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  1. Sharon O'Day
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    I’m on my first blog, Rebecca. And I’ve been writing weekly articles for 80+ weeks straight. There are some weeks where I have to dig into a “swipe file” of idea generators I keep, and I find myself writing late Sunday night for Monday delivery. But other weeks the articles seem to write themselves, almost sucking the words out my fingers on the keyboard. What I attribute my resilience to is the fact that my topic is one that touches me personally and deeply, and that relates to many aspects of my life. Has it changed over time? Yes. Because so have I. 😉

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Sharon, you make such an excellent point here and that is that the topic you write on touches you on a deep and personal level and that it impacts you in many different aspects of your life. That no doubt really helps a lot because then every where you go, you are provided with inspiration for your next blog post.

      Thanks for stopping by, as always, Sharon!

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  2. Robert Seth
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    Nice article Rebecca. I always enjoy how you address these kind of issues that I know many people deal with. This is practical and straight-forward advice that should be useful to anyone struggling with this question. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Eddie Gear
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    It took me quite sometime to realize that there is a lot to the type of blog you write. I had changed my blog topic or focus so many times that I eventually had to close down my blog and start fresh. The best way to avoid this is to take refresher courses in Blogging and social media every year.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Eddie,

      I love the idea of taking refresher courses in both blogging and social media every year. I would think doing so would not only remind ourselves of things we have perhaps forgotten, but also provide some good motivation to keep going.

      To some degree, the main we we learn is by doing, and I think you were growing and figuring out who you were as you kept trying different things. That can be a frustrating thing to experience, but it seems that it has paid off for you as you eventually discovered the right topic for your blog. Thanks for stopping by!

      Rebecca

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  4. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
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    My blog has changed a lot since I first started. I had just lost my job while on Maternity leave, had an infant, was a full-time online student, and it was a bad economy. Yikes, right?

    So, I started my blog as a business. I shared great tips on how I was making it on the strictest possible budget – but while still having fun. Lots of freebies, deals, etc.

    But – It evolved. I realized that while I used coupons well, and save around 40% of our grocery bill each week with them, I’m not an expert. And others were. And there were so many other things that I wanted to share. So I gave it some thought, and realized that what my passion really was about was just in helping moms live better. So my new tagline was born –

    Smart Solutions for Busy Moms

    This includes frugal and budgeting tips, as well as info about high-end items that ARE worth the extra cash. I support other moms in business by sharing their great products in reviews and giveaways, and writing articles with tips on how to boost your business. I share personal stories on how I solve the work/life balance, on homemaking tips that save me time, and easy peasy recipes that totally rescue you on a busy night at dinnertime.

    I now get to write on all the topics that I have passion about, while still having a theme that ties it together!

    Your tips here are perfect – and can help everyone who’s feeling stuck at a brick wall with their own blog. Don’t like something? Change it! 🙂

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Meagan, you make some excellent points here. You have found a great way to incorporate many different aspects of your life into one blog. This is great because you might be hard pressed to write consistently on just one topic and yet blogs that are totally random seem to fall flat. Instead, you’ve managed to take many different aspects of your life and put them under one umbrella in a way that make perfect sense. Brilliant! But you did have to go through a process to figure that out. I believe that is a common process for those who blog. We learn and define ourselves only by taking action. Thanks so much for stopping by, Meagan. I appreciate your thoughtful comment and your perspective!

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  5. Kathy
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    Great advice! When I started my first blog it was more for therapy than anything else. As it evolved and I healed, I saw it was time to turn it into something else.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Kathy, you make a great point here and that is that as you evolved, so did your blog. My blog is fairly new, and I have a feeling that it will only come into its own as I consistently write. It’s almost like I’m discovering who I am through the writing process. In my opinion, that is part of the beauty of a blog. Thanks so much for your comment, Kathy!

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  6. Marie Anne
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    I’ve got several blogs and they’re ever evolving. They’re fickle, like me.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Marie Anne, I thankfully only have one blog at this point, because I’ve learned that I simply can’t keep up with more than one. I have a hard enough time with one! But your comment about your blogs being fickle just like you sure brought a smile to my face! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  7. Lana
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    Good advice Rebecca. You can always start a second blog too. 🙂

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      So true, Lana, about being able to start a second blog. At my present rate, though, I’m doing good to keep up with one! Thanks so much for stopping by, Lana. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

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  8. Shawn
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    Great advice. I loved the quote too.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Shawn,

      I think the quote resonates with so many people because we’ve all had times in our lives when we’ve headed the wrong direction and need to make a change. The quote gives us hope that it’s never too late to do that.

      Thanks for stopping by, Shawn. I appreciate your comment!

      Rebecca

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  9. Joselyn
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    Thanks for this post as I am exploring ways to change the direction of my DIY blog. I want to write about everyday things along with my creative pursuits. Wondering about the best way to do that. Definitely want to rename my blog and create a new web address and automatically direct my current followers by changing the IEP address. Rather not start all over.

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