My New Year Blogging Thoughts

Hey guys ❤ I hope that you’re all doing well! For this post, I have a bit of a blog update / thoughts post to share with you. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple of months, and I’m still thinking about exactly how I’d like to blog in 2018.

Let’s both grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a blog chat. ❤

If you’ve been following along with my blog posts for a while, you’ve probably noticed that regardless of when I’m posting, the mood of the posts are pretty much the same – happy and upbeat. I enjoy writing like this, don’t get me wrong, but it can be deceiving when I share a happy post when I’m actually going through a tough time.

Like several other bloggers, I pre-write posts. Yes, I’m in a good mood when I write those posts, but by the time they’re posted a week or two later, things have changed in my personal life.

One huge example of this is when I shared a few pre-written posts at the beginning of August, ones that I had written before I got strep throat. I was reading the responses those posts received while laying on the couch or in my bed, extremely groggy and feeling awful, which my readers could not have gathered from the posts I was sharing.

I’ve made it hard at times for bloggers to connect with me when I don’t share posts that are relevant to how I’m feeling the day I share them. In one way, it’s a nice escape when things aren’t going well to have nice comments to read, but I can’t really respond back correctly when I’m sick, irritated, sad, or worried.

Pre-writing posts is a wonderful way to blog with minimum stress, but I cannot tell you just how important it is to make sure the posts you share are an accurate reflection of how you are currently feeling. Even a few days’ difference can make a big impact on how you feel about life.

These past few months have been very full for me. From the various doctors appointments we’ve driven to (sometimes multiple times within a week), to the different struggles my family and I have gone through as we make the transition to welcome a new baby into our family this winter, most (if not all) of the posts I’ve shared in this time of my life weren’t all that relevant. There was little to no talk of the stress, anxiety, and fear I’ve faced, and looking back now, I regret not being more open.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to talk to you guys; I simply didn’t think of it. (Except for when my mom was in the hospital, as you read about here.) In my desire to have all of my posts be upbeat, I haven’t been current. They were relevant to my life, but not by the time I posted them.

*takes a long swig of my imaginary coffee*

In today’s post, I hope to make up for a bit of lost time. In the posts that I do now, I’m going to strive for accuracy over comfort. Being real is so important, making it easier for me and my readers to connect and relate. 🙂

The other blog-related topic I’ve been struggling with for a long time is exactly what posts to write, and how to maintain a post schedule. That has been difficult for me, because I really like consistency … but with the new year quick in coming, I’d like to write a bit about a concept that’s new to me, which is blogging comfortably. It will help me immensely, give me peace of mind, and enable me to receive feedback on what I’m currently thinking about, going through, and maybe even obsessing over. Let’s take a look at what this consists of below. ❤

  • Writing posts that truly mean something to me. While I wouldn’t say that I was always sharing posts this past year that I didn’t care for, I was only thoroughly excited about sharing a small selection of posts throughout each of those twelve months. I’m not upset by this, as sharing ones that matched my blog’s focus and ones I knew readers would enjoy made me happy. However, I need a definite shift of focus now. That practice hasn’t brought me joy for months – I want to write and complete posts that make me grin while working on the drafts. I want to race to my laptop and get the ideas that excite me down on my dashboard before I forget. I’d love to share posts that were started because I thought one day, “I should write a post on that!” Instead of writing posts to fill my calendar, I want to pencil in the best ideas … when they come to me.
  • Sharing pieces that I love, and ditching drafts that I don’t. There have been way too many times where I went ahead and finished a post because, for example, “I need a post for Tuesday’s spot.” Don’t get me wrong, keeping up with a set blogging schedule is an epic motivator, readers love it, and I’ve done it myself at times, but that’s not how I’m able to blog at the moment. When I now see a post in the drafts that I would’ve went ahead and finished even if I didn’t want to, I’ll trash it.
  • Focusing on blogging with purpose. Whether I’m inspiring myself, others, or both (that’s always awesome!), I don’t want to share a post just because it’s a good post. Why did I decide to write it in the first place? Many posts have lost their pizzazz for me shortly after making the draft because my initial inspiration for it had rather fizzled out, leaving me to cover the main points as best I could. Why go to that trouble when the post wasn’t working for me as I had originally hoped it would? For me, blogging is a beautiful side hobby. To keep it this way, I don’t need to treat it as a part-time job.
  • Not worrying about the time of day. If I completely finish writing a post midday, I should go ahead and post it! I’ve been scheduling posts for the early morning (EST) for a long time, but it would make me much happier now to share a post when I’ve just finished it. (Just like I’ve done with this post!) This would make all the posts I share extremely current and relevant.
  • Letting inspiration come, and then writing [a post or two] once it’s there. Throughout 2017, I’d surf the web (my, that’s an old term haha) and scrounge around for inspiration anywhere I could find it when it came time to write posts for the following week. I’d write additional parts to older posts, reblog something, continue with an old series, compose a short standalone – anything to fill my cute blogging calendar. I enjoyed this blogging style for a while, but I quickly grew tired of it. I need to sit down and write posts when they’re there, not sit down to find posts to write.
  • Not worrying about the consistency of my posting. It’s tempting as a passionate blogger to write and post as often as possible to be fairly consistent, but this is not something I desire to strive for in this new year (for now, at least). Focusing on writing more standalone posts is something I plan to cultivate in 2018.

Those are my thoughts on blogging at the moment! If you have anything to add, whether it’s a word of encouragement, etc, I’d be so happy to hear from you. This was quite a lengthy post for an update, but I’ve been needing to write it for months, so it has been so wonderful for me to finally express how I’m feeling.

I’d love to talk to you about blogging in the comments below! ❤
What have you been thinking about blogging lately?
What struggles have you overcome?

— Maggie

62 replies on “My New Year Blogging Thoughts”

This is a great idea, Maggie and I can’t wait to read your posts in 2018. One of the things I liked in this post was when you said, “… it is to make sure the posts you share are an accurate reflection of how you are currently feeling.”

As we go into the 2018 year, I want to do just that when it comes to my blogging. When I feel that I may be going through something, I want God to “prick” me to express it if that is His will.

I also liked when you said, “Focusing on blogging with purpose.” because I want to blog with a passion and purpose for God and a direct focus on Him.

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Thank you so much! Yes, being open and current with blog readers is important and much appreciated. It makes a blogger more relateable, which is always nice 🙂

I desire the same thing; allowing Him to lead which posts I should write and share is important to me.

That’s great! Bloggers who are passionate about what they write have blogs that are very enjoyable to read. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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Great post! ❤ I hope you'll reach all the thoughts in 2018! Fingers crossed 🙂
My blogging 'resolutions' are: 1) posting regularly, 2) posting about everything interesting what I'll experience in 2018 and 3) getting more popular 😉 The theme of my blog has changed, now it's more about my life, my hobbies etc. And I really like the change! 😀 Writing posts now is definitely easier than before! The change was, for sure, right and good 🙂
Happy New Year, Maggie!
Lots of love!

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Thank you so much, Ann! ❤ Ooh those resolutions are amazing. They definitely sound attainable, which is great because that will be easy for you to follow! My blog has been through changes like that, as well – it's always nice to switch focuses when we decide to cover different topics in blogging. 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too, Ann! Thank you for all your lovely comments!


I think that you will find so much more joy in blogging, Maggie, if you follow this plan! I look forward to reading your thoughts through all of your life’s journey… both happy and less than happy 🙂 God bless you greatly, Maggie, in 2018! You are a blessing to so many of us!

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It’s hard to be open about when you aren’t doing so great when you are writing a blog. I’ve had people say to me, “all you write are a bunch of rants.” Which is exactly the opposite of how I intended any of my posts to be interpreted, because all of my posts are either:
1. Educational (these are the ones most likely to be interpreted as “rants” for some reason.)
2. Joking about something sucky that happened to me, which I guess qualifies as ranting but still it’s a JOKE.
3. Being honest about what’s going on, which I really don’t see as ranting.
I can’t think of a time that I’ve ever posted something meant to be mean spirited or nasty. But some people just want happy happy happy and if you don’t give them that they get offended.
I guess what I’m saying is, it takes a lot of skill as a writer to be honest about the bad stuff in your life without it being misinterpreted as complaining. So be careful! I have no doubt that you are capable though.

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Oh gosh, what an awful thing to tell a blogger! People are way too open with how they feel – that’s not constructive criticism. Those types of posts really can’t be described as ‘rants,’ and it sounds to me like bloggers who would feel that way about your posts shouldn’t even be on your site! Yes, that is a struggle sometimes – there’s a difference between a ramble/update and a rant, and depending on how the post is written, readers will take the meaning differently. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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It’s like how people who use social media complain about social media. I’ve never understood why they are on there if they hate it so much. Fortunately most people aren’t like that.

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I’ve been thinking about next year and what I want to do with Elatedbooks and your post has made it clear to me and confirmed my wants of being more ‘spontaneous’ with the blog, as you, I was just writing because we needed a post to go up but with 2018 I’m going to follow your advice ♥️

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My heart has been reaching out toward you, Maggie because I just had a feeling you may be going through a lot and holding back what you share. Which is understandable. We have all things and situations we don’t discuss, and that’s completely okay. 🙂

I think it is amazing you want to be more open!!!

I also completely agree with you. Blogging for you isn’t meant to be like a job, and you’re so right, if this isn’t what you intend to be a job, you absolutely shouldn’t treat it like one 🙂

I’ve found a schedule that has worked for me, especially for Inside Cup, but Peeking Beneath, girl, it took SO LONG to figure out something, and I still adjust here and there, tweaking it.

Even for Inside Cup, and PB I try to make sure I have days open for posts I can write on the whim because you are right, writing in the moment and sharing what is on your heart, is SO important! I’ve purposefully rescheduled previous written material if I write a post I want to share immediately, and that works for me because I just have more material ready for later. You are such a positive force in this community, and you truly lift up so many bloggers. I think your heart is in the right place, and I pray that God continues to guide you, strengthen you, and direct all of your footsteps.

You were one of the first bloggers I got to know, and you still impart so much inspiration to me. I love your creativeness, openness, desire for Christ, and eagerness to keep trying and getting better. Seriously, a lot of people can learn so much from you. Keep going, girl!!!! You are a great blessing to me, thank you.

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There has definitely been a lot of things my family and I were and are facing. It’s been crazy at times, but I know the Lord is always with us! ❤

If blogging like it was a part-time job made me happy, then I'd totally keep doing that, but I don't get paid, haha so I need to keep in mind that I can post any post I'd like to share whenever I'd like!

I'm glad that you've found schedules that work for you, no matter how long they do. It's nice to try things out, such as seeing which posts are best received on which days of the week. That's only a bad thing when I start basing too much of my content on how much readers like it, which means that I'm not blogging about the topics I love anymore. Balancing writing posts for you and for readers is important 🙂

I'm so happy I can inspire you! Thank you for your kindness. It's my pleasure ❤

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Yeah, I hear you about doing what readers enjoy, and not necessarily what you enjoy. I think having two blogs has helped me stretch out the various topics I want to cover. Especially having a variety of series/mini-series I can cover whenever I want to as they aren’t weekly. That really helps. We deserve some pay-checks 😉 !!! That would awesome to be paid for writing. Who knows? I can totally see you writing for a magazine.

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I pre-write some posts, and others I will publish right after I write them. I definitely understand what you are saying though. It’s an odd feeling if you publish something that isn’t as relevant to you anymore, just so you can stick to a particular schedule.

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I have also had that happen where by the time a post goes live it’s outdated in terms of how I’m feeling. And usually I don’t write more than a week in advance. Sometimes I put in the post that I’m writing it early and it’s just more of a piece of mind for me. Maybe that could help!

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Some posts are versatile enough so that you don’t have to express how you’re feeling, but others should really be written and then shared at the time of. Yes, that’s a helpful way of letting your readers know that the post was written at a different time than when it went live!

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Oh yessss. To be honest, I’d been wondering how you managed to pump out so many blog posts, because I only (usually) post once a week, and it’s hard! Blogging is a hard, hard ‘job’ (whether or not we get paid, because a lot of times we don’t), even as a hobby. I do think that creating a schedule is important for consistency, but it’s not meant to be a high pressure thing.

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this year, and I’m looking forward to where this blog will go in 2018! Happy New Year!

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Haha yeahh, that was just me mastering the art of pre-writing posts! Some months, I’ll have more post ideas than the calendar can hold, and other months, I shared only a post or two. Inspiration highs and lows are crazy. Yes, knowing the basic idea of what you’re going to post on which days of the week is helpful 🙂 Aw thank you so much, Hanne! Happy New Year to you, too. ❤


Honesty in blogging is an even mix of both, I think 🙂 Yes, finding out how much one wants to share on their blog is an important step in becoming a blogger. Thanks for commenting! Happy New Year to you, too.

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I truly agree with you about connecting and interacting with other bloggers. I have experienced it kind of like most of the time. But your plans are great. I love your posts!
Really excited about you upcoming post and hopefully you’ll get pass through ball the hardships that you’re encountering right now. I know that God will never let you fall and will always stregthen you and your family. ❤ 😀

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I love this! Blogging authentically, comfortably, and purposefully can be really difficult, especially when all the blogging advice out there emphasizes niche, consistency, scheduling, and branding. You go girl and best of luck in your blogging adventures in 2018!

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Aw thank you! ❤ Yes, it really can be – each blogger has to find the right blend of those two ways of blogging to be able to do so happily. 🙂 It's so nice to reach out and appeal to an audience, but being ourselves is important, too! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤


Great post! I completely understand the feeling of wanting to post how you feel at the time, but debating to do so because of your blog’s tone. I’ve been thinking about that too, but since my blog is relatively new, I guess there’s still some room to play with. Either way, your post was a lot of food for thought. Thanks and best wishes for the new year! -Mary

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Thank you, Mary! Yes, that has been a consistent struggle for me. I feel torn between writing upbeat posts and expressing how I’m actually feeling, but I intend on being more open with my readers this year. 🙂 That’s true. Even with blogs that have been around for longer, it’s always a good idea to make sure we’re being authentic with our posts. Thank you so much for reading! It was my pleasure, and Happy New Year to you!

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I totally get what you’re saying Maggie! When I first found out about pre-scheduling blog posts I created a schedule which made me feel more productive for a lack of a better word. After probably a month or so of doing this I realised how disconnected I felt with everyone so I scrapped the blogging schedule and now post when ever I feel like it. I’ll often have about ten drafts half written at a time and then one day I’ll decide I want to publish this post today so I’ll go ahead finish it and publish it then and there. Doing this has made me feel a lot more connected with the community once again and I love being able to respond to the first few comments as soon as they come in. I hope you have a lovely year Maggie! Thank you for always reading my posts. Many Blessings, Grace. xx

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I’m so glad! Girl, I felt the exact same way – totally disconnected. It was nice to have posts ready, but not at the expense of my connection to the post! It’s so nice being online because I’m able to respond to comments. 🙂 Thank you Grace, I hope the same for you! It’s my pleasure.

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I am trying to keep a more regular posting schedule this year, as previously I would have almost six week gaps between posts 😬. I’m hoping to be able to post twice a week. I also want to be more involved with other bloggers, like commenting more frequently and following more blogs in general.
I like to pre-write posts, but I tend to write them too far in advance because I don’t get much time to write during the school term. I definitely understand how posts can become ‘outdated’ to how you’re feeling at the time.
A very well written post Maggie xx

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Posting twice a week sounds great! Whatever works for your schedule and inspiration, definitely do that:) Haha I’ve done the same thing!! Writing a post, then putting it up two weeks later is a mistake. More current posts are definitely what I prefer. Thanks Alexis!

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Prewriting posts seems like a great idea! I should do that 🙂

Your blog means a lot to me 🙂 It’s always filled with spiritual, God-glorifying posts that are refreshing and reviving to read. You always have wise insight on a lot of things, and looking back on all the posts you’ve written, I’m sure that God has worked in your life and is continuing to work in and through you to reach the blogging community around you. ❤

I'm so glad that your mom is feeling better! Even though that was a little while ago, I still haven't forgotten all the comments that offered their prayer. You're bringing together a blogging community online and uniting us through prayer and that is an incredible feat.

God bless you this year, Maggie! I'll be praying for you and your family for good health (physical and spiritual), and if you need any prayer requests I'm always there to pray for you!

Thank you for all that you do in this blog! Blog on!

Lydia ❤

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Lydia, I cannot tell you how much of a blessing your comments are to me!! ❤ Thank you so much for this sweet feedback. 🙂 It means so much to me that the Lord is using my blog for His glory – I pray that I will continue to write posts and inspire others for a long time to come! May God bless you this year, too, Lydia! ❤ and thank you for your prayers!

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I’m so proud of you. It’s not easy to admit the things you’ve talked about. We all have those moments when we want to share our doubts and so on, but we don’t want to because we’re afraid of what others will say. I know that one all too well. I realized my blog was a place where I knew I was safe and I saw that my blog was getting stale. I saw that I was being honest in my blog and I finally decided to be open, honest, raw, and real in my blog and it changed my blog. It changed the direction of my blog and I feel that’s the biggest thing I have overcome. I love to blog. I love to inspire others and I wanted a place to write and now I do. I have a family of wonderful bloggers and I have so many followers who care about me and I’m grateful and honored. I’m so grateful that we met. I look forward to getting to know you better in 2018. I truly admire you and I’m so glad we are sisters in Christ. You mean so much to me. I’ve been catching up on my blog because my computer died. I posted today about 2017 and what I want to do in 2018. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m always here for you and I’ll always look out for you.

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Being vulnerable and open in the blogging community can be a daring step to take, but everyone is so supportive, it really helps me to share posts like this! ❤ I'm glad that you enjoy your blog, and that you've found the way you enjoy blogging most! Thank you ❤ I'm sorry to hear your computer died, happy it's back working for you now. 🙂 You're welcome. Thank you for your comments!

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Yes it is. I know right. I found the support on this blog community so deep and fulfilling. I love how open and honest everyone is. I’m sure it helps you a lot to share posts when you can have supportive people, It helps a lot. Thank you I appreciate that. You’re so welcome. Thank you. I’m happy to have it back up and running as well. You’re so welcome.

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Thank you for a wonderful post. I am now following you. I have written down ideas as they come, but I have never pre-written my blogs. I do have an empty notebook… hence I could begin! What a great idea, I will try this. Thanks, and look forward to more of your posts.

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I am super new to blogging. I am attempting to get everything up and running. Being dyslexic I am finding this very challenging. I am doing this to gain confidence in my writing skills and to inspire others to do the same. I will start my blog out with a very positive outlook, but will incorporate some of my challenges along the way. Any tips you are willing to share would be very appreciated. Have a blessed day!


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