Summer Blog Social! Where I’ll Be in 6 Months

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Liz of A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog and Jessica of Four Plus An Angel are hosting the #SummerBlogSocial from August 1 – 5, for those of us who don’t make it to BlogHer. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about blogging and social networking from other bloggers.

Yesterday, I offered 10 tips for someone who’d like to start a blog. Today, I swing the focus back to myself.

But of course.

Liz and Jessica asked: Where do you see your blog in 6 months? Or a year?

Honestly, I just hope I’ll still be blogging in 6 months.

I’ve been known to jump enthusiastically into something, throw myself into it wholeheartedly, immerse myself fully and BOOM, a few months later, I lose steam and fizzle out. I abandon my passion and it’s like it never even happened.

Case in point – jewelry making. When I was pregnant and newly unemployed, I spent 4-5 months learning to make jewelry by hand (or beading, if you want to get technical). I’d spend 5 hours a day, 5 days a week at a friend’s jewelry shop, just churning out rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings. I even considered setting up an Etsy shop.

Yeah, guess how that turned out.

I went on to have my baby and devoted myself full time to his care and upbringing.

Fortunately, I have not lost interest in the most important person in my life, so don’t panic, people.

The same cannot be said for my beloved jewelry. I have not made a single piece for nearly 2 years. And I have no intention to. I’ve simply…..lost interest.

I have no lofty ambitions for this blog. I don’t intend to make any money. I know myself too well – the moment a hobby threatens to turn into something I can monetize? My passion for it dies out.

And I don’t want my passion for blogging, for writing, to die.

I’ve made too many friends, built too many connections, invested too much time, fallen too hard for this blogging thing, to just have it fizzle out on me, to just give up.

I cannot imagine not opening my laptop and checking Twitter to see what my friends are up to, or to see who has left me a wonderful comment.

I cannot fathom life without writing, now that I’ve rediscovered it.

So in 6 months from now?

I want to still be here to read your blogs, and leave you comments.

I want to still be here to tweet with you at all hours of the day

I want to still be here, in this little online home I’ve carved out.

Will you be here with me?

What about you? Where do you see your blog in 6 months? 

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  • August 3, 2011 Roxanne

    I certainly hope I’m still here with you!
    Roxanne recently wrote…David’s AccidentMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I’m sure you will! Me? Not so much 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Stephanie

    I will still be here with you! The connections I have started to make are just too important to me to just give up.
    Stephanie recently wrote…I wish I had known…My Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Ah, that’s good to know!

  • August 3, 2011 Shell

    Will definitely still be here with ya, girl!
    Shell recently wrote…Parenting Do’s and Don’ts: Part 3My Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Shell xo

  • August 3, 2011 mom2kiddos

    I hope you’ll still be here in 6 months time. And I’m near enough to go kick you in the butt to make sure you snap out of fizzling.
    mom2kiddos recently wrote…Surprise, Surprise! {Summer Blog Social}My Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha! And you know where I live too, so I should be afraid, very afraid 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Elena

    That’s a good goal & I’m very much the same way. The #1 reason Charlie wouldn’t do (& have his team do) a design for me until he knew I was sticking with it. Finally, after a few months, he said he’d do it. That may sound like a super mean hubs – but he knows how bad I am at just dumping stuff and it was a lot of time on his part. I hope you stick with it, too. I like reading about your life. 😉
    Elena recently wrote…Blogging Ain’t EasyMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Charlie is a wise man 🙂 I really hope I stick to it too – this is the first time in years that I’ve really enjoyed something this much!

  • August 3, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I did the whole jewelry making thing too and lost interest. I hope we’ll all be here 6 months, a year from now. It’s been so fun and eye-opening!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Summer Blog Social: Help WantedMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      It has indeed! 6 months sounds feasible. A year from now? I don’t know, I really hope I stick with this. And you too, I know you will.

  • August 3, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    I hear ya, sistah! I often wonder how blogging will work out for me too. BUT, obviously since you have a background in PR, you MUST have a passion for writing, right? That’s one skill I don’t think ever fades. There’s hope! In the meantime, you know we’re all here for you and awaiting your next brilliant post 🙂
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I do hope that my love for writing doesn’t fade, or that life takes over so much I won’t have time. Thank you Lauren, for your vote of confidence. People like you keep me going 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    You better be here in six months! And yes that is a threat. And also? OMG! Seriously. OH. EM. GEEEE! I too started making jewelry. About six months ago? Maybe a year? I don’t know. I was all into it and even set up my etsy shop…but never put up one piece to sell.

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha, so I’m not the only one with the jewelry thing. I think it’s different taking creativity to a business level. It won’t just be making pretty stuff, you actually have to get into handling orders, shipping, marketing your product etc. I think that’s partly the reason I don’t monetize my hobbies – I just don’t like the work 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Natalie

    Yes don’t leave us! We would so miss you!
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Natalie! I’ll try not to 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Ann

    I am EXACTLY like that….I get so wrapped up in something and then *poof* burn out. The only thing I’ve not burned out on is cooking…it’s been a 28 year love. I suspect that blogging about food will be the same way – I just have to work on balance. I spend the afternoons and early evening completely away from the computer now – and it’s starting to work…
    Ann recently wrote…Sicilian Antipasto PlatterMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I believe you’ve got the magic formula Ann! Well done.

  • August 3, 2011 Kimberly

    I did the jewelry thing too and that fizzled out. #twin

    I want to still be here. I love the friends I’ve made and the voice I’m slowly starting to develop. It isn’t just a hobby anymore. I live for the connections. I NEED to keep going!
    Kimberly recently wrote…VlogTalk: Get Your Song OnMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Then we have to keep each other here, #twin!

  • August 3, 2011 Not Winning Mom of the Year

    This is so brutally honest I love it!

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Kim

    This is a great question. I think it is easy to make the assumption “I’ll still be blogging,” but I know from my past experience with it, things come up in life and sometimes these things make us take a break from blogging. So the future is untold for me, but at this point I know I’ll have a 4 1/2 and a 2 1/2 year old daughters as well as a 1 month old baby so I think it is safe to say I probably won’t be blogging every day like I do now. But I hope to be blogging and writing. In six months I also hope my blog will be more interactive by having regular guest posts and discussion format in comments 🙂
    Kim recently wrote…The Measures of a MotherMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      It’s great that you have specific goals in mind, Kim. That always helps to keep one on track. Good luck!

  • August 3, 2011 Christi

    I’ll still be here to chat with you 6 months from now – I hope you are too. If not, you would be sorely missed!
    Christi recently wrote…#SummerBlogSocial: The Good & The BadMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Christi! That’s very sweet of you.

  • August 3, 2011 Just Jennifer

    Well perhaps now that we know we will hold you to this blogging thing!

    I do have an Etsy shop, of my knitting. Haven’t sold a thing.
    Just Jennifer recently wrote…Summer Blog Social: Page ElementsMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Yes, having people hold me to it will definitely keep me going.

  • August 3, 2011 Jessica

    I see myself passing Justin Bieber’s Klout score in 6 months. 😉
    Jessica recently wrote…Going to BlogHer11My Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I have confidence that you will surpass Bieber in less than 6 months!

  • August 3, 2011 Barbara

    I hope that you are still here in 6 months and that your passion doesn’t fizzle!!
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      I hope so too 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Lady Estrogen

    I love your little online home – it’s very warm and welcoming 🙂

    I haven’t painted for almost a year. That makes me sad, but it’s just how the cards have fallen lately.
    Lady Estrogen recently wrote…My Rock with a CockMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you my dear 🙂

      Yes, that, it’s just the way the cookie has crumbled (I just always wanted to write that!). Ah well. Maybe one day, you’ll paint again and I’ll make something new.

  • August 3, 2011 Lola

    I can’t say for sure what I’ll be doing in 6 months. I hope I’ll still be blogging, but once in a while real life swoops, throws something unexpected your way, and then all bets are off. Stupid real life.
    Lola recently wrote…I Vlog Because I Am (Bored) aka Lola Goes Deep (and not in a sexual way…unless that will bring more readers in which case it’s sexual)My Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly that! Stupid real life indeed.

  • August 3, 2011 Heather

    Great post…and I can relate to what you are saying about putting too much pressure on yourself to do it and it become more of a chore than for fun & as an outlet for yourself. I have a hunch you will still be here in six months and we will all be living in our little blog/twitter world with ya still! We are all too invested not to be!
    Heather recently wrote…What I Wore WednesdayMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Heather! I definitely don’t want blogging to be a chore, I want to still love it! And thank you for your confidence in me 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Kelley

    I plan to be! 🙂

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kelley, good to know 🙂

  • August 3, 2011 Kir

    for sure, I can’t imagine the blogosphere without YOU!!!!

    Your blog is a happy time in my day. Keep writing, tweeting and connecting …I’m here waiting.
    Kir recently wrote…Pouring My Heart Out: The $70 lessonMy Profile

    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Comments like yours is what keeps me going, Kir. Thank you for being a good friend to me. xo

  • August 3, 2011 KLZ

    I think “not quitting” is a fantastic goal. Seriously.
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    • August 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, really. Since I only have one goal, I should really stick it out, eh?

  • August 3, 2011 Holly

    Haha, you sound just like me, FULL THROTTLE for the first few weeks then something shiny catches your eye! Oops! I’ve been wanting to do the summer blog with Belle, Bean, and Chicago Dog but it fell on my busiest week ever!
    Holly recently wrote…Wild ThingMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      I do hope no amount of shiny things will distract me from blogging. There’s still time to participate in Summer Blog Social!

  • August 3, 2011 Bruna

    I don’t want to give it up either no matter how hard I find it to sometimes keep up with everything else I have on my plate.

    I sure hope you stick around too!
    Bruna recently wrote…always trying to find the balance …My Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      I think it’s amazing you’ve been doing it as long as you have, what with your full and busy life!

  • August 4, 2011 Aleta

    *gasps* You stopped making jewelry! *faints*

    I still make jewelry, but not as much, but I’ve been doing so since 2000 🙂

    I’ve been blogging since hmmm… 2008, I think. So, I see myself sticking around for another 6 months. Sure, why not? I don’t have the most interesting of blog posts, but I like it enough and more than anything I love reading what other bloggers are out there doing 🙂 So, I contribute my little bit of cyber blogger space 🙂
    Aleta recently wrote…E is forMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      That’s great, that you stick to things you love, good on you!

  • I am so glad to know you. Yes, in six months, I WILL still be here, laughing at your tweets, enjoying your words and getting to know you better. Look forward to it, mama.
    elizabeth-flourishinprogress recently wrote…Monday Dare: I’m starting a gangMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elizabeth! It’s good to know I can count on you to be here – you’re one of my favorite reads 🙂

  • August 4, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    You better still be here in 6 months lady 😉 I hope I am as well. I’ve made too many friends not to be. 🙂
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    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      Let’s try and stick it out together, eh?

  • August 4, 2011 Staying Afloat!

    you better be here in 6 months, or I’ll hunt you down! HA! You’ve got a great blog here, I love your writing! Keep it up girly!
    Staying Afloat! recently wrote…Who IS This Murphy Guy Anyway and Why Does He Have a Law?My Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      Hopes, words like yours keep me motivated. Thank you, and I’m glad you enjoy my little blog 🙂

  • August 4, 2011 Jessica

    Of course we will still be here!
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    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      That’s good to know! 🙂

  • August 4, 2011 Mommy's Paradise

    He he, I know this too well, to fall full heartedly for something just to let it slide after a while. Bty what’s you zodiac? Are you Gemini (like I am)?
    But don’t drop the blogging and the Twitter, we would miss you.
    Mommy’s Paradise recently wrote…It’s Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Healthy Mango CakeMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      I am a Leo 🙂 I’ll try not to quit hehe.

  • August 4, 2011 Amanda Austin

    I tend to do that, too. Take scrapbooking, for instance….I have a whole room of scrapbook stuff and haven’t done one scrapbook in years. But blogging — well, I paid for hosting for 2 years, so I’ll be at least doing it that long, although who knows in what capacity. I love to write and I love to read others blogs, so as long as you guys are here? So am i 🙂
    Amanda Austin recently wrote…Blogging: The good and the badMy Profile

    • August 4, 2011 Alison

      I paid for hosting for 2 years too! So when I did that (and the redesign), I was sure I’d continue. But the doubt creeps in once in a while you know? The days when blog reading/ commenting becomes too much? The days when you have nothing to write? I just hope those days are far and few in between in the next 6-12 months 🙂

  • August 4, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Hope you’re still here in 6 months, but I’m not worried. 🙂
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Mont St MichelMy Profile

    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for your vote of confidence!

  • August 5, 2011 liz

    I don’t even want to think about what you wrote about. Seriously? A life without twitter?!?!

    I shudder…

    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Haha, I know, right??

  • August 5, 2011 Carri

    I love starting something and then just throwing it away. I get bored too easily! But, like you, I really love this and there’s so much to learn, so much growing to do, and so many friendships!!
    Carri recently wrote…So Happy It’s Thursday: Oops I Crapped My Pants EditionMy Profile

    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I think it’s the boredom factor, like that’s all I need to know so I’m done! But with blogging, there’s still much to learn, and the relationships are too precious. That’s what keeps me going pretty much.

  • August 5, 2011 Susan

    so glad to read this particular post because I’ve been thinking lately how much better i feel when writing and blogging, but then worry that in six months I will have been distracted by something (life? babies?). so i hope you’re still here and i hope i am, too, and if so we should all celebrate with a blog (block?) party!
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    • August 5, 2011 Alison

      A blog party! Brilliant!

  • August 6, 2011 Melanie

    In 6 months, I think I’ll still be writing, and making my way around this blogosphere – I feel like there’s still so much to learn – and connecting with new bloggy friends like you…

    You better not go anywhere. Your blog and your writing are both just so good.
    Melanie recently wrote…Two Friends: The Meme & The Writing PromptMy Profile

  • August 6, 2011 Mrs. Jen B

    Oh hon! I’m the SAME WAY! In fact I thought I had given up on blogging for good last summer. I’m glad I came back. Anyway, I definitely know what you’re saying and I hope you’ll still be here! I swear, I will stalk you. It won’t be pretty.
    Mrs. Jen B recently wrote…Just How Should I Use Social Media?My Profile

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      Well, as long as you don’t stalk LOL. Alright, keep me accountable, and I may just hang on 🙂

  • August 6, 2011 Jackie

    I will be right here chatting on twitter right along side ya! I love it way to much to give it up!

    • August 6, 2011 Alison

      That is good to know – yay!

  • August 10, 2011 Jamie

    I tend to behave the same way with ‘new’ things. So I’m also just hoping that I’m still around in 6 months. It’s hard to imagine not doing it now even after such a short amount of time. My list of things I want to write about continues to grow. So we shall see… 6 months can go quick!
    Jamie recently wrote…the one about dorothyMy Profile

    • August 10, 2011 Alison

      I hope the 6 months go quick enough that I don’t actually notice it 🙂

  • August 10, 2011 Mama And The City

    I am kind of the same. Sometimes I daydream about *something* that I like and fool myself thinking is a passion, but after a while I just loose interest. Just. Like. That.

    I am crafty, I am good at almost everything I do, but I need a push to start it or get going so most of those little things I do I only keep doing it because is a job then. And that is why I don’t want to become monetized for my blog either. I just don’t want to loose interest because I see it as a job. I have a lot of fun to my own leisure.
    Mama And The City recently wrote…A very hard decision…My Profile

    • August 10, 2011 Alison

      Yes, the fun+leisure thing as opposed to job+work. It’s a matter of finding the balance, I guess!

  • August 11, 2011 Carrie

    6 months from now I expect to be doing the same sort of things with my blog. I’ve been at it since January 2008 and while the blog has changed a bit over that time and I switched form a family blog to a personal one focusing on my creative writing I still love it so I expect to continue writing
    Carrie recently wrote…Wordful Wednesday: Secret Societies and other funMy Profile

    • August 11, 2011 Alison

      3.5 years at blogging, Carrie? I’m blown away by your dedication. I’m glad you’re enjoying writing, that’s the most important thing!

  • August 12, 2011 Motpg

    You have done so well, you really should continue.
    I know what you mean though. A few years ago I was all about getting in shape but as soon as I went ahead and bought really good walking shoes and an actual yoga mat, I sat down and started blogging.
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    • August 12, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha, you made me laugh, as always. Thank you for your encouragement, I do want to keep doing it.

  • August 12, 2011 Alison

    Yay!

  • August 12, 2011 Kid Id

    I hope you don’t leave all of us – look what a huge community of followers you’ve built in such a short period of time!
    Kid Id recently wrote…Do You Have A Blog Addiction? Part II: DependenceMy Profile

    • August 12, 2011 Alison

      I hope so too!

  • August 16, 2011 Robin

    This freaks me out! You can’t leave us. I never even considered that you might. Aaahhh!!

    I’m the same way with things – I get totally immersed in something and then it fizzles. But I think this is different. At least I hope so – for both of us 🙂
    Robin recently wrote…The Me I Am TodayMy Profile

    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Oh the possibility is there. Let’s hope I stick it out this time. With you and all the other lovely people by my side 🙂

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