Exactly one year ago today, I relaunched my blog. I have been writing on Stay gold Autumn since 2011, but I wanted a fresh restart. Prior to this relaunch, I very rarely let people outside of my close friends know that I had a blog; I was oddly private for someone sharing my guts on the internet. While still open on the internet, I’ve found I’ve created boundaries since I am no longer the undergrad I was then.
In the past year, I feel I have learned a lot about WordPress, blogging, and about online community. Blogging has also helped me build confidence in being myself and embracing it- which I have loved 🙂 ! I thought this would be a fun time to share some things that have changed over the past year and things that probably won’t change.
Food photos are hard to take.
My first two recipes on my blog almost reduced me to tears. This isn’t necessarily hard because I’m a crier, but the photography was a lot harder than I thought it would be and I made it too difficult by trying to take pictures of the during process. I really hoped that I would end up liking recipe posts so I kept to it and now I really love it!!
I never realized how much we traveled.
In the beginning, I didn’t plan on writing travel or road tripping posts. However, by documenting my life, I began realizing how much we actually go visit people! Our family is very spread out and this has been a blessing that I have been able to see from this. Also, it has really helped me appease some of my wanderlust to see how many places we actually go!
Photography is challenging.
I have never used a stock photo. This is both good and bad. It is good because I can see progress I am making with photography, but sometimes a little complicated because I take about 90% of the photos here with a tripod and self-timer by myself. I have high expectations for myself which haven’t always matched my skill levels. I have gone through and re-edited all of my pinterest images 3+ times and re-edited all of the photos on my blog once as I’ve noticed improvements I need to make.
Sharing is a balance.
I don’t share my whole life online. I am really cautious about what I share– especially when it pertains to others. For example, I don’t share a ton about my teaching life because I think my classroom space should be private for my students. I didn’t even share my experiences with PTSD until my sister had been passed away for a year. My blog is not a stream of consciousness and I don’t hit publish until I feel resolved about experiences I share or can talk about them in a constructive way.
People are so supportive.
I’ve received so much help from my husband for proof reading and giving input on posts, bounced ideas to friends I’ve met through blogging, and had lots of suggestions from family members on post ideas. More than that, I’ve really been amazed at how much love I’ve received from people who know me and have followed and interacted with my blogging social media. It has been wonderful to build relationships with other bloggers as well!