Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blogging Tip: Want a Better Blog? Be a Grasshopper.

You want it all. More customers for your handmade and reselling efforts. More followers. More commenters. If you feel like you're putting your soul into your work but not moving forward, this post is for you. Follow these trite words of wisdom:


It takes time to develop your style, voice and make connections with the kindred spirits that will move you forward in your niche with blogging. In the meantime, enjoy where you are now.

One day I'll publish books, open my shop, travel the world, high five Batman, and take the Thrift Core brand all the way to planet Cybertron. But right now, my brand is small.  I can reply to every comment and e-mail. I have no harsh book draft deadlines. Likewise, you are not overwhelmed with the responsibilities that come with operating an immense national brand.

Enjoy where you are at the moment. Look at how far you've come instead of worrying about how far you've yet to go. I used to count my readers on one hand. Now I'm earning and reaching hundreds through this blog. Keep writing. Keep commenting and connecting. Take action steps toward your goals every day and you'll reach them. Just stay patient.

We all have to start at the same place: the beginning.

Don't believe me? Look to the left and you'll see I've added a drop-down blog archive. You can go back and read my embarrassing old posts and see how far I've come with blogging.
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36 comments:

  1. Great post & true for lots of things in life. I've been at the "thinking" stage too long because of fear. This is so inspiring. Just discovered your site & really enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! I have a "Fear" post coming up next because I get that one a lot, too. Make life about action, don't let fear hold you back!

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  2. Batman can't wait to high five you, Van!

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  3. Thank you for these uplifting words!

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  4. Thanks for the reminder! I will keep plugging along... :)

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  5. Van - I love this post! What a good morning. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Thanks for the post it's very uplifting.

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    1. It really does help to look at how far we've come and remember we'll keep getting better.

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  7. good pep-talk! and good timing, I needed it :)

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  8. So I went back to your very first posts, all about gardening with your grandma, sweet! And, your beginnings of thirfty finds to post, yes indeed you have come a long way. Say hello to Batman when you see him, I think he might be on Sunset Blvd. if you get back to Calif.

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    1. My first couple of years of blogging were just casual to get into the routine, I didn't start to take it more seriously until about a year ago. I feel like the best blogs were started out of passion and a desire to write, not a desire to get it all now now now ;)

      Thanks for checking out the 'bad' early posts.

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  9. Perfect post for me right now... with only what I think is twenty blog posts under my belt I am wondering if anyone is reading. lol. I am finding it a wonderful outlet to record not only bussiness but life...knowing others are there would be nice too. I will do my best to be that patient grasshoppa! lol.

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    1. You're off to a better start with your blog than most by the looks of it! Keep writing, developing, and working at it!

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    2. You are Miss motivator for me today... thank-you ever so much. :-)

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  10. That's really great advice! :) I hadn't looked at things from that perspective. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  11. You've been blogging since '09! Wow! :) Thank you for this weees-dom. I'm a beginner, but I'm enjoying it a lot.

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    1. But making websites since '99 ;) Enjoying it a lot really is the most important part!

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  12. Love this and was just thinking along these same lines recently. In the middle of all the to-do's and day-to-day items it's easy to forget that at one time you didn't even know HOW to do anything on your list! Trying to grasp that idea and keep it for when I feel discouraged.

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    1. Yeup, it really is hard to look at the big picture amid the chaos of everyday life...

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  13. Im learning to give myself a break and understand that sometimes other things in life (work, family,etc.) will need attention and keep me from my blog goals - temporarily...so I have given myself deadlines (with the help of your weekly goal setting) to try and get back on track when this happens....

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    1. Setting the goals and hitting them really helps!

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  14. Great post, Van. I'm curious, how long did it take you to get to where you are now? Btw, I think you have a cool blog- very original with a lot of personality. :)

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    1. I'd say three years to get where I am with the blog. Thanks for the kind words! I'm always inspired from within instead of emulating other blogs.

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  15. Thank you for those wonderful words of encouragement. . . I needed them!
    Now I am following you ;)

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  16. This was so encouraging! thank you!

    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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