I was having a really weird blogging freak out for a while. It's really dangerous to read about blogs other people like and don't like. For instance, when someone says they don't really like, "everything blogs" but prefer "specialized blogs" like fashion, food, lifestyle, parenting, exercise, etc. Or when people begin sharing their opinions about "real life blogs" versus "beautiful" or "sugar coated" blogs, I think every blogger suddenly has a freak out ... or at least a partial freakout.
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I always loved the idea of having a theme behind one's blog. Who doesn't like the movie "Julie & Julia," and Julia's motivation to blog about her cooking adventures? Or what about 300 Sandwiches in which the author records her challenge of making 300 amazing sandwiches for her boyfriend so he'll propose to her? (Real story, check it out.)
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But after realizing that I have no talent, patience, or even enthusiasm for really any one thing over another that would motivate me to keep a specialized blog, I've had to embrace that this here is an any and everything blog with probably a little bit too much of nothing-in-particular.
And as to real life vs. sugar coated ... well, I'm naturally more optimistic, so I'm afraid this blog might have a little too much of a sugary aftertaste for some readers out there. I mean, we're calling ourselves romantics, for goodness sakes.
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A few months ago, I read yet another "How to be successful at blogging" post by someone who's ... well ... successful, and read yet again the tip that "you should really buy your own domain name and drop the blogspot or wordpress. It's just baggage." I blame it on the fact that:
a. Jacob was gone
b. it was really late
c. I was bored
d. Sebastian was asleep (see b.)
and e. at that moment I was convinced that "yes! I want a successful blog!"
So I went to godaddy.com and bought me a domain. Then I spent a few frustrating hours trying to figure out how to make the domain work and well ... I failed.
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Then Jacob came home and when I told him what I did and how I couldn't get it working, he patted his wife on the head and informed me that he thought we'd have to dish out a whole lot more money than the $10.99 that the domain cost in order for a data package of sorts*. So I felt both stupid and defeated and figured I just wasted $10.99 and I wasn't about to dish out more mulah and didn't think about it again until I saw ...
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Cutest post-partum momma, Katrina, over at Cedars & Tiny Flowers, celebrate her blog's 1st anniversary and announce that she had gone all dot com on us.
I was thiiiiiiiiiiis close to emailing her and saying "How are you doing that? It was supposed to be so easy but it's not, right?" when I decided to try to find a DIY tutorial one last time. I googled something like "i bought a domain name for my blog now what??????" and lo' and behold I found this super awesome tutorial by Dana at The Wonder Forest.
Within about half an hour I successfully activated www.romancingreilly.com. Bye bye "blogspot.com."
Am I now a serious blogger? Nope. But I do have a dot com. That makes me cool.
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Finally, I was just thinking about all these people who I wish would blog more (or just blog. Period. and add a post to their first and only post), but they're probably all a little bit the happier for not blogging as much and, oh, I don't know, living their lives. But they are (in no particular order):
Lauren at Magnify the Lord With Me
Anna at Life and Times of Mrs. F
Molly at Love is Coming Home
Beth at Phenomenal Adventures
Amelia at We Fly Unto Thee
Kimmie at La Vie en Rose
Mary Brigid at A Thing of Beauty
And these aren't even all of them, but they're a few beautiful people who I miss and with whom I would love to close that gap a bit via blog posts (among other things).
(And I'm throwing in a picture because I don't like naked posts ... have I mentioned yet that the S man started crawling this week? Didn't think so.)
Thank you, Jen, for hosting yet again this week's Seven Quick Takes.
*FYI: It really is very inexpensive to buy a domain. The costs that Jacob had referred to are we found out if you were to buy a "host" other than a free host such as Blogger.