During October, I learned much about blogging and myself as well as homemade living. It was a wild and crazy ride, but I enjoyed it immensely (and I hope that you did too). Yes, there were days that I simply wanted to throw in the towel. I was tired. I was busy. But you know what kept me going?
And we made it. Whew! 31 Days of Homemade Living is over. Here’s the top five things that I learned this past month.
We all love this word, don’t we? I had committed to the task and I was determined to see it through. I knew I had a faithful following that would be looking for that new post each day and I didn’t want to let you down. My commitment to you that I would write every day was important. I want my word to mean something. I enjoyed virtually reaching out to you, and in return, you to me. Connecting with you was a highlight of my days. Reading all of the comments and seeing the stats grow a little each day pressed me forward in each and every post. As my commitment to Thrifty Stories continues, I look forward to the friendships that have been and willl continue to develop here. I appreciate you all.
The pressure to blog every single day was extremely good for me. I needed the daily nudge to get that blog post up, to be consistent in my writing. I hope to use this 31 Days of blogging as a springboard to a steadier blog schedule, something that both of us will enjoy in the days ahead.
Another thing that I learned was the deeper we got into the month, the more the wheels started turning in my mind. The possibilities for creating homemade products and recipes are literally endless. Did that hit you at any point during this series? Even though the month/series is officially over, you will still find recipes and projects similar to those being shared here at Thrifty Stories. Creativity is one of the many passions of this blog. It felt good to get the creative juices flowing once again.
The old adage Variety is the spice of life certainly rings true. I enjoy writing an assortment of different posts for my readers. This past month helped me to realize that I desired for my blog to have an even greater scope in its content. It is my dream that this site be one that from which many can benefit. In the coming months, I hope to be adding new links and pages to this blog, and starting new series to encourage us all in frugal endeavors, baby steps towards health and yes, homemade living.
So what were the five things I learned?
Consistency. Commitment. Creativity. Comprehensive. And Chocolate.
Wait…that last one’s not really on the list. Just on my mind. (Although truth be told, chocolate kept me going during some of those late night postings. So perhaps it should be there. 😉 )
No, the last one is really quite important to me. It is simple yet challenging at the same time.
I learned that blogging requires balance. A well-written post with gorgeous photos means nothing if my husband and kids have been neglected, eating fast food and sitting in between piles of unfolded, yet clean, laundry. It’s a juggling act that I’m still attempting to master. It requires some serious scheduling, something that I’m not consistent with and need to work at in other areas of my life as well. Scheduling and organization need to become my new BFFs, I think. As I grow myself in these areas, I will be sure to share my tips and hints as I apply them in my own home and life.
So how about you? Anything special that you learned this past month? Please share.
As always, thanks for reading.