Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bloggy Boot Camp ... Expect the Unexpected

So, I've been talking about going to Bloggy Boot Camp for .... um ....... months now!
It finally happened this past weekend -- so Mick and I headed to Seattle for a mom's night out. :)~
We stopped in Olympia for dinner on the way up -- and by total random luck, found the YUMMIEST, most GORGEOUS restaurant I've been to in a long time.
(We're already making plans to go back with our husbands for date night!)
Here is Mick, standing next to the restaurant ... and the amazing view:

Wow. And especially on such a beautiful day - it was like 75 WHOLE degrees!?  I almost forgot what that was like!

We made it to Seattle and unloaded the Blue Bullet - (Mick's husband's sweet ride!).
(Long story.)

.... and then, we proceeded to stay up WAY too late, talking.
One would think the 4 hour car ride and 1+ hour dinner break might be enough time to get all the talking done.  But nope!  Not for us! :)~

6:15 a.m. came early - although, neither of us slept very well because we were NERVOUS.
First problem:  What to wear!?!
Well.  Let me just tell you .... if you ever end up going to Bloggy Boot Camp in the future .... please DO NOT STRESS about what to wear.  There were people there in just about every kind of getup you can imagine.
I was SUPER glad I had decided on my less-dressy/more-comfy option (yes, I brought more than one option along!). Dark-rinsed boyfriend jeans (rolled), cute silk cami,  3/4 sleeve casual, lightweight jacket, and peep-toed wedge espadrilles.

We enjoyed the Starbucks in our hotel before the conference started ... and finally got brave enough to head upstairs to the meeting room .... (armed with my totally fab Little Lucy Lu tote from Bag Full of Posies, which I got LOTS of compliments on - thank you, Kellie!!!)

As the title of this post infers ... it really was not what I expected.
Not in a good way.
Not in a bad way.
.....Just in an unexpected way. :-)

While I did get some good tips for my blog .... it was the life lessons that I was surprised to receive.  
And inspiration.
LOTS of inspiration.
Just not necessarily inspiration pertaining to blogging ....

Which is where my new problem comes in.
Oddly, I am now feeling more UNmotivated to blog than before I went to Bloggy Boot Camp!?

Maybe it's because I am overwhelmed at the vastly HUGE variety of blogs/bloggers out there ....
Maybe it's because I feel like my blog doesn't fit into one certain box ....
Maybe it's because I feel guilty that the original plan for my blog (to be a "scrapbook" for Lucy) has kind of disappeared into a sea of my crafty projects ....
Maybe it's because I feel sad that the only way to get readers is by posting said projects and linking them up to gazillions of linky parties each week ....
Maybe it's because I am a total weirdo who completely "missed the boat" and didn't glean what I should have gleaned from the many accomplished women who spoke at the conference ....

I really don't know.

All I know is, I'm not so much feelin' it at the moment.
And by "it", I mean blogging.

This is not a desperate plea for you to tell me how wonderful my blog is and how much you'd miss it if it were gone (although I won't stop you if you want to do that! haha!) (I'm kidding.)
But if .... and I do mean IF you are still reading this and feel compelled to tell me what you DO want to read here at Little Lucy Lu, I would love to hear your thoughts.  What do you like?   What do you not like?  What should I do differently?
Constructive criticism.
I can take it.  I promise.

Meanwhile, I am also working on a post that will actually TELL you what I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp, in both a blog sense AND a life sense...
Stay tuned. :-)


  1. It sounds to me that you're just overwhelmed from the conference. Since I have yet to write my firsts blog post, I can't give you any advice about blogging. Just give it a few days and see what happens. (That's my life advice for stressful times, not just blogging. hehehe)

  2. Ok I can totally relate! I feel like when I don't link up, my viewer ship goes waaaay down, that it takes lots of moola to get your blog noticed, that maybe I am doing it for the wrong reasons when at first it was the right reason? Am I making sense??? :)
    I love your blog the way it is now, with a mix of Lucy and crafts. Like a personal journal with a DIY twist. I know it must be overwhelming to see all those bloggers in one place....and that is only half of whats out there. I still check in every day and you have hundreds of followers who do that too so keep on keepin' on blog sista!!

  3. I'm glad you had a good time.
    If you are feeling like this maybe you could turn it back into a scrapbook for Lucy. If you feel like doing more from there then go ahead. It should be about writing in YOUR blog what YOU want to write about, not what other want.

  4. I love your blog Bec! You do a great job of capturing who you are ( a crafty momma) all while documenting your sweet little Lucy. Just make sure that whatever you are doing makes you happy...that's the only thing that is important. Do it for you!!

  5. Bec - I get it and have felt the same way. I started blogging for totally other reasons that what it has morphed into. I just blog when I want and about what I want.

    :) Not much help tho, am I? :)

  6. Bec make your blog what you want, only you, readers and followers are great (it's fun to share) but at the end of the day Lucy will be able to look back - electronically! - and have some great memories or her growing up along with all the things you've been doing and making. Although I do have days where I feel like you and then I get an idea but I always try to remember, it's really just my deal, you get out what you put in and life goes on. You'll sort it all out!

  7. I think pretty much what everyone else has said, make it what you want to get out of it, don't worry about what other people want. If you want to *want* to do it, it has to be what you want/like. =) Me personally, I started following so that I could keep in touch with you and your family, I enjoy seeing all my wonderful friends and their kids and keeping up with them! =) But, I do enjoy seeing your crafty projects, they're great inspiration, and your link parties provide fantastic ideas, but mostly, just to see you! =) Good luck and go with your heart!

  8. I just found this blog; via fb. because of one of your crafty projects. I am excited to keep reading.

    your new follower

  9. Bec, I LOVE your blog, just the way it is. Every post is entertaining to me and I look forward to reading it every time you post! Keep doing what makes you happy here! Its perfect!

  10. I think you are doing a great job of posting about Little Lucy. She is just adorable and is probably gleaning alot from wathing you and your husband work together on all of the fun projects you post! BTW, just finished sanding my "pallet bookshelves" with my kids. They appreciate your ideas as well! Keep it up!
    Sarah from

  11. I am a recent follower, and I have to say that I have enjoyed reading your blog. I love the crafts, your 35 by 35 list, and your updates on Lucy. Being a fellow teacher and mama, I enjoy reading about other women who are also doing the juggling of trying to be a the best moms they can be while also creating a warm and welcoming home for their family. I can relate to that, and that is what I look for in blogs I follow. I also enjoy the tutorials because I am a new crafter, and I have enjoyed learning along the way. Thank you for what you do, and in the long run....Lucy will love having this to look back on. I'm sure she will be just as amazed by all you do as we all are!

  12. I agree with all of the others above...I think blogging is about doing what you want to do. I like to blog because I like to write about stuff, share about my girls, cook, craft and take pictures!! But I mostly blog because I want to meet people like you and make BFF!! :) So I guess I do whatever it takes to make those connections and friendships. I LOVE your blog!!! But mostly because I love you and the person I have gotten to know you as. You are a lovely mom and talented, crafty, and a gorgeous person on the inside and out!! Keep it up!! I like what I see for sure! :) Hugs!

  13. i love hearing about your crafts. you have talked about several crafts that i already decided to do in the future. i also love seeing your little lucy lu and hearing about what that cutie is up to. i blog so randomly, too. and it's hard to known is what i'm blogging about dumb? but then i just remember i'm blogging for me. if people read and like what i have to say then that is just an extra bonus.

  14. I am a new follower to your blog But I love it!What ever you do, Don't Stop! Take a short break it will come back to you

  15. ktfrazell@gmail.comJune 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I don't even know how I got to your blog today. I've had an insane day of driving my 4 kids to bible camp, tennis camp, star wars camp. I poured a huge glass of wine and googled "crafty blogs" click clickity click and I found yours. I'd love to have a blog like yours and maybe someday I will. It's very purrty and clever and useful to people like me looking for some inspiration. Please don't get discouraged. Pioneer Woman said "BLOG. Every day. No matter what." You're good and you have good ideas AND I for one don't mind if you just link me to other cool ideas by other bloggers until you get your mojo back. I don't have time to follow everyone:) Although I totally get the intimidation factor and I succumb to it more often than not. Don't. You've got a good thing going here! You wouldn't pour a foundation for your dream home and then just walk away.

  16. Thanks for stopping by; I love new visitors and comments! I have to say, I'm feeling a lot like you are and I'm just starting. It's too hard to try to fit a "type" of blog. I love the craft link parties because of the access to other great blogs and the inspiration that it brings. Just keep doing your thing, the only one who needs to enjoy it is you!

  17. Hi Bec! I'm so glad I sat next to you at lunch. I totally appreciate your honest reaction to bloggy boot camp...there's a lot to do and see in life...are you sure you want to spend so much of it behind a computer? Ah, so many questions, so little answers.

  18. Ahhh I totally totally understand what you are talking about---I feel like that sometimes too---where do I fit in...why exactly do I spend so much time blogging? Blahhh Blahh Balllhhh and why do I care so much and "link up" just like you were saying. Gosh I thought you would come back from blogging boot camp a pro and not have feelings like I have---thank you for being honest!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  19. First of all, thank you so much for coming to bloggy boot camp.

    Second, there really is no box to fit in. Some days your voice may be crafts. Some days it might be for your girl. Doesn't really matter- this space is all yours to do with as you please- that's the beauty of it!

    As someone who went from blogging daily to blogging about once a month, I completely understand your post. Blogging is a hobby and the only person it needs to please is YOU.


  20. Oh Bec, please! I have gathered so much inspiration from your blog!!! I find myself asking "man, how does she have the time to do ALL that?" You're one of those bloggers that I aspire to be like. You're doing a fabulous job and I think your blog is the perfect combination of Lucy Love, crafty inspiration, and just happy things that make me smile. Don't give up! You're something special.

  21. I went to BBC last year and wore yoga pants, a tank top, and a blue jean jacket. There is definitely a VARIETY attires. I cannot wait to go back in September. It took me forever to get out my posts about BBC, and I still didn't share all that I wanted to share!

  22. I went through this same blogging mood swing very recently and it really did help me to take a step back and remember why I started mine. I really want to document my littles' lives. But I also want them to look back one day and learn more about me, not just themselves. So I post about things I like; some design, some DIY, some kids, some blasts from the past. It's a hot mess of hodgepodge and it's just how I like it now. I love your blog because you write about things you like and it shows through.

  23. Missed this post earlier - but just wanted to say that I've read ProBlogger and all the crap that says you need a niche and blah blah blah. I say to heck with that. Blog what you want, when you want, and HOW you want. Unless you are trying to make big $$ blogging, tailoring your blog to what other people want won't make you happy!


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