Monday, May 20, 2013

Mission statement for your blog


Lately, I've been feeling that I just need a few extra hours in my day.  It's so hard getting everything done in just 24 hours, isn't it?  This feeling has been making me think about what's important, and what's not so important.  It's also got me thinking about my blog...why I started it, why I want to continue it, and how much I like writing every day.

I read somewhere that everyone should have a mission statement for their blog.  I totally agree with that.  I think it's easy to become lost in the shuffle of things, but if you go back to why you started, you'll be more inspired in your content.

What I want to get out of blogging

*The journaling aspect of blogging is something that I want. I love having a document of things my boys do.  It's incredible how in just a few months I forget little things, so I'm grateful that I can look back and revisit those moments. 

*Ongoing inspiration is something that I want out of blogging. I love being inspired to create new content.  It's so much fun to pull from past experiences and research topics to come up with ideas like How to Spring Clean your Closet and Ways to Raise a Southern Gentleman.  Those, and other "how-tos", were so fun to create and I hope to do more in the future.

*Connecting with people is something that I want to get out of blogging.  I have met incredible people through my blog.  People who inspire me to be better, who make me laugh, and who are wonderful examples. 

What I want you to get out of this blog

When you come to this site, I want you to be inspired, but want you to also realize that life happens and things aren't perfect.

*I want you to know that it's ok that your toddler not only throws himself to the floor during a temper tantrum at the library, but licks the rug while he's down there.

       But want to encourage you to keep taking him so that he learns how to behave properly in public.

*I want you to know that I understand that putting on a pair of sweatpants is the coziest decision; you're tired, and you have a billion things to do...

      But want to encourage you to find easy, comfy, AND cute pieces to wear out so that you'll feel like a million bucks.

*I want you to know that I'm someone who understands the importance of true art...I've been trained in it, I appreciate it, and I enjoy it.

     But that I also enjoy a good, juicy season of the Bachelor. 

*I want you to take away the fact that I love my boys more than I ever imagined loving someone.  I'm the mom who takes them with me everywhere because I miss them too much when I'm away
     
     But I also want to stress the importance of "you" time and date nights and taking care of just you!


Those are just some things that I hope you get out of my blog...and just some of the things that I hope to continue to get out of my own blog.

So, with all that being said, and in summary, my mission statement is: 

"To create and inspire by sharing ideas, tips, and tender moments from everyday experiences."

If you're a blogger, have you created a mission statement for your blog?

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!!

41 comments :

Megan said...

I created a blog mission a few months ago because I felt like I was off track a lot. I was just writing "fluff" instead of good content. It's really helped me. Mine is similar to yours-it's about the things that I find inspiring and I want to use that to inspire others.

Annie said...

Loved reading this Ashley! I definitely look getting a peek into your life, seeing your outfits, and reading your how tos :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Sofia Donatelli said...

You baby is adorable! What a great blog you have.
If you get a sec, check out my latest post 'Keeping it Colorful'. I would love to read what you think. Thank you.

Hope you had a great weekend.
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

Helene said...

I love the idea of a mission statement!! and i am so with you on needing more hours in the day! i feel just like that right now. and a mission statement, i need one of those too!

jenmalonee said...
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jenmalonee said...

It's a good reminder that small children are hard to take care of....and that it's not just my kid :)

Glad The Tiny Heart sent me! :)

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

love your mission statements! esp the toddler tantrum one... as always, you've given me something to think about. hmm, mission statement...

Rebecca said...

Same here, Ashley. Over the past year, I've seriously evaluated what's important in my life and have put my energy towards my high priorities. Good for you for making a mission statement! I might do that, too.

Kouponing Kayla said...

What a great post! I really like your mission statement, too. It is definitely great to have one of these for your blog which means I need to think about and create one for mine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

Amy Shaughnessy said...

I think this is such a great idea. I agree with everything you said. You are awesome Ashley.

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Erin E. said...

This is exactly what I needed to read this morning! The Tiny Heart sent me.

Hugs,
Erin

Tyne Swedish said...

Ash the part about licking the rug literally made my eyes water I was laughing so loudly! That's perfect! Oh little boys! I nephews would do that and more but now they are older they are the most well adjusted kids and perfectly comfortable in being themselves in private and public.
I love this Ash! I too have been thinking about what I want my blog to do and what I want others to get out of it. The jury at this point is still out.

Poppie
http://thepoppie.com

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

This is so true! And I can definitely see how much you love your boys so much!!

Rachel said...

I've had a headline/tagline for marketing purposes, but never a mission statement (which is much more meaningful). It's something I now want to think about!

Always Maylee said...

Such a great idea to have a mission statement, I will definitely have to give more thought to that!

Haha, I also think it's hilarious that your toddler licked the rug at the library - sorry, I know it's probably not funny while it's happening, but looking back, you have to just laugh! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Kayla Peveler said...

A few more hours in the day would be really nice ;) I really love this idea. I need to get on it!

Yours is PERFECT! Just like you, ma'am!

TheTinyHeart said...

Such a great idea to have a mission statement for your blog/your readers. I have to do this!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Target Giveaway!

Sam M said...

For a moment I read that as I want to get out of blogging, and I was like NOOOOOOO, and then I re read it. I'm glad you're not getting out of blogging.

Talisha Reupena said...

I love this! I've never thought of making a mission statement for my blog. Thanks for sharing!!

Cortne said...

I am on the same page! I am working on coming up with my mission statement the last week. I love yours!
Cortne

B said...

I had never thought of that before but it is a great idea!

PS I love the look with your hair curled and those glasses...so cute!

still being [molly] said...

love this, ashley!! i actually have a mission statement but i've never thought about sharing it! you just may have inspired me to do that!

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

what a perfect mission statement. i am so bad at summarizing things. it's a skill i really need to work on.

helen said...

ashley, this is so great! i have never thought about have a blog mission statement, but after all, we ought to be intentional with all that we take on. love your mission statement - so inspiring!

Kimberly said...

I love this! While I haven't done it officially, I have thought about it and I realized I'm getting everything I want out of my blog, despite having only 25 followers :)

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

What great tips, I really want to make one!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

michelle wong said...

What a great post. awesome idea. good perspective and thoughts. The Tiny Heart sent me

Tiffany said...

Wow! I need to think about this!! You truly DO inspire me so much Ash! Keep being inspirational! :)

Sarah Benson said...

I haven't created one yet but you have inspired me to do so! You are one beautiful and inspiring woman to us all Ashley!

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

I might, I just might create one one day.

But honestly girl, I just saw the first picture of you, and your smile.. and I thought.. "my gosh she is beautiful.." and then I thought.. "i love this girl.."

so your mission is beyond successful in my book.

Head to Toe Chic said...

love your mission statement!!! i never thought of creating one before but it's such a good idea!

xo,
Angela

Alix said...

I love your mission statement! I think I might do the same. I think I just need a little direction:) Thank you for inspiring me!

Kristen said...

great mission statement! As I was reading it, I kept thinking, yes, yes, yes! You already do all of those things :)

Catherine Bailey said...

This is a great post Ashley! I struggle with keeping perspective on my blog all the time. I enjoy growing it with giveaways and promos but at the same time that wasn't why I started it. It's hard to keep that balance!

Setarra said...

I think your mission statement embodies your blog perfectly! That one sentence hits every point :)

Caroline said...

A really useful post! Really serves to make me think about why I'm writing and updating my blog... thanks, Ashley!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I love that you have a mission statement for your blog! Well written. We have a mission statement for our marriage - I'm not sure why I don't have one for the blog!

rooth said...

I really like this story and how you've thought through all these things. Obviously we all love reading your blog because of it

Emmy said...

Well I think you are doing an amazing job with your blog-- I called it a couple of years ago- or maybe it was just a year lol time blends together- when I said you were an up and coming blogger. :)

Cortne said...

Ashhhhleeey, the crocs. NO! JK, you rock whateva you wear. Just don't bring them to my house when you visit. heehee. Are we still friends?
Cortne

Jenny @ Spry On The Wall said...

Oh my gosh, Ashley this is amazing! You are really a bright light in the blogging world! I love your mission statement so much and you are totally fufilling that on your blog. I need to work on a mission statement myself. Great post!!! Oh and you have your Crocs, well I have my Birkenstocks - ugly, yes but the most comfortable things on the planet and I happily rock them every chance I get!

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