Occasionally I turn to you all for some opinions and talk of behind-the-scenes of blogging – – today is one of those days – – a few things that have been on my mind…
LAYOUT – – I’m debating whether to keep my layout the same (full post after full post) or to change it up to where if you’re on my main page, you’ll see a handful of article snippets at once. I asked which you readers prefer on FB, and it’s about 50/50, and whatever side you vote for, you’re adamant! I just can’t decide – I like the flowing feel of reading one post after another, but I like the organization and clean look of the snippets. Decisions, decisions! If you have an opinion, let’s here it, because I’m on the fence.
READERS – So when Google Reader shut down (yes, I’m still mourning it) and a few other factors set in, my blog readership dropped by half – so sad! I think some people out there just haven’t found a way to read blogs in a routine like they used to. How do you read blogs? Do you use a site (I use BlogLovin’ – it’s okay, but I don’t love it) or do you just go straight to the blogs you love? I would love a way to connect with all those lost readers. Side note, I finally took off my Google Friend Contact box from my sidebar – I think I was the last blogger left to do so!
CONNECTING – A couple of years ago, it was common to get 20 comments on each post. Now I get one or two. Times are a changin’, but I really miss that interaction with readers.
ADS – I put a lot of time and effort into my blog, mainly because I really love sharing projects with the world. I like that I can accomplish something and I want everyone to have that feeling that they can do something – it’s great to be able to provide steps and tutorials to accomplish those projects. But I’d also love to make a little money for all the effort, and that’s why I had ads on the sidebar. I try to keep them as unobtrusive as possible – I don’t go for the auto-video-playing ones or the giant pop-up box ones, etc. Occasionally ads get through that I didn’t know would and you are all great about letting me know.
SPONSORED POSTS – along the same line as ads, I can make a little money from Sponsored Posts (heads up, I don’t make anything near a salary off my blog – I know a few bloggers do, but most of us probably make like $0.50 an hour). So I occasionally do sponsored posts – but I want you to know a few things:
–I only apply for opportunities that fit me and I think you would enjoy reading about.
–I try to weave fun personal stories or awesome craft ideas in with sponsored posts.
–The post is sponsored, but the opinions are still mine.
—If I post a Sponsored Post, it won’t be a substitute for content. So it won’t take the place of a regular post – it will just be an additional post. (which is why sometimes I have more posts than normal)
–I apply for lots of opportunities, but a lot don’t go through. So I never know if I will get an opportunity or not. Sometimes I apply for a lot and get none. And sometimes I apply and get several – when that happens, there may be times when there are a couple of Sponsored Posts in the same week – it’s hard to gauge which will go through. Also, some I write content for but I don’t know the exact day/time when the content will be published to my blog, so bear with that as well.
UPDATES – tutorials, about me, etc — Pretty high on my to-do list is to update my About Me Page (any suggestions on what I should include?) and revamp my tutorials page, because I know it can be hard to find past projects. I think I might need a new headshot too. And maybe a little blog background revamp? Just something to freshen up the place a little.
Anyways, that’s about where I’m at right now. I still really love blogging and reading blogs and will be doing so far into the future. You have any random questions for me? Just let me know! Mandybeez at gmail.