams, listen! Laurie knows and she is right! Plan, no excuses for not writing and no stress. Simple and organized is the way to inner piece and success! Laurie, I love your new organization. I've been following a rough schedule for my blog since the very beginning and although people probably don't feel there is an organization behind it, I feel so much better than wondering what to write about and stressing out!


Melinda said...

This sounds very familiar to me. I even had to take a several month break to get myself back on track last fall. I love to write and feel so refreshed after I've shared something near and dear to my heart. But in order to have a successful blog I truly believe that it is a process of give and take. I can't expect others to take the time to read and comment on my words if I won't do the same for them. Remarkably, in the process I've met some amazing, wonderful people that I'm happy to include in my little world. I decided the same thing and blog at least twice a week, but with no pressure. I've also alloted an hour a day to read blogs. For right now it's working, but at some point I know I'll need to tweak it again. I applaud you for listening to yourself and following your heart, that kind of listening never steers me wrong. Can't wait to read more about your journey... :) P.S. I'm still crocheting! ;)

Additionsstyle said...

A blogging plan does make a huge difference in making blogging an enjoyable process. When I started my blog I had no direction, but once I clarified what I was passionate about it was a lot easier to blog daily. I change it up often to keep the process fun, but if I feel stressed I just give it a rest for a couple of day and come back full of ideas. Enjoy the process, blogging should always be fun! I look forward to your future posts.
Everyday Inspired

Taylor Lynn said...

Blogging can definitely be stressful have to write and get up your posts while also keeping up on other people's blogs. What non-bloggers don't understand is that it can be a lot of work!

I've heard some of those tips on having a successful blog as well, and I think that they can be helpful. And I agree that you shouldn't have to apologize when you don't post for awhile - if you've got good followers, they'll understand when life gets in the way of posting!

I also agree with Mom - I think one of the keys to sucessful blogging is give and take. My most dedicated followers are the ones who comment on every one of my posts, and I comment on each of theirs as well. :)

Your blog is fantastic already, but your new plan for improving it sounds great, too! I wish you the best of luck with it!

Taylor Lynn said...

PS Thanks so much for adding my button to your sidebar!! :D I really appreciate it!!

Laurie Fortier said...

Hugs to all of you wonderful ladies! I learn (and enjoy) so much reading your blogs and sharing with you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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