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.)

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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. 🙂