In case you hadn't noticed, I've been in a bit of a blogging slump lately. I had the wedding and then the honeymoon, and in recent weeks I've been totally swamped with moving and family stuff. I've been thinking a lot about blogging but not actually doing much of it. In an effort to get my head back in the game, I've attended more blogging conferences, meetings and seminars in the last month than ever before. All it's done for me is send me into a tailspin of analysis paralysis. When I do sit down to write a post, I'm caught up with concerns like “Is this what my readers want to read?” and “I need to write from my heart, but that won't drive people to my site.“
A friend mentioned that one of my favorite blogging groups, SITS Girls, is having a week-long activity of sorts called “Back to Blogging,” complete with prompts and ideas to help people like me get back into the swing of things. Their first prompt (supposed to be posted yesterday but, again, I'm behind the game here) is to re-publish my first blog post and analyze it. Here is the aptly-titled “First Post.”
I spent a while contemplating how I should write my first post. I don't want to bore you to pieces rambling about myself, but it feels weird to dive right in without SOME sort of introduction. It's kind of like a first date, I suppose. You want to tell the person enough about you that they're impressed, but also leave them intrigued about what happens next. Although frankly, the first date analogy doesn't help me at all since I haven't been on a first date in years and probably wouldn't have the first clue what to do…
Anyway, here's a little about me and what you'll find on this blog. I'm Chelsea. I grew up on a tiny island across from Seattle, and moved to Los Angeles towards the end of my high school years. I studied Political Science at UCLA (not because I particularly like politics, but because I enjoyed the chance to research and write). Hmm, I think I'm making myself sound like a nerd. First date faux-pa? Moving on…I met my fiance, Nate, while I was in college and after graduation we moved to San Diego, where I currently work as a marketing coordinator for a home interior company and he's continuing his education.
I started this blog as a creative outlet and a place to share my own experiences settling down/starting life in the “real world” after college. It's an awkward transition phase for a lot of people, involving getting settling in a place that's finally your own (no more communal futons or fold-out beer pong tables!), financial management (IRA, anyone?) and finally learning how to cook (because really, Top Ramen after college is just sad). Life now involves some occasional frustration and a steady stream of mistakes, but the changes are refreshing and the successes are more than worthwhile.
I'm honestly quite proud of my first blog post. It's heartfelt and gives a straight-to-the-point introduction to who Nate and I are and why I'm blogging. I'm also surprised at how true to my own writing style it is. The me-back-then who wrote this seems to have had her head on straight and knew exactly why she was here. It's refreshing to see that in myself, and makes me feel really hopeful about the me-in-the-future.
I'll try to keep up with the “Back to Blogging” prompts the rest of this week (by the way, this blogging activity is collectively sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances – can't forget the sponsor love, as they're the ones who make much of this blogging world possible). Today, the prompt is to re-upload a post I wish more people had read and explain why it was important to me. So…stand by for that!