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.

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