I'm always thinking about what I'm going to write next on my blog. In fact I think about it so much that it hurts my relationship. We used to have coffee and get connected every morning, but now I wake up and bury myself in emails and work. It's also very hard on a relationship when you work together all day long as well as live together.
It's very rewarding to write this blog. I have way more virtual friends than real-life in-person friends. One of the biggest reasons I moved to the country this year was because my closest friends are my mom and my sister.
I worry that they are the only ones who really understand my quirky ways. The fact that I process all my upsets out loud. Truly, I will never get cancer because I can't hold anything inside that upsets me for even 5 minutes.
The upside of this is that I rarely stay mad for any length of time. If I can say what upsets me out-loud, then it's basically over.
The downside of this is that when I'm in the middle of being upset, I will discuss whatever it is with whoever happens to be within earshot.
Sigh. This gets me into so much trouble. And it's probably a big reason why I don't have a pile of friends. I think next year will be my 'Year of Friends'. Maybe if I focus on that in addition to NOT saying whatever pops into my head, people will like that more.
Anyway, I recently received this question from Kim:
I love your blog and thought I'd seek your advice about mine. I began my blog while on a motorcycle trip in May of this year. With tremendous response and encouragement from friends, I have continued to blog about many areas of my life, including cooking, gardening, and motorcycle trips.
Recently I started another blog about sewing window treatments and home decor, since I didn't think it tied in well with the other blog.
I'd love to have everything on one blog. Is that possible or even advisable? I have many interests, so how do you narrow it down? My husband and I go on extensive motorcycle trips about twice a year, so that is not enough for a stand-alone blog, nor is it my "love".
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.
Thanks Kim. Although the first thing I thought when I read your email was "She's so lucky to have such a great group of friends". Here is my best advice on what to do:
All the advice I have read about having multiple blogs always comes back down to the same answer:
If blogging is a hobby for you and you have no future aspirations for ever turning it into a money making machine (or something like that) then it's completely okay to have two or more blogs.
However, if you would love to turn your hobby, passion, dream into a way to make money, then focus on what you are truly passionate about and stick to one blog.
I never made any real money until I started writing this blog, but you should also know that it takes a tremendous amount of time and commitment to do it well. I've written a few posts about that here
To have what you want in life takes commitment. And as I wrote in this post,
the definition of commitment is ""Everything I'm doing is leading towards the fulfillment of X". And if you want to know what you're committed to, take a look at how your life looks right now. That's how you know.
It's impossible to write two blogs well. The tiny percentage of bloggers who do this would definitely need to be full-time bloggers.
So chose something you are really passionate about
and start blogging. It will change your life, the way it did mine. xo Maria
ps. I hope all my readers in the East are safe!
pps. Thanks for being my friend on-line xo
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