YEAR FIVE: GOALS

March 7, 2017

Day two of my blog’s five year birthday! Nostalgic, throwback story before I get to my goals, I remember hanging out in David’s college duplex before we were married (engaged!) and he helped me buy my blog’s domain name.

I started crying because I was so excited. Ha! Oh, memories. Okay, now goals.

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WRITE LONGER POSTS!

I had really good writing teachers in school, so I feel like I have a strong concept of how to write well in academic papers and I realize I have still had that training in my head here. So while I am okay with using incorrect grammar and I certainly do not proofread thoroughly enough to make sure there are never any typos, I still kind of have that, say it in as few words as possible stuff that makes for good, concise formal writing but is not right for my blogging. In some ways I already write informally here, but I would like to do it even more and really embrace the casual, conversational, sentence-fragments-are-okay, part of the world of blogging.

And the other reason this is my goal is because it just makes posts so much easier to write. I began to realize that my home decor posts are really quite brief, like that post I recently shared about lighting for our kids room. I have endless thoughts about decorating and for the concern of getting too boring I would cut out the details and get into that “keep it concise,” “what is the need to know info” mindset. Which I know is dumb, because details are the real part that like minded people who also enjoy thinking and talking about these topics like to read, so of course that would make for a better blog.

I am a stickler about uniform stylization though! So while I am in love with the thought of writing all lowercase I am still kind of needing it to be a consistent decision either way. Maybe I will try and if I hate it I can always go back and just edit the posts to have proper caps. I love the large first letter in my posts design which would that be weird if everything else is lowercase? MAYBE I SHOULD MAKE IT LOWERCASE TOO BUT STILL BIG? Also contractions, (can’t instead of cannot) I hate in professional writing, but they are easier (and how I talk) so maybe I will still do. I am laughing because this is such minutia to need to form an opinion on. But it all goes into the look and feel of a blog, which I think is important to have thought through.

IMPROVE DESIGN

It feels like I just redesigned my blog, then I realize that was already 2 years ago! Even with making tweaks myself since then I am ready to have a pro make some more aesthetic changes and for our mobile site to be as pretty as our desktop. David once heard from some tech or business person that with how people operate from many different types of devices, “your mobile site is your site.”

SEASONAL LIVING

The most quintessential Rachel activity is probably making lists. I make at least one everyday and have since I was a teenager. So I make lots of daily lists, and sometimes yearly lists too, but one idea I had for goal setting and list making was to do them around the seasons. I love the seasons, and making plans around about a three month period feels like a nice, needed pace in between yearly and daily plans. In the past I considered doing goals with the quarters like in the business world (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4), but that felt weird and corporate for a homebody mom like me.

For each season I have five categories – financial, motherhood, household, professional, and social. Financial is goals for things we are saving up for. Motherhood is mostly activities, trips, or habits I want to do or start with the kids. Household is things we want to get done around the house. Mostly renovation related these days of course. Professional is blog or writing goals. And social is parties I want to throw or friends we want to have over for dinner. I love that one because it forces me to prioritize the people we have been “meaning to have over” for too long.

BROADEN CONTENT

I always summarize my blog as about homemaking, and while I have got the home decor and cooking parts here, I think there are a few more categories I could add to round it out and make that description feel like it fits even better. Some ideas are more things about household management, hospitality, and motherhood. Maybe one day educational activity ideas for kids too when we start more formal homeschooling.

These are all what I do and think about, so I think adding them in would feel natural. I love when I find a new blog I can get lost in because there just seems like an endless archive of content that interests me.

You can find all my previous blog birthday posts here.

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Comments

  • Sarah

    Yes! Would love to hear more about your life on the blog. I know you are reluctant to share about your children as individuals (completely understandably!) but would love to hear more about your day to day, what fills your time, motherhood in general, parenting philosophies, hospitality, passions, things you’re learning, trying out, etc. There used to be a bit more of your personal perspective on your blog, but not as much in the last year or so. I’m sure that writing and publishing your book took a lot of your time and energy and contributed to the shift. You’re right… your posts have gotten shorter and more “to the point” but to some extent that has made it harder to connect with you.

    Having shared the above opinions… Thanks for the work you do! I do enjoy your blog and have read regularly for 3+ years now. Keep it up!

    ps… re: the all lowercase thing… my gut says to encourage you to stick with proper capitalization. Just a preference!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks so much Sarah. love the feedback

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