Favorite Post you wrote: “Do Less With More Focus” Wow, I just reread it and got chills again!! Haha. I make myself laugh… you know when you learn a lesson and then after some time you don’t go all the way back but you make little steps backward? Yeah. I need to read this post every couple of months to make sure I’m on track. This post is special to me for a couple reasons. It was one of the very first posts I published on our new 47 Grove site! The topic is highly personal and I’d never really talked about my health or lessons learned from it in public. A few months later I spoke about this same topic in a retreat session. It was sort of a big deal for me! I wanted to share so badly so that others can learn from me and save themselves some trouble. I hope it helped someone.
Favorite Post Kendra wrote: “Grove Style: Give me Fall!” I looooooove Kendra’s more recent post on Fall wardrobe and Fall festivities! I felt like it represented our brand perfectly. Style, Fall, tea, fun! Her outfit photos were on point (loves it) and Kendra and her girlfriends were celebrating together at beautiful tea house. To top it all off they visited this pumpkin farm… it’s just so FALL!!! So gorgeous!!! Plus, Ken is a model so that doesn’t hurt! Honestly it’s really hard to choose between Kendra’s more personal or thought provoking posts and her fun posts. This one is sort of in-between.
Top two lessons learned: One, you won’t produce professional top quality content overnight. Should this kind of be a “duh” statement? Obviously. Yet, I still sometimes get frustrated when my “photoshoots” don’t come out like I envisioned or a craft goes wrong. It’s all apart of the process. It’s called “lifestyle” blogging and nobody’s life looks picture perfect all the time. It’s like I knew that but I didn’t. I didn’t realize how much work it is to put together a great post. It’s honestly an ART! It is doing art with a purpose. Two, planning is everything. I learned that I need a posting schedule and to plan ahead to get quality posts out. I can sometimes in the moment write something like a “real talk” or discuss a topic that’s on my heart. However, for those crafts or DIY posts I need time and planning for materials, the right lighting, upcoming holiday, etc. Either way, my life is so full and can be so incredibly busy that I need that posting schedule to keep me on track. Just because I like to blog and to write and to craft doesn’t mean I’ll naturally and easily pull off a post. Blogging is a real job!
Favorite thing about being a blogger: The community! I absolutely love being apart of The Peony Project. Love those ladies! The blogging community as a whole is so encouraging, understanding, and uplifting. I had piddled around with blogging for a while but had never tried to make anything out of it. It was more like journaling in public! With 47 Grove we really found out how involved this lifestyle blogging is and I was so thankful to have a huge support system in the blogging community. Whenever I pour my heart into a post and work on it all night it’ll often be one of my peony sisters who leaves a comment and makes my whole week! Thanks buddies :]
Favorite Post you wrote: “The First Year is the Hardest… or is it?” This was my favorite post because it just flowed out of me. It was one of the few posts that came naturally right out of my heart to my finger tips on the computer. This is not only because I am very passionate about my marriage but marriage is a hot topic for me. I want to see other couples live in healthy life giving marriages ESPECIALLY as a young person and as a Christian. When we started 47 Grove this topic was already on my mind and had been brewing in me for some time. I love talking about marriage as it relates to our faith and our age group.
Favorite Post Kim wrote: “Is it me against the world?” This is my favorite because it’s one of those posts that doesn’t have a step by step process or any “guidelines”. It’s just Kim and her honest feelings about what’s going on in her world. She wasn’t concerned with making a “how to” or something more planned that bloggers say do better on pinterest or whatever. I love the raw honesty.
Top two lessons learned: First lesson, don’t let the frustration get you down! (Okay, I admit I’m still working on learning this one). Blogging has definitely been more involved that I initially thought. It’s hard work. I have to realize even when I feel inadequate or feel I don’t have what it takes to be a successful blogger that everyone starts somewhere. I just need to take a breath, calm down, and remember why I started doing this. I enjoy blogging! I want to continue to love it and use it as an avenue of expression. When wordpress isn’t cooperating or I can’t get a good feature photo I just have to breathe and work it out! Do the best I can and move on. Second lesson, my posts can’t always be about what I believe other people might want to hear. I have to write about topics that are real, that I am passionate about, and what I WANT to write about. I’m not doing this to make other people happy. I’m doing this because it’s fun, I can do it with my sister, and hopefully people will love and appreciate our posts.
Favorite thing about being a blogger: I love having an outlet for creativity. I would go crazy without it. I was born to be a creative.
We are shocked to learn our Top 5 most read posts in this order were:
1) The Truth About Working From Home
2) #47realtalk: Bikini Battle
3) DIY Molkky Set – the Best Lawn Game ever!
4) #47realtalk: Dealing with Grief… still
5) Ring Bling: Finding your Dream ring!
We’re shocked only because if we were to guess what our most read posts were the five we just listed would have never been our guess! I think Kendra was right when she said it’s not always about posting what we “think” other people want to read. It’s a wonderful surprise to receive your comments on our posts and encouragement on social media. Thank you readers! It’s been a joy to look back over the last year to see how far we’ve come. We are anxiously awaiting the next year and would love your feedback! What have you loved about 47 Grove over the last year? What has brought you back? What do you want to hear more of?
Outfit details for Kim:
Neck Cowl: Rebecca’s Etsy Shop “Studio 3125”
Socks: Christmas Tree Shop
Outfit details for Kendra: