My Second Annual State of the Blog Address

Sunday Supper

Last year I went out on a limb and published my first annual “State of the Blog” address. (I dislike canned speeches, but it’s always good to know what’s going on.) A year has passed, and here we are again.

It took me awhile to come up with the topic for My Second Annual State of the Blog Address. There haven’t been many changes here this past year, other than tweaking the font and messing with my blog roll. From here on out, there’ll be a smaller number of blog roll links in my sidebar, aptly titled “Variety Is The Spice Of Life” — easier for me to manage and less overwhelming for you to contend with. (Random!)

While others have converted their sites into a sleek visual oasis which I enjoy very much, coming here is similar to traveling to a vacation cabin — throwing off the dust covers and spreading a table cloth on the ol’ dinette set! Nothin’ fancy, but welcoming…

Like sitting down to Sunday supper. Simple, satisfying, and entirely up to the cook.

While that stance may leave me behind in the dust, posting more than once a week just isn’t on my cyber slate. (And I’ll be danged if I’m going to write a certain way to generate numbers.) Freedom of expression means more to me than page rank! That said, I’ll try to throw something into cyberspace every Friday or so. ;)

(Confession: I don’t own a smart phone. I don’t even know if mine’s literate, but it gets signal at the bottom of the bluff.)

As far as social media is concerned, it’d probably be easier (and less time consuming) if I owned an instant-access gadget, but truthfully I don’t like how “market-y” some social forums have become. To me, there’s a difference between socializing and advertising!

Sorry… I hope that didn’t sound antisocial.

When I do spend time on those forums, I love seeing what you’re up to and I appreciate the reception I’ve received. I enjoy learning new things about you!

Here are a few other things I’ve learned during “year two”:

Pick something and stick with it. My genre happens to come in triplicate — writing, cooking, & photography — “and that’s the way it is.”  (Thank you, Charles Kuralt).  He also coined one of my favorite quotes: “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.

Never publish a photo you aren’t proud of… unless you’re poking fun at yourself. (Don’t expect to find perfection here, although I manage a decent shot now & then.)

Express gratitude. This may come in the form of answering your comments here, poking around on your blogs and “liking”/commenting there, or giving back to the blogging community someway/somehow to uplift you because “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.” Lol! (Thanks, Stuart Smalley.)

Map out your time on this planet and don’t feel guilty about it. I make the best use of my online time as it pertains to me. The rest of my waking hours, I spend with viable human beings. (However it works out for you is all good — no regrets, folks!)

Disregard “numbers.” Statistics are based on the past; I like writing what matters to me now. (I hope you do, too.)

Have fun! Fun is in the eye of the beholder. I can personally attest: If I ain’t’ enjoyin’ it, it’s doubtful you are either.

Sunday Supper

Blogging has been an adventure since Day One, but I feel like I’ve been “heard.” (Thank you!) No matter how large or small your audience may be, who doesn’t want to be heard… or at least listened to, considered, and pondered, if only for a moment?

By the way, what you  think matters to me. I can’t count the number of aha’s I’ve had in the kitchen and my personal life after reading your comments or posts. Everyone has a story to tell! Present-day life. Blasts from the past. Kids, jobs, pets. Inspiration. Recipes and photos. (Mighty stellar ones, I might add!) I love ’em all!

In the coming year, I’ll be serving up a little lunch whenever I’m here… or you are. xo

Enjoying life to the fullest,

~ Kim

Have you made any changes re: your online time?  If so, why?

18 thoughts on “My Second Annual State of the Blog Address

  1. I wish I could see the changes to your site my friend but currently I am all about the phone blogging :P
    Thank you for spreading your blogging wisdom, I am entirely in agreement with you – stats are stats, your blog shoud be personal to you :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Uru, I recently read about an app that makes blogs visible on i-phones and such. (I try to stay current on the trends, even if I haven’t applied them… yet.) Sorry you can’t “see,” but I surely appreciate your being here! xo

  2. “And I’ll be danged if I’m going to write a certain way to generate numbers. Freedom of expression means more to me than page rank.” Can you hear me clapping? I’m right there with you, Kim. I have enjoyed my social media adventures but I only stick around when I’m having fun.
    P.S. I found installed a Firefox ad blocker and I haven’t seen an ad since. Dreamy. Off to prepare a simple satisfying meal in your honor.

    • Lol, Sue Ann, I deep-sixed the ads shortly after you & I discussed them! Between your Firefox ad blocker and my penchant to make this a relaxing venue, it appears we both achieved nirvana. :) Let me know what you made for dinner… sounds dreamy (to quote you!) xo

  3. Kim, I have been running like a crazy person the past year trying to figure out what is more important…and I keep going back to the same conclusion as you do. Love that you wrote about it! I’m on Twitter, Facebook and WP and those things can wipe anyone out. Who wants to be in front of the computer all day?

    • Andrea, my crazy, mixed up world includes off-line time, on-line time, FB, G+, blogging, etc. and the hardest part is devoting adequate time to each (or a healthy balance thereof…) Key word: healthy! Sounds like you’ve been making an assessment of what works for you — keep it up!

  4. I love what you do here, no matter how often new posts appear. I’m not posting much on my blog these days, but I enjoy visiting my friends online, so I’ll keep hanging around in your virtual kitchen. Something always smells delicious!

    • Shary, thank you so much — that meant a lot to me! Everything seems to go in streaks these days… writing… dancing… dreaming… doing! You’re an inspiration. xo

  5. Enjoy your blogs, recipes, music and view of life; however, I most enjoy just visiting with my friend Kim about events in our lives, family, nature and everyday “girl talk”; and as much as I love to read, for me…….one-on-one, face-to-face conversation always trumps the written word unless it’s His written word. OH, wait a minute…..one day it will be face-to-face! Love you, dear friend.

    • Thanks much, Dawn! I realize there are those who need to generate posts on a regular basis and/or appeal to “numbers” to keep the home fires burning (i.e. ad income) — nothin’ wrong with making a buck at home and I admire their tenacity and creativity greatly — but it just isn’t “me.” (Not that the extra dollars wouldn’t help, lol!) This will always be my creative outlet and I’m glad you enjoy visiting here. Thanks again for your ardent support! xo

  6. Congrats on a great two years. I agree we need to be true to ourselves and write what’s important to us, not what’s necessarily going to cause the greatest numbers. Love the look of the chicken and asparagus dinner – very tasty xx

    • Charlie, you’ll have to see my reply to Dawn (above) for a further clarification on my philosophy about numbers. You nailed it with “we need to be true to ourselves.” I’m thankful that blog world allows room for rebels who just want to write ;), as well as for those who’ve embraced its revenue-generating capacity. Glad you enjoyed my Sunday supper photos — it was tasty indeed!

    • Whoa, Shirley, I can’t believe I didn’t see your comment until now (sorry…) — actually, it was a wonderful surprise and it made me smile. :) The best part of blogging has been hanging out with folks like YOU. Thanks!

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