Christa’s Soap Box – A Little Blog Planning for the New Year

Are you a planner? I am. I do well with schedules, check boxes and to-do lists. It’s not that I’m totally obsessed about being organized, it’s just that I often feel overwhelmed with ideas to pursue and tasks to be accomplished. Making a list (and checking it more than twice) helps me keep things under control and prevents me from going into mental meltdown, LOL!!

I like to keep things loose and flexible, but having a framework of what to write about each day helps me prevent “blogger’s block.” (Is there such a thing? You know – like writer’s block?)

About Christa

About me – a word collage that Jason made for my birthday a few years ago.

So I’ve decided on a general weekly schedule of what to expect for the coming year:

Mondays – I usually like to get up on my quilty soap box and share my thoughts about blogging or quilting or how I’m feeling about the world in general. These are fun posts to write because they usually generate some lively discussions.

Tuesdays – I like to share tools, tips, and book or online class reviews with you. This accomplishes two tasks – it gives me something to write about and it gives me a good excuse to plow through all the books and classes I’ve been wanting to read or take. Occasionally I’ll also share other exciting things I see that are happening in blogland.

Christa Quilting

Working on my 2013 Pile O’Fabric Skillbuilder BOM

Wednesdays – This is my day to share longer tutorials or blog series. In 2013 I set aside this day for posting my quilt alongs and highlighting some QAL followers’ finishes. For the coming year I plan to do a series of blog posts exploring such topics as the business of quilting and my creative journey. (And maybe, just maybe, I’ll host another quilt along much later in the year if all of my other projects and goals get under control.)

Christa's Quilt AlonggiveawaysChrista Quilts

Thursdays – Right now I’ve reserved Thursdays for my year of weekly giveaways. This will end sometime before the end of 2014 so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Fridays – Friday is fun day. I like to share sew and tells, works-in-process, as well as trip reports and quilt show updates. I’ll occasionally feature what some of my friends are doing, too. I plan on launching Fabric Friday every other week where I’ll blog about many of the fun fabrics and precuts I carry in my store and ideas of what to make with them.

The Weekend – I usually take Saturdays and Sundays off from blogging so I can spend more time with the family and sneak in a little extra down time. However, I may occasionally post on Saturdays if there are so many exciting things happening that I just can’t help spilling over into the weekend. 🙂

Family Hike

The family that hikes together stays together!

Of course none of this is set in stone, and I may periodically skip a day or two or rearrange the week’s schedule to accommodate other commitments. When I first started blogging, my hubby Jason thought it would be a great way for me to organize my thoughts and get them out of my brain and into print. (Translation – he thought I wouldn’t need to talk so much at home, LOL!)

But a funny thing has happened, blogging has actually generated more discussions, more thoughts, and more ideas for me to explore. I know it may seem a little crazy that I utilize this platform nearly every day, but my blog has really turned into my personal quilting journal. As I’ve said before, It’s very therapeutic for me to write.

Christa Quilts

Christa Quilts – and you can, too!

I want to end this post by thanking all of you who read my blog. Though I don’t get a chance to answer every single comment, I try to respond as often as I can, and I really appreciate the support, encouragement and friendship that you all have given me. 🙂

25 thoughts on “Christa’s Soap Box – A Little Blog Planning for the New Year

  1. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs says:

    When I started blogging earlier this year, your blog was the first I started following! Love so much of what you write about, and appreciate the new ideas and sites you’ve turned me on to. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!

  2. stitchinstein says:

    If only I could be as organized!!! Seriously envious of your ability to dedicate your weekly posts! I love reading your blog and am so very happy for your success! Looking forward to 2014.

  3. Anne/SpringLeaf Studios says:

    Christa, I’m glad to have found your blog this year and admire your dedication to it. I am still struggling with blogging vs actually getting quilting done and finding the balance. Need to do more and think about it less. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas with your family.

  4. Teje says:

    Hi Christa! Merry Christmas and thank you for a wonderful year! You have a great plan and I admire you writing posts so often! I love blogging and writing my little stories, photos, tutorials and especially the conversation with my blog friends and readers! I’m looking forward to follow you for the NEW Year! x Teje

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    I truly enjoy reading your blog. I am learning so much. And not just about sewing, though that is huge. I too have to have schedules. Or I am all over the place. I learned this when we had our first little one. And now both of our children use daily schedules. Makes life so much simpler. Thanks for all you do for all of us out here in blog land.

  6. mrsbrooke says:

    I only “found” your blog within the last month or so, and I’ve enjoyed it so much in that short time! Thank you for sharing with us, especially for a FMQ newbie such as myself.

  7. Lis Ostiguy says:

    You have to tell me Christa if you found a way to control the increase in ideas. I find the more I quilt the more ideas come to mind to do!

    • Christa says:

      Ha ha! The ideas to seem to spin out of control sometimes. Thank goodness for my smart phone though. Whenever inspiration hits, I jot down a quick note on my phone. I have pages and pages of them, LOL!!

  8. Karen Miller says:

    Thank you Christa! You are always so giving of yourself and its exciting to follow along as you climb, climb, climb to a new place each day! Congratulations… We’re along for a great ride.

  9. Michele says:

    I’m a planner and a list maker too (I’m constantly surprised by how much we have in common). I’ve already start thinking about where I want to head in the coming year with my quilting and my blog.

  10. dezertsuz says:

    Blog planning seems to be a theme among some of my favorite bloggers this year. I’m more a seat-of-the-pants blogger, quilter, and everything else, so I probably won’t organize too much more than I already do, but I do like the blogs I know which are organized this way. =) Remember flexibility is the key to not being stressed, though!

  11. Vicki says:

    Thank you Christa! I love following your blog, and feel inspired by your enthusiasm. It is always a treat to see what you have to say. 2014 is going to be a great year….you go girlfriend!!

  12. farmquilter says:

    I enjoy reading your blogs…don’t always leave a comment. You are very organized to blog 5 times a week! I am lucky to do once a week and right now I can’t even figure out how to sign in to my blog so I can put stuff up there. Oh well…guess it is a hint to do more quilting and piecing, right? Merry Christmas!

    • Christa says:

      I do well when I narrow my focus. I don’t do any of the other social media because I can’t figure out all the buttons, LOL! I understand blogging so that’s definitely my platform of choice 🙂

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