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!