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That was fun!

I actually loved posting every day. It was a challenge because I haven’t blogged in so long. I let my book blog, How I Feel About Books, lapse with a post a month, on average. Since launching my photography business, I’ve posted on Allison and Her Camera, but not regularly. This challenge has pushed me to get back to my blogging roots (because of course those need to be rediscovered?) and I want to stay in the practice of writing often.

I am going to post here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mondays will be a recap of the week before, for my Year of Living Minimally. Wednesdays and Fridays will just be whatever comes to mind. Green, lifestyle, money – all of it!

I’ve loved connecting with so many different bloggers, and hope to keep up with you all, and hope you stick around for my journey and share your experience.

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Freelancing

Part of the reason I wanted to leave my “typical” job was because I wanted to spend time with my son. When he was born, I was getting my Masters, so I was lucky to stay home with him for 2 years. I would have loved to be a stay-at-home mom, but something in my makeup pushed me to work outside the home. I was healthy, smart, able, and had worked nonstop since I was 16; I felt there was no reason for me to not work. Which is kind of messed up because there was also no one pushing me to work. I had just always done it, so I felt like I always had to.

Of course, now I have to work to an extent. But I am trying to find exactly what I want instead of settling for jobs that sound good on paper. I am tired of picking a job because of the title, or because the salary sounds so good (though I will admit that is a HARD temptation to push past!). I know I want to work from home, and not just because I prefer being as hermit-like as possible. I like not having a commute. I like the flexibility. I like being there for my kid when he needs me, instead of not being able to leave the office for a reason.

I am lucky to have a background conducive to freelancing – I have a degree in graphic design; a degree in English; a lot of years of experience writing, blogging, and managing my time efficiently. I had a photography business for a few years, long ago, and am starting that back up again.

I am also lucky that doing one thing all the time bores me. I admire people who can find their calling and stick with it and be passionate about it, and I know so many people like that. But I have always found myself getting restless after doing anything for a period of time, ranging from 3 months to one year. So I like the idea of cobbling together a living of writing, photography, working on different projects, doing different things for different people. Who knows if it will be a long-term venture, but it’s important to me, and I tend to push really hard (past the 3 month-1 year expiration date!) for things that matter.

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Audience

I used to have a personal blog to write about writing, traveling, volunteering, and random things I did or found funny. The blog voice was my voice, but it became stilted as more people read it. I felt like I had to play to my audience.

I took a break from blogging for several years, and still wrote, but it was always for work. I haven’t written short stories in a long time, and that used to be my passion. I haven’t written conversational blogs. I started this blog thinking it would be a bit more… academic? Not citing my sources, necessarily, but I thought it would be an outlet for me to research going green and saving money, sharing what I learned, and exploring that type of lifestyle while documenting what works and what doesn’t work.

In reality, I’m not sure the academic voice is one that fits for this… or for me. I don’t think I have an audience right now, so it’s a good chance to find my voice over these first few months of posting. And, reading back over it, I do see my voice changing a lot. I can write an academic paper with the best of them, and get a perfect score. I can write web content with minor revisions and earn that paycheck. But blogging… I think blogging, to me, will already be personal. And since this blog is about adapting my life to my research and ideals, well – that’s pretty personal! So I think it’s ok if my tone is personal, too.

Like I said, I don’t really have an audience right now. Why not write in my own voice, and the audience I gain (if any!) will appreciate that tone as much as the information I present. And then, hopefully it will be easier for me to stick with my tone even if the blog or audience changes, because it’s my natural tone and informal writing style.

That being said – hello A to Z Challenge audience! I’m so excited to meet you via blogs and comments.

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Blogging from A to Z

Back in 2011, on a different blog, I took the A to Z Challenge. I blogged every day in April, except Sundays. Each day was based on a letter, but the theme or subject matter is up to the participant. It helped me get out of my comfort zone, it pushed me to write, and it helped me gain so many followers. Which meant I also found tons of new blogs to follow. Bottom line, it was a great thing.

I think I signed up the next year, or the year after, or the year after that. One of those years. But I didn’t complete the challenge. I might have ONLY signed up, and never even gotten started.

It might be crazy, but I’m taking the challenge again this year. Threefold. I am blogging here, on my book blog How I Feel About Books, and on my photography blog, Allison and Her Camera. I am really nervous about this, because I am so out of the blogging loop. I used to write all the time, scheduling posts in advance, writing every day… but that trickled off and I have no clue why, but honestly? I miss it. I miss writing and sharing and creating an online community.

I’ve started outlining a few posts to make sure I have enough to say about each letter of the alphabet. It’s going to be a lot of work, but here I am, Blogging from A to Z to see what I can create. Follow along, and join up if you’re interested!