Random Thoughts for Wednesday

Today’s post is going to full of random thoughts…. why? I guess because I have a lot on my mind and some things I can share and others I can’t. So we’ll just go with what I can share for now.

I was super lucky and was able to get into Melissa’s (@MelACulbertson) incredible class, Content Brew . It’s only been two days but I’ve already learned a great deal from the class, which by the way is a go at your own pace so I don’t have to worry about not being able to keep up! But this is what’s got me…. my content sucks. I decided a while back to post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday leaving Tuesday and Thursday open for reviews/giveaways if necessary and then the weekends are always off. After filling out the content calendar I realized that what I have is barely my own… Monday is recipes, Wednesday is usually a Wordful Wednesday link up or Pour Your Heart Out, and then Friday I usually save for the fiction prompts over at Write on Edge. There is nothing that is full of depth, emotion, or something that has readers coming back for more.

I mean it’s not like I don’t have anything to write about…. I have 4 kids ranging in age from toddler to teen! Geesh… if that isn’t blog fodder I don’t know what is!

I think that this is what it comes down to. Time. The amount of time that I have to actually sit down and write a couple of posts is pretty limited. Okay, it’s non existent. I manage to do a post the night before it goes live and that’s it and any planning further ahead doesn’t happen much.

The random thoughts continue….

This past week summer has come early here in Michigan with temps in the mid 80′s. Yes, you read that right….80′s so we’ve pretty much skipped spring this year. Temperatures that are 40 degrees above normal! The good part about this is that I’ve been able to put to use some of the cool tips and tricks I’ve learned in the SITS  Pinterest Challenge with Courtney from  Click it Up a Notch and because of it my pictures have been a lot better!

Andrew

If you’re looking to create great pictures for yourself, your blog, Pinterest, or whatever I’d  highly recommend checking out the series!

Andrew2

Random proud mom moments….

We’ve also had some proud mom moments this past week. My middle daughter, Natalie, has had district band festival and DI (Destination Imagination) recently and did incredibly well at both! At DI her team had to come up with a skit complete with a set, music, costumes, and everything in between on their own… no adult help at all. Her group had a lot of fun with their challenge and with the secret challenge… each group is presented with a challenge where they have like 5 minutes to come up with a solution for it and spectators are not allowed. In their age group they came in 5th out of 14 groups. Pretty good if you ask me!

Natalie

For district band festival the entire 7th grade band performed for judges and then took part in a sight reading. At the end of the day they received a score of straight 1′s which is the highest score that you can get. Our school district has a long history of music excellence and have never gotten anything less than a perfect score.

Natalie

More randomness…..

I’m hoping that the Content Brew class really helps me out because I need it! I want better content… something that will grab people’s attention… something that will want them to come back for more…

I hope that soon I’ll be able to share some of the things that I can’t talk about right now…. because sometimes getting another person’s perspective and thoughts on something is great.

Alright, enough of the randomness for today.

                

23 Responses to Random Thoughts for Wednesday
  1. angie
    March 20, 2012 | 11:28 pm

    I’d be a proud mama too and I loved your pictures!

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:33 pm

      Thank you! My kids are pretty awesome but then again I am totally biased!

  2. By Word of Mouth Musings
    March 20, 2012 | 11:29 pm

    Think so many of us are sitting back and re evaluating right now! here the classes with Mel are awesome, cannot wait for your take on it all.
    And great pics btw.

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

      Really? It’s hard to tell who’s re-evaluating and all that. What I do know is that I won’t quit!

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    March 20, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    that would be hear the classes .. fab English i had there :)

  4. MommieDaze
    March 21, 2012 | 8:14 am

    Those are great pictures! That whole rule of thirds thing was big eye opener for me.

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:31 pm

      I know! Now I go back and look at other pics and see how bad some of them are! Especially the “dead” eyes!

  5. Mrs. Jen B
    March 21, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Those photos are gorgeous – I wish I had more time to devote to the challenge but I feel like I already have about a million balls in the air right now.

    I signed up for Mel’s class which starts next month. I’m really excited about it! I can’t wait to hear more of what you think about it. It has you thinking and evaluating – that’s a terrific start. :)

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:31 pm

      I love it! I’m having a hard time keeping up but that’s because I have to many things going on I think. Thankfully we have access to the content for a year!

  6. Stacy Uncorked
    March 21, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Those classes sound like fun! And the pictures are awesome! :)

    Knock-Off vs. Genuine Hunger Games

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:30 pm

      I love the photography one! I’m learning a lot and am able to put it to use right away!

  7. Andrea
    March 21, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I think that your blog is great, and I like your Mondays most of all … yum! ;) But I do understand what you’re saying. One of the things I find most important about blogging is that I do it for me. So if that means not leaving days open and posting every single day for 7 days (with or without memes, etc.) then do it. If it means posting once a week and hiding out the rest of the time, do that, too. For me it’s a mix and mingle.

    You’ll find your groove and I have no doubt Mel’s course will help you do just that!

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:29 pm

      Thank you! I am loving the course! So much information to really digest though!

  8. Shell
    March 21, 2012 | 11:50 am

    That sounds like a great class! It does help to plan, especially with limited time.

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:29 pm

      I know! I need to get caught up now!

  9. Kimberly
    March 21, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    I need more help with planning content ahead of time, too. That’s one area I really struggle with.

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:28 pm

      You should look into the class!! Lots of great information!

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    March 22, 2012 | 12:38 am

    I’m going to take that class in May. I just couldn’t work it in with travel until then. But I come here for you, cuz I just love ya! You could write the phone book and I’d still come. :)

    But don’t.

    • Jackie
      March 22, 2012 | 2:28 pm

      Thank you! Writing the phone book would be a lot of work… I’m not that ambitious.

  11. Tina @ Life Without Pink
    March 22, 2012 | 6:59 pm

    Oh so excited Melissa is doing a class for GLO in a few weeks. Can’t wait!

  12. Jen
    March 22, 2012 | 7:34 pm

    That class sounds really interesting. I hope you learn a lot and then share. :-)

  13. Andie
    March 22, 2012 | 11:38 pm

    I feel the same way about my blog a lot of times. I get stuck on Wordful Wednesday and Writers Workshop thursday. And then the rest of the week I can barely keep up with my life let alone a blog! But thanks for reminding me. Maybe this will be the week I pull it off.

  14. Jess
    March 23, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Proud mom moments are always nice to read.

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