STEPPING UP on MY Soap Box Today
Well, its taken me several days to write this post, but I can’t stop thinking about it. I want to talk about somethings that have been bothering me….
I am a part of a few “crafter/diy” type groups on FB, and another blogger (I believe) put in her FB status..
“I stop following blogs when?” ……….. and a blank to fill in your thought/opinion. It received so many comments, most of them were in my opinion negative. Negative to the point that when I was done reading all of them. I thought SHEESH.. “I am darned if I do and I am darned if I don’t!” I felt worried, insecure, and thought twice about blogging.
First things first- I don’t like scrolling ads on blogs, it drives me a bit batty. However, I will click the “X” mark right away and get over it. Some of these blogs are to great to “Stop following them because of an ad.”
Second- I don’t like music on a blog, its distracting and takes away from the post. Plus I have known readers to get on blogs at work (tee he) and the music blasted, almost getting them caught. (tee he again) It would be best to have the music an option if you so choose to keep it.
I read that people hated “talking ads”, I realized one day as my volume was up on my computer that I do have an ad that comes on talking about a craft or DIY project. I didn’t know this?, but at the same time, I just turned down the volume on my computer. I want everyone to know that my hubby is a Police Officer and most wifes of officers know that they don’t make a lot of money. I am also a mother of four and I stay home with my children, a decision that both my hubby and I chose. So any “little”…and I mean little bit of money I make from blogging is a blessing and I will take it. Buying diapers, milk, and lunch meat do help us out, and its a nice bit of compensation for my hard work. I am not some huge ENORMOUS blogger with HUGE stats, so for those who think that I am, please know now- that I am not. My stats actually suck really bad and have for several months. I don’t know why? but they do. I hope as I continue to work hard and produce projects that they will climb up again…crossing fingers, and eyelashes.
I read how people stop following blogs when they talk about products they received and such. I was taken back by this. I mean I have worked my hinnie off to have anyone contact me and ask me if I would mind reviewing some products? HECK YA! who doesn’t want free product in exchange for a post (some product reviews are paid ones too, you make more if your stats are more). I mean “I am a “Craft Blogger” that is what I do. Therefore, I am going to use craft supplies anyway, why not for free. I was very bothered that so many felt the same way. I think if these people were offered products themselves that possibly they too would blog them themselves, and they too probably worked hard to receive that kind of an offer.
I read that people didn’t like hearing about bloggers that went to conferences. Again, this goes a long with the product reviews. I again feel I worked hard, and if I was given the amazing opportunity of a sponsorship to go to a conference, then part of that is that I will do a blog post later. The old “I scratch your back, you scratch mine!” 🙂 Anyway, I see nothing wrong with sharing your blog conference experience, fun, and trip. So go… and have fun, share it with us because you can.
I read about grammar and punctuation. I know I FAIL at this terribly. I try so hard to re-read and re-read my work again., Even Googling words I don’t know how to spell, the meaning too, and clicking spell check more then once. I still come up with things being wrong. When I see them later, I quickly will go into the post and fix it. However, I am not a robot. I will never be perfect at this. I will just be a craft/DIY blogger trying to produce creativity with “hopefully” good grammar. I promise you all that I will work at this continually.
I realize I don’t need to explain myself, but again, these things and words and comments have been running through my head. I will gladly be me and keep doing what I love doing. If something personally bothers me on a blog…”a BLOG I may HAPPEN TO LOVE”… I will find away to remedy the error and keep reading. I respect these woman and all their immense hard work, and I can get over a little annoyance here and there. I hope that if I am one of those annoyances that you all can appreciate what I do and how I do it, and still see me for my work and creativity. Ppppppplease!
I am a MOM, a WIFE, and a Creative Blogger…. now stepping off her soap box. winks.
LOTS OF LOVE, jen