The Hows and Whys of Blog Reset

Have you ever been blogging along and realized that your blog was not a good fit anymore?

This is the wall I ran into. I no longer liked the name of my blog, the look or feel of it, or even some of the content. I had the blogging blahs. I felt like I had lost focus, and even my passion.

I wanted a fresh start. . .but was afraid to ditch it all and start over again. I wanted to keep my domain, and I did, but everything else, down to my blog template and color choices is brand new.

I figured a new year was just as good of a time as any to launch a new blog for the new me.

I’ve transitioned from stay at home mama to career mom, and my blog topics will reflect that.

I had some great tools in my pocket to relaunch this new venture.

Two years ago I took an awesome online course called “Content Brew” by Melissa Culbertson.  The course offered down to earth advice on planning content, setting up a content calendar and how to make all of my social media channels work together. It was fun teaming up with other bloggers on our Facebook group who were all going through the course together. It worked great for me, because I was a stay at home mom at the time and my kids napped.
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I no longer have  time for such a course now, but now there is a self-paced course available.  I do have time after the kids go to bed to work through my homework assignments! And, it was just the refresher course that I needed! I was able to use the homework assignments to refine my vision and see where I want this blog to be now and in the future. It is truly a blog conference at my own pace!

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I also have a copy of the Do it Yourself Blog Critique by the same author, which I plan on systematically going through once things are running smoothly here and I have my content calendar just where I want it. I don’t just want this site to be good, I want it to be awesome!

If you are looking to start a blog, or want to ramp yours up. . .or even if you need a reset like I did, these are some great resources.

If you would like a free list of blogging resources, head over to http://www.blogclarity.com/ and click on the sidebar link. This is an excellent resource for finding good plugins for your blog and time-saving apps to make you more successful.

 

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#OneWord365 “Generosity”

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Last year I noticed that many of my friends chose a word to focus on in the coming year. I did not have the time to reflect and do so. I was caught up in all things parenting and job hunting. Maybe my word was “work” and I just did not claim it as my word.

I had not consciously planned on focusing on a word this year either. But, as things often work out for me, a word chose me.

I’m rather stubborn.

I often do not know what is good for me. God, however, is really very smart, and he places His Word on my heart just when I need it. So, throughout the month of December while I was on a blog hiatus the phrase “live generously” kept echoing in my head.

Now, since having children, I’ve learned to be generous with them, even lavish at times. Christmas seems to bring out even more of this. In a time when so many get caught up in trying not to give their children too much out of fear of spoiling them; I get caught up in wanting to lavish them with great gifts, as this is a picture of what Our Father in Heaven has done for us. He sent His Son, the perfect gift. God was not worried about spoiling us. He realized better than we do that the gift He gave was not deserved. So, I’ve learned to be generous with my family.

Most of the time.

Except when I’m not.

And I am generous with my resources within my church family and my community.

Except when I’m not.

And I’m generous with my time and my time and my talents.

Except when I’m not.

And that, dear friends, is where my OneWord comes in. The scriptures teach so much about generosity (which by the way, really has less to do with amounts of money than it has to do with the spirit in which the giving is done.) It is time for me to learn more about what being generous really is. I’m going to write about my journey of generosity.

However, this is not going to be my generosity brag, because that is not how God wants our giving to be. That, my friends, is hypocrisy and pride. Instead, I will share with you parts of my journey, my struggles, my insights, and way to help you (and your families) be more generous. oneowordbutton Chime in! Have you chosen a word for the year? What it is it? What made you chose it?

Welcome Back!

My longtime readers will notice I’ve taken a bit of a blog hiatus.

I needed to.

Life got busy with work, and family, and some other online projects, and Dakotapam.com was turning into something I was not enjoying anymore.

A lot of the blog had become who I was, and not who I am.

However, I still love writing here! There is a certain thrill that goes through me when I hit publish on a post.

And I have so much more to share!

I am really learning what it is to juggle work and family life. I keep picking up new things that make it all easier. I am getting more and more organized.

I am on a personal journey of sorts; becoming comfortable in my role as an adult, mature, woman.

So, there are some things that will stay the same. I love reviewing books, products and apps. I have so much fun giving things away to you, my readers! (I know that I made Christmas a bit brighter for several families this year!) These things will not go away (I may even do more!) I’ll also continue to share good, wholesome, practical food. I’m going to continue to focus on great tech tools that make my day easier.

The things that will be different will be more obvious to me than to you, but I invite you to join me in the journey!

 

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