One less blog..

There can be only one..or three in this case..

The moniker war is over and Raesmom was triumphant over Geeky Housewife. After the long fought battle that raged for weeks (ok more like an hour) in my mind, Raesmom just makes more sense. I am no longer a housewife. *sniff* I’m still the wife part but I have a full-time job outside of the home and will be employed for – regrettably – for some time. I will always be Rae’s mom, so it makes sense to go with the name that I love so very, very much.

All of the Housewife posts are here and I do plan to continue offering household tips, but there will be a wide mix of blog fodder here as well.

So now I will only have three blogs –

Raesmom.com – eclectic
CrochetMae.com – crafty
Questionablemilk.com – funny (hopefully)

The Writer’s Life

I feel very much like I am at a crossroads in my life. Should I continue a career in my 8-5 job or should I set forth and make my own path? Having had a taste of the freelance life, it calls to me – some days very loudly.

Freelance writing is a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot. It is also very unnerving when jobs are plentiful and when they are scarce. Worrying about money was also in the forefront of my mind. With a steady job, I know my paycheck will come regularly.

My husband is interested in pursuing a writing career which has renewed my interest in writing. I used to blog way more as I learned you could make money blogging. I became burned out and didn’t enjoy writing for a long time. It just wasn’t fun.

So I’ve learned a few things about what it takes to be a freelance writer but more importantly I am learning what I need to do to become successful at it. So when I do hand in my notice, I will hopefully have to worry less about money and just worry about deadlines.

Internet Most Awesome Thing Seen Today

So I see a lot of stuff everyday on the Internet. Some of it cool, but every once in a while, I run across something that makes me laugh out loud or smile uncontrollably. Here is today’s piece of awesome:

This is the best cosplay costume. Go ahead, click on the link. It’s to a post by the Bloggess and a great pic of..well just click on the link.

Maybe tomorrow I will have something else to share that is awesome.

Blogging Style

Now that I am maintaining eight blogs, I feel that I need a solid blogging plan so each blog has new content each week. My blogging style has always been ‘fly by night’ – when I have an idea, I blog about it. I have tried doing a blog calendar and blogging ahead but with never much success.

Since my blogs represent my interests, some days I like to talk about more interest better than the other. It makes it really hard to be consistent and have new content each week. Still if I want to be a better blogger/writer in 2012, then I must find a system that works for me.

From what I’ve learned in 2011 about my blogging style is that I blog better when I am alone. It is very hard for me to blog on weekends/evenings when the whole family is home. I just can’t concentrate. Also I really enjoy writing in a very casual voice – like I am talking to a friend. Punctuation is probably horrid on most posts but thanks to spellcheck spelling should be pretty good. I also hate editing – which is ironic since I used to be an editor sort of when I worked in television. It is way easier to pick apart someone else’s work than it is your own.

My biggest blogging challenges are finding time to myself. When I have a moment, I may want to read, crochet, or just do nothing. Blogging means getting on the computer which means checking email, Facebook, etc. So that post that will take 15 minutes now will take 45 minutes to an hour.

So moving forward in 2012 I need to take what I learned about my blogging style and use it. I will post when I have something to say but will try very hard to say something at least twice a week. I will use more images and start my own personal stock photography from my photos. Small goals for now. If I get to hitting those regularly, then I will be more ambitious.

A New Year, A New Blog

Well not for me but for my husband. Last night he set up a new writing blog. He does game reviews and other writing on his other blogs. This new blog will be whatever else strikes his fancy – probably fiction. As he was telling me how much fun he had setting up his new WordPress blog, he mentioned how he would like to get paid to do that for others. To which I responded, people do get paid to set up blogs.

In that moment I realized that while that is true, I wouldn’t know how to offer that service or where to begin. So I’ve added a new goal for 2012 – learn more about freelancing that is beyond writing. I have been so focused on writing that I have tuned out other ventures but this year I plan to add one or two income streams that are new.

A new blog is always fun. It renews an interest in blogging that is for sure. So starting the year off with a new blog is a good start.

Duplicate Blogging

Some days I will think of a subject that I want to blog about. Most of the times it’s a subject I have blogged about before – even maybe the same little story I have told on my blog. A lot of times I then think of another subject but now I’m thinking that it may be a good idea to blog about the same story(subject) more than once.

My exact blog posts will not be the same – so even if readers remember it will be a different twist on the original one. This will be good for those new to my blog to hear stories that I love to re-tell. I’ve heard people tell me the same story on several occasions – but if it’s a good story, then I will listen to it again and again. Why not apply that same attitude when it comes to blogging?

I used to keep up with what I had blogged about. Now I just blog when I feel like it. If I pick a story that I may have told way back in 2007 who is really going to remember one little story from my blog four years ago? Heck, no one – well maybe Google – but if it is different then it won’t be the same in their search engine eyes. In fact, it may help my ranking on said subject since I blogged about it more than once. That’s good, right? I’m really not trying to ‘game’ Google. It’s just that I have a limited set of experiences I really want to share with the world at large. If I happen to repeat one or twenty, it is really not an attempt to gain better search results.

The Husband Blogs

My husband is also a blogger – a very casual blogger. He blogs when the fancy strikes him – which is usually three times a year. Last night he posted on one of his blogs and today he is complaining about not having any comments yet. Seriously?!?

He posted the link on his Facebook page – something I used to do with my own blogs until he complained about it. So, he posted on his wall and I guess he expects reading his post to be on top of everyone’s to-do list.

I will admit that his posts are really good. They are well-thought out, funny, and entertaining. This is why I wish he would write more – he is really good at it and does enjoy it. If he wrote more, then he would have a following. People visit blogs that are maintained. Fresh posts make a blog seem more desirable to read – or at least it does to me. I like knowing that if I comment that the author will read it since they are checking their site often.

So I guess I will have to read his post to comment on it. I told him that I had six months to read it before he blogs again – to which he responded that he already had another post ready to drop in four days. Maybe he can keep it up. I’m certain the Internet will be more enjoyable if more of his writing is available.

Combining Blogs

I love my blogs – all ten of them. Well it is not that many but it feels that way sometimes. It is just hard to get to them all once a week – heck once a month. Once upon a time, I read some blogging advice that I no longer believes hold true – that a blog should be about one subject. That may be good for niche blogging but not practical to those like me who just really want to talk about their hobbies and junk.

Don’t get me wrong. I would love a niche blog or ten that made money. But alas, I just can’t seem to focus on one subject for more than three days. So I’ve already announced that I plan to fold my photography blog into this one. I also have an old blog that I want to fold into a new one I started a few months ago.

It seems this is my cycle with blogging – do some blog posts, add a few new blogs to the mix, cut back on some blogs, get down to 3-4 blogs, then repeat. If I could just stay at that four number, work really hard on those, then I think I would be satisfied. So my eclectic blogs – like this one – may feature more subjects in the future as I resist the urge to start a new blog for a couple of ideas I have for blog posts on a subject.

Facebook a total waste of time?

My husband is considering deleting his Facebook account. Why? Because he says it takes up too much of his Internet time. Between checking updates and playing a few games, he will spend hours a day on Facebook. He says he misses when he spent his time on the Internet going to actual websites.

Now my first reaction was just take a break from it. You don’t have to play the games and you can read your daily feed once a day. But his gaming personality will not let him do that. He just can’t let things go. I really don’t think he will delete his account since we use Facebook to keep in contact with friends and family. And we do enjoy playing games together – we send each other items we need to complete tasks.

To ‘see’ the Internet in a certain amount of time, add those frequently-visited websites to an RSS reader. Most websites we visit these days are blogs in some shape or fashion – so they have an RSS feed. This makes surfing the net a lot easier. Still, I get the desire to actually visit websites.

Facebook does take up a lot of my free Internet time. It’s a distraction – but if it wasn’t Facebook distracting me, then it would be something else. At least Facebook keeps me at the computer – where I may actually get some work done.

Blogging on My Lunch Break

Since I started working, I want to make the most of my lunch break. Now that I have a job outside the job, I have less time to blog and what I do most of the time, put off blogging. Days that I take my lunch I decided to blog after I’m finished eating.

Today I took my laptop and cranked it up at lunch. Then I sat there staring at Microsoft Word for five minutes while I waited for a topic – any topic – to blog about. I finally decided to write a little post about our vehicle woes this past weekend since it involved an obscure part and problem. I thought that someone searching one day would find this information enlightening and might save them a whole afternoon trying to track down this totally stupid problem.

Now that I’m home and can post it, I’ve changed my mind. The post is less than stellar and I should be able to do so much better. Tomorrow I will rewrite it with more feeling. So maybe this whole job thing will not only provide me with money but make me a better blogger.