Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Blog Re-Do

I'm trying to learn how to make my blog what I want it to be. Only thing is... I'm not exactly sure what I want it to be. My ideas could change at any moment... depending on my mood.

I guess I'm having a hard time trying to determine what is the most important part of the blog.

Should I make it appealing to others? Or appealing to me? You know... I want to attract readers. But I also want to like it and be drawn to it myself so I'll come back and write.

I see so many other blogs that are just outstanding. Crafty, colorful, homemade, professional.... you name it... it's out there.

I wonder how I will ever draw anyone to my own blog...

I guess deep down, I want my blog to reflect ME. I'm not really a girly-girl. I'm not very crafty. And when it comes to color and embellishments... I guess I'm sort of a plain-Jane. I like warm earth tones. Dark colors. No... I'm not gothic. But I like calm. Simplicity.

I am trying to learn new things in the blogging world. I'm trying to change my blog name for one. I want to change my URL. And I'd love to have a logo.

I bought myself some books on how to use the software I own... Dreamweaver and Gimp. I figure the cost of the books are much cheaper than the price of school itself. And I've been trying to learn a little each day. You know... learning was much easier when I had someone to MAKE me do it! But I will persevere! I am determined!

So.... there may be a few changes to my blog in the coming weeks. Hopefully for the good. And I'm sure a few mistakes as well. I may even begin to like some of the artsy-crafty kind of things. Who knows? The more I learn to do myself... the more fun and challenging it becomes.

I know I don't post enough... but I'm working on that too. Sometimes it's hard to decide what to do... post or learn? It's a learning process. Some days I just get carried away reading all of the great blogs I follow and the new ones I come across. They're so interesting!

I will keep working on my own blog. It's become sort of a personal challenge for me.  Can I do it? I hope you stick around long enough to find out!

Whatever I do... I will do it with all of my heart... unto the Lord!

Thanks for reading and God bless!
Mary Ann :)


Unknown said...

Mary Ann - I figured out - at least for myself that I make my blog pleasing to my eyes. The reason for this is somewhat simple - For the most part I'm the only one reading my blog. My blog is my diary and so it's very personal. That being said - I also try and make the blog easy on the eyes for the reader. Some blogs have such a strong background picture that it takes away and makes it difficult to read the blog. Also - I found I needed to choose a text that is easy to read. I continue to fool with the design tools in blogger to keep my blog looking fresh. One thing I've learned in with my video business that to much of the fancy stuff makes for a very poor video. I found this true with my blog. I know - to much information. Thanks for following my blog and I also enjoy your blog

Mary Ann said...

Hi DeanO, Not too much information at all. I appreciate your input. It really helps and it makes a lot of sense. I don't like a lot of the fancy stuff either. Just plain and simple is good for me. Thanks for visiting! :)

A Peculiar Person said...

Mary Ann ... Blogging is such an individualized personal experience that the best thing you can be is yourself. I find that people who write from their heart, from their own experiences, and from what God is speaking to them are the ones that I always come back to read again and again!

Mary Ann said...

That is very good advice! Thanks so much for your comment... I needed to hear that! :)

Lori Heyd said...

Keep on going! And welcome to my blog, I noticed you are a follower now. I had no idea what I was doing when I started my blog, and still don't. I just keep writing what I feel the Lord wants me to say! And yes, the best thing you can be is yourself. I will keep checking in.....Lori

Mary Ann said...

Hi Lori! It's nice to know that others feel the same way that I do about blogging. I'm getting great advice... I'm going back to writing for myself and see where God leads me. You have a wonderful blog... I enjoy reading your posts. :)
Thanks for visiting! Mary Ann :)


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