Saturday, October 14, 2017

Let's Talk Blogging: Do You Delete or Keep Your Old Posts?

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today I want to discuss something any blogger who has blogged for a while will have to consider: deleting or hiding old posts. Backstory: For any of you who follow me via the Blogger Dashboard, you may have noticed that a *huge influx* of old Acoustic Erin posts were recently uploaded and flooding your feed...I CAN EXPLAIN



For a while now I have been thinking about where I want this blog to go, what I want it to look like and how it can provide value to y'all's lives. And, because I am an indecisive human, I hid a lot of my older content for a bit before deciding to make it available again. 

I want you to think back with me to the moment you decided to start a blog.

For me, this was back before I knew what Instagram was or how to use the rule of thirds or that any of you glorious people existed. All I knew is that I wanted to start a blog (whatever that was) to write words and keep a record of them. I posted about Andrew Garfield and Bob Dylan's hair (true story) and didn't think much about it. I just wrote.

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Now that my blog has grown to be more than just a personal journal or place to write about random things, I considered hiding all those old posts.

But maybe I was naive to do that. There are so many different aspects to consider.

Why Should We Keep Our Old Posts?

They show how we've grown. Or do they? DUN DUN DUN
They're gloriously nostalgic. Exhibit A: Throwback photos of old travel adventures.
Maybe someone can learn from them. I don't honestly know what is lurking in the archives of this blog, but perhaps there are older posts that actually have a gem of wisdom. THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW

Why Would We Hide Them?

They're cringe-worthy. Maybe not to y'all, but to me, my old writing makes me squirm.
They don't reflect the style of the content I want to write today. But maybe that's okay! Maybe blogs are always ever-evolving and ever-changing with their authors. And maybe that's a beautiful thing.

What do you think?

Have you ever deleted or hidden your old blog posts? Do you ever go back and read old posts from bloggers you love? I know I do. Which camp are you in - to keep or delete old content? That is the question! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Monthly Wrap-Up: September

Happy October, friends!

Can you believe September is over? I can't! Just waiting over here in FL for it to get cold enough to wear sweaters and combat boots....but I DIGRESS. If you're familiar with my blog, you might notice that this is a *new* kind of post for this space. I usually don't post monthly wrap-ups, but I wanted to give it a try. LET'S DO THIS YO

What I've Learned This Month

Be yourself. A lot of people are trying to be like other people, and that's a shame. You don't know how refreshing it is to see someone being unapologetically themselves. It's electric. It's attractive. You don't have to "be the best" or look like anyone else...just be you. :-)

On that note: Confidence is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. For so long I allowed myself to live in a place of comparison and insecurity, and it tainted my relationships with God, myself, and my family. I'm grateful for a new start, and even though everyday has its ups and downs, I'm moving towards positive thinking and seeing myself the way that Christ does. #That'sWhat'sUp

Gratitude. Hurricane Irma was a doozy, but not nearly as bad as she could have been, at least where I live. Going without power for days and enduring some small complications made me realize how grateful I am for everyday life! And that thankfulness does the heart good.

Things I Loved in September

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We Are the Best! I adore movies about music and adolescence (Sing Street, I'm looking at you), and this indie film from Sweden did not disappoint. If you don't mind subtitles and punk rock, then give it a watch, yo.

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The Beach Boys. So much love for The Beach Boys. I enjoyed some of their singles when I was younger, but I never really listened to their albums all the way through, and WOWZA, life is just beginning for me now, y'all. I love finding old gems that feel fresh.

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My hometown. Getting to work, study, and create in a city that encourages the support of small businesses and musicians is just the best thing. Love the town you're in! Find a new coffee shop or park to call your own and get to know your community, y'all.

This amazing post by the fabulous Olivia. This post makes my heart ache in the best way possible.

This verse. I'm reading through Ecclesiastes right now, and IT AIN'T NO JOKE.

October Goals

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Learn More Music. I want to get better at guitar and maybe learn the ukulele? My sister and I are also trying to write a rock opera...We'll see.

Minimize. I've been reading about minimalism lately, and it's inspiring me to clean! I don't know what it is about getting rid of excess stuff that always inspires me, but it definitely clears my mind. Is anyone else like this?

See a concert. It's been FOREVER since I last experienced the joy that is live music.

Unplug. I want to spend less time on social media this month, folks. October is all about pumpkins and canoeing and going on real-life adventures. I definitely want to step away from the screen to feel more inspired and in tune with daily life.

The Month in GIF-Form

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What about you?

How did September treat you? Good, I hope! What are 3 things you are thankful for today? Is there anything you are excited for in fall? Have a great month, friends!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Playlist: September Grooves

Can you believe September is almost over?

September has been a doozy, y'all. A complete drive-by month. I don't really have any words to describe how fast it has flown by, or how odd it has been, but thankfully I have some glorious tunes to show for it. Here are the songs that got me through September. Enjoy! 

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 This indie Canadian outfit has a gift for pairing dark, eccentric lyrics with upbeat beach-y guitar melodies. Ya can't beat it, y'all. Their new album came out midway through this month and I have been DIGGING it. Their songs are perfect for sunny Saturdays or chill mornings cleaning your room. Such good vibes!

I seriously have so much love for this band. They are one of the best! Even though "Sacred Hearts Club" came out a while ago, I've still got it on repeat. It's one of my favorite albums of the year by far. I've also been spinning the "Supermodel" and "Torches" albums and looking into some of Mark Foster's solo music. You really can't go wrong with these stellar grooves, friends.

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Oh, my soul. I don't know what it is, but I've been in a soul mood lately...? This song is warm and honest and everything lovely. It's a perfect song for a slow dance or just watching the morning sun come up as you sip tea in your favorite coffee shop (guilty). Give it a listen and you're sure to smile!

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I know, I know, I know - it's Miley Cyrus. JUST LET ME HAVE MY DISNEY CHANNEL MOMENT. While I don't exactly know what has been going on with Miley Cyrus and her music post-Hannah Montana fame, WOWZA, "Younger Now" is a jam. I love how Miley's voice is sultry and a bit old-school. She seems to be a great singer live, too?! I dig this track, even though it took some warming up to. Kinda stoked to see what she writes next.

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If you're looking for peaceful, whimsical folk, you've found it, sister! It took some time for me to come around to The Oh Hello's tunes, but once I did, I was hooked. Their lyrics are honest, filled with Biblical allusions and an equal measure of optimism and heartbreak. Perfect for an early morning run or writing a novel set in a woodsy town. You'll want to have the whole album playing in the background the whole day long!

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First off, Jack Antonoff just seems like a wonderfully awkward sir, and that makes his music all the more enjoyable. "Take Me Away" is feverish and apologetic and a little manic all at once, in a low-key sort of way. Like a bruise forming beneath the skin.

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This song is classic. It's worming its way into my heart and quickly becoming one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. Can't beat it. Give it a listen!

What about you?

Please, please, PLEASE for the love of all that is good and sacred, comment a GIF of one of your favorite musicians or bands doing something hilarious. Or leave a song recommendation if you're a gem! What is your favorite album right now?