After trying my hand at this whole blogging thing for a bit, I’ve learned a whole lot.
1. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
2. Even though I still have
no very little idea what I’ve gotten into, I kinda love it.
But, as the title of this post suggests, I’ve decided to revise my original plan re: when I’ll be posting and what I’ll be posting on (only minorly, don’t freak out!).
Essentially, I’ve decided to scale back to a few “features” (for lack of a better explanatory label) that will appear on a regular rotating basis. This way I won’t feel as much pressure to be churning out projects every other day (resulting in mediocre ideas for you and a cranky me). More importantly, I’ll be able to focus more specifically on the things that I am passionate about and intensely interested in exploring.
I know what you’re thinking, cut to the chase and explain the changes already! All right, all right. Calm down.
I’m imagining the “features” will include (not necessarily in this order):
Apartment and DIY Updates
This is really why I started CLARKUScat way back in the beginning (about three months ago), so I definitely want to keep it going; however, with my hectic work schedule (I am a full-time doctoral student and writing instructor, after all), I’m just not able to complete projects and updates as often as I’d like. My studies and my students must come first. Cutting back on these posts will allow me to post more substantial updates that have been planned and implemented well rather than rushed and half-a**ed. These posts may include small things (like my succulent garden project), larger updates I make to my space (including paint, wall treatments, new furniture editions, etc.), inspiration boards to help me generate ideas (like this sample office board and this bedroom board), or even shopping/wish lists as I create them.
I feel very passionate about crafting a living space that I love, but I am often dismayed by many of the (albeit fabulous and utterly amazing) decor/DIY blogs I love because most, if not all, of the updates are projects that I simply can’t do in my rental space. I don’t want to be limited by the fact that I rent, though, because the reality is I will probably be renting for a good while before I purchase a home. I love love love the idea of taking inspiration from some of the bloggers I follow and admire and finding ways to create updates that I adore in my rental. Just because I rent is no reason not to love the space in which I live.
First Friday Faves
This is a feature that I’ve already
begun to implement posted about once before (see that post here), but that I really like. I love to scour the Interwebs for fun products and sites, so I’m definitely still very interested in sharing my finds here with you. Each list will be centered around a theme that will arise from the time of the post (ie. what I’ve been inspired by recently, holidays, gift ideas, clothing items I want or need, etc.) and will contain five items (maybe more if I’ve had a particularly fruitful time on the Internet.
I’ve recently invested in a DSLR (a Nikon D3200) and am dedicated to learning more about photography. I’m hoping to post some of my sample images, experiences, and tips (here’s hoping I actually have some ;)). I think it’ll be a fun little way to document my progress, and I’m really excited to have a forum to share my experiences!
Project Life Experiences
As those of you who have been reading along (that’s right, I’m talking to you, my five followers! You guys are awesome!) already know, I’ve recently begun my very first Project LIfe album (I’m using Becky Higgins’ system via a mix of digital and traditional paper pages). You can find my Project Life posts and freebie downloads by clicking those links in the menu under the header image! I’m really excited to continue creating freebies!
Cooking and Running
This is something entirely new to me (and to CLARKUScat as it was originally conceived), but it has become a major facet of my life recently. I’ve struggled with my health in the past (nothing major, but enough to impact my daily habits and lifestyle at this point) and have recently (as of about a year and a half ago now) dropped gluten from my diet in an attempt to better control my symptoms. I’m also a vegetarian and a totally and completely terrified kitchen noob. This means that upon first eliminating gluten from my diet, I relied on a lot of specialty products, spent a fortune feeding myself, and recently gained quite a bit of weight because of this bad habit. I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to conquer my culinary fears and to invest more of my time into exercise because, you know, Elle Woods makes a compelling argument. I’m not sure exactly what shape these updates will take here, but I’m excited to include this facet of my life with all the others. I also hope my experiences can help others who struggle with various health issues or dietary restrictions.
So, 886 words later, I come to the conclusion that I am much happier about this plan moving forward. I was beginning to feel stressed out about CLARKUScat recently, and that feeling shook me into some introspection. This blog is supposed to be an enjoyable release, not an additional source of anxiety (trust me, I have enough of those. Shnikeys.)
I’ll hope you’ll follow along if you’re new or stick around if you’re one of the first five! Let’s do this thing. :D