Nope, no pretty project to share today. Hate to burst your bubbles. This is going to be one of those “deep” posts maybe, and speaking from my heart about blog stuff. I haven’t had a deep post in a long time, maybe ever? And I’m sure I’ll get off track and talk about a bunch of random things so forgive me.
Anyway, whenever you read blogs, don’t you like to really “know” the person who is writing the blog? Don’t you want to know more about their lives and families etc? Some bloggers are very private, and some have no problem sharing their names and information about their family. Me? I do like to share pictures of my family because that’s just me. I’m an open book and I want all of y’all to know more about me, my family, and where I come from.
But what’s the problem with that you ask? Whenever I do that, those posts get the least amount of comments and interest from you all. It’s kind of heartbreaking to open up myself like that to the internet world and not get the same response as a room reveal or new craft would receive. Yea I know this is a home decor blog–I get that. But it’s not like I post about myself or family stuff every week. It’s usually just on special occasions/holidays. And for the most part I do stay strictly in the home niche. But when bloggers stray from that every now and then, I happen to really enjoy it. And I assumed you would too?
And yes you all know I’m pregnant. And not much longer to go actually! And I thought that you all would be interested in a few pregnancy updates as well, but again to my disbelief, those few posts that I have done seem to get the least attention from y’all as well.
If I’m being totally honest here, I think I conditioned everyone when I started this blog that I’d have a pretty project every day. I had a lot of projects to share in the beginning because we were still decorating our house and a LOT needed to be done. And there is still stuff to do, but not pressing stuff, and it’s stuff that costs money. There’s only so many times you can spray paint an old frame ya know? Yes this blog is a business for me too, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend all the pennies I earn on buying something new for our house just so I have content to publish. I buy stuff for our home because I love it and because we are the ones living with it. You get what I’m saying here? Did I lose you?
Writing a blog takes a tremendous amount of time and effort, and also blood, sweat and tears. You’d probably be floored if I told you how many hours a week/day a blogger works on their blog, doing projects, editing pictures, social media interaction, responding to comments and emails etc. It’s a LOT. I’m not complaining at all because I have the best job in the world and a very supportive husband, but you have to realize a new project can’t be busted out daily unless I want to totally neglect my family, and that I do not want to do.
I don’t want you to think that just because a personal post doesn’t get 100 comments or more like some projects do, that I have a pity party. That’s not what I’m saying at all. Comments mean your readers are interacting with you because they like what you have to say. Maybe my family and pregnancy posts just don’t float your boat because you don’t feel connected to what I’m writing about? Yes, no, maybe so? Do you not like the personal stuff? Do you only visit my blog to see pretty pictures and projects? Aren’t you going to want to see pictures of the new baby when he/she arrives? Well I have news because you are going to see them regardless. :)
A quote that I came up with: “Bloggers are real people too–not just people with pretty homes.” I think that about sums up what I’m trying to say with this forever long post. :)
So, give it to me. Do you only care about the projects? Do you only visit blogs to be inspired by projects and see pretty home things? Do you get annoyed when you visit a home decor blog in general, not just mine, and it isn’t home related? (and I’m not talking about sponsored posts or giveaways–that’s a different post in its entirety). There’s no right or wrong answer here either. And I know this is a pinning world these days and not a commenting world like it once was. Just trying to figure out what it is about the personal posts vs. project posts.
And ps–NO, this post does not mean the projects are stopping or anything like that. I actually am working on a few very cool behind the scene things right now and can’t wait to share with y’all. Plus, if I get it together I may even be able to show you all my laundry room next week! And even if y’all tell me you hate seeing the personal posts, I’ll ultimately do what I feel is right anyway because well, it is my blog (said in a non-arrogant way). But I’d still like to know your thoughts. :)
“And she bared her soul, took a deep breath and hit publish.”