Monday, February 1, 2010
Two Years of Blogging...
It's hard to believe, but two years ago today I started this blog. I actually posted this doily design on February 1, 2008. I had just begun to use the Design Studio software and I wanted a place to share my designs. When I look back at some of my old posts they make me realize what an interesting experience this has been. I certainly have learned a lot about so many things - when I started I didn't even know that there was a way to make a "clickable" link. I also had a cleaner house and a fatter wallet!
I have enjoyed getting to know many people who share my interest in design, photography and all sorts of papercrafting. I never guessed when I bought my first Cricut that I would become totally immersed in this world. I have spent so many hours working with the Design Studio program that I create designs in my sleep and I have worn out a brand new wireless mouse. As program updates came out, I figured out new ways to do projects and I was happy to help teach others how to make the best use of the software. I am flattered to see how many people subscribe to or follow my blog and I am always happy when they stop to leave comments or ask questions
Since January 1, 2009, I have posted something on this blog every day . It has been challenging to keep it up and at times I have considered stopping (or at least reducing the frequency of posting) but I do feel a sense of accomplishment from making a resolution and sticking to it. There have been many late nights involved and I need to make some changes to my night owl status. (I hardly ever schedule posts in advance - I have done this occasionally to cover times when I may be away and unable to get online for a few days).
I'd love to have some feedback as I make my plans for the next year or so. I am working on a couple of big projects that will take a great deal of time in the near future. I think you will be excited to find out what they are but my lips are sealed for the time being!
I have wondered if it would be better to have some sort of predictable schedule for the types of things I post. I know that many blogs follow a schedule format (cards on one day, videos another, etc.). On the other hand, it seems that a lot of you truly don't mind checking in each day and finding a surprise. It could be a lengthy and somewhat technical Design Studio tutorial one day, a simple card another, a recipe, a video, a family or travel story, a cartridge or other product review, a digital project or just some photos that I'd like to share.
So, if you don't mind, leave me a comment and tell me what you really like to find here. Is there something you'd like to see more of? Some things you feel disappointed about when you see the type of post for the day? Is it really important to you that there is something new every single day? I'll take it all into consideration as I decide what to do next.
It is very early in the morning (I am up too late again!) so I will make a second post later today. I think two years is the sort of milestone that deserves to be celebrated! I checked the hit counter while I was writing this and it is well over 540,000. There are over 2,000 people who either subscribe to or follow this blog and, I stopped counting months ago, but at that time there had been over 120,000 downloads of my designs. I am not trying to boast - I am just amazed to know that so many people are interested in what I do! So...there will be some thank you gifts!!!!
Thank you all so much and please do leave some comments to help me in my planning for the future.