Posted on January 15, 2019
Another year has come to a close so that means another year of MegannLouise.com has come and gone. 2018 was an eventful year for this site. Toward the end of the year, I took the bull by the horns (sorry PETA) and focused more time on writing.
When I started writing for MegannLouise.com, I had no intention of posting regularly. I just wanted a platform for me to post my work when I did write. And for roughly 75% of the time I’ve had this site, that’s exactly what I did. But now I dedicate time out of my day to work on new content. In doing this, I learned a lot about myself as a writer, creator, and individual. I know that sounds extremely corny. I’m sorry. But here’s the top 5 things I learned after I focused on my blog this year.
1. Writing isn’t always easy. And writer’s block is real.
There have been days where I’ve spent hours just trying to write an introduction or even come up with a topic. Since I’ve been writing for a long time, I know my style and whenever my brain fails me and I don’t do my best work, I get upset. I’ve spent entire days working on posts before, arguing with myself over wording or formatting. At the end of it all, I’ve felt defeated when I give in and post whatever I came up with even when I wasn’t happy with it.
And here’s the thing- writer’s block happens. It can kick your ass at the worst times but that’s how it goes. I had to learn to roll with the punches and give myself breaks while writing to recoup. Sometimes nothing would pop into my head for days or even weeks. It wasn’t pretty. I would usually go into a dark place whenever that happened. It’s pretty devastating to fall into a place where doing what you love takes a brutal toll on you. But like I said- it happens. I just had to accept that and work with what I had.
2. Writing ahead of time saves my sanity.
To piggy-back off the last point, my self-deprecation took up so much of my time and made it almost impossible for me to crank out content like I wanted. I eventually mustered up the ability to “mass produce” posts. I would write three or four posts in a day and schedule them for later dates so I wouldn’t have to worry about them the day I needed something to go up. This helped a lot during Blogmas since I had to have a post up every single day for almost two weeks. I think the best part about writing in bulk is that I can pump out a lot of content whenever I’m feeling really creative, and relax on the days where I can’t come up with anything.
3. Quality over quantity.
This one was a hard pill to swallow. Once I found time and motivation to write, I wanted to keep writing and create an arsenal of posts stocked up for scheduled posting. However, during Blogmas I realized that the short posts that didn’t take as much effort weren’t as good as the longer ones that I put more of my heart into. It took a lot out of me to know that although I was getting these posts done early, they weren’t as good as they could have been if I worked a little harder and didn’t spread myself thin.
Now I look at it as a reader instead of a writer. What would I want to read? What would I think if someone posted something like this? Would I continue to read their work?
4. It takes determination.
No successful blogger made it where they are now without determination. Slacking isn’t an option. Consistency is really important- just as important as content. Sure, breaks are great for the mind and can lead to better content, but disappearing for large chunks of time really doesn’t work. It leaves everyone wondering where you are and if you really take writing seriously. Trust me, I’ve been there. I had no motivation for this site and it ruined the great path I had made for myself. I had to almost completely start over.
5. This is a community.
I had to repeatedly remind myself that people actually read this. When I write, deep down I know that people will read it but I sometimes forget about it and throw all caution to the wind. So it’s freaky for a second when I get to meet people who read my blog and they bring up something that I forgot I wrote about. I’m always like, “HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT?!” and then it freaks them out. Sometimes I really feel like I’m writing in my diary.
I found myself heavily relying on my blog to write about my feelings. This is still true at times today. I always say that I try to remain open with my readers, and although it’s hard, it’s extremely empowering at times too. When I feel like my voice does not matter, I come here and I feel heard. I can be happy, sad, or just not myself and I know I have a community here who is willing to listen.
With that, I also had to learn how to censor myself. Although I believe it is crucial to be open with your readers, a line has to be drawn. I used to be far too open and it would ultimately backfire on me. Sometimes I post about something and look back at it later in regret. Now I have to use my better judgment whenever I write about something personal. It’s hard to hold back on occasions, but it’s for the best.
Posted on January 10, 2019
Spring semester is just days away, and it’s time to get back into college content (ugh). The break was great and I definitely needed it, but toward the end of it, I was missing school a lot. It felt like when I took a semester off and had nothing to do. Sure, I loved getting to relax and be with my family, but I also really love learning and taking notes.
For those who aren’t aware, “syllabus week” is the first week of classes every semester when professors pass out and discussing the class syllabus. It’s super nice and laid back. You normally get dismissed super early because unless your professor really sucks, they cannot stretch out a discussion about a syllabus for an hour and a half.
People like syllabus week because it eases you into the class routine after a long break, but you still have to stay on top of your shit. Here are my tips for staying on top of syllabus week this semester!
1. Go to class!
I really shouldn’t have to say this. There are so many people who skip the first class of the semester just because it’s not material you will be tested over and it’s just going over the same mundane information put into different words by different professors. But I promise you it’s a bad call. Some professors will take attendance on the first day. Whether they count that attendance for a grade or not, they’re still seeing that you made an effort which will benefit you later in the semester.
There are also times when professors will give out freebie tips and tricks to passing the semester that aren’t typed out on the syllabus. They could mention sites that will help you throughout the semester or particular things they are looking for on papers or other assignments.
2. Save the syllabi!
Never have I ever thrown away my syllabi, but I sure as hell know people who have. And to those people, I ask- why? You are handed a piece (or multiple pieces) of paper that literally has the class schedule, due dates, and contact information for your professor. You would be stupid not to cherish that thing. It’s like the roadmap to success. Just make sure you keep it in a safe place where it won’t get lost. If I use a binder, I put it in a sheet protector. If I use a folder, I put it in the left pocket where all my most important papers go.
3. Take note of important dates!
As soon as I get my syllabus, I highlight due dates for projects/homework in pink, exam dates in yellow, and any other important dates in green. I think color coding is really important because you can just glance at your syllabus and know what’s coming up.
Not only should you highlight the syllabus, but you should also write those important dates in your planner and put them in your phone. Last semester I used an app called myHomework to stay on top of my assignments so I suggest finding an app if you’re more of a tech person than a physical planner type. Or you can even use both to make sure you don’t slip up on anything.
These are just a few of my tips for taking advantage of syllabus week and staying on top of things your first week back to school! Good luck to everyone going back to get that dang degree. That’s what’s up.
Posted on January 8, 2019
I’m 20 years old and nearing the age where marriage is becoming normal.
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of my wedding day and how beautiful and sacred it would be. I still think about it from time to time. I randomly get into these moods where I open Pinterest and pin every little thing I can find that I would love to have at my future wedding. After realizing how sadly obsessed I was with it, I set my board to private. I thought it could be fun if we take some looks at the pictures I’ve pinned on my “Wedding Plans” board.
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Posted on January 6, 2019
Excuse all the “um” ticks I disperse throughout the pod. Whenever I’m recording by myself I don’t really know how to make sentences without it haha.
In this episode, I talk about my plans for the site in the new year and ask you guys for your help to make this site the best it can be! It’s also a bit of a pointless rant at times too, so buckle up.
See you guys on Tuesday!
Posted on January 2, 2019
First and foremost, happy new year everyone!
2018 was an amazing year for me. After being on and off with my writing, I made me official “return” to writing for MegannLouise. I slowly eased back into things and by the end of the year, I was comfortable enough to participate in my first Blogmas series. 12 days of writing was extremely tiring, but it didn’t scare me off. Now I’m here in the new year, still keeping up with my writing!
Every year at around this time, we are bombarded with people’s New Year’s Resolutions. I know we’re all thinking, “yeah right” every time we see one. Well, I usually don’t make resolutions because I know after the first couple of weeks I’ll give up on it (like I gave up on writing for a while). However, this year I’ve made a list of goals for this year, and by sharing them with you guys, I will feel like I’m being held accountable and I can’t give up on them. So without further ado, here is my list of goals for 2019!
- Give myself more time to relax
- Don’t push things off until the last minute (plans, school, etc.)
- Get active
- Do something out of my comfort zone
- Be more confident in myself
- Read more
- Take lots of pictures
- Eat healthier
- Drink more water
- Stop using plastic straws
- Follow a posting schedule
- Only post what makes me proud
- Be more confident in my writing
- Post at least once a week
- Meet more fellow bloggers
- Take risks with my work
Thank you all for an amazing 2018 and “return” to writing. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me. Hopefully it will be even better than the year before!
I hope everyone has a healthy, happy, and love-filled 2019. ♡
Posted on December 29, 2018
Today I had an idea to start a new series. I’m obsessed with Pinterest, so why incorporate that into my site? I’ve got a lot of boards for a lot of different things. How fun would it be if I shared my favorite pins from these boards in order to digitally collage my plans for the future? Maybe you guys won’t think it’s as fun as I do, but it’s happening anyway.
Everything I did growing up was to prepare myself for the future. I’ve been planning my dream house for years, pinning my favorite pictures on a board titled “my future home” (https://pin.it/zw5q3v2mnufyqs). I’m sure it’ll be clear once you see the photos, but I have a deep love for the farmhouse style. It’s so cozy and welcoming. I also really like neutral colors, so that will play a huge role in my future home.
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