1.19.2011

Blogoversary! Blogger insight shared

Good afternoon!  You know it occurred to me today that my 1 year blog anniversary came and went and I was so busy with other things (and not blogging!) that I missed it! So January 7th was the official one year mark.  Happy 1st Birthday MaryJanes and Galoshes! I have a really stunning necklace to share with you tomorrow, but today I wanted to re-visit some blog goals I had set for myself (and shared with you) almost one year later and see how I did.



1. Have authentic readers.  This is always a good one to remind myself, especially on weeks like this one where I think I've lost like 4 followers.  There was a point in writing this blog that seeing that "followers" number drop by one just killed me.  It was like having someone say "I no longer find you interesting".  It was only until I realized that I too unfollow blogs when I find that I'm "just not that into" what they are posting about anymore.  We all go through stages and phases in our interests.  Maybe to them I was a one hit wonder and they aren't really interested in my style.  Anyway, my point is, try not to take it personally if your number drops here and there, everyone's does.  Be true to you, it's YOUR blog.

2. Be featured by favorite bloggers. I've been so lucky to be featured by so many of my favorites! See my side bar for links.  One Pretty Thing is one of my absolute favorite places for inspiration and I'm forever grateful for the many features I've gotten there!  Really the features are what help people find you.  Not everyone does features, you notice I don't really do them here, if there is a blog you wish you could be on that doesn't feature ask if you can swap or if they would guest post for you.  Just remember that you need to ask blogs about the same size as your own.

3. Be asked to guest post or swap.  I've guest posted on some of my favorite blogs (V and Co!!!!) as well as swapped with some blogger friends.  I'm picky about who I would let post on my blog, so the fact that these people want me to be on theirs is a  HUGE compliment to me.  Thank you to everyone who has had me over.

4. Create a happy childhood for my kids through these projects.  My blog has been tremendous therapy for me.  It keeps me going when I'm exhausted with my life.  It gets me to sit down with the kids and paint when I might not feel like it.  It also gets me to make that handmade thing for my kids so that I can share it with you guys.

5. Post things worthy of comments.  It's important to me that if I don't have anything interesting to share, I'm not going to share anything at all. You have never and will never hear my apologize for not posting for a couple days (when that happens).  It doesn't mean I'm not feeling guilty, but I think it goes back to number one, you follow MJ&G because you enjoy the things I do post when I post them.  I've done 327 blog posts this year.  I'm not absent much.  There are so many great blogs out there I know your being entertained.  Don't put to much pressure on yourself.  YES you need to post regularly in the beginning, you need quality posts, but if you hit a burn out period know that your readers enjoy as much or as little as you can share at that time.  Life's a marathon, not a sprint.

That said, 2011 is going to be less about blog goals and more about personal (business) goals that I have for me and my art.  My blog is still a huge part of my day, and it's not going anywhere, but you will notice that I don't share as often (you probably already have).  And I may share more frequent personal tid bits or snap shots.  I would say it's going to turn from a crafter's blog to an artist's blog.  (Although there will still be plenty of crafts)  If you're still reading at this point I don't think you'll mind, your obviously interested in more than just the pictures LOL.  So here's to moving forward, thanks for sticking with me and supporting me through the first year, and to come!

18 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary Taylor! You have an incredible blog and for what it's worth, I will not be 'unfollowing' you cuz' you're fantastic!

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  2. Well happy blog anniversary! They say, ignorance is bliss and that is my motto when it comes to checking the followers stuff. I don't really know how to check it because I put more value the quality of readers that I have rather than the quantity. Love your blog, that is why I follow :)

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  3. happy happy anniversary!!!!!!

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  4. Happy anniversary! #1 resonates with me today as I constantly see my number on my FB fan page change. Thanks for the advice in not letting it get to me. Actually, all of the suggestions are great :)

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  5. I like the revisiting of blog goals. I think it's important to remember why something is started and what we're hoping to accomplish. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for your candor. Every now and again I stumble across a post that makes me realize I am not alone. This is certainly one of them. I used to watch my number like a hawk as well. Every single visit and feed. I too would be crest-fallen if the numbers went down. Then I realized that I'm just not the best fit for every single blogger and bride out there. Once I shifted my focus from numbers to fit, I was able to relax focus on what mattered most to me.

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  7. Forget about all of those words...I LOVE THAT BIKE PICTURE!!!
    Very sweet and worthy of a frame!!
    Love Mom

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  8. Happy Blogiversary to you! OMGosh I forgot my blogiversary too! How funny, you didn't know you would remind someone of something did you? Mine was in November. Well Happy anniversary to you! I'll tell you I don't look at the numbers much anymore. I just write what I feel and if it connects with people great. Don't sweat the small stuff!

    Meg

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  9. Happy Blogiversary, Taylor! I think it's a good thing to revisit where we are with our blogs and where we want to go...our lives are always evolving, so our blogs will, too!

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  10. Congrats! I Adore reading this blog! (and Dear MaryJanes - LOVE that one too!) :) ~Tai @ taidye original

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  11. Happy Blogoversary! I loved reading about your goals. You gave some great advice that really applies to me right now. Thank you, thank you!

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  12. Congrats on a wonderful year! Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. WooHoo!! Happy Anniversary! I don't know how anyone could not find you interesting as well as exceptionally amusing :) Keep it up!!

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  14. Happy Blogaversary...You inspire me!!!

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  15. Happy Blogaversary! I have loved reading all your posts and your projects and tid-bits you share make my day. I also loved being a sponsor in the past...I hope to do that again soon! Now, I really need to get going on my blog. Ha!

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  16. Oh - you really hit the spot with this post! I too worry when I lose a follower along the way - I only have just over 100 (ok 128, yep, I know it off by heart!) but I too came to the realisation that people's tastes change or they end up following too many and get bogged down with blogs to look at!

    BUT, I think I might just start featuring blogs once in a while - I think its a great way to get out there! Great idea, had never thought of lil ole me featuring other people - but you are spot on right - and its a lovely thing to do!

    Thanks for your post today!

    Rx

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  17. Happy B-versary! now I'm curious to see what you have instore for the coming year.

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