Putting a pin in it

I guess that’s what I’ve been doing this whole time? Many things have been on hold, and I haven’t liked that. A lot of which has been my writing.

I’ve been doing things – living life, joining in on games with my boyfriend, working, a whole lot of working, crocheting here and there, knitting here and there, working some more (really, I feel like my life is all working. And now I’m working from home with this pandemic, so work is home and home is work.), but not doing what I really want to. Don’t get me wrong – I want to spend time with my boyfriend, by myself, and I’ve made a special point of spending time with my son since he’s getting older (15, already?).

But I also have loads of dreams. I have lots of things I want to do.

I still want to make money from my own creative efforts.

I still want to get my divorce. COVID stopped me from doing this. I was going to file on the first Tuesday I had off, early in March, but between my sciatica acting up, which it has been doing since the end of February, and the courts closing due to COVID, I didn’t go in.

Now I’m working Monday thru Friday again, and I’m pretty sure the courts are open again. My sciatica is still very much acting up, although it’s a lot better than it has been.

Now it’s time to take the pin out.

I’m planning on making serious, sweeping changes around this blog and in my life.

I definitely want to get back into this. I’m hoping to do much as my boyfriend does with his Gamerseuss Twitch Channel channel, and set up a schedule of what I’m going to post. And I’m going to renovate the look/layout of this as well.

One thing I want to start doing regularly are writing challenges again.

The 100 Word Challenge that has been fruitful for me often seems to be a victim of our current situation. Maybe I can find something else to take it’s place.

On my Pinterest, I’ve got a whole folder of different challenges. Most are 30 days challenges, and so will have to be over a month. I’ll have to review that folder and pick what I’m going to do.

At least one of my posts each week have to be WIPs. I’ve done my best, since with the current situation I can sit here and crochet or work some other craft a lot sooner during the day, if nothing else – or at lunch – or on breaks – or when things are slow – to keep up projects. My most recent are the bags I make that were at first at Doc’s request, a freeform cloak I’m making sort of to cosplay a D&D character or two, a blanket with my thin yarns to keep me warm at my seat, and today/this weekend (I’m going to finish it shortly) a plastic bag dispenser. I already have one on the kitchen end of the main room in my trailer, this one is going to be for the living room/”office” end of the main room.

When I was blogging regularly before, at least once a week I would have a blog post about interesting posts that I’ve run across, or videos that I’ve found/listened to. I don’t think you want to see the list of half of what I listed to on YouTube (usually it’s going to be Good Mythical Morning [I’ve followed Rhett and Link for years], some real life crime lists, food, or creating videos [things like cake decorating videos, or DIY videos]). But if I find something that truly moves me, I’ll put it in that list.

I’m also going to start putting affiliate links on my website. It’s an easy way to earn money, and I want to start getting a residual money stream, so that I can get into other things that I’d like to work towards, that cost money (training for proofreading, etc).

You may also get a top 10 list about something, or my review of something here and there. I’m not sure all besides what I’ve listed that I’m going to do yet, but I think all of these seems like a good start.

So, I’m back. I’m working on/through all the hang-ups/fears/mindsets that have kept me from posting before. But this is a post saying I’m going to re-establish myself as a blogger, as I feel like I got a lot of benefit from it.

I look forward to the friends I’m going to make on this journey. With the treacherous landscape out there now, I truly hope that there will be more friends than not!

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