Wow. I can't believe it's been a whole year since I started this little blog. She sure has changed a lot over the past year. I've moved from wordpress to typepad, learned how to do customize my very own blog design, totally redesigned the site, and learned a lot about blogging.
I want to share with you a few brief things to commemorate this special day.
-Plan. Srsly. I now have a blog calendar, and I'm working on getting series and ongoing projects together. Having a plan makes the content better and makes stress levels much lower.
-Even if everybody else reads the blog in google reader and never looks at the design, it matters to me that it looks pretty. and even if it isn't perfect bc I'm not a graphic designer, that's ok. 🙂 cuz I like it, and it's worth it to me.
-Sometimes it's ok not to be perfect. Be great. Be thoughtful. Be present. But I don't have to be perfect. Sometimes if I mispell a little word here or there, you guys will forgive me. right?
-It's hard work. Blogs that look effortless are not effortless. A lot of time and energy and care was spent creating something to share with the world. Putting the work in makes a difference and really pays off.
-It's worth it. The time/energy it takes to post consistently and thoughtfully is worth it. Looking back at my entries over the past year and all the great memories and inspiration I captured in this blog is amazing. I'm so grateful for Not Merely Living.
Goals for Year 2:
-Keep it up! I want to continue to post at least once every week day.
-Focus. Get my series rolling and get in the groove.
-Learn how to take better pictures and how to use photoshop elements so that I can create better graphics.
-Get out there. Make some more blogger friends, and be more vocal on other blogs (I'm one of those folks that never posts on other people's blogs and just reads). It means so much to me when folks comment on Not Merely Living, so it's time for me to return the favor.
-My Golden Birthday is coming up in October (which means I was born on the 29th and I will be turning 29), and I want to really do some big things during my Golden year. So my goal is=make a plan and make them happen.
Happy Birthday NML! Thank you so much to all of you who have been following along with me on this journey!