So here's the deal peeps {yes, I really just said peeps}. Minus my complaining the other night, I've been kind of MIA from the blog-o-sphere recently. And by MIA, I mean that I just haven't really posted very much {which you may or may not have noticed}.

Anyway, I wanted to write a little post to let you all in on my thoughts these days about this little blog here. You see, I'm a perfectionist and sometimes {okay, maybe a lot of the time} I'm not 100% satisfied with what I do or make. That definitely goes for this little blog. So, I've been doing a lot of soul searching and reading up on how to make things a little bit better around here. It's still a work in progress, but I'm begging you to bear with me and my {perhaps unfounded} insecurities.

First things first, my design. I know that a lot of you love it, but I don't. I created it when I didn't have a whole lot of experience, and it was kind of spur of the moment. I sat down at 10:00 a.m. thinking that I wanted a new design and learned photoshop while I created said new design, all in a span of about eight hours. This time I'm going to do it right. I am going to spend an honest amount of time truly thinking about what I want, and go from there. No more spontaneous I think I'm going to change up my blog today. I'm going to change it one more time, and it's going to be good. Promise.

I've been doing a lot of research about just how to make my blog better. I've read articles about content and themes and reader interaction...there's a lot of information out there. But I want to make my blog something that I'm honestly proud of. Not that I'm not proud of my blog now...I just know that there are so many things I can do to make it even better.

So, from here on out, I'm going to really focus on my posts. I have to admit that in the past I've posted haphazardly, not putting as much effort into my writing as I should have. So from now on, if I post, you can know that I'm proud of it; that it's something with purpose.

I'm going to focus on my writing, because that's what this little blog really is about. You all know how much I love writing, but I get really discouraged when I see so many blogs out there that are so full of pictures; pictures that both the author takes or finds somewhere else. I don't have a nice camera to take nice pictures and I don't necessarily have the discipline and patience to spend hours on the internet scouring for things that I like, but I have the words in my head. And so far, that seems to be enough for all of you.

I know that I've said it before, but this blog has turned out to be such a blessing in my life, something so much more than I ever imagined it could be, and I want to make sure that I really take the time to get it to it's full potential. It's a work in progress, but I am so thankful for each and every one of you. You have stuck around regardless of these insecurities, and it's really inspired me to push through any roadblocks or brain farts I might have.



Robin said...

good luck!!

Ms. H said...

Such an exciting process, nurturing ones creation. It can be time-consuming and frustrating but I know you'll end up with something YOU are truly happy with... that's what is important. After all, it is YOUR blog. =) Best wishes dearie!!

Joelle said...

Thanks friends! I appreciate the support and I hopefully I'll have something soon that I am 100% proud of!


Jenna said...

Personally, I love the design of you blog :) But Ms H is right, the most important thing is that you are happy with it. Can't wait to see what changes are coming up!

On the other side I totally understand where you're coming from, I HATE the look of my blog, but I don't know how to change it, don't have photoshop, don't have lot of time, etc. But everytime I look at it I just feel like so much is missing... at some point I will have to learn to make it look nice, or pay someone else to lol

Good luck!

Amanda said...

Can't wait to see what changes are coming up for your blog! And by the way, I think that only someone like you could pull off a picture-less blog, because you have such a lovely writing style!

CarrieJo said...

i like your words.

a lot.


Anonymous said...

it's your blog, do what you want with it. it's all about you lovely lady.

Jane said...

Hi Joelle

I'm only a newbie to your delightful little haven in Blogland so I haven't read many of your posts. But I do *get* where you're coming from. I'm a perfectionist as well (I'm going to post on it soon) and I worry too much about my blog. It should be a source of delight, not anxiety.

So, good for you for working out what you want to change. And the best of British for carrying through with it all. I'll be interested to watch.

I only started blogging in July 2010 but I've picked up some handy tips along the way which people have kindly shared. I have some blogging tips on my blog if you're interested. J x

Beka said...

we'll be here through all the remodeling and changes to come, dear! it sounds exciting. :)

Anonymous said...

I've been going through the same thing recently. I wrote several posts about "professionalizing," as I like to call it, my blog. I just want it to look stable, put together, and kept up. I even went so far as to do something drastic earlier this week and change my URL and blog title, only to revert back to what I had before, which is Her Silent Musings, and go back to an old layout that I was using last year, just so I could get back to when I was happiest with my blog, even though I'm still wanting to change the layout.

The problem is, I know absolutely nothing about Photoshop and don't really have the money to spend on it right now. So, I'll just have to work with Blogger's template design. I hope you come up with a layout you're proud of.