One Month of Blogging!

As of today, I have officially been blogging for one month! And what a month it has been! When I first began, I had a goal of reaching 1,000 blog views in my first month. Well as I write this, I am standing at 2,576 views! I far exceeded my goal, and I owe that to those of you who have been consistently reading my posts. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement  I have received from everyone. Not only my from family; but friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers. I have received so many nice comments and I am extremely thankful for that…it makes me proud of what I’ve done so far, and more motivated to keep on writing.

I had wanted to start a blog for years, but I always put it off because I never knew what to write about. I never knew what should be the central theme of my blog… Running? Sports? Music? Etc, etc? Well, I never really picked one particular thing; and I just decided to write about my life, my stories, and my thoughts. This blog really has no identity; its just a big bunch of randomness. I didn’t really think people would be interested in reading my stories, but I guess some people are, based on my success this month. It really means a lot to me that people enjoy reading my stories and can relate to them in their own right. That’s all I’m really trying to do… Write about things that will make people smile, think, and reflect.

I’m going to keep writing about whatever the heck is on my mind that particular day. BUT I would like to accommodate my readers. I am posting a poll, and I want to know which topics you would like to see more of. I’m featuring the topics that have been popular, based on views, likes, and comments. Anyway, I would really appreciate your feedback! Let me know what you want to see more of!

Again, thank you all so much for joining me and supporting me on this ride! You all have made this such an enjoyable experience for me. Blogging has become my biggest hobby, writing is the highlight of my day, and most importantly this has become an outlet for me to express myself. I can’t wait for many, many more months of blogging! I hope they are all as great as the first!

All my love…

xoxo Katie

 

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Vacation Plans

Told you I would be back soon!! The good thing is I am currently on vacation, so I have lots and lots of time. I am with my boyfriend, Tucker’s family down in Cape Carteret, North Carolina. His grandparents live down here in a house by the water, it is absolutely beautiful.

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The only negative thing is that its supposed to be rainy all week. So we can’t go out swimming and boating like we normally would, but it does allow a lot of time for some relaxation! Which I definitely need right now. While I catch up on my rest, I hope to actually accomplish something along the way. As you may have noticed, my blog got a bit of a makeover! I think it looks cleaner, and a little cuter too 🙂 Also, I’m hoping the relaxing atmosphere around here will give me lots of thoughts, which will translate into good writing!

Actually, I’m taking part in something really cool starting tomorrow… Camp NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is November. Every November, thousands and thousands of writers gather together on the site with one common goal: complete a novel in one month. Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer special, and it takes place in the month of July! Pretty cool, huh? Writing a novel has always been a goal of mine, but is never something I have actually taken on. I’m hoping this will be a good place to start. I might not write a very good novel, and I might not finish it in the month allotted, but it is a cool challenge that will better my writing skills, so I am all in! If you are interested, you still have six and a half hours to sign up, so get on it people! Challenge yourselves 🙂

So I’m hoping this vacation will prove to be relaxing and productive, and hopefully the sun will come out soon! I’m looking forward to some good sun, fun, and writing 🙂

Until next time!

xoxo Katie Lou

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Come One, Come All

Hello everyone and welcome to katie lou & other things too! Just the fact that you even clicked on this link means a lot to me, so thanks for visiting! For those of you who don’t already know, my name is Katie or “Katie Lou” as the title suggests. Katie Lou is a name my family has called me for years… It comes from my full name, Kathryn Louise. I have always loved it 🙂 The title is something cute I thought of… My little brother, Will thinks it sounds like the title of the newest Winnie the Pooh movie, but I am totally on board with that. Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh?

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I’m really excited about this, because I have wanted to start a blog forever. I absolutely love to tell stories. My poor family has had to deal with my constant rattling off of stories (most of which have been repeated numerous times) throughout my entire life. I guess its about time to begin sharing those stories with someone else! Also, I am very passionate for writing. I have always loved to write, but a series of great high school English teachers really helped me improve my writing skills. In the future, I hope to teach high school English while pursuing writing on the side. Maybe this blog will help launch my writing career? Or maybe it will just help me improve my writing further… Either way is a win for me 🙂

So why did I decide to start a blog now? Well, I am in the midst of some big life changes. This Fall, I will be transferring from the University of South Carolina to James Madison University. I’m essentially getting a fresh start, so there’s no better time than this to begin! In the past, whenever I thought of writing a blog I always struggled with what to actually write about. I live the life of a typical 18 year old girl, there is nothing too exciting or interesting about it. I never really thought people would want to actually read about my life. But then I thought to myself, so what? This blog could become the next internet sensation, and would enjoy writing just as much if not a single person ever read it. I’m doing this for myself, to make me happy, and that’s the way it should be. Who cares if its just a simple blog about my life? I think my girl Pam Beasley said it best:

There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of ideas in my head that I’m just waiting to get out. And I’m really excited for this next journey in my life, and I’m hoping to share it with all of you (if there are actually any of you out there…) So if you’re reading, I hope you will join me on this ride! Until next time…

xoxo Katie Lou