Hey guys! Happy Monday!
I’m especially grateful to those of you who left me blogging advice or talked about what you look for in a blog. This stuff is so valuable to me as a newish blogger, and I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind as I dive into Year 2 of blogging.
This is a “diving” illustration.
…Work with me.
Since a lot of you are also bloggers yourselves, I thought you might be interested in hearing some of the responses, too. Here’s a random handful of the answers so far…
What Readers Look for In a Blog
–I appreciate other bloggers who are “real” and try to do the same. (from Laura)
–I look for very honest, transparent posts, especially race recaps, whether its the best race ever run or the worst one. I also enjoy bloggers who post on a consistent basis. (from Rosa)
–Pictures! As a reader, the ability to make the mundane entertaining is important. We want to relate, but still be able to learn! (from Kim)
–The more relatable, down-to-earth, and imperfect, the better. (from Julianne)
–The most interesting posts to read, and so far write, are the ones that you are interested in! (from Nicole)
–Glimpses into someone’s everyday life are always fun! (from Rachel)
–Post consistently, not just when you post, but the theme of posts. I’m a health/running blogger, and when I stay *too* far from that is when I get into trouble. People learn to expect a certain type of thing from each blogger. (from Larissa)
–Try to make your photos interesting, especially the top one. (from Joanna)
–Always stick to your own voice! (from Hannah)
–People respond best to posts where you really put yourself out there and have a heart to heart with your blogging world. (from Leslee)
–Don’t ever feel like you HAVE to blog if you don’t feel like it. Personally, I’d much rather read interesting, awesome, posts 3 days a week than 7 days of random words filling the page. (from Kelly)
–The biggest piece of blogging advice that took me while to learn is to really listen to your gut and do what you want to do instead of doing what others are doing. (from Sarah)
–Write a blog that you would want to read! (from Kate)
Thanks again, ladies!! I hope I can live up to this list…guuuulp…
Now for MIMM time! (Aka baby pics from the weekend time…)
I’ve tried cutting it a few times, but it’s like trying give a fish a haircut while it’s flopping on a dock. I have no idea what I’m doing. And that’s not a feeling you want to have when you’re holding a pair of sharp scissors near your kid’s head.
Our morning and post-nap ritual involves something called “getting handsome’d” (it’s a verb, as in: “should we handsome you??”), in which I wet my hand and use it to mat down his wild bedhead. It works for about 5 minutes.
Watching dad and son interact.
Although: you go through all that work to make and birth the kid, and he likes Dad better. What gives?? Must be a guy thing.
Saturday mornings at the gym! I did a nice elliptical sesh and some weights. I even got Brent to take a (bad) picture to prove it.
Volunteering in the preschool room at church, and having 3 kids fight over who gets to sit in your lap/next to you during story time. It just kills me.
Watching the Super Bowl with friends last night! Of course, SB parties are mostly about the food.
I cut up some fruit…
Made my mom’s turkey taco dip…
And threw some baked beans in the crock pot. (I pulled out all the stops and made the Pioneer Woman’s version—you just can’t fail with a PW recipe.)
Our friends brought over Italian beef sandwiches, which were sooooo goooood.
And the best part: our kids got to hang.
As much as a 10-month-old and a 13-month-old will hang, anyway.
Yo, is that my remote you’re holding? Woah, woah, woah, girl.
Towards the end of the game, we brought out some Limonchello one of Brent’s coworkers had made. Have you ever tried this stuff?? It was my first time.
Ingredients include lemon peels, sugar, and Everclear (!!).
It was really, really good—very sweet! Since I knew it was strong (although it didn’t taste like it), I only had about an ounce. And STILL, it knocked me out HARD. I couldn’t believe my (lack of) tolerance. I fell asleep on the couch and completely missed the end of the game (which, I hear, was pretty exciting…). Woops!
On that note…
Hope you had a great weekend!