Sometimes the best way to be excited about a Monday is to look back on a good weekend. Or in my case, a super lazy, easy, peasy weekend. SOOO nice to have one in the books, I've needed it.
This weekend I...
::: Practiced kickball for four hours.
::: Used my new water bottle and loved it!
::: Had a great kickball practice. #itsaboutfreakingtime
::: Got burned like a biactch. Who knew cold and cloudy would turn into 70s sunny and perfect practice weather? #alwayswearsunscreen
::: Ate homemade chili made by Le Husband.
::: Took a nap while watching college football. [WAY TO GO FROGS!]
::: Dusted off the bowling shoes and ball.
::: Did horrible for two games and only respectable in one game. Time to start practicing again.
::: Drank lots of lil bottles of wine. aka tooooooooo much!
::: Walked to 7/11 to get a Digornio pizza. #collegeagain?
::: Woke up with a headache.
::: Watched my COWBOYS win, again. 4-1 hollaatdemboyz
::: Ate macancheese and cereal for lunch.
::: Nappe on napped on blogging napped.
::: Prepped for the week.
::: Had early bedtime, to knock out that stupid headache.
How was your weekend? Were you lazy like me or productive?
Linking up with these beautiful ladies < 3
Today's #Blogtober prompt is "10 things you'd tell yourself when you started blogging", which I think is a pretty interesting question. Most people don't know what they're getting into when they start a blog and I was one of them. I just wanted to try it and here I am four years later, loving my lil piece of the internet. I'm not a 'big blogger' nor do I know, or do, everything that's 'cool' or 'right in the blog world. But, since I was asked, here are my 10.
1] BE YOU: Pretty obvious, but it's incredible how many bloggers stress about being like every other blogger out there. People are smart and we can see through fake. Be you and you'll find your following.
2] People like pretty: Yes, it's superficial, but it's the truth. If you can't create your own pretty design, pay the amount you want for a blog design you like. I'm not saying you HAVE to look like everyone else, [idon'tandthatsokay], but a pretty design attracts the eye to a blog.
3] You'll get way more views than comments: In the beginning it's frustrating to see just page views and no comments, but that doesn't mean people aren't reading. Comments usually happen after relationships are formed, so keep blogging even if the comments aren't as many as you expect.
4] You don't have to be friends with everyone: And you don't have to like every blog that everyone else likes. Everyone is different and we aren't always each other's cup of tea. If you don't like a blog, don't read it and don't take offense if people choose not to read your blog.
5] Blogging can be like high school: There are cliques, there are 'the cool kids', there are the 'you can't sit with us' group, but hey, that's life. Don't let someone not getting back to you or not reading your blog keep you from doing what you want. Others don't determine your 'worth', keep doing you and you'll find your group.
6] Real friendships can form 'online': I didn't understand the friendships I saw that formed online, until I was in a real friendship. It's hard to explain to my IRL friends, but talking to someone every day, on a blog can bring you super close, super quick. I still am in awe of the relationships I've formed because of this blog, and can't imagine my life without my amazing blog/real friends [ BOFF, Jessica, Carolyn, Erin, Janna]
7] Big or small blog, drama and negative commenters still find you: There are opinions everywhere and people get REALLY BIG behind a computer screen. You might never get a bad comment online, but you'll find out someone is talking about you on their blog. It sucks, but it's life and you can't control other people. You can be the ripest peach on the tree, but there will still be someone that hates peaches, don't let the haters get to you.
8] Rise above bashing people: Don't be the person I described in #7. Keep it classy, keep drama off the blog and let other people act a fool!
9] People that don't blog, don't get it and that's okay: They won't ever get it. They won't believe that you have a best friend you met online, they won't understand the excitement of having more than 10 comments and they don't have to get it. You get it, you love blogging so keep on, keeping on in blogland.
10] You don't have to perfect, so don't fake it: There are some people that only want to share the good on their blog and while that's there prerogative, I can't relate to that so I just move along. Some of the best posts I've read are the realest posts I've ever read. It doesn't have to be a monthly occurrence, but show us the mess in the laundry room, or confess the stupid mistake you made at the grocery store. No one's perfect and it's fun to read blogs by real people.
What are things you wished you knew when you started blogging?