My Blog Story Part 15

I was shocked at how much press I got for being a Craft War loser.  I guess besides sports in Indianapolis there isn’t much to talk about…ha!  I joke!  I was able to get three articles in our local newspapers over the course of that month which was really fun and opened up doors for local opportunities.  Not to mention ever senior citizen center in a 30 miles radius wanted to know if I wanted to do crafts with the residents. {giggle}

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So the show aired and I was extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support I got from my blogging community.  All in all, it was a really fun experience and they didn’t make me look like a moron – BONUS!

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September – December seems to be the busiest time of the year for a blogger.  With Back to School, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas people are constantly scouring the internet for good ideas to celebrate, decorate, dress up, cook or bake for those holidays.  Usually my pageviews spike throughout those months as does my revenue since quarter four tends to be where most companies put their advertising dollars.

Since I had been blogging for 5 years I kind of watched the trends over the years.  Now I know some people experienced huge pageviews during that time but I pretty much stayed consistent.  I don’t tend to be a huge seasonal crafter, I do some, but I don’t pound out the holiday projects like some.  I don’t know if that has to do with it or what but I found myself discouraged over it.pageviews

It is during those times, that every blogger goes through, that you kind of have to take a step back and ask yourself why you blog.  Now, you will not find another blogger more obsessed with growing their blog, reaching new levels, making more money, crossing new borders, or understanding the blogging business as me.  But during last quarter when I didn’t feel like I was growing or moving forward I asked myself a lot of questions.  I think I am kinda of addicted to forward progress, which is a double edged sword. So when I didn’t feel like that was happening it kind of threw me off.images

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I can honestly say that throughout my time blogging, with all the discouraging and high moments, I have never thought of quitting.  I still, with all my being, love blogging and being able to inspire you to create.  And stagnancy is part of the journey as well.

There are just so many talented bloggers.  It has been a competition.  Not a you versus me kind of thing, more a competition for attention I guess.  People can only read so many blogs a day.  They only have so many hours.  With all the amazing talent people HAVE TO pick and choose which blogs to read.  If I do too many home projects, I lose die hard crafters.  If I post too many crafty projects with no home décor, I lose home enthusiasts.  And I guess what I am trying to say is…that I kind of have to be okay with that.  I don’t want to be a laser focused blogger. I don’t want to a home blogger, craft blogger, lifestyle blogger, food blogger, or DIY blogger.  I want to be a crafty, DIY, home enthusiast who shares projects and life happenings in a creative way.  Is that a niche?  HA!  I hope so, if not I am starting it, umkay?

In September I also started doing some consulting.  With is totally weird to say.  “Hi, I am a blogging consultant.” {giggle}.  But because of my passion for blogging and my intensity to learn and grow I have picked up a few things along the way and I absolutely love sharing and helping others. I haven’t advertising my consulting (welp, I guess I just did!) but have been consistently booked from September through now.  So that brings me to another facet of my career I suppose.2013

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So bring on 2013! I am ready for it, no matter what is brings.  I just can’t seem to tell you enough how grateful I am to those to you that do check in with me daily.  You are my sunshine and I adore you.





  • http://www.positivelysplendid.com Amy @ Positively Splendid

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Beckie, so that so many of us can learn from your experiences! I am thankful for you!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awww you are welcome sweet thing.

  • http://www.eileenhull.blogspot.com Eileen Hull

    Good to hear others go through the questioning and discouragement phases of life. You are doing great Beckie! Keep on looking ahead- I know you are going places!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awww thanks Eileen. I am going to call you tomorrow okay?

  • http://www.astrollthrulife.net Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    I’ve so enjoyed reading your journey and I can ‘t wait to talk to you. Hugs, Marty

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Marty. I am looking forward to chatting with you too!

  • http://www.stowandtellu.com Amycha

    Hi Beckie, another great addition of your blog story, I always appreciate your honesty!! And I really like how you mix it up with a variety of projects, so that it’s not too much of one thing, kinda like life!! Congrats for trying out for Craft Wars, win or lose, it had to be fun and what a way to turn it around into a positive with 3 news articles. Thumbs up, thanks for sharing!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks girl for the encouragement. I sure appreciate you taking the time to comment and to read my story.

  • http://www.loveandrenovations.com Amanda

    I just went through and read all of your old posts on this topic and I loved reading through your story! I’m so glad you shared, and I feel like I learned a lot from reading it! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yay! Now you know everything about me ;-)

  • http://thefrugalhomemaker.com Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker

    Love reading your story, Beckie! And I loved this statement that you made – “I want to be a crafty, DIY, home enthusiast who shares projects and life happenings in a creative way.” That is so me too!! And I think you do it well. I think if you just be yourself and blog about life as it happens, you won’t have to worry about keeping a following (but I know you already know that). Looking forward to seeing you at Haven in August!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks for reading Christina. So far it seems to be working right? I look forward to hugging your neck at Haven too!

  • http://www.onsuttonplace.com Ann

    I wish I could say that I have never thought about quitting but I can’t. I think about it from time to time. I wonder what it would be like to have free time and not be best friends with my computer. I agree that blogging is a competition…even if the majority of bloggers don’t like to admit that. There are extreme highs and lows which has been the hardest part for me. Thanks for sharing your heart Beckie…I appreciate it!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I don’t even know what I would do with myself if I didn’t blog. I guess because it is also my job too I can’t imagine not doing it I guess. It is a crazy world that it has morphed into for sure. Yes the highs and lows are so hard.

  • http://www.thehappierhomemaker.com Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker

    I love reading your story Beckie, thanks so much for sharing it. Its reassuring to know that we all feel discouraged no matter what size blog we might have and I’m excited to hear about you consulting-you have so much knowledge to share!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Melissa. Yep we are all the same deep down no matter the size.

  • http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.com Julie

    I just wanted to let you know that the reason I found you was because of Craft Wars. While watching it, I wrote your name down to remember to google, because I thought your project was the best of the 3, or at the very least second best. Still don’t know why they let you go. Anyway, I have been following you since and am never disappointed.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      For real? you wrote my name down to google later? Wow you made my day. Thank you for following along. I am so grateful.

  • Sharla Scovel

    I want you to know that I look forward to your blog. It’s always a treat to find it in my In box and is the first thing I open. Thanks for sharing so candidly your successes and goofs, ins and outs. I always find inspiration and cool projects and links to other cool blogs. You go, girl!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I adore you Sharla. Thanks for taking time to comment and let me know that. That made my day!

  • Jennifer Haag

    I stumbled across your blog through Facebook and I have love reading your stories on here! I attend church at the same church as you and I have spoke to your husband numerous times. I am looking forward to getting to know you better when the Banta campus opens up. Ok now I feel like a bit of a stalker:) I promise I am not! Just love me some good DIY projects :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Well hellp stalker…errr….Jennifer. HA! I love stalkers no worries! Introduce yourself to me next time you see me. I would love to connect!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      hello…not hellp. dang!

  • http://joy2journey.blogspot.com Joy2Journey

    I love following you. and thank you for sharing so many wonderful things with us!

  • http://www.thinkingcloset.com Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Beckie, I just have to tell you that I’ve been hanging on to each and every new installment of your blog migration story. I find it all so fascinating. I’ve been blogging now for 6 months, and I feel like I’m finally getting my bearings in this great big blogland, finding my groove, and I’m so anxious to grow.

    Actually, I just recently migrated from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress (phew! what an endeavor!), and I have so many bloggy buddies contemplating the same move, so…I took inspiration from you with this series and created my own series called:

    My Blog Migration Story.

    It will only have 5 parts and I just finished part 4, but I really liked the structure of leaving them with a cliffhanger (like you do) but in the form of a question. And it saved me from writing an epically long post. (I can be a bit verbose.)

    So, thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story here with us. You rock, girlfriend!

    Warmly,
    Lauren

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Well thank you Lauren. I think that is awesome. Did you switch yourself? you are a brave, brave girl!

      • http://www.thinkingcloset.com Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

        I like to think I’m brave, but not THAT brave! I knew I didn’t know enough about coding to manage it myself and achieve the look I wanted, so I got help both in the design department and migration department. I would have been lost without those ladies. ;-)

  • http://www.debbie-debbiedoos.com debbiedoos

    You have a very inspiring story. I have grown and changed a lot in the past few months, and honestly it has been from listening to your webinars and being encouraged and learning things I never knew. Keep up the great work. I am striving to put my best foot forward and be the best that I can be while my time is out here. Believe me, I spend A LOT of time out in blogland. And my butt can prove it now:)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am with you on the butt proving it thing for sure! Thanks for the encouragement Debbie. I am glad you have followed along and been inspired to keep blogging and creating.

  • http://www.redouxinteriors.com Karen

    Beckie, I have long been fascinated with your story of how you do have so many different angles that you blog about. I have really enjoyed the advice you have given and love the different projects you share. I am SERIOUSLY behind on all my blog posts and am trying to get through my inbox as I type. I am really intrigued about your blog consulting. Are you completely booked? I would love to hear more.

  • http://dewdropgardens.blogspot.ca/ Debbie

    I missed you on Craft Wars (guess I have to watch TV to catch shows, eh?), but I did see a snippet somewhere online. It’s a shame you didn’t win, but holy cow!! You were on the show!!! What a coup!
    Love your post, you are an inspiration to so many. I am like you, I craft, do home decor, DIY, cooking and gardening so I guess I don’t belong to one niche. If you are creating a new multi-niche, I’m in!! lol
    Debbie :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Booya lets take the blogworld by storm with our new niche. I am terrible about watching TV too. The internet is my vicce ;-)

  • http://www.indiapiedaterre.com Deb

    Hi Beckie, just wanted to say I heard of your blog through your intro in SEO for Creative Bloggers from SNAP — and all three are new to me tonight! I thought whoa 15 blog stories?! But read all of them (and it’s 1:30 a.m. now!! ACK!) and can’t wait to hear how 2013 turns out for you. Your story is really inspiring — we rarely hear the stories behind the blogs. I’ve been blogging for awhile but just recently decided to be more serious business-wise and grow my blog. THANK YOU for sharing, this was fascinating!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yay you are welcome Deb. Thanks for taking time to read it all!

  • http://www.livelovediy.com Virginia @ LiveLoveDIY

    Beckie,
    I have so enjoyed following your success since day 1 of my blogging journey a little over a year ago. I will never forget the personal voice message you sent me in my first week of blogging after a comment I left. It truly has stuck with me until now, as it was such an encouragement to a new blogger. I started my week by watching your Better Blogging series and I truly think I filled up an entire notebook by the last video tonight. I found it so inspiring, and it truly gave me such great ideas on how to improve what I’m doing. Congratulations on all your continued success. You truly have earned it. And thank you for continuing to inspire me! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Virginia @LiveLoveDIY

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awww Virginia you are a sweet pea. Thank you so much for taking time to read and to write me. Have you caught all of our Better blogging hangouts. I think there was like 5 of them or so.

  • Victoria

    I just read part one through 15…couldn’t stop reading. Found you on Johnson county garage sale site, your picture looked familiar and found your site! Count me in as a reader now!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      That is hilarious that you found me through JCGS site. Did you just click on my profile to find my blog?

      • victoria

        Yeah I knew your picture from somewhere…it was the contest to see who could figure out all the bloggers pictures from when they were younger, but I didn’t remember it was that so I clicked on your profile and saw that you are on a blog and it all clicked. I like the idea of someone doing crafty things in my area…makes me feel not so alone. :)

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          The hair always give me away, although I like to think it looks a bit better now versus my stylin’ 80s do. Ha! I’m so glad you found my site and hope you will stay awhile. You are most definitely not alone and can come on over anytime for a craft night! ;-)

  • http://www.wethreemothers.blogspot.com Mandy Byron

    I found you through your knock off blog and you posted one for me. I am just making it over to this blog and LOVE IT! I just read through your blog story and it is so interesting! The success you have had is wonderful! Really makes me want to think of something so creative and do this! Yes, I am envious you could say, but so happy to hear that you made it work and that so many others out there have! Can’t wait to read the next blog story post and will definitely be following you :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you, Mandy, for reading and following! I honestly feel so blessed that I can do something I love and actually get paid for it!

  • Jeanne Minnich

    Hi Beckie,

    I happened upon your site via a project in the April Kreg Plus newsletter—and I’ve been totally engrossed by your blog story for the last 3 or 4 hours! I must say I was rather taken aback when I saw there were 15 parts… but I read every one and was fascinated.

    Your site, and you, intrigue me because we like to do the same things. I’m also a woodworker and crafter and love to make something out of nothing. I think it’s called “upcycling”?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your story. I have been creating things all my life, but I’ve recently been thinking about blogging because I believe I have a lot of creative ideas to share with others. I just didn’t know where or how to start. You’ve given me a lot to think about, along with the tools to actually follow through.

    Thank you.

    Jeanne

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hi Jeanne,
      Thanks for taking the time to read my story and share your response with me. Inspiring others and helping fellow bloggers is a true passion of mine, so I am so glad to hear my story has been of benefit to you. Best of luck on your blogging endeavors, and let me just say you cracked me up with this, “I must say I was rather taken aback when I saw there were 15 parts… but I read every one and was fascinated.” ;) You made my day!

  • http://mrwriteaway.blogspot.com Brad @ MrWriteAway

    Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog via iHeart’s feature today and immediately got sucked into your blog story. How am I just now finding you?! Thanks for sharing your story and being an inspiration to bloggers (new and existing alike). I’ve recently realized that being genuine is probably the number one lesson I’ve learned in blogging… I wasn’t in the beginning and it was transparent. I’ve essentially started over this week with a new, more honest approach so reading through your story couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks again.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Welcome, Brad, and thanks for the encouraging words about my blog story. I love hearing that others have been inspired in some way by something they see or read on my site. I would say honesty is always the best approach, so best of luck to you as begin a new blogging journey!

  • Linda Burton

    Beckie,
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am thinking about starting a blog and your words helped and encouraged me today to take some big steps! It’s a crazy thing- my husband knows your husband. We all went to church together in Lynchburg in 2000- Blue Ridge I think it was! Small world! Congrats on all of your accomplishments! Thanks again.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Paul Burton??? Wow, it is a small world. That is totally awesome. Thanks for the encouragement and good luck with starting your blog.

  • http://atidylife.net/ Donna Cox

    Beckie, I just wanted to let you know how inspiring your blogging story was to me. I came to your site from Pinterest to read a 3-year-old article having never heard of your blog before and ended up reading all 15 parts and a few other posts! I’ve JUST started my own blog (haven’t posted my content yet) on organizing, cleaning, and easy recipes and am still very green about blogging. Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit (and courage) in sharing all that you have!! Donna | A Tidy Life

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You are sweet, Donna! I am so glad you were inspired by my story and found it helpful. I wish you the very best with your new blogging endeavor and hope to one day have the pleasure of meeting you at a conference. :-)