I mentioned last week that I’ve been working on my blog, putting in the time behind-the-scenes to make this space better. I’ve been re-labeling categories and editing or deleting tags, which requires spending a lot of time in my old posts. Lord have mercy, the graphics. Nothing humbles the spirit like the blog posts you wrote three years ago.
I have a lot of work to do before this first step is complete, but as I review and organize my old blog posts, I’ve noticed something. Again and again I’ve told you about these great ideas I have, some new routine I want to adopt to improve some facet of my life or some new skill I want to develop — and then, nothing. Nada. Just a bunch of quiet, a mention of what I ate for breakfast or a quick photo of a fish I caught, until I’ve come up with some other new and different goal, skill, adventure to talk about.
I talk about things here as if I have everything under control and really believe in my success. I write about a new idea or habit with the attitude that once I’ve written about it, it’s basically done. But that isn’t how things work. Writing down a goal or telling you I’d like to change my habits or patterns makes no difference in my actual habits or patterns. Whether I post it on the internet or attempt to make some kind of related graphic does nothing to change that — I still have to do the actual work.
It’s easy to forget the work, isn’t it, when we’re so full of ideas? It’s exciting at the beginning. Those first few steps are pretty fun. But now that I’ve re-categorized 50 blog posts and deleted the 100 tags, I am so over this whole blog-improvement effort. I want to move on to the next step and start working on cool new content and moving my blog to a new host. I’m tired of trudging through the muck of old blog posts that probably aren’t all that good anyway.
But if I really want to change anything, if I really want any of my ideas and adventures and attempts and habits to stick, to become part of my real life, I need to go deeper than the surface and really put the time in. That’s true when I’m working to become a morning person, or plan our meals each week, or add a little sparkle to my daily life, just like it’s true when I want to make my blog work better for you.
This middle part — the part between starting out on a new journey and completing your goals — it’s kind of boring. I’d like to skip right over this part and get to the good stuff, but I don’t have any good stuff right now. Instead, I have long, steady, tedious work that continues. So far, this work has created a new menu for you on my blog — a menu that isn’t quite finished. Well, the menu itself is finished, and if you look up top you can see it right now(!!!). It has drop-down menus to find content by category and sub-category. The content isn’t fully aligned to the menu yet, so there might be a few surprises in there. But I’m working, and I really want to finish this thing, to complete this task as well as others that will follow. Only 350 blog posts and 800 categories to go.