by laura janning

When I Grow Up

February 29, 2012

 A few very awesome blogging buddies recently asked the question " What Do You Want Your Blog to Be When It Grows Up" initially I thought they were asking specifically about me, but then realized that this was pretty easy to answer since my blog and me kinda have the same goals.
Take baby steps for now
I started my blog in November 2011 and knew nothing about blogging. Since then I have continued to pace myself by taking small steps by leaning one new thing a week. From learning about where to "party" each week, to finding out what photo tool I will use when Picnik goes away. I have also found an enormous amount of information from other blog sites.  In addition,I am so excited to be attending the Haven Conference in June to pick up some new techinques and skills to help grow my blog.

Develop a great networking system with other blogger's
If I am falling and holding on for dear life, I want to  know that I can count on you, my network of support to help me out. I want to do this by not being afraid to ask for help if I need it. It's okay to feel like everybody else knows more then you, because at this point they do! The first person that I ever reached out to was Tricia at  Morning T , she was so supportive and continues to be a friend that I would count on for questions and advice regarding my blog. I hope I can also serve as that same mentor for other bloggers in need.

Not be intimidated
Everyone has had to learn to swim! I look at some of the other truly successful blogs like Jen at Tatertots and Jello and Kate from Censational Girl  
and am totally inspired by the quality of their sites and in awe at the number of followers. I aspire to have both as well, and realize if I build it, you will come. I just need to remember that I still float in the kiddie section and they are jumping off the high dive!

Sit back and relax
I want to develop a better and more efficient system where I can capture my pictures and organize and file them for future posts. I often find myself scrambling for photos to include in the post right before I hit the publish button. 

Have Fun
Whether my blog continues to grow into a steady business and better yet, BHG comes knocking at my door, I want to have fun. I want my passion for doing the things that I absolutely love to do to resonate with my followers, and the people who make a choice to read me each day.Thank you by the way!

So, I am bearing my soul and co-hosting with a few of my awesome blogging buddies
Andrea from The Cottage Market

If you would also like to bear your soul regarding the goals that you have, will you share them with us this Friday, March 2? No worries if you need a bit of time to think,  as the party goes live on Friday am at 6 CST and stays live until Thursday, March 8 at 11 pm CST. So, grab a button and join our linky party.

"What Do You Want Your Blog to Be When It Grows Up" 
multi link party. See you then!
BTW- One goal I forgot to include was to host a linky party. I can strike that from my list!
PS-The sweet little baby in the picture is my son . He is now 6 and no longer swims in the kiddie section.


  1. Love your goals and so happy that you are co-hosting this Friday!

    And your then-baby-now-six-year-old is adorable!



  2. Cute post! I have enjoyed the gradual changes my blog has made over time. And I KNOW how awesome I would like it to be ....


    It will happen slow but sure! Just like taking those baby steps.

    Congrats to you for hosting a linky party! Wish I could join this time, but I can't. Next party!

  3. Great goals- you keep it real and keep expectations grounded! Awesome to see you're jumping into the linky party, we hope to figure out our goals by early next week so we can join in the fun!

  4. A PRECIOUS little post! Thanks for sharing! Excited to get to know you through the "tribe!"
    Holly @ Lifeasathrifter.com

  5. Fabulous - especially the have fun part! After all, once it stops becoming fun, it becomes work! Your son is a doll!! So glad you are co-hosting our link party tomorrow.

  6. This is so great Laura!! We started our blogs at the same time. So glad to have found you now and be a part of your support system...and fun to be co-hosting together!!
    Karah - oh, and your son, adorable...how time flies

  7. I'm glad I found you through this blog party. I saw you listed as a host while I was visiting eclectically vintage and decided to pop over and be inspired. Those are some great goals!
    I'm looking forward to watching your blog grow as your newest linky follower.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  8. Sit back and relax is probably my favorite goal of yours -- that's what our blogs should be all about. Fun pictures!

  9. Thanks Laura, I'm right there with ya. I also started November 2011 and I'm still getting my feet wet, so to speak. Love the pictures of the little guy...he's adorable and the pictures are amazing!

  10. ADORABLE! What a cute way to post your goals!

  11. Time flies when it's a new baby or a new blog!


  12. You said it: Have Fun. To me that's at the crux of this blogging thing. Love the way you presented your goals.

  13. From one Laura to another...just found your blog through the link party. Love your lampshades and pictures of your beautiful home! As a newer blogger too...I am working hard at this new venture and still having fun. One of my favorite aspects is the blog community...so supportive!
    Would love for you to visit my blog
    and look forward to keeping in touch!
    Have a great weekend ~ Laura

  14. I'm your newest fan and glad to have found you because I need all the help I can get

  15. Thank you so much for joining the party and for sharing your heart! I love your authenticity and your creativity is endless. Your blog is one I want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with :)

    Have a blessed and wonderful day.

  16. i LOVE this post! love the pictures.... it all really does relate to baby steps! :)

  17. Thanks, Laura, for sharing! Your words are encouraging to me. I truly appreciate them.
    Baby steps... and just learning to swim is OK.

    I'm stopping in {for the first time} from the party and from your comment on my post. I enjoy your blog and I WILL be back! And those roses... are gorgeous. $2.99... SCORE!

    {the one who can castrate a pig :0)}

  18. Hi Laura, I finally made it by!! So happy to have found your space -- I love your goals to keep growing and having fun. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the big beautiful blogs out there, isn't it? I'll be at Haven, too, and hope we can meet up!!
    Heidi :)


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