I know it has only been a few days since I launched my blog, but I have to say I'm so excited to have finally done it!
One of my fears in starting a blog was that I would soon run out of things to 'blog' about. I am by nature a real procrastinator and I generally have to think things through and analyse them to death before actually getting on with it. I'm one of those perfectionist types who like to ensure I'm going to get things right before jumping in - not exactly a risk-taker. Just to prove a point, I'll just share with you that I've even been reading a book borrowed from the town library, about the art of blogging! So now that I have finally started something I've been wanting to get into for a long time, I'm happy. :)
Starting a blog is just one a large number of things on my 'to do' list now that I have my life back. Six months down the track from regaining my freedom, as I've come to think of my decision to leave my career behind, I am amazed at how many things there are to squeeze into a day, and just how much energy I have to get stuck into them with. Certainly a far cry from where I've been for the last few years.
So, as I mentioned, starting a blog about my soapmaking journey is something I have been wanting to do for a while. Of course, my perfectionist nature ensured that I did more research than just reading a book about blogging. As I was not really familiar with the blog concept, I decided I really should check out some blogs and see just what the attraction is. Over the last few months I've been scouring the internet in search of some good soapmaking blogs and I have been amazed at just how many there are! I have also been totally awestruck at the incredible variety of handcrafted soaps there are and the amazing creations these talented artisans have come up with. Needless to say, I've become a follower of a large number of handmade soap blogs!
One thing I have found comforting in reading through the various blogs I'm following, is that I can relate to many of the ideals and insecurities their authors discuss. It seems that being confident about your own abilities and the quality of the things you produce, is not something that comes easily to many of us. I guess it's the fact that you are putting a part of yourself out there to be judged by the masses - a bit like authoring a blog!
To date, I've only been able to read top to bottom through the entire blog archive of two Aussie soapmakers' blogs - both of whom I've found to be totally inspiring. I have to give a shout out to Simply Soap and A Handmade Soap Blog authors and say that I'm enjoying your posts immensely.
@Gabby (Simply Soap) - I've really been enjoying your posts and can relate to many of your 'considerations'. I feel we would have many things in common. Your soaps are absolutely gorgeous! I'll continue to follow with much interest!
@Roxta (A Handmade Soap Blog) - I began following you just prior to the launch of your online business and I was astounded at how quickly you went from decision-making to launch (about 1 month I think!)! I can only aspire to be that assertive and confident when it comes to launching my site! Congratulations - your website looks fantastic!! And of course, your soaps are awesome!
As a relative novice soapmaker, I believe I have a great deal to look forward to as I work towards launching my own little website! I have so many things still to learn but it is a journey that I'm really keen to progress. After making my first CP soap over Easter in 2011, I had a rather long spell of 'nothingness' in terms of creativity due to 'happenings' on the career front. I did however launch headlong into soap and candlemaking just before Christmas...but that's a tale for another day!
Until next time...many suds and bubbles to you all! :)