Blog Goals 2012
Well, 2011 flew by. As it seems, have a lot of my goals, bye bye! Well, some were sort of accomplished, but I feel like this year I can do better. I actually was pretty realistic last year, but at the same time I think that over the last 2 years I have pondered and learned a LOT, about my life and balance…
I started this blog in June of 2007, posted about 4 times, and didn’t post again until January of 2008, and from that point on I blogged every now and then mostly to show my family (across the country) what we were up to. But I didn’t really get into blogging until my first daughter Etta was born, all of a sudden I had a lot of cute pictures to post!
Before that I didn’t know you could schedule posts… and once I learned that, a whole new world was opened up to me… of course the truth of the matter is that I have never actually gotten ahead… in fact the most I’ve ever really gotten done in advance is about 3 days… and I squander those days like a child wasting time in the summer.
Besides the laundry – that seems to multiply whenever it thinks I am not looking, and the dishes that refuse to clean themselves… my biggest blogging stumbling block is worrying that what I do from day to day isn’t good enough. Compounded with the fact that in the past, I have felt that unless a project is done, and perfect I couldn’t show it to you… Well, in my world projects take months and occasionally years to finish… not so gratifying to the blog reader, but the truth nonetheless…
And my biggest insecurity… is that I am NOT a decorator! When it comes to design, I can pick out fabrics, colors and furnishings, I can design a mean floor plan (oh how I love floor plans! I kid you not) I can install molding faster than you can sneeze, and I LOVE to organize things, but when it comes to decorator items? Yikes, ..bikes (I still love that movie!)! I just don’t like a lot of stuff. I am SO cheap when it comes to buying that type of stuff, if I don’t’ have a use for it, I don’t like buying it (which is probably why I have 80,000 dishes, cuz, I use those all the time, so I feel like I can get a way with buying too many to use in one life time more!) ALSO, I don’t have a lot of crafting time, so I can’t make things at the moment, at least until Lydia decides that playing is more fun that demanding Mommy hold her, every. second. she. is. awake!!!!!
Okay, so what does all this stuff have to do with goals? I guess I am just trying to figure out my plan, and explain a little of my thinking to you all..
1. Try to post daily. (Monday – Friday) I just really want to be a recognized part of my own blog. Sometimes, I feel like people don’t think that I work on projects and that this is just a feature blog. Mostly because my time is so limited with two babies, that I haven’t had the time I needed to post about the projects that I have worked on (and for other reasons, see above!)
But over the past two years, with the (very barfy.. sorry for the mental picture) pregnancy and birth of my second child, I knew I couldn’t do it all. When things get busy, I do rely on features, to keep the blog up. It is something I learned early that having my wonderful blogging friends help can keep us all going through the hard times, without giving up! And I LOVE it when someone has their day made by a feature… I know it makes my day, when I am featured! I appreciate every feature that has ever been submitted so I will still honor that with a single feature post a day, because inspiration comes from everything. But I want to have a stronger presence in my blog.
2.. Be more personal. This was one of my goals last year. The year before that this wasn’t the case at all, since I posted about what ever the heck I wanted to. But then I got a little to subject narrow. I have felt like I couldn’t really blog about my family, and stuff that we are doing that isn’t remodeling.
Then as I have thought more about it, I realized, that I did not name this blog Remodelaholic”s” but rather Remodelaholic, after myself. Because I like to redo things, no, I have an addiction to changing things for the better… home related, food related, clothing… whatever, I just feel like doing at the moment. I am the Remodelaholic. I am SO glad that other people feel that they are Remodelaholics too (it is good not to be alone!). But I hope you don’t mind me being exactly who I am… even if I tends to be a little random or personal?!
3. Which brings me to my next goal, keep up to date with projects… even if they don’t work out, and even if they are not finished. I think this will really help me to feel some good pressure to finish a project. And show that not everything I do works out, or that occasionally I get caught up in a fad, that I LOVE, but doesn’t work for my house, and then I have to change it later. (we all do this right?) Keeping it real!
4. Get my blog out there a little bit. and by “out there”, no I don’t mean that I am going to go all Gothic on you. I mean that I would just like to get a little more involved. To a certain extent, I am perfectly fine with being a home body, and not getting involved. But I do really want to have some growing opportunities…
5. Do some fabulous projects… OH BOY! I am excited about some of the projects that we have lined up this year. In no particular order…
Faux Mantel…! (we are already started!)
The kitchen – say goodbye to our (not cool, even though I usually like the color) orange theme!
Finish the half bath already… I started two weeks before I got pregnant, then rather than remodel the facilities, I was busy using them. She is almost 1, it is about time I finish!!
The Master Bathroom! Actually get started, I ripped out the carpet, (shudder) painted the walls and floor, and covered the monstrous window that faces the street on ground level… oh the awful planning of this house… but I have never done anything permanent… and I have plans!
Finish Etta’s Room…
The Master Closet (maybe) I just want to fix a few problems… but we may not have time for this one.
The biggest looming change in our future for this year, may ultimately be a move to a new house (maybe not till next spring… we still have a lot of finishing to do on this house). My husband just found out before Christmas that his job is moving to the Dallas office, instead of Fort Worth. I am NOT into commuting…even if I am not the one that has to do it. I want my husband home, not 12 hours a week on the road, that is a huge pay decrease if you think about the time wasted getting to and from work. So, as long as the job is stable in a few months, we will see if we can find a house closer to work.
6. Answer your questions… If you guys have questions, I have been trying to answer them in the comments section of the blog. I used to email people back, but my inbox became a thing I tried to avoid at all costs… it was SO overwhelming. Nowadays, I am trying to just reply to comments, on the actual post. But also, since I do have guest features, this becomes a little bit of a problem, since I can’t answer for my features. If I can answer it I do. But if you have a question, and it is a guest feature, you might have to stop by the authors blog to get your answers! (sorry!)
7. Balance. Seek to really get this down. I have spurts of balance, and believe me, I have been racking my brain for months about how to gain this. I know more clearly that I can’t do it all! I am going to get help for the things I can’t, and do the things I LOVE and want most to do.
Such a great and honest post. I enjoyed getting to know you better!
those all sounds like really great and doable goals. having two babies is tough work- my kids are 17 months apart…. when my daughter was born it was like i was in this cloud of mommyhood and hardly had any time for anything else because i was constantly tending the needs of two babies…. i think it started to get easier when she turned 2. suddenly, they could play together better and i could have more time to do my things and find myself again. i can’t imagine if i had my blog during that time. it would have been nothing but cobwebs and crickets. all you can ask of yourself is to do the best you can do, and that’s all we want form you. 🙂
Love your blog, Cassity! Best wishes with your 2012 goals – you can do it!!!
You write one of my favorite blogs, and it’s been on my blogroll since the very beginning. Balance is one of those things I struggle with, too. Recently I was called for jury duty, and in voir dire we had to list all the organizations we belonged to and the extent of our involvement. As I was listing off all my obligations, I thought, “why can’t I ever say no?” This year, I’d like to strike a better balance, too.
Looking forward to following along with all your house projects this year.
I love your blog! I just started a home blog because your blogs inspire me to do all of these projects that I’ve never blogged about! Thanks for your great reads!
I really enjoy your blog! As a mom to four kids, I definitely understand the time constraints of having a family. I think you do a great job with your blog. Try to be a little easier on yourself 🙂
I think you have come up with some great goals! I would love to see more of you & your family & personality here. House projects can be so time consuming, so I think it’s fine/awesome when bloggers show what they’re working on in more “real time”, especially for big projects! Can’t wait to see what you guys do!
Loved this post, and would love to see more of you here too! Not to say that I don’t love the blog now – I do. Heck, even my husband likes it – I’ll occasionally forward a photo or a feature to him and he really does like it. I laughed last week when he asked what the remodeling alcoholic was up to. (sorry, he really just forgot the name of the blog but it cracked me up!) best in 2012. Enjoy the little ones as the time goes too fast, and blog as you can – you’re pretty fab whenever we see you here.
This cracked me up tell your husband that thankfully, while I am still fully addicted to remodeling, I’ve got the alcohol problem under control… (since I’ve never had a drop in my life – well, I guess Nyquil- I wasn’t a very wild teenager, or adult as is seems) Thanks for the great laugh!
Okay, I have so many points to make so lets hope I can remember them all. First, Yikes…Bikes! Are you kidding me? I love that movie and quote it daily. I never say yikes without the bikes. Second of all, getting personal. I just posted a personal and seemingly off topic post yesterday. It sat as a draft for over a week because I wasn’t sure if I should post it. I got so many comments! Turns out people like hearing the personal stuff. I also struggled with the fact that I feel like people are coming to the blog about decorating stuff and not me stuff. Then I finally told myself, This isn’t college-I don’t have to choose a major! I named my blog balancing home because I wanted to be able to write about everything having to do with balancing a home. Somehow I started to feel pigeon-holed, like craft projects and printables were all people wanted. Anyways, break out! I think it will be a hit. Lastly, I have a three-year-old and seven-month-old so I get the being busy! I feel like I work more now then I did when I worked. Okay, one more thing. You featured me and it made my day/week/month! I was a brand new blogger trying to figure out how to let people know I existed and you gave me that opportunity. I am still pretty new to this. Sorry for the novel of a comment!
Megan, I love novels! Thanks for taking the time to tell me what you think.. and I like how you put it, this isn’t college, (thank heaven) I don’t have to pick a major! We are all learning these things, I think I finally just gotten to the point where I (mostly) know what I want to do!
“my biggest insecurity… is that I am NOT a decorator!“ Wow, someone feels like I do!
Well I hope this year will be different. This is my year of change.
I am also a stay at home mom, so its nice to hear that I am not the only one. Thanks for being you!
Hear, hear! I totally agree, lets both work up our confidence!
You have some great goals, and I have every confidence in your ability to meet them. I look forward to learning from you and being inspired by you in the new year as I was in the old!
Thanks you Korrie! (p.s. did you get your ladder yet? Hope you are liking it!)
I’ve been toying with the idea of painting the floor in the master bedroom and I’d love to know what, how, etc you did in yours – you mentioned above that you’d painted the floor. P.S. Great blog!
Anne, I didn’t do anything special, cuz it was a no budget project. I just got sick of them looking so messy (concrete and plaster splatters) so I painted it with some mis-mixed paint. It has held up… But if I were doing this as a longer term solution, I might go with at least floor paint.
This is great – definately food for thought. I know I’m a little late (May and I’m thinking goals… go figure!) but this has been really helpful. Thank you