Sunday, July 29, 2012

Looking back...an


It escaped me in May.  The realization hit me today.  I've been blogging for over 2 years now.  It's caused me to reflect back on why I began blogging in the first place and to ask myself where I want to go in the future.  The clouds in this post remind me that blogging is as evolving as the changing clouds.

I readily admit the first year was all trial and error.  I was really just learning the basics of blogging.  The formatting, the design, etc.  I was basically writing, from the heart, something I enjoy doing.  It seems it was about what I wanted and I had few followers to prove it.



During the second year, I began finding more blogs that I wanted to follow and gained more followers than I ever imagined.  How perfectly delightful those followers have become.  They lift each other up during rough times, they are generous, they help those in need, they share their lives, they share my joys and struggles.  Without them, I am nothing.

Thanks to many of them, I learned even more.  Yet I still struggled (I am pretty confident I'm not the only one) with figuring out what I thought others wanted from a blog.  Trying to evaluate what "they" wanted to see or read in a blog.  What would prompt "them" to comment on a blog entry.
So I started changing things in an attempt to gain followers and comments.  After all, I value each and every one of them to the bottom of my heart.


I like the way my camera is reflected in this cloud.  It seems so perfect for my time of reflection.  So, here's what I've decided.  I am going to remain a "mixed bag" here.  Some days, it may be all the written word.  Others, maybe pictures and brief commentary.  Other days, it might be crafting.  Yet other days, it may be more internal dialog with myself.  I'm going to be re-posting some of my earlier writings.    Like my life, I can't predict where this blog will go.  I do hope you're up for the ride.  If you're not, I understand.

I can't guarantee it will always be fun but it will hopefully, remain a surprise to what you will find here.

Thanks for the support and love!

As always,
Jill





23 comments:

JT said...

I think a mixed bag is just right.

Fiona said...

I'm with you all the way Jill.


Hugs

x Fiona

TexWisGirl said...

life is a mixed bag. sometimes beautiful, sometimes challenging. congrats on 2 yrs of blogging!

Lottie said...

Jill, though blogging I have gotten to know you! What a wonderful experience.

Gloria Hood said...

I am still doing a mixed bag myself. I am just not a great writer like you! So......you are in fact teaching me! Thanks Jill! And you are so right about us bloggers really meaning something special to each other!

Ellie said...

Two years!!! Congratulations.
I like a mixed bag - so keep it coming :))

Chatty Crone said...

Jill I have been doing it for six years and I have - what I call - evolved - from who I was to who I am today and I think the blogs show how you change and I think actually think they help you change and grow for the best - they are gifts from God. Sandie

Beth said...

I first started blogging in 2005; my husband was ill and I wanted something to take my mind off things. This was on Windows Live Spaces. They don't allow bloggers anymore; they shipped them all over to wordpress.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Happy two years Jill! I've so enjoyed getting to know you, and look forward to your posts to come!

Donna said...

Actually, Jill, I think you explained what you think a blog is really about. The mixed bag. I, too, have struggled, in fact the first year, I forgot I had a blog and didn't even post! It has only been the last year, year and a half, that I really started blogging.

I, too, have decided blogging will represent my life. After all, when we have friends over, isn't that what we do, talk about what's going on in our lives over for a cup of tea or coffee?

Good for you - I love your writing, I love your photos, I love hearing about your family, whether it be the happiness or struggles. I guess because I just like you so much, Jill. You are an honest, open and great friend!

Talk to you on the blogs!
Hugs,
Donna

Susan said...

Life is never the same everyday, so why not your blog reflect your life. I love getting to know Jill!

Lynne said...

Congrat's on two years. I

love your writing . . . especially like the story about 'John.'. Please do that one again . . . soon?

EM Illustrator said...

Congratulations to your 2 years blogging. Time passes quick doesn't it? I love your pictures of the clouds.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Eva

Blessed Serendipity said...

Hi Jill. I have always thought that if you stay true to yourself and blog about what you want to blog about then people will come back again and again because they like YOU. It is always a joy to visit you.

xo,
Danielle

Rohrerbot said...

Nice Jill!!! It's true. When I first started to blog, I didn't realize that it would make watching TV disappear. This is way more fun. The experiences we all share together....the meets....the photo experiences....and the education!! It is constantly evolving. The challenge is always to one up the previous works. And it does evolve quite a bit. Mine focused primarily on gardening the first year. But like you say, it's good to give everyone different perspectives from the life around you. Congrats!:) Chris

Buttons said...

Yeah Jill two years I am still waiting for my two year mark. I love the family I have gained in this blogger world. Life is good in here and I am so glad we have found the joy it brings. Congrats again and I look forward to that mixed bag of posts just like mine, HUGS B

Sandra said...

Congrats! Your description sounds just like me...or mine. Thanks for being authentic. That is what it is really about for me.

Beth said...

Congrats to you. so exciting. time so flies. (:

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome photography and mixed media is just perfect ~ You don't get bored and readers don't either ~ love your blog ~ so glad to 'connect' ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

andy said...

Well im one of your newest followers and one of your only male followers !

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Sounds good to me! Love the pictures

Paula said...

Congratulations on two years of blogging. I always like what I find here. Keep it up Jill.

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Yay for two years! I've really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. Surprises are always nice, especially the mixed bag kind. :)