Wednesday, January 04, 2012

5 THINGS WITH ONE SHEEPISH GIRL

Hello MaieDae readers! I am Meredith from One Sheepish Girl and I am so excited to be here today! I am a huge fan of Savannah's blog and jewelry, so I was completely honored when she asked me to share 5 things I've learned about blogging.

Here's a little bit about me: I am a senior in college and I love to knit and crochet. I'm a bit obsessed really. I have a knit and crochet accessory shop on Etsy too! There are just so many new stitches and techniques to learn that it never gets old. Knitting and blogging have truly become my passion and inspire me to get out of bed each morning...along with a giant cup of coffee...and the desire to graduate from college. ;) I also love bright colors,  listening to my Frank Sinatra records, and baking. I'm a bit shy, or "sheepish", but through my new found passions, I am slowly coming out of my shell.

I'm still a newbie when it comes to blogging, but here are a few things that I've learned along the way.

1. Be confident. ---> This is a toughie for me. Nine times out of ten, I second guess every single post I write. Even the simplest posts bring me anxiety! "What are they going to think of me?" "Who's reading this?" "Why are they reading this?" I'm sure I annoy some of my fellow bloggers when I repeatedly ask them, "Are you sure this post is ok?" That's why I started my Blogging for Confidence series. I use this to get me outside of my comfort zone and try something that would typically scare me. Then I open up on my blog, share my experience, and don't look back. Maybe I looked like a goof in my swan sweater or with blue in my hair, but I did it, I tackled my fear and I have no regrets.

2. Post about what you love. ---> I may spend a little too much time blogging about my love for crazy sweaters or my hermit-like plans for the weekend, but that is what I like! I like cozy sweaters and staying at home with a good book. I'm not going to turn myself into something I'm not just for the sake of gaining followers or appearing more interesting. When I read my favorite blogs, I can sense their honesty and passion about the subject. It makes the whole experience more enjoyable!

3. If you have one, blog about your shop! ---> This may seem obvious, but it is so important to keep your blog updated on what's going on in your shop. I used to forget to update my blog when I Introduced new styles and color combinations. Also, it's nice to offer your blog readers a special coupon code every once in a while that only they can use!

4. Get rid of the guilt. ---> I feel guilty when I don't post for a few days because of classes and homework. I guess it's the people pleaser in me, but it's something that I've really struggled with this semester. Finally I decided, enough is enough. I already have enough pressure in class that the last thing I want to do is make my passion another stress in my life! In the end, homework comes first. If I lose a few followers because I have to write a 10-page paper, that's just the way it goes.

5. Respect the "big time bloggers", but don't idolize them. ---> I have to admit stumbling on this one earlier in my blog career. There are so many amazing, talented, beautiful, model-like, super-bloggers out there that it's easy to think they are superior and get down on yourself. They have talent and work hard for their achievements, but they aren't better than you. I try my best to learn from them, ask questions, and not put myself down because I feel inadequate in comparison. You are an amazing blogger and have something completely unique to offer this community. :)

I hope you enjoyed a few of the things I've learned about blogging. Actually, that's my favorite part about the blog world...getting to learn something new everyday! Thanks for having me Savannah!

Find Meredith Here:  Blog  |  Etsy  |  Bloglovin  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Thank you so very much Meredith! -- I absolutely loved what you had to say about blogging for confidence and blogging about who you are and what you love. :) If you haven't already, you should definitely check out Meredith's Blogging for Confidence series; it's very inspiring and super cute! 





16 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring Meredith. I read her blog quite a bit and think she's just lovely!

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  2. This is why I love her :)

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  3. Love this post. Awesome tips for me since I'm still learning about the life of a blogger. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Such a great post! I especially agree with number 5. There are so many super-bloggers out there that it's hard to not be a little intimidated! But you are right - you just have to try to ignore that and do the best that you can do. Thanks for sharing - headed to check out her blog now! :)

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  5. I love hearing blogging tips from my favorite bloggers. Meredith, you're just too cute!

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  6. Loving this series!

    Sarah // sillygrrl.com

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  7. What a good post! I really like what she said about respecting "Big time bloggers" but don't idolize them. Sometimes I catch myself doing that very thing!
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

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  8. This is such a fabulous post! All of your thoughts Meredith are so honest and personal, and those are the posts that are most inspiring. I will definitely have to check out the rest of this series!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this! I started my blog about one month ago and I must say that this helps. I have the same concerns and fears. I have been following her for a long time and had been such an inspiration with her honesty and projects.

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  10. I am loving this series of posts! Fantastic ideas and wonderful bloggers.

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  11. I am SUCH a huge fan of both of you ladies!!! It's such a pleasure to read Meredith's interview on your blog, miss!!! <3 And such a great interview!

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  12. Thank you so much for asking me to join this wonderful series Savannah!

    Thanks for all of the kind words everyone. They are making me so happy! :)

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  13. these tips are so helpful, thankyou! i love both blogs so much
    -georgia

    http://swonderfulgd.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is great! I love this series :)

    lordknowsilovetodance.blogspot.com

    Mel

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  15. a-freakin-men. i love this post. love #5. i struggle with it so much, especially as a very new blogger myself.

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  16. i love meredith's blog. such a great post she's done here! so inspiring.... bookmarked!

    chrissy

    http://www.mydearwatsonblog.blogspot.com/

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