I started this blog in 2006, which seems a long time ago. I was working full-time as Editor of Down Under Quilts and was enjoying sharing the stories and projects of Australian quiltmakers in the magazine. I discovered that it was the storytelling that enthralled me the most - how was a quilt made, what did it encompass, why did people make particular decisions.
I realised that I had stories, too. I started Creative Dabbling to share those stories.
1. Don't apologise for being yourself.This is my most important advice. You are unique. Many people may not like you nor agree with what you say and that's okay. I write this blog for pleasure, not to make money or to influence people. I'm not in a competition and my idea of 'success' may not be the same as yours. That's okay, too.
Don't compare yourself to other bloggers and stop reading blogs that make you feel inadequate. I wrote a few months ago about resisting peer pressure. Just be yourself.
2. Be multi-dimensional.I've never met a one-dimensional person because they don't exist. Everyone has a range of interests, experience and expertise. Let these come through in your writing. If you want to focus your blog on a single subject, you can still do that but not to the exclusion of the other parts of you. We are all human and have multi-dimensional lives.
3. Plan your posts (or not).Decide what works best for you. After eight years of blogging spontaneously, I started planning my posts last month. It's working well for me so far because it is giving me the illusion that I have some control in my life (and because I like printing a calendar of each month and filling it with words - shallow, I know!).
I'll continue to do this until the end of the year. By then I should know if it works for me. Try it and then decide - that's my motto.
4. Love your workspace.I always find I can write better in a well-organised workspace. I sit on a comfortable chair at my computer, which is on a white desk. I love the strong contrast between the black of the computer and the white of the furniture. I'm happy there, sometimes with a mug of milky coffee but, more frequently, with plenty of water.
You may prefer to work on a laptop ot tablet in a public space, with the sounds of conversations around you. It's your choice.
5. It's your blog so enjoy it.If you don't enjoy writing on your blog, why are you doing it? There are plenty of different activities you could be enjoying instead. Think about your motivations carefully - you may decide it's not for you any more. That's your choice.
If you do decide to continue (or start a new blog if you haven't done it before) - take pleasure in it. Write mindfully, share what you want to share and, most importantly, enjoy it!