Starting a new blog is very much like moving into a new home. There's the excitement of a fresh beginning, of being able to mold this space into the place of your dreams. You have so many ideas of what you're going to put where, what type of wallpaper you're going to use, which pictures you're going to use to decorate. You imagine blissfully all of the ooohh!s and ahhhh!s that you've breathed over everyone else's space being lavished over yours.
You write your first post, you edit and re-edit it. After fiddling with the fonts and colors and layouts, you've finally gotten it the way you want it. You're very, very proud of yourself and you're more than satisfied at how it turned out. That is until you go back and look at what everyone else has done. Not a good idea. It's as if you have all of your moving boxes piled up in the various rooms of your new home, your color swatches taped up to the walls and then pulling out your Martha Stewart inspired collage board, realize that what you planned is all wrong.
As the first wave of what was I thinking fades away, you look again at the board and realize not everything off. It's a good start, it just needs to be tweaked a little. It's going to take some time to figure out where to put it all but it will turn out. It's not going to look like everyone else's but it's not suppose to. It's going to look like you, sound like you and feel just like you. In spite of the fact you've picked out the wrong wallpaper, you've made the right decision. Everything you've packed up and brought with you will find it's rightful place.
You begin to relax. You can do this.
You take a deep breath and open the first box.