Friday, August 21, 2015

So you think you want to start a blog.......

Are you considering starting a blog?

If you have an eye for photography, 
home decor, styling, 
creating or fashion,
you may have asked yourself this question.

Blogging is like breathing to me, it's part of me.

I realize how much work goes into keeping a blog alive.
I also realize I need a haircut, pedicure and a maid...
but blogging is like my baby, I have to take care of it.

Life gets in the way.
Weeks go by without anything to say.
I know, I know

Then there's 1000's of photos to edit
-carefully chosen words-
-page layouts-
if none of these things scare you - then go for it!

I cannot describe the happiness my blog brings me,
it's like a little release of all of my constant thoughts and ideas
swimming around in my brain!

If you are thinking about joining the blogging community,
you have to understand this...
-you will meet kindred spirits-
-you will have blog friends from all over the world-
but most of get to express your inner self
Happy Friday Everyone!
(Yep, my studio has changed once again)

Linking up with Feathered Nest Friday


  1. Ooohh Rhonda this is my favorite post ever about blogging!!!!! I feel exactly the same way...especially the last thought that you leave us with "but most of all you get to express your inner self."

    Thank you for this beautiful post. Unfortunetly in my 8 yrs of blogging I have encountered the meanness of some women too...especially one that never seems to stop her bullying. But kindness always prevails and forgiveness keeps my heart free.

    You are one of the genuine friendships and kindred souls that I treasure. You make the blog community beautiful. You have renewed my spirit today dear friend xxo

    Thank you kindly,

    1. Oh Kerrie, I agree, the mean and insensitive people are out there. Social media is full of them and they usually have private accounts. I've had to delete inappropriate comments and block those who do not "play nice".

      But for the most part, the friends outnumber the bad. I am so happy for that.

  2. Oh dear Rhonda,
    it is like you looked inside me and read my thoughts when it comes to my blog.
    Todolwen is my baby and I love so much. It brings me joy and I have met so many kind and sweet people all over the world. Thank you for saying what many of us bloggers feel and think about their blogs and blogging.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

    1. Your blog is a part of you, it's always nice to visit you at Todolwen!

  3. Blogging has become a part of my life I'm still learning without a grand camera... But writing is also a lot.. I have slowly built my blog with out give-aways.. I didn't want to do that I wanted to find friends without that.. Your blog is lovely thanks for sharing it ..with love Janice

    1. I agree, Janice, the true friends aren't there for the giveaways. Thank you so much for stopping by and honestly my phone camera takes better pictures than my Nikon.

  4. Rhonda

    My blog was on my bucket list. It also kept my mind and time busy after I lost my mother, my job and became a empty nester. I love beautiful things and it's a way to release my creative being to other wonderful people. My promise to myself and my blog was to only post beautiful and positive things and we all certainly need more of this no matter who we are and where we come from. I love my blog and your post.


    1. I started blogging to find like minded women and I did! More than I ever thought was possible. I need to make more time visiting other bloggers. Oh, I could post about the bad things in life but choose to keep it light and a positive place to visit. Thank you for stopping by, as I head over to your blog.

  5. Same here Rhonda. I've been blogging for seven years, and it's what I love. I tried to quit twice due to my work being very demanding, and when I "announced"that I'd be leaving, too many wonderful people encouraged me to stay. I only blog once a month now because there simply are too many things to tend to, but if I could, I'd write all day, every day. And now I'm taken up photography and you are right; the editing and layouts are time consuming but SO MUCH FUN.

    We will continue to blog, just like breathing! HAVE A GORGEOUS DAY! Anita

  6. I have so much to thank our sweet blogging community for, the encouragement to keep creating, to document my days, and above all for the very genuine and oh so precious friendships which I have formed with fellow bloggers. Blogging certainly has made my life a lot richer, and I am so thankful for that. Your blog, my dear Rhonda, is always so soothing and calming for the soul, I would be devastated if you ever stopped. So don't, lol. xxx
    PS - there is a blog post coming up shortly just for you :-)

    1. We are blessed, aren't we Liz? Our little group of friends are so dear to my heart. Lace and all.
      Ooh, I cannot wait to see what you post next, you are having a fabulous summer, my friend.

  7. Thank you so much for this lovely post, Rhonda. I have neglected my blog for such a long time. No excuses, really, either. Your photos today are fantastic and a great reflection of your blog and your style and your brand. Keep up the great work.

    Hugs, Marrianna in Flagstaff, AZ

    1. Sweet Marrianna! It is so good to hear from you. I hope you find more time to blog, it is a time bandit. After you find that reason to share, it will worries...your true friends will be there.

  8. I am forever grateful that this world of blogging brought us together. Your friendship is one of my most cherished. Je t'adore Mon Amie! xo

  9. I was JUST thinking about you....enjoy your sea breezes and wonderful summer. Absolutely, your friendship is the cake topper!!! Thank you for stopping by mon amie. You are the world to me.

  10. Hello Rhonda,
    good to hear and see your lovely ideas again
    Summer is always a bit lost to me here in the Islands we just try to endure the heat. No A/C
    Ready for fall and my fave season,
    Yes keeping a blog current is difficult and much work, some days I say...that's it!
    It is good however to connect, especially for me with no one even close by.
    love Lilla

    1. Wish I were heading to your island right now! Those breezes must be fabulous and give you a bit of relief. We are so hot in the desert but like you, I look forward to fall and winter weather.
      We shall chat soon, love ya.

  11. ...and your blog brings us so much happiness and inspiration Rhonda!!! Thank you for keeping a beautiful, inspiring place we can all come and visit to escape for a few moments out of our day. Your posts always motivate and inspire our creativity to become something wonderful...and thank you so much for that!!!!


    1. Christine, I could never imagine how many of us are linked by blogging. It is a blessing and I am honored to have so many wonderful artists and designers as followers and friends. Your jewelry is art in it's purest form. You have a gift my sweet friend.

  12. Oh Rhonda, kindred spirits indeed. When I went through a heart breaking divorce I thought it would take the life of me to gain my spirit back....One thing I want to add that I noticed was not in this post is how blogging in a sence can save your life by allowing you to free your words, express yourself, share your talents, and most of all lose yourself for awhile. It's so joyful to check in on your blog baby and see if attention to what you posted about has inspired someone else to express them themselves in like ways. I always say to myself that if I had known about this blog world of creativity when I was at the peak of my divorce it may have saved me a lot of tears.

    I have never found any unloving bloggers and never have been bullied, yet have encountered dishonesty and gossip, and a little art sabotage... I find staying true to yourself in blogging is the great reward. I have encouraged and helped to build new bloggers sites, as well as encourage ones to blog that have only been my etsy buyers..... Not because their homes are cookie cutter homes to other bloggers Flea Market style homes, or Nordic in style, or even French in any way shape or form, BUT because of their true hearts, the words they have to tell and because of their authentic approachable newness to their words of poetry like a breath of Fresh air, and most of all to share with them this GREAT place they too can LOSE THEMSELVES in as to soothing their soul finding comfort in fellowship with like, or unlike bloggers who have also been right where we have been in life at one time or another.

    I love when we connected Rhonda, which seems like so many years ago, me a new visiterto your site and a winner of one of your charming giveaways. I still see what was gifted on a daily basis :)
    Seeing the way blogger effect you is life treasuring Good or Bad, it's what makes us grow, and adds all the rightness in how we conduct ourselves as bloggers and who we inspire that may need that loving touch.

    Rhonda, you are a LOVING touch to blogging.

    Blessed we are to have such a Kind spirited soulful blogger as you.

    Bisous to or French hearted blogger.

    ~ Doré

    1. I love that we connected, as well. Your style and interior design is like no other. You have changed my way of thinking in my home decor. Everything in life is about "timing" and the timing was just right for me to find "YOU". Thank you so much for your tender words. I had no idea this post would stir our souls. Much love.

  13. Great post in which you've expressed so well my own sentiments. Blogging is a lot of work, but so worth it! I love the kindred spirit found in the blogging community.
    Mary Alice

  14. Yes, my sweet friend, I connect with my inner self about every 6 months. Living the life ;)

  15. Your blog is always so lovely and inspiring.
    I have been MIA from blogging for quite a while (family issues, surgery, life, etc) and jumped back in this week. It's funny I came across this post. I was thinking of throwing in the "blog towel". Maybe your post is a sign not to?
    I have always been "around" and a lurker so maybe I should just continue to visit the beauteous blogs and folks that inspire me!
    Happy Friday!

  16. Rhonda,
    I have so enjoyed the friends I have made through my blog, including you! we can share our love for similar and different items and get to know so much about others who share our passions.
    What a great way to make friends!


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Rhonda of A Little Bit French