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Bloggy Writer’s Block

I can’t really say that I have writer’s block because I have so many things to say. I sit down to write and I am flooded with download creations invading my head and things I want (and need) to do to keep up with the blog. I love writing and I am not feeling overwhelmed, I just wish all of my thoughts would line up and take a number. I can’t focus on anything when my mind is full of clutter. 

I started a new idea notebook today (to give the clutter a home).

I had one and it disappeared somewhere in the house. I have no idea where. One day the book was here and I was jotting down notes and the next minute it had just up and walked away.

My idea notebook was so cute. It was blue and pink plaid and I loved it. I love plaid. I picked it up at a dollar store one afternoon after a date at Starbucks with my husband (and the twins). I remember that afternoon… the whole coffee shop was starring and commenting on how cute the twins were (they still are cute). There was a little dollar store next door and we went in for a quick look. I love plaid (Did I just say that?) and was so overjoyed to find this cute journal for two bucks.

I can only hope that the twins didn’t throw the idea notebook into the trash. We find all kinds of strange things in the trash. You really have to watch the twins closely because they are quick. They will pick up your shoes and just throw them out. We lost the phone for months (we have two) and had feared that it was on its way to the dump, when we found it under the couch.

The kitchen is a favorite place for the twins. They have one cupboard that they are allowed to play in. Can you guess which one it is? The pots and pans. They love the noise they make when they throw them onto the floor. They also make great stools when you are only two feet high. (Okay, I know that had nothing to do with an idea notebook or this blog post, but hey…)

I had a smaller notebook for the bedroom too ~ you know those moments when you are nursing the twins at 3am and you are struck with the most amazing idea? Okay, maybe you don’t know them, but it has happened to me… Need I mention A Sheep, A Dinosaur, and A Blue Duck? That notebook has disappeared too.

I digress, I started a new idea notebook today. I grabbed a duo-tang… (you know those little paper folders with the brads built in?) and I filled it full of paper… It is not the prettiest thing around, but it is functional. Okay, it is really ugly.

It has been hard getting back into the routine of blogging since the domain lapsed in December and Christmas happened and life was busy and crazy. Did I mention that my sister had a baby on New Year’s Day? I had so much “stuff” (AKA – ideas) collecting in my head that I had to create a home for them. I have been writing notes down all day in the new notebook. Eleven pages later and I think my head is just about clear enough to think straight. I am excited. I have a renewed vision, some focused direction, and enough ideas for blog posts and free downloads to sink a small ship.

Stay tuned…

Blog Writing Helps

I have come across some interesting articles about blogging recently and wanted to share them with you. I also wanted a place to keep them, so that I can review them again at will (because they are inspiring).

10 Lessons I’ve Learned By Writing 100+ Blog Posts

I really like this blog post about the lessons learned while the author wrote a 100+ blog posts in the last five months. If you are interested in blogging then I invite you to read this article.

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Declutter

This article is NOT about blogging, but rather about goal setting (to reduce clutter). I like the advice about setting goals and they could easily be transfered to setting goals about your blogging.

Blogging Goals for the New Year

This post discusses how to set clear goals for your blog.

How to Improve Your Writing Skills via Social Media

This article discusses the benefits of using social media to improve your writing. The author has an interesting perspective.

Savvy Blogging

This blog is a collaboration of a few different bloggers and the focus is on taking you from Blog to Business. They have some interesting articles that I have enjoyed reading.

Write Your Ideas Immediately

A timeless reminder to write down creative ideas immediately…

What blog writing helps have you found in your travels around the Internet?

8 Blogging Goals For January 2010

I can’t bring myself to make goals for the whole year, so I am setting my goals for January 2010.

1. Write at least one blog post every day.

I want to write at least one blog post every day. These blog posts will include a combination of creative writing pieces, reviews, updates, kid funnies, and anything else that inspires me.

2. Create a new download each week. That’s 4 more this month!

I have tons of ideas for new downloads and I wish that I had time to make all of them. I am not making any promises about what is coming in this area, but I want to make at least one download each week (there may be more).

3. Add new resources to the Homeschool4free Pages at least once each week.

The Homeschool4free Pages are an area of the new site that I really want to work on and build up. I would like to add resources  at least once each week.

4. Update the Workbox Blogroll as needed.

I will update the Workbox Blogroll as people send me their blog addresses or I find great resources.

5. Visit ALL of the Workbox Blogs at least once this month and comment.

I enjoy visiting other blogs and leaving comments on them. It is my goal to visit ALL of the Workbox Blogs once each month, but I am going to aim for January 2010 first.

6. Post to Twitter regularly about the happenings on my blog.

When I write a blog post, add a download, update a page etc. I will post about it on Twitter.

7. Send emails to relevant yahoo groups about the happenings on my blog.

When I update the Homeschool4free Pages I will send an email to the Homeschool4free Yahoo Group. When I updated or add Workbox related things I will send emails to the relevant Workbox Yahoo Groups. When I write, update or add things that are relevant to other Yahoo Groups I will send them emails.

8. Respond to all comments and emails made through Sunflower Schoolhouse in a timely manner (one or two days).

I have been responding to all comments via email and I plan to continue doing this. I respond to all emails sent to me. I enjoy the connection with my readers and look forward to more comments and emails from all of you.

Bonus Goal ~ Learn about ways to improve my blogging.

Take time to read and learn about blogging strategies. Write an article and share links to resources that will help me improve my blogging.

If you have a blog, what are your blogging goals for January 2010?

If you don’t have a blog, do you have any personal goals for this month?

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