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When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

Let’s face it, any job can become boring; blogging isn’t exempt from that. Sure, us bloggers love blogging, but like any job, it can have it’s drawbacks. I suppose the greatest thing about blogging is that even while I am not “actively working” on my blog, my blog is still working for me.

But, we all know that nothing remains stagnant. Unless one is actively trying to better something, over time it will degrade. As evidenced in my lack of posting, I have not been working on this blog. I have so many topics I want to discuss, but I often feel like putting them here isn’t the right choice.

So….. The time has come to move on. I will no longer be blogging at Life as a Convert.

Please note that Life as A Convert is not shutting down completely… The Life as a Convert domain will remain open, but from now on, I will be posting at AdukeSchulist.com

Social Media Transfers

I have already changed all of my social media over to the new AdukeSchulist moniker. Some of you may have already noticed the change on social media. I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Please note the YouTube URL is still “LifeAsAConvertTV” but the name has changed to Aduke Schulist.

Aduke Schulist - lifestyle blogger

Why did I choose Aduke Schulist?

Simply enough, Aduke is a second name and Schulist is my last name. I wanted something that didn’t back me into a corner.

There was nothing at all wrong with Life as a Convert. In fact, it lead to many discussions about my religion, and I created it as a way to share my life and my religion with others, but I felt increasingly with the “convert” part that I should be doing more religious posts. I don’t particularly feel that the Life as a Convert name backed me into a religious corner because it encompassed all of my life, but many readers came looking for religious material or wondering what I am “converting”.

Have you ever re-branded your blog?

Being such a small blogger made it easier to switch things over, but I imagine a bigger brand would likely have more troubles.

Don’t forget to add AdukeSchulist.com to your blog readers and check for new posts every Friday at 8 am Central Standard Time.

Shooting in Manual – Nikon D3100

Shooting in Manual – Nikon D3100

One of my goals for YEARS now has been to learn how to shoot in manual mode with my Nikon D3100. I previously had a point and shoot capable of shooting in manual and was learning with it until it broke. Since then, I have not made any big attempts at shooting in manual mode with my Nikon D3100. For whatever reason, manipulating the point and shoot manual settings was MUCH easier than the Nikon D3100. It has taken me years just to figure out how to change the ISO quickly. And now that I have figured it out, I am kicking myself! All it took was one well written article online that I really understood and then I got it.

I’ve spent the last few days with my camera getting familiar with the settings and learning how to shoot in manual. I am still not comfortable quickly recognizing which settings I need to be using as is evidenced in my pictures, but I have confidence that this is the year that I finally get somewhere!

 Shooting in Manual Mode - Nikon D3100 by Life as a Convert

As a blogger this is fantastic because it sometimes takes me 10+ minutes trying to get ONE shot on auto mode because of where the camera chooses to focus or depth of field or poor lighting or whatever. Now, I will actually have a little bit of say in how my shots turn out.

Having said all that – I wanted to share my first pictures from shooting in manual with you guys and then continue sharing as I go along. Hopefully we will all be able to see my progress. These pictures show 2 of my children, Aybra and Losh. The pictures of Aybra were all taken at the park on the same day and around the same time, but as you can see, she was on the move. This gave me great practice with switching the settings to accommodate the different light. I find it very awkward to change my aperture and am getting it mixed up with the buttons for ISO. I assume youtube may have some tutorials that would help me but have not ventured there yet.

These are all straight out of the camera. – Learning how to edit will be the next step.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Aybra and her teddy.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Aybra swinging.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100 Swinging…

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100 Ignoring me and still swinging..

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Crossing a bridge. I had trouble keeping up with settings here.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Losh inside the house. Highest ISO possible. I never would have attempted this in manual before.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Losh outside. Lower ISO and a lot less grain.

Feel free to share any tips or tricks you may have for me. I understand the general concept of the different settings and am aware of the rule of thirds, but feel like I can’t always pull it off and do not have a creative eye when it comes to setting up shots. I am not trying to make this a business, but have always longed to take “pretty pictures”.

Do have shoot in manual mode?

Did you find it easy to learn? 

Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Progress.

This is a phrase I say often. I don’t believe in Perfection, and teaching my kids that if they practice something they will perfect it seems wrong to me. Instead, we strive for progression.

Practice Makes Progress - A gentle reminder that perfection isn't required

As you saw in my 2016 goals post, I didn’t quite complete all of my 2015 goals, but I did make progress. I think part of that was because I just simply didn’t look back/read them often enough. To avoid that, I have printed my 2016 goals out and hung them in my bedroom where I will see them everyday as a reminder of what I want to accomplish.

Nevertheless, I wanted to share the progress of my 2015 goals. I added notes for some goals inside parenthesis. I plan on completing the list in 2016. I put a strike through the goals that were completed.

2015 Goals Progress:

Delete old blog posts – edit/bump some others for SEO (Deleted some, but didn’t edit any for SEO)
Make better/Pinnable images 
Blog 1-2 times weekly with focus on Reach and interaction (I think I averaged 1 post a week overall if that counts)
Set up social media scheduled shares
Update social media kit regularly
Promote YouTube channel more!! (Though not as much as I should have, I did get better at this)
Clean sidebar including: About Me. Popular Posts
Define and stick to my niche
Reach level 50 in Diablo 2 :)
Read 12 new books for FUN I read 41 books in 2015.
Complete my 30 before 30 list
Learn new makeup techniques
Complete 12 craft/DIY projects
Teach Aybra to read!
Teach Losh to write his last name and 1-20
Serve others
Save save save (Saved and then drained it.. so while not a complete failure, it ended up being a fail)
Create more income (Need steady income)
Build more friendships
Create more worksheets
Take family pictures (Selfies don’t count!)
Day and Night family prayer
Visit the zoo – maybe a new one
Visit a new park
Swim more  (We didn’t swim much, but more than the previous year, so I am counting this as a success)

Did you complete all of your 2015 Goals? 

I find it easier to complete my goals if I make them according to what I am already focused on doing.

2016 Goals and Word of the Year

2016 Goals and Word of the Year

Welcome to another year and me sharing my 2016 goals!!

Same me; new goals.

As usual, I am keeping my 2016 goals simple and focusing on things that I am already working on. Last year I had a similar strategy with goals that would be easy to achieve.. tho I did fail on completing all of them. This year’s goals are also easy to achieve, yet things that will benefit my life in some way.

Here we go!

2016 Goals and Word of the Year - by Life As A Convert

Bake pies and deliver to strangers.
This may be a totally selfish goal but it sounds very charitable, right? I want to learn how to make a good pie crust, but also not get fat in the process. This way, I can bake, and make other people fat. Win-Win!

Record 3 videos in public.
I vlog all the time in public, but making videos in public has been something that I have not done yet. For the longest time I have wanted to do some videos in public. I have a few ideas in mind, but nothing actually planned yet.

Read 30 books.
I set a goal last year to read 12 books and went way over my goal. This year I will be happy with 30.

Shoot more in Manual.
This is somewhat of a long-standing desire. I would like to get more familiar with my camera and learn how to shoot in manual. Learning how to edit would be the next thing.

Take a vacation.
Even if it is just a weekend away, we need a vacation! We didn’t leave the state at all last year. This year, we must remedy that. I want to take the kids to the beach.

Family Pictures!
This one was on my list last year, but I failed to make it happen. I am in desperate need of some updated family pictures. We usually take them in the Fall, so I guess that gives me plenty of time to plan.

Dinner Parties with FRIENDS.
I like hosting dinner parties. My dinner parties are normally just family though. I want to do more of that this year and include more friends.

Add Recipes to Document.
I have plans of putting my most used recipes in a recipe book. The first step is to put the recipes – single page format – into a document. I originally planned to do it from my cooking blog, and just turn my blog into a book, but realized I have a lot of blog posts that won’t look good enough or that I no longer use/like.

Learn to Play Piano.
Keyboard… Piano… Same thing, right? My oldest son, Kaia, recently acquired a keyboard and I am trying to learn it along with him. I know that “learn to play piano” is a very big goal, especially since I am finding that my fingers aren’t too coordinated, but with practice I hope to be able to play some Christmas tunes next year.

Complete 2015 Goals.
Seems fitting enough, right? I have some leftover goals/tasks that need to be done. The ones I have in mind are mostly blog related.

That’s about it folks.. Nothing drastic going on over here.

2016 Word of the Year

It took me until today to officially decide on my word.

I chose VALUE.

To value something is to notice it’s worth and to hold it dear to you. I want to value my relationship with God, my family and the time spent with them, my friends, strangers, my time, my finances, ME, my body, my mind, and….. You get the idea.

I don’t want to lose sight of what is important to me. And I want others to know what they meant to me.

I did a little search and found out that I am not the only one who chose value. Alexandra over at MOKUSKA chose Value too. How cool is that?!

What are some of your 2016 goals? 

Do you have a word for the year?