Today I write my 100th post on my super-duper-mess of a blog. I thought about what I wanted to write in order to celebrate it but was kind of stuck. Just as I was thinking of making a list of my 100 favourite things (boring), I was rescued by an email from WordPress; a while ago I signed up for an online course for beginners – ‘blogging 101’ – and the email said the course was about to start. Not great timing for me, as I was away, but as I returned I got straight into ‘lesson 1’, which says “Introduce Yourself to the World”.
Now you may be thinking “it’s your 100th post, if you haven’t introduced yourself to the world yet what have you been doing?”. I hear you, but it’s not like that, I have done a little introduction, although it feels like a million years ago. However, whenever I mention to people that I write a blog they always ask me ‘oh what’s your blog about?’ and my answer is a as random as I am, something along the lines of ‘you know, life…’
So I thought maybe the 100th is the perfect post to ‘revisit what I said in the begging’ (as they advise in the course) and go from there… let’s get to it.
“Dreaminess means ‘given to daydreams or reverie’. But it can also mean ‘Informal Inspiring delight’ or ‘wonderful’. And that’s precisely what this blog is about. DreamInes is about inspiring and being inspired. To make the most of life. To being happy. Most of all it’s about the journey. It’s about finding good things, things that make us happy – dreamy food, dreamy travel, dreamy people (etc.) – meeting inspiring people and telling stories.
I warn you though, there will also be nightmare stories because after all, there’s no light without dark, and no journey would ever be fun without it’s bumps.”
Hopefully it’s the beginning of something good, and will bring you happiness as well. So stick around.”
Pretty ambitious I see. Let’s take this step by step:
Is the blog about inspiring and being inspired? I am not sure. Most of the time, I do write about things that inspire me – people’s ideas, beautiful places, amazing delicious meals, important people and moments in my life, and things I believe in… and sometimes I just ramble on. So the main question is, is it inspiring at all? I am not sure, you tell me (cheeky, I know). The feedback I do get is really positive, and that’s good enough for me.
To make the most of life to being happy. Ha I tricked you here. I was already an extremely happy person when I started the blog and I do try to make the most of everyday. So I guess the doubt is, do I talk about it on the blog? Maybe not enough and maybe I need to talk a bit more – so there’s a nice action point: to talk more about carpe diem and happiness (I am actually reading the Art of Happiness, and I can’t wait to share my ‘attempts of training the mind for happy’, seriously it’s hilarious).
The journey and the dream. I think I kind of messed up on this one, I am not really good at keeping an update on all that’s happening, but most of the time it’s because I don’t really know where I am going – and that I have shared loads of times. I do say in my ‘About’ section that the blog is also about finding my ‘one dream’, however since I started Dreamines.co I decided not to really stress about the destination anymore, I realised that the journey is what matters (to me). So maybe action point two is to redraft the About section and talk more about the journey.
Finally, my messed up sections Food, Travel, People, Stories… ah it’s all very messy I know, but for now I’ll leave it as it is. I have stopped ‘Foodie Wednesdays’, even though it was one of my most popular features, because I found out that I simply don’t like writing recipes. I find it really boring (sorry). Nonetheless I’ve kept the ‘Food’ section because I absolutely love food, eating, cooking, so I figured out other ways to talk about it, mostly recommending restaurants and places I go to. As for travel, which is not as populated as I wished, I do plan to write more about it, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet… action point three.
Does Dreamines.co bring other people happiness? I don’t know. I know my husband loves it, but he kind of has to. But I do hope in the long term it does make someone else happy, it makes someone smile, cry (in a good way) or even just think. That it touches someone else’s life in a way, I guess.
So going back to “Introduce yourself to the world” I guess that:
I am still Ines, I am still bubbly and happy, and I am still about inspire and being inspired…
Maybe my blog isn’t useful at all for anyone but myself, but I can’t begin to explain the joy of writing and how proud I feel about my 100th posts. So if that’s OK with you, I’ll keep on writing.