Three months in with my new blog! This may seem like a very short period of time (It is!) but I have learned so much and thought I would share a few thoughts in my “Diary of a New Blogger.”
When I started, I knew this would be an involved project that is a little outside of my comfort zone. Three months has taught me a lot! While certainly not inclusive (there is so much!), here is a list I will call “The Good, The Bad, and The Amazing!” with Sonata Home Design.
I have a voice! There is so much information on the internet and so many incredible creatives out there. It is easy to feel like the amoeba in the huge internet ocean. However, the more I create, the more I realize that I have ideas, thoughts, and projects that I want to share. And, don’t you agree, the beauty of the ocean is not just in the big dolphins…we need amoebas too!
I was shaking in my shoes when I published my first post three months ago. Short and sweet but the sentiment is still the same…Come on in!
I love to decorate! This is not news but just more reinforcement that this is not a passing hobby but a lifelong love. I have also realized that I can handle BIG projects. My favorite…Our Kitchen Renovation!
I love DIY! I did so much DIY when I was younger but had gotten out of the habit in past years. Whether reinventing a space or up-cycling something old or creating something completely new, I do love to get my hands dirty to make something beautiful! Here are few a my favorite Sonata DIY projects so far…
Time. Writing a blog takes a lot of time! I am a full-time public school music teacher with a huge love for my students and creating music with them. Juggling my job with all that life brings is challenging enough. Adding a blog is, quite frankly, a little CRAZY!
Overwhelmed. There is a whole lot more involved with writing a blog than I initially thought. Creating content, writing about it, social media, SEO, marketing, emails, website, video, posting, the list goes on and on. Each item can be a whole lot on its own. Sometimes, that overwhelming feeling sets in and I need a reset.
Technology and Social Media. This has never been my primary wheelhouse. Like everyone else, I enjoy social media but navigating it as a blogger is not always intuitive for me. Thank goodness for my husband, Brian, my daughters, my newfound blogger friends, and my blogging mentor, KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms. Despite many moments of confusion and frustration, I WILL SURVIVE!
I am still here! With the exception of one missed Tuesday, I have stayed true to my blogging calendar, have written posts of which I am proud, and have a LONG list of ideas for future posts. Here are a couple of posts of which I am particularly proud.
I started a Book Club! I knew all those design books I have accumulated over the years had a purpose. I started a free, virtual Facebook book club called SonataScript that focuses solely on home design/home lifestyle books. We have a solid group of fun people who share my same love of home design books. The door is always open and you are, of course, invited to join!
More Amazing…The World of Friends
This is truly the most beautiful benefit of writing a blog. I have reconnected with old friends and made so many new friends through this crazy adventure! The connection and support I have received is truly a gift to me. My greatest hope is that somehow, through this blog, I am able to give something of value back to so many amazing people! Thank you to everyone who has followed, commented, supported, encouraged, and become a part of my new blogging world!
Having twin daughters is the BEST! And, when they become grown adults, it just gets better and better! Madeline and Samantha have been so supportive and helpful and I am grateful for every idea, suggestion, and social media emergency help. Love you both to the moon and back!
I would be remiss if I did not thank a VERYimportant person. Without my husband, Brian, this blog would not exist. Whether technical design, answering a million questions, early morning “Can you do this for me?”, late night “Can you do this for me?”, painting, sanding, posting, and never-ending encouragement, love, support, and humor, I am SO grateful for this amazing man I get to call my husband and partner. Thank you, Brian!
Perhaps the most amazing news is that I am just getting started! My three-month initiation into the world of blogging has had its ups and downs. But the ups have just inspired me to continue on this AMAZING journey!
And, of course, you are invited to come along with me for the ride!
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