Second Opinion

Walking with Cake: "Nesting" by Nicol Sayre

(“Nesting” by Nicol Sayre.)

The boys have settled into their school routine and I’ve got some extra time on my hands to think about my blog these days.  Last year, I enjoyed the thrill of growing my blog, attending conferences, and even finding a few freelance writing gigs. I thought this year would bring more of the same, perhaps in bigger ways, but it’s been much quieter.  I cut back on my posting schedule as home demands became greater, and while I think I’ve found a good balance, I still think about what I could do differently.

Kory Woodard, whom I’ve worked with as she designed my blog (twice!) and as I edited her eBook, offers a mini blog consultation session for her email subscribers.  I really value her opinion and fresh insight, so I signed up for a slot and she gave me her feedback last week.  It was a great experience and I always find it helpful to get a second opinion on things, especially when it’s something you look at day in and day out, like your blog. Fresh eyes are always a good thing, and Kory gave me some wonderful tips that I’m exploring and trying to implement now.

I don’t have visions of grandeur, and my blog will always be my creative outlet, but I’d love to use it as a starting point to find writing jobs and broaden my horizons a little more.  Kory recommended Esmé Wang’s blog, and I found this post incredibly inspiring. I love her accessibility and honesty, and she’s becoming one of my new favorite reads.

Just to start a few things in motion, I added all of my ethical style posts to my Portfolio section. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and now there’s a list of all the brands I profile and wear on a regular basis. And I signed up for Alt for Everyone which takes place at the end of this month. It’s a great value for the price and there’s no traveling or snow involved.  Ryan has promised to help me juggle the boys’ schedules during the sessions, and I’m excited to learn a few things and find some inspiration, too.  I’m also thinking about the topics I write about and wondering how those might change as my blog evolves.

It’s all pretty exciting and I feel inspired to try a few new things. I’m always open to suggestions, too, so if there’s anything you’d like to read about, or see more or less of, feel free to tell me. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on the Alt seminar in the next few weeks, too, so stay tuned!

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