How Complicated Doodles Can Lead To Clarity

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Recently in the “DO IT” Workshop the discussion of “blogging clarity” became a focal point.  The question was how to blend more than one blog into one.

This is a GREAT discussion because most people who start blogging online start with one blog and then create more – sometimes up to 8 blogs! I think because there’s a feeling that you have to “Compartmentalize” or separate your interests and create a blog for each interest.

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For example, if you’re interested in social media you’d have a blog for that subject, another for health and wellness, etc.

I don’t think you need to do that. I for one did have several blogs at one time and it made me nuts, hopping from one to another, keeping them all up to date. I spent so much time on this that it was really unproductive.

So Keeping the above question in mind, I have blended 3 blogs into “one”.

  1. Blog one: has my main content
  2. Blog 2: is about the calmer side of me  🙂 and health products
  3. Blog 3 is my Mentoring program and blogging/business opportunity

If you look around, you’ll see images that point to the other blogs. But it’s not overt, it’s discrete giving the illusion that it’s all one site.  To do this I did the following:

  1. I chose Blog Themes that looked similar so as not to confuse visitors
  2. I created banner images/headers that were similar in visual presentation
  3. 3. I used a plug in “Page links to” and also the “Custom Menu” to link sites, as well as images.

I believe it’s a good thing, if done in an organized way, to blend websites because it gives visitors MORE information about you all in one place. You may disagree, and of course depends on your specific niche online. Even then, I would consider blending because the internet is all about engagement and visitors getting to know WHO YOU ARE.

Displaying your varied interests is a good thing. It shows who you are in a more “holistic” way and this will set you apart from others.

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When it comes to the internet, there is no right or wrong way – you just have to go with your own opinion really, based on what you like and don’t like. I don’t think you have to do what everyone else is doing either. And, that goes for what you choose to write about on your blog. I like to be different – just because I can’t be like someone else. I can only be who I am.  Same goes for you.

It is far better to be true to yourself than follow what others are doing …

Another doodle to clarify my thoughts …

 

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The other thing to keep in mind is you are always changing. Your interests will change over time and as they do your internet presence should reflect the changes. It’s taken a while for me to develop this blogging philosophy, but it’s one I’m happy with. You just have to explore and try things out then do, create, write, what feels right to you.

Read this wonderful post by my friend Marquita Herald about being in the “Driver’s Seat”

There is flexibility in blogging. It all begins with you.  Take out some paper and draw out your ideas. Figure everything out on paper before you actually start moving and changing things on your blog – it will reduce frustration for sure when you have a plan.

Need  help? Got questions? Comment below..

Lesly Federici

 

 

 

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22 thoughts on “How Complicated Doodles Can Lead To Clarity

  1. Hi there Marilyn,
    Doodling is VERY powerful! It often speaks to you on a subconscious level and if you can tap into that it can be quite insightful. You are a very smart and creative woman. The things you’re planning and working on are impressive and I have no doubt you will accomplish them all. You’re on “Fire” Marilyn and I am very honored to be guiding you to accomplish things you’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. You have lots to share with others who struggle and don’t see a clear path. Thank you Marilyn .. 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh! No matter how hard I try to stay between the lines, my best work always ends up in a doodle! And I want lots of space to do it! In my life I have always dealt with lots of clutter. Why? Because there was always the next best thing. I was shaping myself from the outside in.

    Every trip to the grocery store pre internet days I always bought a magazine hoping maybe this magazine could fix me. Just in case I might miss something, I kept them for reference. (Calculate a weekly trip to the grocery store. In one year, that is 52 magazines in ones home taking up space with a very Large part of it advertising.) I would buy versions of what I could afford that the magazine was telling me I needed to buy in order to get organized.

    Soon I was swimming in clutter. All the clutter created chaos. As hard as I tried, none of the organizing sites spoke to me. There would be a statement that ended with ‘But First’. (Usually it was buy my product so you can do it mentality) When I think of all the energy and time I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, well it is exhausting just thinking about it! I found mind mapping about 7 years ago. It works to a point. I still couldn’t get my point across to myself what I was trying to accomplish. I literally had to ‘doodle’ myself out of my chaos! Today when I work on my paper clutter it doesn’t bother me when I come across one of my elaborate doodles to a problem. I find it interesting because it is me at work solving a problem I had at the time. Aha Moments come from it.

    With your help mentoring me through your Robinhood Mentoring program I am determined to create a website for ones that want a simple way to take care of their homes and instead let them focus on things they love to do! I intend to do this by holding workshops that will help ones get to the core of the problem. I am betting, odds are many do not understand the ‘Art Of Doodling’ and all the gifts it brings! The power of pen and paper. I’m in!

  3. Hi Lesly

    Putting my ideas on paper has always made me organised. When I try stuff from my brain it can be frustrating so I know what you mean.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  4. hehehe! you are just a piece of work my lady. Every visit to your blog gives me something new to explore ha, like I don’t have enough to do. Great tip my dear, I don’t remember the last time I doodled, but I can see how that will flow with ideas.
    Thank you for being you. My take away “IT IS FAR BETTER TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF THAN FOLLOW WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING …”
    Have a great week.

  5. Hello Lesly Hope you are doing great!
    let me get this straight,,,, you wanna know if these doodles mean something??? Nice topic.

    I loved Beths comment btw : we change and evolve and then want to create yet another blog to go with that part of our lives

    Awesome =)

  6. Hey Lesly,

    It is so true that we change and evolve and then want to create yet another blog to go with that part of our lives. I have done some of the things that you suggest for my main SimpleBoggingNetwork and my newer ThinkSimpleLife. The theme is the same, the colours, header and layout are the same. And whilst there is work to be done on both I hope people will be able to feel and see the synergies.

    Thanks for sharing your doodles and you thoughts.

    Beth 🙂

  7. I think organization is key, at least for me! Sometimes my thoughts get jumbled so I have to keep a clear head and stick to my plan to be productive.

    If my thoughts get jumbled, think of what visiting me would be like if I just through anything out there? Lol, what a nightmare! If doodling gives you clarity, I say just do it!

    Everyone is different and we need to know ourselves to stay on track.

    Deborah

  8. Awesome post Lesly 🙂
    I have to write things down as well, because it allows me to get more clear about what it is I am trying to convey, not just in my blog post, but in any post I share 🙂 You are right, what is right for you, may not be right for others and that is ok 🙂 Do what makes you happy….

  9. I love journaling and sometimes I will find myself doodling and an idea with come up that sends me right to my journal. Love the way you blended the blogs. How you did it I found interesting. The mechanics of the process and making sense with the transition from one to another. Thank you for sharing you did give me an idea for the future.

  10. Hi Ravi,
    Wonderful to see you visiting, thank you. It’s crazy I know, but some people have more than one and they don’t want to give them up. When they realize it’s a time killer, than they think about it and others insights come into awareness. One blog is ideal so I agree. Clarity comes in different ways to different people. So it just depends. Learning more – always. 🙂

  11. Hi Lesly,

    I guess great minds think alike…I do the exact same thing as you lol. If I don’t write things down like you do, I loose the thought or get so frustrated I walk away. I have to compartmentalize things on paper because my mind just doesn’t work any other way.

    I am so glad you wrote this article because now I feel normal.

    -Donna

  12. Hey Lesly,

    I have always thought about the bloggers who handle more than one blog. I mean who do they manage to write the content for the different niche.

    Blending more than one blog can be a little bit challenging. But I won’t recommend that. We need to learn more to have the clarity.

    Thanks for sharing the content.
    ~Ravi

  13. Hi Chery!
    Always great to see you visiting… I know, can you imagine having more than one blog? One IS the absolute best. So people though do, like me at one point I had 4, I know folks who had 8 – no kidding! Your blog has remained consistent with a consistent message as you mentioned which is great… and I always love your images.. keep going my friend 🙂

  14. Hi Sonia,
    Always wonderful to see you visiting … a blog is always a process, always in motion to reflect your current interests. This is just one idea to blend blogs, but I still think having just one is best to keep you sane .. thank you for the kind words …

  15. Lesly you are a very amazing lady!

    I see now what it is you have been encouraging me to do – which I have kind of been doing but without the artistic creativeness that you are explaining here.

    As you know, my blog is a work in progress but now I have read this, I have a better view of the plan I need to be making. Thank you 🙂

  16. Hi Lesly doodling is great and as a visual person I am using it all the time not just for my marketing funnels but for my cake projects as well.
    Thank you for sharing!

  17. Hello Lesly! You mean there is a meaning behind all these doodles??? HEHE Good Stuff My Friend!

    As for more then one bog at a time. Not a chance! I see nothing with sharing different information on your blog.

    For instance, My Blog Is All About Solving Life Problems, Learning How To Change Our Current Circumstances, Creating Awareness And How To Just Appreciate What We Have And How We Can Retire At Any Age With MONEY!

    Great Share.
    Thank You
    Chery :))

  18. Hi Marquita,
    Another journal writer … I agree about keeping a journal. I started keeping one when I was 16 and I must have at least 16, black and white speckled notebooks filled with my life in words. I think journaling saved me in my youth. The doodles are everywhere too .. lo. If you want to pick my brain about a membership site let me know … always great to see you visiting .. thank you

  19. You know there is a great TED Talk about the power of doodling! I don’t doodle, but I believe journaling takes the place of that for me – I’ve been a fan of journaling my whole life and advocate its use for personal growth. As far as blending your blogs, I think that makes perfect sense, cause it would certainly make me “nuts” to have to deal with multiple sites! I’m working on setting up a membership program and can already see the challenges that lie ahead. 🙂

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