PRT243 – I Eat Feelings for Breakfast

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  • I know what you mean about being super passionate about scrapbooking. Lately I just keep thinking three things: 1) when can I find time to scrapbook? 2) how will I ever get all these stories told? and 3) why doesn’t EVERYONE scrapbook?

    So sorry to hear your story of early years scrapbooking (amazing to me that people feel that personal opinions are dictums to be shared). And I’m so glad that you’ve found a community.

    Sharing what we’ve made and being seen is a wonderful thing.

  • fabulous!! and your pics are so great they tell much of the story.

    and OH the costume! I made my son just such a costume. he was 3 and when his friend arrived he told her: the tail is stuffed with grocer bags!! thanks for triggering that memory for me.

  • Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Sigh. And cr*p. I’m glad you shared this. I read it a few days ago and since then I cannot see a pineapple and not think slavery. I’m anxious to tell my son who studies history about this and to talk about how we transform stories culturally. How do we go from: “I’m ready to trade–and slavery is a part of that trade” to “hospitality” ? I mean I get the connection–but you’d think we’d all know the story.

  • yay! I’ve been making LOTS of pages lately and I just got 100+ prints of pages from Persnickety last week. As I settled in with the box of pages, it drove it home to me (again) that journaling that goes beyond the facts is so important. And that meaningful journaling does not have to be LONG. Yesterday I interviewed Jennifer Wilson for the Style class at GIS and when we talked abotu her story style she said she often includes: a fact, a feeling, a memory.

  • Great ideas, Helen. And it’s interesting hearing your talk of privacy concerns. I definitely hold back a whole bunch BUT I have also put more out there about my family and life than most people. I’m fortunate my family has rolled with it – and I do have an internal “line” about what gets shared.

  • Blogging…when I started blogging in 2010, it was new and an adventure for me. I was posting, leaving comments on other blogs and making online friends. It remained consistent that most of the comments I received were from those I was interacting with on their blogs, sort of a mutual exchange. But, eventually the novelty wears off and you realize…blogging is work! You can post, share on social media, but if you’re not a scrapbooking superstar, then you have to give and interact with other bloggers to have the favor returned. That takes time and commitment. I stopped blogging at the end of 2014, but did not remove my blog. If I ever start again, it’s like Debbie said: share your life as well as your scrapbooking, and be consistent and organized in posting. I would have to be doing it for myself, satisfied just to write and share, regardless of who sees it or who comments. Doing it just for extrinsic rewards will not sustain me in the long run. For now, I am happy to belong to online communities and share my layouts in galleries and interact in forums.

  • Posting a lot certainly does help keep readers. Comments are nice, but I am not really blogging for the comments. In all honesty, many of the platforms readers currently use to engage with blogs don’t promote an easy way to comment.I get very few comments. I found that writing the articles and tutorials for my blog is a good mental exercise for me. It helps me feel like I am staying a little sharper and my mind’s not going to mush( I am a stay at home mom). It’s an added bonus to have traffic to my site. I do monitor that, but am not obsessive about it. Traffic ebbs and flows. My social media accounts steadily grow. Not always quickly, but steadily. So I know I am reaching people with the content.

    Content is really what it’s about. I tried scheduling specific content/topics per specific days each month, but that never worked for me. It stressed me out a bit. When I get creative, I tend to get onto a trend or topic. Not always what everyone else is doing, but something which really drives me personally. That’s when my voice is better spoken and am happiest to write or share. Creativity feeds more creativity. I find one post begets another, just as one scrapbook layouts inspires me to make another. I am trying to learn to hold back a bit more and not always hit the publish button. I have a tendency to get excited and I want to share it right at that very moment. Holding a few posts back in draft kind of helps me keep a series going versus posting all of the series at once. My regular posts are generally those which involve my design team work. Those often have a specific time frame in which they are most appropriate. I also feel that when my work is posted on a design team blog, then people may expect to see a little more insight into that project on my personal blog.

    I do have a few categories or series of articles and I try to fit my posts into one of those each time. I think that’s a bit less confusing for the readers and helps them find posts easier. I have a few specific series such as working with 6×6 paper pads and a few that are more general. In short, I sat down and planned out my general blog topics and I touch on those every so often. I always keep a brainstormed list of topics I want to find time to write about.

    I do want to reach the readers, many of which I now know personally through social media or message boards. Getting to know people can be an advantage of slow and steady social media growth.You get an idea of where they are communicating and you can then be present there yourself. I try to listen to what they are asking about as well as which platforms they like to use. I have my blog set to automatically post to most social media accounts, but I also try to find pertinent information for anyone who might need a specific answer to a scrapbooking question( even if it’s not my article). I am trying to get better about going back and scheduling older posts to hit social media again. Sometimes people miss posts. Also, re-sharing an older post can help you build your readers while allowing you the time to work on new content. I schedule time in 10-20 minute increments a few times a week to check out message boards, social media and find content to share( again, not necessarily my own content). I have a list of favorite bloggers and I also share what’s going on with each of the teams I design for.

    Your checklist seems a bit long. Check your blog setting and you might find that there are ways to streamline the process by allowing the blog to post to social media for you.Many blogs have the settings in place, you just need to turn those on. There are free tools like IFTT that can step up and do the work of sharing so that you don’t have to.

    I guess the short answer is that I blog for my own enjoyment and I hope that it carries through into my articles. I do have some long term goals for my blog. It took me a while to find out what I wanted to really do with it and now that I know, I am pushing forward with ease. I am actually writing a series of articles as a behind the scenes look at how I develop my blog, work on multiple design teams and find the time to do it all. Please note that I am in no way an expert on the subject. Far from it. I sometimes bumble along every day, learning as I go.

  • Tori Bissell

    I think #3 all the time. Everyone should do this!

    Thanks Debbie!

  • Charity Donaldson

    So I have to say when I first heard someone say pineapples were a thing… I kind of thought “when haven’t they been a thing.” I remember seeing them in furniture, like bedposts and having the hospitality thing explained to me, I did NOT think I would ever use them myself, but in this month’s Clique Kit, one of the add ons were pineapple flair with cute little hearts on them. I’ve already used one on a layout.

  • Pepper

    Thanks Sue for the comment. I feel the same way too, it feels like work, and I have been telling myself that we kind of need that initial effort to build up the audience first. But one thing about blog is consistency. I feel that I cannot manage writing articles mainly because my language is nowhere near good. I’m Chinese and I do not have a good language background nor any writing skills. Writing and phrasing the sentences sometimes daunt me . But I also have been telling myself that it’s an opportunity for me then to build up my language ability. The more I write the better I will become. Haha, so many dilemmas and contradiction.

    I love to instagram and share on facebook. Writing captions I’m totally capable of doing. Writing paras, probably not so.

  • Pepper

    Thanks you for the really informative and insightful comment! I guess I have been writing for sharing, not really for myself. I was typing with the mindset that “I hope this is useful for someone”. Hence when it doesn’t , it can feel like a failure. I guess it’s the teacher instinct in me, where I want to share and help and really hope that it’s well received and learnt from the other end . but sometimes it might be too high of an expectations.

    I will look into the ifttt :) I had some for evernote, yet to try blogger :)

  • Bookworm9798

    Helen, if you have Photoshop Elements, or a similar program, you could blur or erase any details that you didn’t want to share before posting a picture of your work. I do that sometimes.

  • Bookworm9798

    Pepper, I bet some of us Paperclipping folks would love to check out your Instagram or blog, if you want to share links. (I checked your Disqus profile, but didn’t see any info.)

  • I was wondering how pineapples would have been part of New England/Colonial life. Well this would explain it. Ugh.

  • I’ve updated my profile, thanks for telling!! :D

  • Helen McLaughlin

    That’s a good idea. I didn’t think of that. Thanks!

  • ARC

    Ah, thanks for the detail. This explains why I had a vague discomfort about the symbol but wasn’t exactly sure why – I see the pineapple motif often in Savannah, GA and I knew it was a colonial southern/plantation type thing (which, yuck, in general) but this explains it more fully.

  • Tina Campbell

    I have to agree about the genealogy talk that as a scrapper I want more
    than just knowing the family tree, but the stories that come with it. I
    try to look for newspaper articles to know more about my relatives and
    pictures love to see old pictures. Excited to hear that this is being
    looked into again. Fantastic episode. Nothing here about the pineapples
    yet, but don’t think it’ll be interest in it for scrapbooking.

  • Emily T.

    I totally watched this show in french class too!

  • Jen Little

    I just listened to this one (while driving home from vacation) last weekend and then I got an email that American Ghost is on sale at Amazon for $1.99, the Kindle version, for a little while here. Not sure how long. :) Also I had never seen any pineapples in digital scrapping supplies and this week I’ve seen at least 2!!! lol! I am a new listener and been enjoying it so much!

  • Kim

    I’ve been binge listening to paperclipping for a few months now…love it! thank you so much. I have been introduced to so many new and talented scrapbookers.
    I jumped on the planner train in May and my days are filled with PRT podcasts lol. Since you changed your schedule I’m going back and listening from the beginning :) thanks for the inspiration!!!