Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Grand Re-Opening" ...?

I feel like my blog has come to fruition! I've been so hung up on the layout and branding details, being the perfectionist that I am, and feel like this was serving as a barrier for me posting more consistent, interesting content. Now that I'm proud of every little detail of the laceandwhimsy.com aesthetic, I'm more inclined to focus on content rather than layout tweaks.

I've been blogging for a few months now and figure it's time to take a step back and reflect a little. I have almost 50 posts. I feel like a lot of those posts were me testing the waters as to what kind of content that 1) I enjoy writing 2) people enjoy reading. I feel like I've now found my voice and my little niche in the broad scope of the "lifestyle blogging subculture," if you will. I feel like I'm ready to take my content up a notch with useful, pin-able posts.

And I'll probably still fine-tune my layout a bit here and there!
Would anyone be interested in tutorials for how I designed my blog? 
For a few months I was using a beautiful layout by Brand Me Beautiful. In the meantime, I was teaching myself the tools I needed to make something almost as lovely as her beautiful designs. (I'll get there someday!) I've learned a lot about Photoshop and HTML coding in the past couple months. I may do a series sharing some tricks I've learned along the way and roundup some great links to resources I've found via other bloggers, Pinterest, and Google.

Over these past few months, I've sometimes wondered why the hell I'm putting so much work into this blog and start to feel like this is a waste of time. Ultimately, I know that's not true. Here's why:

I'm a full-time bookkeeper. Having an outlet for my creative side is healthy and blogging is one great way for me to fill that need. Also, you can blog from pretty much anywhere. I didn't bring my paints on my recent vacation, but you bet I was blogging on-the-go. (Exhibit A)

Making things with your own hands is a beautiful thing, and I'm all about it on a leisurely weekend afternoon, but it can also be time-consuming, messy, and expensive. Grabbing my laptop and teaching myself something new in photoshop or CSS can be a rewarding feeling on a weeknight when I'm too burnt out from a day at the office to have any worthwhile creative energy left in me.

Also, social media is awesome. By talking to cool ladies on twitter, instagram, or blog comments, I can get a girly social-fix while in my sweatpants. I don't have to clean my house or put out chips and dip. Does tweeting totally replace the need to interact with real humans? Of course not. But life is hectic and it's nice to have little micro-interactions sprinkled throughout the daily grind.
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