Intentional Blogging

intentional blogging
So, let’s discuss intentional blogging. A few weeks ago you guys humored me about the slow blog movement. I loved the conversation that it stirred between us all. Funny thing about writing a post like that. Simply by declaring how the online world seems to come at me too fast these days, how I didn’t know what my blog was doing in the midst of all of that, blah blah blah, it actually helped me successfully evaluate what I wanted from blogging again. Because of all that evaluating, it now seems I have PLENTY to blog about. Weird, right?

I’ve been thinking very specifically in terms of the way I have been blogging and deciding what all could work better. Here’s a list of what I have been putting into action in case it could help anyone else out there.
intentional blogging
1. Blog creatively. I am creative in all areas of my life. Well…okay, I don’t know if I do laundry creatively, but read this wonderful post by Sarah and I think you will know what I am trying to say. To say that I need to do something something creative everyday is an understatement. Blair is happiest when creating. Even for just a few moments, I just need for my hands to work at sketching, crocheting, I need to hear the sewing machine hum, I just feel lost if I’m not actually trying to do all these things I have stirring around in my brain. I declared in that post last month that I want my blog to be about my creative life, and I enjoy sharing that with you, and I began to realize, just as Sarah did, ALL the different areas in my daily life that are creative. I walk Ian to school, “what a cool rock, I can crochet or doodle on that“, I stop at the thrift store “I could buy this and do this to it...” etc, etc, etc.. See what I mean? Funny as it may seem, this was a big revelation to me. (I’m entirely too close to the process and apparently need to be whacked over the head.)
2. Blog simply. By this I am saying that not every post has to be so full of substance and creativity that it is just the best post ever created. The pressure! Towards the end of the year last year, I decided to treat blogging with more intention… give myself personal themes, or challenges, keep notes and ideas in a notebook, etc. Funny thing is that I teach this in my Blogging 101 class and USED to do it, but then I just got lazy. Keeping notes and knowing that, for example, every Wednesday will be only a photo from the studio, feels incredibly good and organized. I declared every Friday is “Friday Favorites” where I write about any and every “favorite” thing I am currently inspired by. Mondays? We make stuff together, you and me! See where I’m going with this? I no longer find myself wondering what to post about. I’ve created a flow that helps me get started when I sit down to write a blog post.
3. Blog intentionally. Maximize the time spent preparing blog posts. As an example, for me, this means setting aside one full day every few weeks to do several project tutorials for future blog posts. I’ve been doing this in 2013 and I love it! I put on some music, make a cup of tea, and disappear into the studio with my jumble of notes and ideas, and have some fun! I have begun to look forward to this time so much, and because of it I am way less stressed about blog posts, it’s become very fun again.
So, it seems that I have been doing the exact opposite of slow blogging. I’ve posted more since I wrote that post than I have in a while. Maybe all along I just needed to define/redefine what blogging was to me. What is that old saying? To say your goals and intentions out loud, write them down, make them real, something like that. I would add in defining them to that as well.

  • erin

    February 5, 2013 at 5:52 am

    i need to take a page from your book. well, just as soon as i tie up a few loose ends on something else. then, i’m making a to blog list. (that’s my roundabout way of saying, thank you, blair for making me think about why and how i am going about blogging. you inspire me.)

  • Betz

    February 5, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Love what you’ve been doing here, Blair! I have not quite found my groove yet since reading your slow blogging post. I decided on one series (Felt Lore: tips for working with felt) but have not been very regular with it. I do “worktable wednesday”, which sounds similar to your Wednesday plan. These book deadlines though are kicking my butt! I know you know…I have given myself the leeway though to not berate myself if I don’t get 3 posts up a week. Thanks for the inspiration, I know I’ll get there eventually!

  • Stefani

    February 5, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Great ideas to ponder here, Blair. Thank you. I’ve been away from the old blog for ages and ages and am just beginning to imagine what a return might look like for me. I’ll definitely be thinking about what you’ve written here as I ease back into the blogging world.

  • Monica

    February 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Love it, thank you.

  • Sharry Miller

    February 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Great post, Blair. I’ve been thinking of introducing some themes to my blogging so that I’m not always struggling for something “meaningful” to say, but wondered if it would be too contrived. Since I haven’t noticed your themes in any overt way, I suppose the process can be handled in a subtle manner. Thanks.

  • Juliette

    February 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Love this processing-it-all post. I lifted your idea and wrote about slow blogging on my own blog…and haven’t posted since, lol. However, that’s mostly b/c the semester was winding down here. Now I’ve got 10wks to really delve into work & creative blog stuff, so it feels a bit like cheating for me to read this post b/c I feel I may likely come to the same conclusions. I’ve come to similar conclusions regarding my freelance work as I’ve been evaluating and revamping work-related things this week. I think some people really respond well to a lack of structure, but I’m the kind of person that finds a lot of freedom in structure; perhaps ‘framework’ is the better term for me. Looking forward to see where this line of thinking takes all of us!

  • emily

    February 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    yes yes yes and yes! really, it’s like circling back around to the beginning with intention. so glad you shared this blair. thank you.

  • tammie

    February 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    so funny blair because i was JUST saying this to a friend. i read and was moved by erin loechner’s post about slow blogging and decided to do just that. but wouldn’t you know – the last couple weeks i’ve written way more blog posts than usual. and not just quantity, but posts that i really enjoyed writing. and i totally agree with you, i think it’s because i sat down and brainstormed what i really want to write about. in that process i found some “themes” in there that i’ve been sort of using to lightly guide my blogging schedule. i have SUCH a different feeling about it all now, very light and joyful as opposed to pressure to put something out there.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Oh yay! Maybe this is a new phenomenon we should write about, our strange reaction to the strange reaction to the slow blogging movement! : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Anything that feels like it did in the beginning is good to me. xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I used to think being freely creative was when I was at my best, but I realize that even that can benefit from some parameters. Happy making!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Sharry! Themes are good, even if they are loose, they just seem to help everything fall into place.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Monica!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks Stefani. Isn't it funny how, compared to all the pinterest, facebook, and twitter updates, a blog actually seems slow, a good slow, but definitely slow.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love the felt lore posts!!!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you Erin. And you need no book page from me, my friend. xo

  • Cheryl

    February 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I did the same thing last year and it made me maximize my time and enjoyment.

  • Cindy

    February 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Hmmmm,great ideas on slow blogging! Made me re-think as well. I love conceiving of blog posts, taking photos, gathering the stuff…it’s sort of like creating little theatrical plays! For me, each post must be simply significant but complex in the planning. Thanks!

  • christy

    March 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    great tips….love this, thank you!!!

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