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Problogging dreams

Tonight I’ll be taking the third of four classes that are part of the Profitable Blogging for Beginners class taught by Tanya from Blogelina.

Taking these classes has really sparked something in me that’s stirring up a cauldron of mixed emotions. This whole process excites me in that I feel as though I’m being given a wealth of tools and resources – everything I could possibly need to become far better at something I’m already doing and loving. At the same time, though, I’m frustrated… because it seems as though what I really, truly want to do is just out of reach, and I’m not sure how to break past that barrier.

I’m not afraid of hard work. I’m not afraid of learning new things, of growing, even of being humbled by stumbling if it means I’ll move forward towards betterment. I don’t need or want to be rich. I only want to be able to pay my bills, stay out of debt, and have a little bit left over to share with others and enjoy my life. And I want to have the time to enjoy that life.

I know that given the right idea, a solid foundation, I could build on it and make it my own. I know I could do it. But it’s that “right idea” that continues to elude me, scuttling around the corner out of my view every time I think it might be close enough to grasp.

Maybe I need to stop trying so hard to figure it all out and just keep growing in what I’m already doing. Maybe if I ease up on the pressure, my mind will relax into a solution instead of tying itself up in knots trying to make everything right.

Guess I’ll give that a shot. What have I got to lose?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Agatha January 17, 2012

    I’m thinking about signing up for that soon. Let me know how it goes for you.

    • Dawn January 17, 2012

      I highly recommend it, Agatha! She covers a lot of ground, and gives you a ton of great tips and resources. Even if you’re not interested in becoming a problogger (which I actually wasn’t aiming for, going in), there’s a lot of good stuff you can take from the course.

  • Becky January 18, 2012

    How many blogs do you have? It’s all I can do to maintain content on one. When you find that elusive “thing” that you want to focus on, do you think you’ll limit your energy to a single site?

    I, too, remember the LJ days when so many people were managing daily entries and commenting, as well as interacting with other commenters. It really was a community. But so many people abandoned it for Facebook. Some of the people I love to read most are on Facebook, but I can barely tolerate FB. The only reason I still have an account there is to keep up with family members and see their photos, because none of them are ever going to blog.

    I like having my Word Press blog because I feel like if people come there and read, it’s because they want to. They’re willing to make the extra effort. I don’t have to feel like I’m someone who may be just taking up space on their Friends List (as on LJ). It makes me want to work harder to give them a reason to be there. And it was a relief to not worry about my .com page, which I had no reason to update unless there are new novels. And who knows when that will be. So it’s consolidated into one place now.

    • Dawn January 18, 2012

      Technically I have 5 blogs, but one I’m using more as a lifestream/account portal than a blog (http://www.dawnstorey.com) and two I haven’t written in in ages (my Italian blog and my crochet blog). These days I’m putting most of my energy into this one and also my Windsor blog (http://www.whywindsor.ca).

      I think what I’m hoping to do is to find something to focus on and develop as an additional small source of supplemental income, but I’ll probably always have a more personal blog (like this one) as a dumping ground for my random thoughts.

      My problem is that I love writing, I love the internet, I love setting up new blogs/web pages, etc. – I could do it all day! But paid work has to take precedence, unfortunately. So until I figure out how to get paid for doing this, it’ll have to be a part-time hobby.

      I like your perpective on WP vs. LJ… though it’s a bit sad to think that the only people who actually care about what I’m saying are the ones who followed me here! I always had a feeling LJ was a bit of an illusion, though. 🙂

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