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Making Memories Mondays: Love & Blogs

Two weeks!  It’s been two weeks since I’ve last blogged?!?  Wow.  I can’t believe that.  When I post tomorrow’s post, you’ll probably see why it’s been so long, but still.  My own mind’s blown.

Anyhow, I think today I’ll switch things up a bit and do the Friend Making Monday first, then the pictures from my Pictures to Take checklist next.

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 If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Blogger to Blogger

 1.  Does your blog have one overwhelming theme?
It does, because organizing things help to keep me sane.  In the case of my blog, the overwhelming theme is getting things done, or as the tagline says, “checking things off, one day at a time”.

2. How did you come up with the theme(s) for your blog? Was it intentional?
Oh, if you could only have seen the planning stages of List Love Laugh!  I went through many different themes before realizing that I could put all themes under the umbrella of getting things done.  It was every bit intentional.  I told myself if I was going to start a blog, that it would help me get things done in life, rather than take me away from the things I wanted to get done.

3.  Share something cool that has happened in your life as a result of blogging.
Though these all sound very small, they’re all cool things to me:  having an outlet to express my thoughts and bounce them off of others, defining my fashion sense even more and taking more pride in my own sense of style, and getting more into crafting.  And Flash Mobbing, but I think that may have happened even if I didn’t start blogging.  🙂

4. How much time to do spend reading blogs everyday?
I have to confess that I’m pretty loyal to only a few really good blogs, and I rarely stray from those unless something really catches my attention.  So if I follow you, consider it a huge compliment because I don’t follow just anyone.  I make it a point to not spend more than about an hour a day reading blogs, but realistically, I probably only spend a maximum of three hours a week reading blogs since I enjoy books and other things more.  🙂

5.  Do you blog on the weekends?
My original plan was to blog a bit every day, including weekends, but that hasn’t really panned out.  So I do when I can.

6.  Do you keep track of your stats?  Do they matter to you?
In the ten months I’ve been blogging, I’ve probably only checked my stats three or four times, just out of curiosity.

7. How do you decide how much to share about your personal life?
This has perhaps been my biggest challenge so far as a blogger.  I get differing opinions on how much to reveal about your real life, but I think in the end, the best thing is to go with your gut.  I liken it to when I first started AOL chatrooms in the 90s (do you remember that?!?).  I didn’t reveal my real name or location because I didn’t want any crazies knowing that personal information, and I maintain that right now as a blogger.  Perhaps as I get more comfortable with my readership I’ll reveal more, but I don’t think I’m at that point.

I believe it was around May or June that I finally revealed a picture of my face, and I feel good about that.  And I think if people really wanted to figure out my location it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out the general area, but I’ll let them do that and not reveal where I am outright.

The events in my life, though, are all true, as well as my thoughts and sentiments on a subject.  It’s definitely more than just a didactic tone.  I reveal if I’m having bad days, I go into personal experiences, and I let you know my trials and tribulations.  I think that helps a blog to be more relatable, and they are the same things I appreciate in other blogs.

8. Do you aspire to be a writer, or did blogging happen for some other reason?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for pretty much my entire life, but more than being a writer, I really want to either be a poetry therapist or a literary agent or someone in publishing who works behind the scenes to get someone else’s talent noticed.  I’m not really one who likes the spotlight shined on her.

So while I do enjoy writing, I started blogging mostly because I wanted to sort out my thoughts, and also as a way to hold myself accountable for checking things off of life’s checklist.  It’s been an interesting ride so far.

9. As a blogger, do you think it’s more important to write for yourself, or for your readers?
I have to say that it’s more important to write for yourself, because you can’t always count on your readers, but it really depends on what your goal is when you blog. That’s just my personal opinion.  Because I think it’s more enriching to your soul to blog about what you love, rather than falling prey to what others want from you.  The great thing is that blogs can be about any topic, so eventually there will be someone out there who will read what you have to say.  After that point, you can ask readers for their opinions, and that is when that magical moment happens where you start writing both for yourself and your readers.

10.  What kind of plans do you have for the future of your blog?
I say this a lot, but I’d really like to stay more on top of it and blog more often.  I’d like to, at least once a month, have an entire week where I blog each day.  Every “day topic” is important to me and I’d like to give them all equal attention.  I’d really like to especially start concentrating on Written Word Wednesdays and Scholastic Saturdays more, since I feel as if I’ve been ignoring those days, yet they’re the most important for me to accomplish.  I also hope to get many, many more checkmarks done when it comes to my Big Scary Life Checklist, educational books to read, Things to Do Before I Die, and clothing inventory.  Mostly I just really want to streamline the blog and get it back to the basics that I set it up to be before I started straying from my original goal.

And now, pictures!

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

February (week three)
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Favorite gadgets
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My “new” camera that I received last May (because I love taking pictures of EVERYTHING!), the new phone I received about a month ago (because I get to come out of cell phone Dark Ages and finally have a keyboard…it’s still not a super-advanced phone by any means…it’s not even a smartphone, but I still love it!!), and good ol’ pen and paper (because when all the other fancy gadgets fall away, these are all I need)!  And yes, I took a picture of my camera in the mirror, because that’s really the only way to take a picture of  the camera you’re using, yes?

DSCN5167My loved ones
(warning: mushy photo to come)
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Though I have many loved ones, this is the only picture I have of a loved one during the month of February.  It’s a good loved one to feature, seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day month, and this (along with my doggie) is my Valentine. 🙂  This is also a preview of tomorrow’s post, where I’ll talk about our Valentine trip to Paris!

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From our outdoor picnic table at night.  Better pictures of this picnic to come (have to get them off hubby’s phone).
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Valentines I receive
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Don’t get me wrong.  I love every Valentine’s Day present the hubby has ever given me, but I’ll be honest:  these presents are some of, if not THE MOST, memorable.  And by memorable I mean freakin’ awesome.  I got crayon rings (yes. Jewelry you can color with.  I know.  Bask in the awesomeness!) and a unicorn that has a projector on it.  That projects stars, a moon, and a UNICORN FACE.  If you don’t know by now that I am obsessed with unicorns, this must be the first post you’ve read from me.  Because I do.  Thus, the combination of these two items makes me extremely giddy.  Here they both are again, closer:


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DSCN5167Creating Valentines (with bonus “goodies”)
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I feel like all of Paris was one big Valentine that I created for the hubs, so I’ll leave that for tomorrow and feature the more stereotypical Valentine: the card.  You can sorta see it behind the chocolate fondue.  Mmm…
And the heart was made with the crayon ring he gave me!  Woohoo!

DSCN5167Goodies (cookies/candy/cupcakes)
I did make some red velvet cookies for the day, but I gave most of them away to my mom & little bro before I could take a picture of them.  The few that I left behind were eaten before I could photograph them.  Believe you me, though, there were plenty of goodies to be had, though they weren’t cookies, candy, or cupcakes.  As you can see above, there was fondue, strawberries, wine, and marzipan hearts (that we made ourselves!).  We also had croissants with a Nutella-like spread for breakfast the next day:

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That’s all for now.  All details regarding Paris, I’ll do tomorrow! 🙂

Wishing You Sweet Things Too!  🙂
Violet

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