Blog It All (or Not)

Have you ever started something and you were so excited about it? I’m sure you have.

Then, something about it, maybe the way you bad it set up, made it feel more like a chore. You didn’t look forward to it anymore and you didn’t really want to do it. It wasn’t fun. You only did it because you felt like you had to. It was expected.

That, my friends, is where I had gotten with this blog. I needed something to make me want to do it again.

This weekend, I watched the Launch Bloggers Conference live feed. (I was originally going to go, but couldn’t.) I had a couple Aha! moments while listening to Melissa George and Marisa Mohi. Because of that, I’m making some changes here.

The main thing you’ll notice is frequency. I will no longer be trying to post every day. Instead, you can expect posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Beyond that, I will post links to podcast episodes and videos when they go up, most likely on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

I’m also going to make better use of blog categories and tags. Instead of trying to do articles/opinion pieces on things I don’t know enough about, I’ll be talking more about what I know, what I’m working on, and things I use to get my work done.

There will be more behind-the-scenes stuff and explanations of why and how I do things. Instead of talking generically about creativity, I’m going to be showing more about how I use it in my life so I can give practical examples.

I think these changes will make for a more interesting and fun experience for all of us.

I’ll have another post up on Wednesday.

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January Wrap-Up

Is it just me or was January both the longest and the shortest month ever? I didn’t quite meet all of my goals for the month, but I did pretty good.

My theme for the month was “content.” As in, creating content. To help with this, I participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I ended up not completing the challenge, for a variety of reasons. However, I did get more posts up than I usually do in January. That’s a win itself.

Other things I did for January is

  • 5 Days to Increased Creativity challenge
  • 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge
  • Signed up for and started a Tunisian crochet class with Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts.
  • Finished two crocheted shawls.
  • Planned out the next JEN Enterprises Presents title (hybrid planning).

January was a challenging month, but it was ultimately a good one. I’ll have another wrap-up at the end of this month too.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 5

This is it. This is the last day of 5 Days to More Creativity.

Today, I want you to put your inner critic in jail for the duration of your current project. Draw a representation of him/her/it. Write down things it usually says to you. Tear that page out of your notebook, put it in an envelope, and put it in a drawer. Tell it you will let it out of jail when your project is done and it’s time to edit/evaluate. Then it can have its say, but not before.

Next to giving yourself permission to create, this is the second most important thing you can do for your creativity.

Before you put it in jail, take a picture of your inner critic and share it with the hashtag.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 4

This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your creativity.

Nobody, not one single other person, can give you permission to be creative. The only person with that power is you.

Here is a sample permission slip you might want to use.

I, _____________, do hereby give myself permission to be creative and to explore my creativity regardless of what form it takes.

Signed: _______________

Date: _________________

Keep it at the front of your notebook or tape it to your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator.

Show me your permission slip. Share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the #morecreativitychallenge hashtag.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 3

We’ve made it to the hallway point.

Day 3’s prompt is to write every day. Call it a journal, writing practice, or Morning Pages. Even call it scribbling if you want to.

Daily writing, whether you are a writer or not, keeps your creativity primed. It makes it easier for you to tap into your creativity when you need it.

When you post your pictures today, you don’t have to show a close up of what you’ve written. An overhead shot of a written page is fine.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 2

Day 2 is about knowing what’s in your toolbox. It doesn’t have to be a physical toolbox. You do need to know what’s in it, though.

For example, as a writer and fiber artist, my toolbox has:

  • Computer
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Pen/pencil
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hooks
  • Knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Row counters

And so on.

What is in your toolbox? Show me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.