4.30.2012

How SNAP changed me…

There have been so many great wrap-ups from SNAP and I love seeing them and reliving it once again – because really – it was THAT much fun!! Before I went to the conference I wrote a post about how meet ups could possible be awkward and how I was going to try really hard to get outside my box – well I am happy to report that I did go out of my box a little bit more! Not as much as I should have (chicken!!) but more than I would have normally. I met so many amazing people and was finally able to put a face behind some many darling bloggers -

Just like I mentioned in my post, I was sort of let down by a couple bloggers who I thought would be different – but really it was no big deal and all the darling ones totally made up for it!!

But rather than sit and talk about how much fun I had and who I met and what swag was my favorite – because you can find lots of those fun posts all over the place!! (yay!!)

I wanted to tell you about some of the classes I went too and how they totally changed me and my perspective about my blog/website.

I went to a class about “Everything you wanted to know about Facebook” and I learned that I have a lot of work to do on my Facebook page! I had no idea that there were so many apps (or any apps at all) that you can apply to your Facebook page – who knew there were websites called Woobox or Shortstack or Offerpop to help you with all your Facebook needs?? Personally, I had NO IDEA!! I do know that my page needs a major facelift (but I did manage to get a cover on it finally!!) and hopefully you will be seeing some fun new changes in the near future!!

I went to a class about Style and how to reflect who I am on my blog. Do my readers know me? Do they like how my blog is set up? Can they tell my style by reading my posts? And I found myself asking “What is my Style?” What do people know about me by looking at the content on my homepage? Does this really reflect who I am? and I found myself thinking NO more than I thought YES.

Another class I went too was about being personal – without oversharing. I heard from some amazing bloggers who have shared their life stories and it made me wonder if I should share more of  who I am – how I came to be me today and if my readers would be interested in knowing about past life stories or the fact that I have trapped my 18 month old daughter in her high chair with a bag of fruit flavored marshmallows and am letting her eat them to her hearts content so that I can finish this post…. Do I post about how Spencer and I fell in love? How I had finance crush my heart? How I found a boyfriend making love to some other girl for his first time and went crazy??!! I do feel like I want to share more of myself and how I came to be – I just need a plan on how to do it!

One of the big questions that was asked over and over and over and over again was “What is your goal?” and really in thinking about this – I don’t really have one. I mean, I know that I want to create beautiful things – but that is about as far as it goes! I was talking to my cute roomies about this and told them that I feel like I am lacking in opportunity in my life and blog life. I have seen so many bloggers accomplish so much and take fun opportunities and I sort of feel like I am lacking – only I have a HUGE problem, I don’t know what goal or opportunity it is. I guess I just want something to fall into my lap but the cold hard truth is that is never going to happen. I have to make opportunities but before I do that I need a goal!

The last class I attended was DIY class. This was the biggest kicker of the whole weekend for me. Do you guys know that I know how to use a mitre box? I know way more about painting and staining then I should? That I bought myself an air compressor for Mother’s Day last year? That I can personally install molding all – by- myself?? Nope, I don’t think that you do and it is all my fault. I want to share those things with you but I don’t – and for the life of me I cannot figure out why? I have a ton of projects around my home that are “meat and potato” posts but instead of showing you the chair rail I installed all by myself – I fill this blog with fluffy junk. I am stopping that.

I attended a lot of other great classes as well and have a few things to ponder there – Like how do I bring more outside, inside? or where can I find fluffy down pillows that don’t have pokies from the feathers? But the ones I mentioned got me to really thinking…

What direction do I want my blog to go? What do I want to show you? Do I really need to post something every. single. day? What things around my remodeled work in progress home can I share with you that I know you would love to see?

My blog is going to make a pivot…

a pivot in a different, better direction – one that is more personal, more my style and more about the things that I love around my home and my DIY projects. Please bare with me these next couple of weeks as things may be sparse – I am working out a plan! I hope you stick with me because so far I have a lot of fun ideas!!

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11 comments:

Heidi @ Honeybear Lane said...

Hey! I saw you at SNAP but didn't get to say hi! I am moving to Utah soon though and we'll have to meetup sometime. You are so cute!

Jenn @ myfabulesslife said...

Well I think you're great already but I can't wait to see the new direction! So sad I couldn't make it to SNAP this year, fingers crossed for next year ;D

Summer said...

You are awesome, Amanda! I wish we could have hung and chatted more; I was too distracted with baby H! Let's get together soon!

Tawnya said...

I would love to hear more about you. I know you, but don't really know you. I learned lots about you just now, thanks for sharing. I am sticking by as you make these blog (and life) changes. p.s I have been posting more on my blog.

Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

Love this post! Good for you! Plus now I really want to know more personal stories...they sound juicy, lol. And evidently I know nothing about facebook, so if you would like to share your knowledge, please feel free:) Personally, I couldn't and would't post everyday. I want my readers to be excited when they see a post from me knowing it chock full of project awesomeness, and I think that is boatloads more important than just seeing a post everyday. I'm excited about your change, good luck!

(also, you have some slutty-ish girls on your sidebar skyscraper ad, you may need to go block some categories on your ad network. Unless of course you like them there...then by all means... :)

Brooke said...

GREAT post, Amanda!! I am so glad I've gotten to know you the past little while and admire you so much! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. And I really want to hear those juicy stories now! ;) I'm excited to see the direction you're going. xoxo

Brooke (www.thecraftingchicks.com)

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

I hate that I didn't get to experience SNAP in the same way all of you did! Loved yours and love that you came!

Tauni said...

Amanda, I just finished reading your posts and there are about a million thoughts going through my head right now...

First off, I am glad that SNAP! encouraged you to have the fire to be yourself on your blog. I think that you will find it will be incredibly liberating and that people will fall even more in love with you.

I also wanted to comment on your post about awkward meetings. I don't think that there is a single blogger I've met who feels like they've made it, or who doesn't feel left out sometimes. I think moe often than not, the blogger we admire is feels just as lonely and left out as we do. And maybe their brush off? Just circumstance.

Anyway, mostly just saying I identify with how you feel and I totally understand.

Adore you my friend. For reals.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I learned a lot at SNAP classes too. There were so many good ones to choose from and I was bummed not to be able to go to all. Definitely lots of food for thought, especially about what is really important and where I really want to go with this... Thanks for this write up.

Bridget said...

I loved reading your recap. I think a lot of us left thinking about the direction we want our blog to go. You have obviously done something right to get the following you have so don't be so hard on yourself. I am excited for the new changes and I adore you! thanks for being so sweet to me from the first time I met you ;)

Gen said...

Hi Amanda! I know you must be wondering what someone is doing commenting on this old post of yours. Well, with SNAP tickets going on sale yesterday, it's been a lot on my mind, not that I'm going, or thinking of going. But I have been thinking what it would be like if I were to go (eventually) and kept thinking I'm way too shy for this kind of thing, which brought me to you! Cuz you had mentioned you were super shy too. Then I came to read this post, and am just wondering where you stand now in regards to what/how you said you'd change in this post? Just me being curious :) I think it's pretty kick-ass that you can do all those things by yourself, I'm hoping to be able to do those same things one day!

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