DebCorner

finding joy in the journey

Category: Ramblings

Custom Sidebars and Blogging

I had more fun playing with the WPMU custom sidebars plugin today than doing any actual writing for the blog. There’s now a different sidebar for the post pages that doesn’t include the long string of Instagram pictures. Post pages are probably never going to be long enough to warrant all of that.

I then realized I didn’t have a search function on the site. So, I added one and then I added a custom sidebar for the search results. Oh yes, I do find this stuff loads of fun! This is good because when I’m not homeschooling or mothering, websites are my job!

Speaking of blogging, I’m considering moving the more blog-like posts from my professional website over to here. This is the blog. That is more of my living business card. Of course, that means I’ll need another bucket for my more geeky posts.

For now, I’ve been slowly adding in bloggable posts from my collection in Evernote. Some of them may very well have been published to this blog in one of it’s earlier iterations. When I do add those posts, I backdate them for when they were originally written.

Decisions

I’ve been trying to narrow my blog’s focus to one topic. That’s hard! Maybe my corner is meant to be more of a journal. A simple place for me to practice my writing and remembering what I learn along the way.

In that vein, I want to define the boxes into which my writing will fall into. I’ll use categories to hold these boxes of thought. I’ll try to stick to those boxes.

In pondering tags,  I found this article on WordPress helpful. I think I’ll take the tact of treating tags as a unifying set of subcategories based loosely on the topic being covered.

Category and Tag Ideas:

  1. Bible Study
    1. books of the Bible
    2. fruits of the Spirit
  2. Crafting
    1. crochet
    2. sewing
    3. cross-stitch
  3. Humor
    1. topics (ie. animals, homeschooling, etc.)
  4. Organized
    1. GTD (getting things done)
    2. services
  5. Opinions
    1. books
    2. movies
    3. games
    4. services
    5. products
  6. Ramblings
    1. topics (blogging, web admin, shower thoughts, etc.)

I didn’t order these ideas for any particular priority or preference. I’m simply brainstorming. Although I will try to stick to these 6 categories, I did not make an exhaustive list of tags. That list will build over time organically.

I’ve built many websites over the years, and I’ve dabbled in blogging for only a little bit longer. I’m considerably more experienced and skilled at building websites, than blogging. I look forward to learning more as I go along.

Making Your Loudest Voice Calmer & Your Truest Voice Stronger (excerpt)

This is an exceptional article. Here is the portion that spoke the loudest to me.

At my loudest, I was heard the least.

At my loudest, I felt the most pain.

At my loudest, I caused the most hurt.

At my loudest, my voice was most voiceless.

In those agonizing moments after my tearful, over-the-top meltdown, I’d frantically rummage through the junk drawer looking for my car keys. I needed to get away—far, far away.

One night I made it all the way out to the car. I was in my pajamas and my skin felt cold against the leather seats. I was shivering as my barefoot stepped on the gas pedal.

But I could not leave.

I went back inside to get my children. I gathered them up, one in each arm. I remember how they cried in confusion and fear. I made it to the door and realized I could not leave without my husband either. And I could not leave without my beloved calico cat, Callie. I could not leave my people.

Something needed to change.

I needed to find my voice—my truest voice—the one that could be heard … felt … and understood.

Source: Making Your Loudest Voice Calmer & Your Truest Voice Stronger by Rachel Stafford, the Hands Free Mama.

The author speaks of writing in journals, which is something I do myself. It really is incredibly helpful! If writing is not for you, and you’re curious about other ways to help you stop yelling, then check out The Orange Rhino – it’s another great resource.

Focus on One

A friend shared with me an article from this e-book*, and it really struck me.

Focusing on one task means that you simply choose one. Forget thirty. Forget ten. Choose one thing that you can do and do it…
One is a powerful number.

She goes on to describe a few scenes that could have come straight from my home. Scary and reassuring, actually.

One idea I never really fully considered though is in how I  choose the one thing I focus on doing next.

When you are able, choose the one thing that makes the biggest impact. I know you can’t always do this…

However, when you have the opportunity to start with that, do it.

Take housecleaning for example. The one task in house keeping that makes the biggest impact for me is picking up all the clutter in the main living spaces. Long time ago, I gave up on the picture-perfect (and even slightly attempted) organized play room. I have a bin in the living room to throw everything into that doesn’t belong in the living room. I take that to the kids room when it is full, dump it on the floor, and charge the kids with the task of putting their things away. It takes many days, and I often step in to help here and there. The point is that my main living spaces are not cluttered.

Even knowing this, I often choose to start the laundry or tackle the dishes first. Then, I look around exhausted and feel overwhelmed by all the clutter. For me, I need to start with the clutter.

The author, Jenny Herman, had a pretty cool blog which also had a nifty “The Power of One”** compilation. Fantastic stuff.

One final thought that keeps resonating with me is when Jenny Herman wrote:

Focusing on one does us no good if we are going it in our own strength. We need to look to God for our strength.

One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

I can do ONE thing through Christ who strengthens me.

And then…

I can do ONE MORE thing through Christ who strengthens me.

Just keep going.

One thing at a time.

* The e-book was linked, but that link is no longer available. I believe it was called “Well Planned Homeschool Avoiding Common Back to School Mistakes.”

** The blog post is no longer in existence, but she now has a book on Amazon for $3. I haven’t purchased it, and this is not an affiliate link.

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