I'm always interested in reading about people's reason's for blogging and I have been reading a few articles on why people blog this week (I can't remember where now) . I would love my blog to be a successful but its hard to define what success would look like, is it thousands of readers every month? Companies clambering to offer free stuff? Hundreds of comments after every post? I'm not sure. When I read comments on some blogs its seems like the readers are only commenting to drive traffic to their own site, it always makes me cringe especially when I see links to a competition or some sort. If I comment its because I genuinely like what the person has written, brought, made or photographed. When I read tips on getting visitors to your blog commenting on others is always at the top of the list but I feel like such a phony in doing so, but then I'm guilty of beating myself up if my number of page views drops but to me one honest comment will always mean more to me than a 100 ever would - does anyone have any good advice to get around this?
I started my blog when I was at a bit of a cross-roads, I had the option to stay on at my old company after nearly a year of empty promises and work on their social media or take a job in a company that didn't make my heart sing but gave me the balance to do my own thing. I chose the latter and I'm so glad I did, I never knew how much I loved writing until I started this blog, I have always been pretty crafty so making myself post regular DIY's has given me the focus to do more and get better, (I still can't believe that some of my ideas usually dreamt up on the train have been so popular) and slowly slowly I'm getting to meet other bloggers who all have dreams outside the 9-5 too. I don't blog because its the right thing to do, I do it because I absolutely love it. I look forward to coming home from work to put a post together and have a place where I can capture my thoughts or something I have seen. I hope that I can inspire who ever reads my blog to be a little more creative, make their own something or just be transported from the day to day for a few minutes because to me thats what its about having a space to be yourself and a few moments to day dream dream and conjure up new ideas.
There are definitely areas I would to improve on (a new site would be nice for a start), I would love to write, collaborate, make and photograph more and I'm sure these things will all come in time. For now I'm just enjoying the ride, its quite fun one and I have a whole heap of necklaces to show for it!
Thanks for reading, I just needed to get that off my chest. Have a great weekend. xx