Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Bloggy Birthday & Defining Myself as Blogger

Made it on Monday is two years old. My first post was on June 28, 2010. Starting this blog came at a time when I was in desperate need of a creative outlet, and continuing it helped me to be a happier wife and mommy. You can read more about why I started my blog here.

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The Red White and Blue Star Wreath was the project that started it all. I wanted to enter it in The CSI Project’s Red White and Blue challenge. I figured it would be silly to enter something from a blog with only one post, so I added a few fillers first.

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My first post was about the dress shirt turned onesie I made for Jace to wear to my little brother’s Graduate’s Ball at the Naval Academy.

Since then I’ve had fun decorating my house, competing in Crafting with the Stars and So You Think You’re Crafty, sewing for me and done a whole lot of creating with just about everything else in between. I love the friendships and connections I’ve developed through blogging and look forward to continuing.

I’ve also gotten to know myself as a blogger. For a while I was pretty determined that I could make this blogging thing a business and sought out sponsors and pushed myself to post almost every day, constantly thinking through what I could be creating and putting pressure on myself to keep up with the “big girls” blogging style. But now that I’m home full time I just don’t need the therapy that crafting used to provide. Not to mention, as Jace gets older his allowance of my sewing time is decreasing.

Over the past two years I’ve seen several bloggers shut down their sites or stop posting because it just became too much to keep up with the demands and expectations of running their blog as a business. I don’t want to get to that point. So instead, I figure the occasional content is better than nothing and I create when the inspiration hits. I don’t hold myself to a schedule, and I don’t need to apologize for it. I love having sponsors, but I only have them if they seek me out. And I love doing sponsored posts (hey, the extra income, though small, is nice), but I’ll only do them if they actually fit with what I would normally post about here. And I’ll still participate in link up parties, but only if I really have the time to put into what is asked of me in return, which means I only link up with a few parties a week. And I try to respond to comments.

I want this blog to remain what it started as—a creative outlet to help keep me sane. So in the times of sanity, you’ll probably see less of me. And in the times of insanity, you’ll probably see a lot of me. I’m guessing after this new baby comes, you’ll be seeing a lot more of me again! Thank you so much for being such wonderful readers. I love each and every comment that gets left, I enjoy watching my stats because it shows me what people like to see, and it is fun to watch the number of followers increase over time. But I’m not driven by any of those things. Instead, I like knowing I can inspire others to create, just like I am inspired by others daily.

Thanks so much for sharing this blogging experience with me!

6 comments:

  1. I just started my blog this year, and I feel the same way about it as you... I'll blog when I have something to blog about.
    I love seeing what you make, and even if the posts are sparse I will absolutely keep reading. =)
    Happy Blog Birthday!

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  2. I know what you mean. You do a fantastic job on your blog, Jill!

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  3. Me, too! Glad I've gotten to "know" you! Happy blog birthday to you! I feel the same way about my blog priorities and this is how it should be!

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  4. You hit the nail on the head! Some of those big name blogs that I used to love I can't even stand to read anymore because it's only sponsored posts, or I feel like they're trying too hard to create just so they have content to post. Honestly, I've stopped reading quite a few because I get really annoyed at the "look at all this cool free stuff I got and this lame craft I came up with because I HAD to use this stuff." Ugh, sorry to vent, but I love your blog and I especially love the reasons why you blog. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Happy Blog Birthday!
    I started my blog this year and when I realised I could turn it into a business I thought it would be fantastic, the best job ever! But it only lasted about two weeks because my husband got annoyed with me constantly being at the computer, not making dinner, being cranky and obsessing over taking the 'perfect picture'. At the same time I found a few blogs that had shut down due to the same things that were bothering me and I decided it's just not worth it - I'm glad I only wasted 2 weeks being so stressed out! Now I only post a tutorial when I make something out of a genuine need rather than making things just for the tutorial.

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  6. Happy blog birthday!!! Just wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Versatile Blogger award today! Check out the details here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/07/more-blogger-awards/

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