Inspired by a girlfriend, my husband, children and I had previously written a blog to document a month long trip and I had enjoyed sharing photos and experiences with friends and family. Setting up Room Rx was easy and fairly painless, and there were certainly a few learning curves as the content was more complicated than personal photos and journalistic writing, but I savored it and found confidence in my writing and posting. I have learned how to use a helpful internet site or two along the way such as Polyvore and Pinterest and have become a voracious reader of other design and creative blogs. In the process, I decided that it was important to post every day and try to be original in the content I was sharing in order to increase my readership. I tried to read anything and everything about "blogging" that would potentially help me and institute what I could of the advice, things such as commenting on other blogs, joining "blog parties," entering give-aways and so on. I have truly enjoyed my blogging experience and feel I have achieved a modicum of success and am proud of what I have accomplished. But, the thing is, all of this takes time, lots of time and I am not sure what I am actually gaining by doing it.
Now, I am at a crossroads, I need to decide where this goes now, what my goals are for writing Room Rx and the act of blogging. A crossroads is not a bad place to be, but rather a place where one has to make decisions, it's not an ending point but a point along the journey where there are many directions to go and choices to make. So far I have made many choices simply by gut, but to spend so much time on something with no concrete goal(s) seems a bit silly, so I need to take the time to take stock and think it all through. Do I want to continue to post everyday? How do I get past having only 38 followers, and what, really does being a follower mean? Is there a larger group out there reading my blog and how do I better reach them? How do I attract more readers? Is my content truly unique, helpful and interesting? Can I find a way to build my design business by writing my blog? So many things to consider......
Feeling the weight of all of this over the past week especially, I have found myself seeking out any information on blog writing and what it takes to be successful. The other day I came across an article on Style Me Pretty Backstage about how to attract more traffic to your blog, it was one of the most helpful pieces I have read yet! What have you fellow bloggers read that has made a difference for you? What tips have you found to be most helpful?
Today I put this out to all of you my blog reading and writing friends... what do you think? If you write a blog, why do you do it? What are your goals for your blog and how have you made it through the many crossroads and detours along the way? Have you ever felt that it was not worth it? If you are a reader, why do you read blogs? What makes you come here to read Room Rx? What would you like to see more of? Less of? What inspires you to comment on a blog? So many questions and a million more spinning through my head....truly, I would love to hear from any and all of you, your thoughts, ideas, etc. so please, share away!!!
Thanks for listening and sharing....Now I need to find a quiet place to think and reflect...!