The Gifted Blog

February 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions: January Update


Here's a quick check-in on my 2010 resolutions for The Gifted Blog.

1) Write a gift wrap tutorial. - Check!
It's a short one, to be sure, but I provided instructions for an easy paper-covered gift basket in this post. And I'm not sure if this counts as a tutorial, but I tried to write about this gift from an instructional (vs. solely personal) point of view. This is a resolution I plan to continue to work on.

2) Write a guest post for a blog I admire. - Pending
I received a kind initial offer to guest post, but nothing has been finalized yet. In the meantime, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for potential collaborators and some great material to pour into a guest post.

3) Teach another workshop. - Pending
For some reason I haven't been very motivated to put legs on this one. At this point, waiting for inspiration.

4) Learn from better bloggers. - In process
My resolution was to apply some teaching points from "31 Days to Build a Better Blog" (31DBBB) by Problogger. It took a while to get started because the first lesson, Day 1: Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog, gets at one of my weaknesses: summarizing succinctly. (Yes, I did have to rewrite that to whittle it down to two words!)

But the result is the new tagline for The Gifted Blog: "Fresh, thoughtful, and green gift wrapping ideas"! With help from Hanna and my husband, I think it much better describes what the blog is all about.

The Day 1 lesson also led to the creation of a new About page. Many thanks to Shannon of Make It, whose post about race and the craft world encouraged me to add my photo to the sidebar. The 31DBBB lessons have been informative and challenging. I will continue tackling them, one at a time.

What about you? Any gift-wrapping goals you are working on?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Charissa, Thanks for stopping by! You have a nice gift wrapping blog!! Kyoto is my favorite city in Japan. I used to visit Kyoto almost every weekend while staying in Osaka for 9 months. Enjoy your trip!

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