I’m Back Sort of and It Has Been a Journey of Reflection and Revival

Hey, blogging, yay! OMG, it has been so long, like five years (well a month shy of). It feels like meeting an old friend after years of separation (actually it has been). As I sit here, fingers poised over the keyboard (I’m actually writing on my iPad), I can’t help but be overwhelmed by a wave of nostalgia and excitement. It’s time to dive back into the world of blogging. NOT that I was ever really that big a part of it, or popular, or talented, or … well you get the picture. I did sort of try and post regularly, then I sort of just kind of forgot about it. Not that I really forget per se.

Like many things in life, getting back into blogging requires a delicate balance. It’s like painting with oils – fat over lean. Just as thin paint sticks to thick paint, building up your blog requires a solid foundation. And that foundation lies in understanding the art of blogging itself if that makes any sense. It is more like actually do it.

So, where does one start?

Well, there are plenty of resources out there to guide you on this journey. You could immerse yourself in a book about successful blogging or even watch some tutorials by none other than Bob Ross himself. Yes, he may be famous for his landscapes, but his calm demeanor and insightful advice can translate beautifully into the world of blogging. And most importantly he had consistency, something that it important if you want to get readers to stick.

Once armed with knowledge and inspiration, it’s crucial to emphasize certain aspects that will make your return to blogging more fruitful. For instance, always ensure that your brushes (or in this case, ideas) are dry before going back to the palette (your blog). Avoid using too much “paint thinner” (in this context: overly promotional content) as it can dilute the essence of your blog.

Mistakes happen – we’re all human after all. When it comes to blogging, don’t try to fix them; rather, scrape off that layer and start again if necessary. Remember Bob Ross’s famous episode saying “Happy Little Accidents”? Well, sometimes those accidents lead us down unexpected paths that result in incredible creations.

Think of wet-on-dry painting versus touching up a partially dry canvas. The latter is far trickier; editing an already published post follows a similar principle. So approach each new blog post with care, ensuring it aligns with your vision and goals.

Above all, have fun!

Your first blog post may not be perfect, but that’s okay. Embrace the imperfections and learn from them. Just as Taylor Swift once said, “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” Let those words resonate within you as you embark on this blogging adventure.

Speaking of music, I couldn’t help but draw a parallel between my experience with iTunes and my journey back into blogging. In the past, organizing classical music on iTunes was a nightmare – limited MP3 tags made it challenging to categorize albums by composer. Apple seemed to overlook this issue for years.

But lo and behold! They listened to their users’ feedback and improved the functionality of their platform. Now, we have metadata, grouping options, and even the ability to show composers in all views. Classical music lovers rejoice! Finally, we can organize our beloved albums by composer which really is a true game-changer.

As I wrap up this rambling return (yes, I know it has rambled – thank you for bearing with me), let me reflect on how my taste in music has evolved over time. From jazz musicians who transport me to smoke-filled clubs of yesteryear to classical composers who stir deep emotions within me, every artist has their own unique style and quality.

Take Mozart, for instance – his genius shines through in each composition he created. His meticulous attention to detail sets him apart from others of his time and even today. Yet, it takes appreciating the diverse approaches and qualities of different composers to truly understand the magnitude of Mozart’s impact on the world of classical music.

In the end, blogging, like music, is a deeply personal journey. It allows us to grow, reflect, and appreciate a vast range of styles and tastes. So, my fellow bloggers-in-revival, let’s embrace this adventure with open hearts and minds. Embrace your unique voice, share your thoughts and experiences, and watch as your blog flourishes once more.

Happy blogging!

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