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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How do I get there from here?

I started blogging almost two years ago. I had no idea what I was getting into at the time, but I quickly fell in love. I love blogging. I love writing. I love the community here, and want to continue to do it. But, I feel like I need a change. I need a fresh focus.

I've obsessed over tossed around the idea of starting over with a clear vision. Now that I know a little something about this whole blogging thing (and I mean a little!), I really wish I had known then what I know now. When I think about starting over, I won't lie, I get sort of excited. 

I want to grow as a blogger and writer, but I'm not sure I will be able to grow from here. When I started blogging, I had no idea of the importance of a great blog name, what SEO was, finding a niche, Wordpress or Blogger, self-hosting or platform, and on and on...

I simply logged onto Blogger and clicked on "create a blog". Two years later, I'm bursting with a desire to start with a clean slate. 

Sometimes I think about how awesome it would be to start over. Change is good. It could be really exciting...

I feel like I've reached a plateau here at the Shoebox. 

I think it's liberating to start over. No matter what it is in life we might start over. Fresh starts breed possibility. It feels good to throw in the towel sometimes and reach for something higher. There can be a lot of freedom in accepting that this isn't quite going the direction I'd like, and make some changes to reach my goals.

Do ever feel the itch to regain your blog focus with a clean slate?

This post is linked up with Shell for Pour Your Heart Out.



14 Comments:

At March 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Di said...

I'm still trying to get to a point where I blog consistently. My itch is more for a new blog design but I don't have the funds for that now. I hope you figure out which way you'd like to go though.

 
At March 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Go for it! That is all I can say. I had the itch too. It wasn't in a different direction from where my site was but it was on to a different direction. It has only been a few days since my blog makeover but I feel like I am in a very happy place and I know I will continue to.
Good luck!!

 
At March 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

I do all the time but for some reason or another I never do! I encourage you to go for it!!

 
At March 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Not a total restart, but definitely a new take sometimes!

 
At March 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Jenni said...

I am in a similar situation. I think I've decided to start another blog (more ministry based) while keeping my current one, so I have a place to blog about random life/homemaking stuff. :)

 
At March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Cindi said...

Considering I got attacked for comments on my blog just yesterday, I love the thought of starting over. (LoL)

 
At March 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Melissa Maloney said...

I came very close at the beginning of the year to make a clean start...bought the domain and everything, but just couldn't give up my blog.

 
At March 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I bought a domain name last year, set up an account on Wordpress and never did a thing with it. I had good intentions and still wish to move in that direction. But for now, I need to up the amount of content I write before I step into the ocean from the pond. :)

Good for you for growing and moving up! You can do it!

 
At March 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

sometimes I wish I had started out anon...because though I pretty much don't censor myself, there are times I have to for the sake of my hubs business...
good luck if you start over...change scares me

 
At March 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM , Blogger MiMi said...

I do. :/

 
At March 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM , Blogger jen@ living a full life said...

I changed my blog, went with a new blog and new name one that better reflected what I was trying to express- that had meaning, very exciting!
Who knew when i started I was just looking for something to do, still am really, but it was a good change for me. I'm really not looking for anything more than just a connection to some nice people, some community and friends.

 
At March 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Delilah Love said...

I did it. I went thru a personal crisis in 2010 and took an extended break from my old blog. I came back this year with a brand new blog- new everything. It feels SO good to start fresh. I had outgrown the old place, I was a different person when I started it 4 years ago. It's the best decision I ever made. I'm excited about blogging again and I've rediscovered my passion.

I will say it's been a little tough to be the "newbie" again after having an established readership for years. But I'm choosing to look at it as an opportunity to form new friendships and spread my wings. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

 
At March 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Sometimes a fresh start is good. Since I've only had my current blog a few months, the thought of starting over makes me cringe! But I might feel different after a couple of years. Another possibility for you would be to start a second one, and have two blogs with completely different focuses. (Honestly, one of the most successful blogs I know of has a free background on an old Blogger template, but she has great content almost every day. She is making a nice second income while encourging tons of women. So sometimes I worry maybe a little too much about my design, name, etc.)

 
At March 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous Dr. Ann said...

Adrienne,
A fresh start can be wonderful. I'm excited to see where God leads you!
Blessings,
Ann

 

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