Deep Thoughts Thursday and Blogging 101: My Ideal Reader

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Today’s assignment in Blogging 101 is about the audience. Thinking about who my ideal reader is, and writing to them.

Anyone that has been reading this blog for any amount of time knows that I go about blogging a little differently than others. I mean, I blog just the same as other people blog (fingers to the keyboard, etc), but I think about blogging differently. I didn’t really start this blog with a certain person or kind of person in mind. I didn’t start this blog with a theme. When people ask what kind of blog I write, I basically say it’s a lifestyle blog with a little nerdiness thrown in. Dang, that would make a great potential tagline for this blog! I write about whatever I find inspiring or important on a given day. Needless to say, it’s a little bit of everything!

So, when it comes to my audience, or the kind of readers I aim for… I am mostly just happy that anyone reads this. When I write, I don’t think about a particular person. Basically, I try to write like I am talking to one of my best friends… My group of friends is very diverse. I try to write like I am having an impossible one-sided conversation with one of my best friends, and just go from there! When I started writing here, one of my main focuses was authenticity. I wanted to be my authentic self, writing genuine, honest posts.

Have I maybe phoned some posts in? Probably.

It’s part of why I don’t post daily, or sometimes even weekly. I aim for quality over quantity. I am a quiet person, and sometimes I just don’t have anything to say. Or, I am working on something I want to say, but I want to formulate it in my head before I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I guess).

So, essentially, who is my ideal reader? Anyone that takes the time to read my blog and enjoys what I have to say.

Cheesy, right?

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Thank you so much to Good Woman for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award! I am so honored! You all should really check out her blog. So many times she says things I want to say, but way more eloquently than I think I could. Her post on being an Introvert was especially relatable for me. If you love my blog, you will definitely love hers! So, thank you again for the nomination!

I absolutely accept the award, especially as someone who is always questioning myself and whether or not blogging is worthwhile (for my readers, especially), getting this award is very validating! By accepting this award, I must pay it forward and follow the rules of the award, which are as follows:

  1. Show the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 blogs.
  5. Link the nominee’s blogs and let them know.

I think this is the perfect ending to Blogging 101 (which I will write about it another post either today or tomorrow), because it was all about getting to know other bloggers, and building a community. So, here are the seven facts about myself!

  • I am very crafty, which I inherited from my mom. We made fabric flowers and used them to create the bouquets for my wedding. We also hand-made my veil, the boutonnieres, and flower pins/bracelets for close female family members. People say I should sell my stuff on Etsy.
  • I have been cooking since I was REALLY young. I used to help my mom in the kitchen all the time, and then started developing recipes in college as a way to de-stress.
  • I originally planned on majoring in History and Theatre Arts for my Bachelor’s degree, and changed it to Political Science after taking a required general class. I was also one class away from minoring in Film.
  • I love to sing, but am too shy to do it in front of anyone.
  • The morning after my wedding, I cut off over 12 inches of my hair and donated it to charity.
  • We have a fish named Buttercup and a cat named Scout. Both names are taken from two of our favorite books (The Princess Bride and To Kill a Mockingbird, respectively).
  • I worked as a Barista for 7 years. Thankfully, I was able to get out of the coffee business, but sometimes I do miss it. And I can still make a mean cup of coffee.

Here are the wonderful blogs (and bloggers) that I nominate for this award!

We’re Just Two Lost Souls Swimming in a Fish Bowl

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I have had the hardest time with blogging this week. This is pretty obvious by the fact that I haven’t posted anything… A lot of it boils down to the fact that I am not very good at describing myself. Especially not in ways that I think other people would find interesting. I also generally consider myself to be such a flawed person that I don’t like owning up to it. I am not proud of that. I am trying to come to terms with the fact that as much as I may have a “dream reader” and as much as I may want to build a following, it won’t be worth it if I can’t be myself.

This week, I did manage to change my blog theme so that I can have widgets and perhaps edit some visual elements better. I decided I also like the colors more as well! I also found some fellow bloggers that have inspired me, which is so great because I really needed some inspiration this week! I am going to talk about 3 blogs I found. Hopefully they will inspire some of you as well!

First up, I read this post about how she is finally becoming more confident in her job. I frequently feel the same way, like I am not worthy of my job. Obviously we both are, since we are still employed. And so many times we are our own worst critics. But, when some level of confidence is finally achieved, it makes work SO. MUCH. EASIER.

Secondly, I found a ton of inspiration in One Year of Not Dieting in which the author discusses the downfalls of dieting and how she finally gave up trying to be thin in favor of being healthy. I have had issues with my weight for just about as long as I can remember. It has had a dramatic impact on my confidence and willingness to put myself out there to meet people or go after new jobs and networking opportunities. It wawas amazing to read about someone who has had similar struggles but seems to be thriving with a healthy mind set. Fat shaming is so harmful, and does little to benefit the people it is aimed at. She really inspired me to search within myself for the love and respect I deserve.

Finally, I had a lovely conversation with @kassandralane about her post which is actually for the same Blogging 101 assignment! She was inspired by a post and wrote something that, in turn, inspired me! Essentially, she wrote about being afraid to be authentic on her blog, because sometimes her posts won’t be positive. I think we both agree that being authentic is more important. This blog made a me decide to pick myself up and write something here, even if it’s scary or overwhelming.

Who knows, maybe it will be worth it!

More About Me!

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After posting yesterday, I thought of so many more things about myself that I didn’t mention! I have always found it really hard to talk about myself and describe who I am and what my interests are. So, my introduction is definitely going to take multiple posts. Today, I am going to focus on three things I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post. These things will probably pop up in posts more than some of my other interests, so I feel that it is important to introduce them now.

First off, I am married! I didn’t forget to mention it yesterday (I am not sure how I could forget I’m married, especially when my husband was sitting right next to me), it’s just a way bigger part of my life than my love of crafts. So, I wanted to spend a little more time introducing that part of my life. I also didn’t mention it because I don’t really want to be defined by that part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, and I love being a wife. But, there is so much more to me than that. My husband and I just celebrated our second anniversary in October! We met in high school, but were just close friends for almost 10 years until deciding we were kidding ourselves and started dating! I know our story wouldn’t work for everyone, but it was great for us. It hasn’t made our journey easier, for a lot of different reasons, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cheesy, but true!

Secondly, I have a Master’s degree! I got my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, but graduated in the middle of the recession, so I decided it would be better to continue my education, which I wanted to do anyway. Originally, I wanted to get my Ph.D and be a professor of Political Science, but I ended up getting my Master’s in Public Administration, and after finishing the requirements for the program, I decided to stop school there, at least for the time being. My education is something I am unbelievably proud of and something I still find very interesting.

Finally, I am really introverted. The fact that I am participating in Blogging 101 is impressive. I have always been shy, and as I have gotten older, I have learned to deal with my quirks, though I definitely have not overcome them. It has made it really hard for me to make and keep friends, especially now that I am an adult. It seems like it’s much harder to make friends as an adult. Now that so many people are talking about the traits of introverts and extroverts, so many aspects of my personality make way more sense to me!

Of course this is barely the tip of the iceberg, but these are three of the most prevalent aspects of who I am, so I am glad I got to share them with you all!