18 September 2012

Being A Better Blogger 101

I'm going to try (really  try) to be a better blogger between now and my trip to Chicago. I'm going to be embarrassed showing up at a blog conference/workshop with a whopping 10-15 posts written for the entire 2012 year. But... that's what the conference is for, right? To teach me a few things about blogging? Lets hope so anyway.

If I had to give one main reason why it's so hard to keep up with my blog it would be the amount of time it takes to prepare a post. It doesn't just involve opening my laptop and typing away for 20 minutes. I type... read it back to myself... don't like what I wrote, or think it sounds to wordy, or hate it altogether. So, I delete and retype and delete and retype. It is maddening. 

It isn't so much that I care what other people think about my writings but more so what I think. I don't post anything if I can't honestly say I'd love it on someone else's blog. I couldn't tell you how many times I've spent at least an hour writing a post to never actually post it. If anyone has any great tips on how to get over that problem, please do let me know.

Anyway... I read a book over the weekend that was rather inspiring. I'm not even all that sure how I found it/came across it. I think I was scrolling through the inspirational section of iBooks on my phone. I read a sample (the introduction) and decided to download it. 

The book is titled "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You" by Kelly Cutrone. 

In case you didn't know, Kelly Cutrone is a fashion publicist who is known for her no nonsense attitude and brutal honesty. You may have seen her on The Hills (employing Lauren Conrad) or The City (employing/mentoring Whitney Port). 

In her book, she talks about her journey to success. It isn't always pretty and life knocks her down at times (as it does to all of us) but it is a great example of how/why you need to pick yourself back up again... and again... and again. 

However... overall, I was expecting more advice about how to find what you're quote-unquote destined to be in life... more advice along the lines of self-discovery. Instead, the book is written more like a memoir with a few tips on how to be a successful business woman.

In any event, I thought there were a few tips/advice/quotes worth sharing:

"Sometimes you need to let go of everything you're clinging to and start over, whether it's because you've outgrown it or because it's not working anymore, or because it was wrong for you in the first place.” 

“In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you'll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself.” 

“I advise you to stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back, even if they're your parents. Because, if you're the kind of person who senses there's something out there for you beyond whatever it is you're expected to do - if you want to be EXTRA-ordinary- you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you're not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.” 

“When you're following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” 

“Sometimes, if not most of the time, you find out who you are by figuring out who and what you are not.” 

“If you aren’t hearing your inner voice, it could mean you’re overburdened or not stimulated enough, or that you’ve learned to shut it off because the people around you have refused to engage it. Perhaps you’ve had a hardening of the arteries around your soul. I believe the choices we make in our lives and the people and places surrounding us increase the volume of our inner voice, decrease it, or annihilate it entirely.” 

“I happen to believe the world will change only when we change ourselves. And that starts with finding ourselves: learning to quiet the clamor in our minds and the voices of everyone around us and move toward what feels right – toward the things we know, for reasons we can’t explain, that we’re mean to do, the things that makes us feel alive.” 

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P.S. I'm in the middle of having a custom blog design finally made... so excited!! STAY TUNED.

1 comment :

  1. YAY! I'm excited for you girl! Can't wait to see what the future holds for your blog! Love ya! xoxo