Blog Dreams

Since I’m working on Making some changes around Eleventh Street, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time offline doing some old school pen and paper writing.

What am I writing lately?

A blog business plan!

I invested my first bit of effort into research. The question “What do I need to do first?” led me to resources for infopreneurs by Regina. I quickly located her clear, simple, and  easy-to-understand instructions on How to write a blog business plan like an expert.

There is something comforting to me about using a notebook and pen to develop my ideas, and now six pages of my current bullet journal are filled with musings about my vision and my ideal reader and blog categories. I’m overwhelmed thinking about blog products and  services I could offer my ideal readers; addressing affiliates, partnerships, and sponsors before I’ve even decided whether I’ll keep this blog name* is intimidating.

Fleshing out what I want, where I see myself, and what I believe Eleventh Street Lot can accomplish is eye-opening; I have dreams and goals for this place!

What do my blog dreams involve?

  • Words – books, reading, writing, and my own original ones

  • Home Ec -cooking, recipes, groceries, and budgeting

  • Crafting – photography, handmade cards, journaling, coloring, and collages

  • Health – fitness, food, mental health, self-care, and self-improvement

What else would you like to see when you walk down Eleventh Street?


*Eleventh Street Lot has a soft spot in my heart, but the name is a mouthful, there are multiple ways to type it (after hearing it, do I use the number or the word eleven?), and I am clarifying a mental image of what the lot on 11th Street consists of.

Making some changes


I am fascinated by change. I am particularly enamored by watching people change. Watching myself change has been an experience in utter joy (though a lot of hard work).

I am not afraid of change; change is an opportunity, a door opening, a window cracking, a light shining through the darkness. Change is an opportunity to learn; and I love to learn. I don’t mind change… I might even say that I like change. I even have the German word for changes (Änderungen) tattooed to the inside of my left ankle.

I’ve started a plan that means this blog is changing. I’m thinking about actually applying a label to my blog … a “lifestyle” blogging label. There are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of “lifestyle bloggers,” and so attaching a label to the Eleventh Street Lot can have both positive and negative results. I want to write about things that matter to me, and after making an actual list (I love lists as much as I appreciate change), I am clearly a lifestyle blogger.

While the blog is in transition, I will be trying to put up posts, but for the next thirty days, I’m concentrating on the changes that October will bring to the Eleventh Street Lot. I hope you stick around and watch me change!

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go

I don’t use Facebook for the news of the world … I use Facebook for news of the weird.

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The Nanfang is a large newspaper in China. I’m positive that they have many English speaking writers on staff. I’m sure they even have native English speakers on staff.

*side eye*

Who lets the phrase “Takes a Poo” become part of a news headline?

  1. It’s three words instead of one; defecates works just as well.
  2. Where did this “fully-grown adult” take the poo? Did he take a poo to the market? The movie theater? Did he take a poo to a fancy dinner place?
  3. Idioms are not newspaper language … especially when they have to do with fecal matters.

I didn’t even open the article to read it … I was too shocked by the idea that someone actually used the phrase “takes a poo” in formal writing. I’m more offended by the idea of using the phrase in a headline than I am of the actual “fully-grown adult” who shit on the train. Who am I? What is this world coming to?

Trump’s going to be elected, isn’t he?


… And the living’s easy.


It’s also been SUPER busy, so yeah. I haven’t forgotten about this place, though. It’s on the radar to pick back up as I’ll be spending more time indoors soon enough!


See you soon!