I never met a piece of encouragement I didn’t like.
Especially when it comes to blogging.
Everywhere you look there are posts telling you to do it this way and make sure you write it that way and make sure you have alt tags and SEO and keywords and pictographs and clever titles and rooms that look like they stepped out of a magazine and pictures that will be pinned a zillion times on Pinterest.
And if you don’t?
You’ll never succeed.
Or so “they” say.
That’s why I’m so happy they asked me to be a mentor at Haven. That’s why I can’t wait until July 20. That’s why I can’t wait to encourage and uplift and listen and talk and laugh and explain why “they” forgot to mention….
….the rest of the story.
Here we are.
The 2017 Haven Mentors.
That’s me. Right up there in the left-hand corner. The one next to Tracy wearing the red lipstick.
And today we are hopping from each other’s blogs to talk about blogging and advice and life.
I’m going to be answering a few questions from the team.
And distracting you with pictures of my back deck.
Because nothing goes better with encouragement and advice and questions….
….than a little porch ready for summer.
Question 1. How many years have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for five years.
Can you even believe it? I started long ago in a blogging land far away without a Christmas tree skirt. If you are having a bad day and want to smile, you can read all about it here. At first I didn’t know what I was doing so I just wrote random stories about pancakes and twirly whirly skirts and salamanders with kind of awkward pictures and extra heart. But the blog grew and I learned and now? I’m writing about wearing high waters.
Nothing’s really changed.
Question 2. What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed?
That is a super hard question because I’m in an invested long-term relationship with most of my projects. They are all unique in their own way. Sometimes I’m amazing and knock it out of the park and I’m all about myself and pour an extra glass of sweet tea. And sometimes? It turns out like this.
But if I leave it to the twins, I’m pretty sure they would vote for this one.
Question 3. What is something useful you have learned from a blog conference?
I think the most important thing I’ve learned from a blogging conference how important actually going to the conference is.
(total aside: Is that even an answer to the question? It is? Oh, good.)
When I look back on my blogging journey, I learned so much from my very first blogging conference and it taught me that no blogger is an island. We all need each other. Blogging can be a solitary sport and it’s wonderful to spend time with other people that are writing a blog just like you.
Question 4. What is something you love about blogging and what is something you wish you could change?
I love everything about blogging.
I cannot wait to get up and write a post and talk to all of you and create projects for my home and work with brands I love and take photos of the farmhouse.
And then go to bed and start all over again.
It’s like the best job on this entire earth and I count my blessings every day that on that long ago December afternoon…
…blogging found me and my tree skirt.
And as for something I could change? Hmmm…. Probably more hours in my day. But I don’t think that’s happening.
Question 5. What is one piece of advice you would offer a blogger–new or otherwise–who is going to Haven?
My best piece of blogging advice?
Okay. Here goes. It’s the hardest and the easiest thing to do all at the same time…
I know that sounds so textbooky. I know that sounds like the advice you’d read in a Hallmark card. I know you’ve heard this before and you may be rolling your eyes and saying Really, KariAnne? That’s what I read this entire post for?
But here’s the thing. It’s so true. If you try to write a blog and copy someone else or be someone else or adopt someone else’s style that you might admire online, guess what happens? The reader knows it. The reader figures it out. Readers are smart and they can see right through a little nonsense to the person that’s really underneath. Readers want the real you. The one who messes up. The one who writes her heart. The one who isn’t perfect.
So write life from your perspective.
Write projects and pictures and house transformations and DIY’s that you love.
Be all about yourself.
Your blog, your journey, your brand (and your readers) will be so happy….
….if you just write you. 🙂
PS And now? Hop on over to my friend Ashley’s blog for some more blogging advice and inspiration.
PPS You can learn all about Haven and how to get tickets here.
See that face?
The one with the red lipstick and the blonde curls and those amazing earrings?
She is grinning from ear to ear. Why? Why is that red-lipsticked girl smiling?
BECAUSE SHE’S GOING TO BE THE CLOSING SPEAKER AT HAVEN.
Can you even believe it? I can’t. Even when I type that and smile and pinch myself all at the same time, I can’t even.
I hope you’re going to Haven. I’d love to meet you there. I may or may not do a cartwheel on the stage.
Stay tuned. 🙂