Wow, where to being? This is officially the longest break I've taken from this blog, and it wasn't intentional. However, lots of change has been happening and I've been mulling for the past three months what to do about this blog.
Let me explain:
Back in Dec. 2010 when I started Joy of all Crafts, I was looking for a creative outlet from being a school teacher and enjoyed reading many design and craft blogs. The more I read blogs, the more I thought, "I can do this!" When starting, I knew it wouldn't take off (popularity/traffic wise) at least right away, I had so much to learn: writing, has never been my strong suit, so much technology to learn, domains, website hosting, blogging platforms, photography, Photoshop and much more. Slowly, I began hacking away at these, I took classes, read lots of tutorials, read books, I learned lots of skills that I value.
Once my husband and I moved to Portland in July 2011, I knew that I wanted to try and blog professionally. At least enough to make some kind of income. I tried really hard to post five days a week, be on all social media platforms, to really grow my readership. I created many DIY projects specifically for this blog and because it was lots of fun creating projects and sharing them here. It really led to me becoming so involved with quilting and PMQG. But spending many, many hours, creating the project, gathering supplies, taking pictures, writing, and editing the post and pictures, could never pay the rent. The blog grew, but never enough to feel like I could really reach out to companies. I went to Alt, learned lots, make lots of connections, but as the year went on (2012), I realized I didn't want to be yet another craft blog and have to blog about some product to get any sort of payment (I do know there are other ways to earn income, but this is the majority of how bloggers make money though sponsored posts. Read this transparent article by Nicole from Making It Lovely, if your interest is peaked). At this point, I've had the opportunity to work with many sponsors through Clever Girls (an ad agency I was accepted into), but nothing clicked enough with what I feel my "brand" is to make it worth it.
Meanwhile, my husband, Chris, and I have been really focusing on growing our business, Remnant. Over the past year, I've taught myself how to upholster furniture and we are now both able to work full-time as vendors in this vintage city of Portland. We are still in the beginning growing pains of launching our small business, but every month things become more clear for how we are to make a living doing what we love. Over the past three months, it became clear to Chris and I that I needed to use the skills I learned from Joy of all Crafts and apply them to Remnant. At the time, Chris had his PDX Picker blog, and I had this blog, but it made more sense to merge his blog to Remnant and for myself to contribute to this and manage our Remnant blog.
All of a sudden, it felt like all of the work I did for this blog was worth it. I have never wanted to be a quitter, however, I honestly felt like I had quit on making this blog my priority and my income. But now, I can take everything that I've learned and apply it to our business. It's such a blessing to use the skills I learned in blogging. It's also been a different and good process working together on our blog, rather than it being a solo venture.
If you've gotten this far, you're probably prepared for me to say that I will no longer blogging here. However, that isn't my plan or how I feel. Instead, there will be more of shift in how and what I blog about. First and foremost, I will continue to share all of my crafty endeavors, which currently seems to consist of a lot of quilting, sewing and knitting. But the shift is instead of doing something just to create content and have something to blog about, I will only be posting about projects that I would do whether or not I had a blog. However, there many be an occasional tutorial or pattern. Secondly, I've long been wanting this space to truly be a place where I can share my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams, and simply life! Before, I felt hesitant to, that people wouldn't want to read about my life (even though I had lots of wise people tell me this wasn't true, it's still how I felt). These are the top two criteria that will shape the content of this blog.
To sum up, I'm so thankful for the many, many people who stop by here and spend some of their precious time here. I've loved all of the relationships that have developed though and because of this blog. I hope that this continues and that in response I may continue to inspire you to create, as I find there is so much joy in making things yourself! But most of all, I want to be honest and share and be myself here. :)
It makes me think, ... Why do you read blogs? What keeps you going back to the same blog or stop visiting? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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PS - I know there are many of you who have encouraged me with upholstery and our business. I'd love it if you checked out our blog! We post weekly bios on Mid Century designers, we are hosting a Mid-Century link up party every Monday, lots of before and afters of our projects and new arrivals to the shop.