Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Back to Basics

Can you believe it, I started this blog back in September 2007? Originally, it was supposed to be a place where I can keep track of some of my projects and a place to voice my frustrations.  It was meant for me, but open to all. I was working at the time, a slow job which afforded me time to blog and read. I read lots of articles on the dos and don'ts of blogging, be nice (not my nature at all), lots of pictures (I'm not very good with the camera) and be interesting ( which I am also Not). I wanted more readers and followers so I joined a couple of different advertising venues. Then came the clicking, and dropping and more and more time spent on viewing other blogs.
My viewership went from just a few per day to close to 200 per day. Then I was laid off and have been unable to find another suitable job. So I started my Etsy shop, something I had always wanted to do. I read more articles on how to get people to your shop, advertising, advertising, advertising. All the advertising I was using, led people to my blog and not my shop. Eventually, I had to stop the dropping and clicking as it took so much time away from creating items for the shop. With that, the viewership dropped off considerably, to just a small few.
And so, I have dropped some of the advertising from this blog. I was never quite sure if anyone purchased from my shop having read my blog anyway. There are a few of you who faithfully visit, and I thank you all, but there will be not more credits for doing so.
Sorry there are no pictures today, and I will be going back to being my non sweet self.


Lin said...

I have found that just by visiting and commenting on other blogs you can build your readership--if you want to. I like your blog and I'm glad I found you--or you found me (?). :)

Ann said...

oh yes, the dreaded clicking and dropping. It got me quite a few followers but it became very tiresome. Like Lin said visiting and commenting builds readership quite well.
Whether you choose to be sweet or not, I still enjoy stopping by your blog and seeing your work. Besides if someone wants sweet they can buy a candy bar for under a buck :)