Summer Social- If I Had to Start My Blog Over…

If I Had To Start Over With My Blog I Would Change…

When I say this sentence in my head, my first response is “lots of thing”. The next time I say it, my response is “a couple of things”. Then the third time, I think “not a dang thing”. The blogging world is HUGE. I am just starting to understand that. I am just starting to realize who and what I want to be as a blogger.

In all honesty, if I had to start over, I wouldn’t necessarily change a whole lot. I started blogging for family and friends to able to read about our journey as we became first time parents. I think I have accomplished that. However, upon further reflection, here are some things 2 years later that I wish I would have known or changed as time has moved forward.

  1. I would have instantly had someone design my blog. I waited almost a year and it was such a nice face lift and overdue.
  2. I would have learned more about Photoshop and made sure that I watermarked my images. This is something I need to still do. I hate that when I post a pic on my blog that I have no clue where it is going or who is using it.
  3. I wish I would take the time to understand the not so glamorous side of blogging. I keep looking at published posts and know I need to resize pictures to make them bigger but I never just take the time to learn this because I keep telling myself I am going to make the move to wordpress. I swear, I have read how to do it and I just don’t do it. Why? I don’t know but I know it would make my blog look better. I know I need to understand the behind the scenes part of blogging using things like Google Analytics etc… My excuse if I can call it that is time. Between being a working mama, a husband with his own business and #2 coming in a few short weeks, I just can’t bring myself to do this stuff. Writing this makes me realize that I am lazy and need to get on it.
  4. Selfishly, I wish I felt confident enough to blog about other things that I like to talk about such as fashion and fitness. I just think that people who do read my blog would think that was weird since they are so use to reading about our family.
  5. I would change how frequently and set up posts. I post when I have time. A lot of time I have posts written in my head and I just don’t get them down on the web. I wish I forced myself in to a schedule. I love schedules and I think it would be good for me to have one with blogging. Each week I think about doing a pinterest post with cool things I have found and I don’t. But, I am starting to realize that if I did it consistently people might not only appreciate it, but they would look forward to it.
  6. Lastly, I wish I would have bought my own domain and spent some time thinking about the name of my blog! I know I can change it and people won’t care but I just wish I would have thought this through carefully to make sure I like it and would stick with whatever I decided on.

Now, that I have written this hold me to these things. I am going to make changes this year. I really am…if I can find the time.