Posting Schedule (When and How Many Times Per Week I’m Going To Be Posting)

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According to my blog archives, I am in my fourth month of blogging on this site. That is all well and good, but actually I launched this blog on 1st April, so this month makes it my sixth month (I was in hiatus for a few months) blogging. SIXTH!!! Wow. Does time fly or what!

Update: April 1st was a mini launch though, with posts from my old blog www.carakasa.blogspot.com, so I consider this blog’s starting point to be when I resumed in September. Next year September will be my first blogiversary!!

I’ve very much enjoyed the process and the interaction with you guys, and the positive responses and support have been so overwhelming, they make my heart sing! I hope I have touched your life too in some way. I have learned a lot! About what goes on behind the scenes of a blog – the inevitable technical aspects you have to deal with, photography and editing – and the blog has helped me refine my life purpose and the legacy I’d like to leave behind after I bid adieu to this lovely world (hopefully in about a hundred years!).

After giving it a lot of thought, since I’m not blogging full-time, I’ve decided to post once a week, on Monday mornings before 9am. If for whatever reason I feel an exception has to be made, the additional posting time would be on Thursday. You know, for flexibility. Three posts a week at the most. Sooo… that means:

Mondays – 9am (regular schedule) and

Thursdays – 9am (extra day)

I’m choosing to space out my posting days due to the following reasons:

  • To give you, my valued readers, my best work. I admit, I can be a bit of a perfectionist, but I really don’t want to do a half-assed job on this one. I want to be worth your time, and I want to be proud of my work. Time is money, hmph. So I’m paying you for your time, with my most valuable ideas. I want my blog to be truly helpful, informative, inspire you to action! I want it to be like the long-awaited lover that comes as the sun starts to go down, whisks you off on his beautiful spirited horse and rides off with you into the glorious sunset. You get the picture. 😀
  • We’ve been given two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason: We must be quick to listen, quick to hear and slow to speak. Prudence. Frugality. It’s better to choose quality over quantity than to risk becoming just one more distraction to be tuned out. That’s a fact. 😛 
  • I’m an advocate of less screen time. Too much internet time can be exhausting and come at the price of less time spent with loved ones and in worthy pursuits. Life happens in the real world; we need to go out and explore! A healthy balance is key. I don’t like to spend too much time on my internet devices and I don’t want to encourage that in anyone.
  • It’s a schedule I can maintain. I’m currently parenting a two-year old, taking courses at the university, and nurturing a kicking and punching human being inside me (I guess he can’t wait to be welcomed out!). Talk about busy, hmph. But it is important not only to be busy but to be truly effective, and that means living mindfully and having time for myself for introspective reflection. I will consider this my part-time blogging schedule.

I think this is a good schedule until…well, we’ll see! (Then again, can you ‘box’ in creativity? Well, we’ll see how this schedule works out. If it doesn’t serve well, I’m always free to change it up to something better. I’m experimenting, yo. Bear with me.)

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful experience! I have some great posts in the works, can’t wait to share them with you!

Do You Want To Start A Website/Blog?

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Reality. What is reality? Our realities are constructs of our minds, and our beliefs are windows through which we see the world. We would do well to examine what we consider barriers to our success – obstacles that bar us from attaining the lives we dream of having.

What prevented me from starting a website four/three/two years ago? What prevents you? I had these preconceived notions about this life and my place in it: I was not good enough/I had nothing to say/It’s too complicated/I would face criticism/It’s too expensive (and this one without even actually checking out the costs!)..etc. What is your excuse too?

Everyone has a story. Everyone. From the yellow-shirted security guard who asked me for money for lunch to the little boy who runs helter-skelter, screaming at the top of his lungs every time he sees my son. We all have our stories. For example, do you have a facebook account? How many times do you post status updates, pictures, quotes, etc per day? Now tell me again, do you have something to say?? *Smile* Maybe, like me, you are afraid of baring your fragile heart in public, and being vulnerable. Maybe, like me, you care more about what others think of you than you care to admit. The truth is, I care about what others think of me. A lot. I want to make them proud, my friends and loved ones. I do not want to disappoint them. I believe that that’s ok, that’s natural.

I’m learning it’s ok to be vulnerable, it’s ok to be open. Sure the criticism will come, and when it comes from people who genuinely care and want to see you grow better, you take it, and you go on from there. Interestingly, I’ve found that the more open I am with others, the more willing they are to be open with me. As a result, the intimacy level of some of my friendships have been raised, and I’ve also made some interesting new friends.

And as for expense, this website has cost me less than what we Gh girls typically spend on our hair every month. Faaaar less if you are the human hair / Brazilian hair kinda girl.

If you would like to start with no expense upfront, there are numerous options available – tumblr, wordpress, blogger, etc. I started with blogger at www.carakasa.blogspot.com. It’s a bit like renting a house though, your blog content is not owned by you and you can get kicked out anytime. I wanted more freedom with my site design and content, so I upgraded to my own self-hosted wordpress website.

Don’t be limited by your beliefs. Keep expanding your context as well as your content. Knowledge is power when you use it. This whole world is yours to explore and enjoy as long as you have breath. Feel free to do so, express your creativity! I’m learning to take new risks; saying yes to what I normally say no to and vice versa. Each day is indeed a new adventure!