Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Thinking about quitting...

blogging that is.

So, as a SAHM of 2 very young boys, I don't get much "adult" interaction. And quite frankly, I'm a feedback person. I always hate to admit it but I require feedback. One time, while I was an engineer, my team did an assessment... you know, one of those personality test things - The Myers Briggs Personality Indicator or something like that. One of the results from that is that I "require" feedback. Not just in a work situation... everywhere, all the time. It doesn't have to be good feedback necessarily (although that's quite nice!) but feedback nonetheless.

I've been trying really hard to get my website out there and not sure how else to do it. It's a lot of work and time consuming, too. And I always feel like I'm talking to nobody. Sure, some of you say to me... I saw on your blog blah blah blah and that's appreciated very much. But after 5 months of doing this EVERY day, I have only 13 people that subscribe to me. That tells me that people aren't that interested and so why should I keep doing all the work?

Anyway, just thinking about it. We'll see what happens.

Thanks to those of you that check in here. I do really appreciate it.

16 comments:

scoopy said...

I think many people use Google Reader rather than subscribing to Feedblitz. So you won't really be able to tell how many people are "subscribing". I just discovered your blog recently and you do nice work! You could try changing you background to white and also make the photos of your cards bigger? HUGS!

Jennifer Moore said...

You know I religiously check your blog. You've even semi-convinced me to do my own blog (not necessarily just craft stuff). I'm still working to that end. I would be sad to see you quit blogging. I think more people than you think, read your blog.

Jennifer Moore said...

Also, what does SAHM mean?

Allison said...

I am in that Google Reader group...sometimes I do click through to read but most times I get run off my feet with DD and DS! I like your A*muse creations (esp. right now when I need ideas for my swaps!)...

cndymkr said...

Your work is great and I hope you keep creating!

Amy said...

Gosh, I think I have had a post or two like this on my blog too when I was feeling down! Hang in there and keep at it. A few pointers for you....visit other blogs and leave comments. Ask a few other blogs that you like if they would post a link to your blog on their site. Try and make some friends at other blogs. Oh, and have themes each day (or a few days a week). I found this to be so helpful and useful to others. It makes it easier to write each day too, as that gets boring if all you do is explain your cards. Does that make sense? If you'd like, stop by my blog and check out the themes I have each week. But most of all, stay with it a while longer, after you've tried some of the tips you've been given by me and others!

Good luck!
Amy

Jackie said...

I use the Google Reader, too, instead of subscribing to most blogs because it updates me more quickly than the feed blitz thingy. It would be nice if the Google people added some way to add the hits you get form people reading your blog through their reader because I read it every time it is updated! I really enjoy your creations and I am a bad commenter, I admit it.

Heather S. said...

Im one of those google readers too, I just found you but I did add you to my google reader. Usually when I read I'm 1-handed and holding a baby which makes commenting hard

Steph said...

Hey...I just found your blog through Allison's and have been looking around. Nice work. And I know what you mean about finding people who read your blog! Amy had a great point about leaving comments on other blogs.....I find a lot of blogs through other blogs and I find that when I leave a comment on someone's blog they often come over and check mine out too and leave me a comment in return. Or they may just take a peek and decide it isn't for them and that is fine too but it helps to get your name out there.

My blog is different too in that I have tried different things with it and it is not strictly a crafting blog....I find with a little one at home I don't always have time to craft so I leave posts about family and life too. But you know what, some people like that as they can "get to know you" a little better.

I use google reader and I am going to add you to my reading list so I can see all of your stuff.

Oh, here's another thing about google reader. Sometimes I see a whole post just through the reader and do not have to go to the actual blog to read everything and sometimes the whole post does not appear. At any rate, if it is something I actaully stop to read and post a comment on I do go to the blog so the counter goes up!

Steph said...

Oh my gosh...taht is the longest comment I have ever left! And I probably talked in circles. LOL!

libby said...

I found my way here thanks to Allison's site - and find we have a lot in common! I'm also a former engineer, I live in Austin (don't know if you are in Austin, but see you are a UT fan!), and I have a blog that receives hardly any comments! It can be disappointing - but hang in there! It sounds like Google reader & babies in arms are the main issues. Hopefully you're having fun doing this blog, that's all that really matters! I'll add you to the blog list on my site. Happy stampin'! :-)

Maria said...

Don't feel bad and don't quit, well unless you no longer like blogging. Blog your work as your own diary so YOU can look back at your progress.

I like to look at it that way and when no one comments and by the way, you are not alone. I have over 400 subscribers on Feedblitz (I have 2 blog sites) and I think I receive 2 comments a week and I post daily on both sites. I'll ask questions, ask for opinions, and still no one comments. But that's okay. I like blogging for the sake of blogging. It's nice if someone actually reads what I blog and comment but I'll continue until I get bored of doing it.

Like everyone suggested, a theme is a good way for people to visit your blog regularly. I have a daily special each day. . .it's tutorials, techniques, featured stamp, featured blogger, Anything but cards, etc. . . It's mainly for my personal amusement but people come over to check out what the daily special is for the day.

Stick it out but more importantly, do it because you really enjoy blogging and things will fall into place eventually.

Good luck!

Maria

Angel W said...

I know what you mean about needing feedback. I am that way too. I know some people are reading my blog by the numbers going up, but hardly anyone comments. That is why I have made it a point to comment every day at least 3-4 times on things I see that I like. I go back to my favorites time after time and then try to catch some new ones too. I like your designs. I say stick with it!

GinaP said...

I know what you mean, sweetie... but don't quit. Thanks to Allison (that's how I found you, too), you're gonna get more traffic. AND, since many of us that have posted are looking for clicks and comments, too, why not check out people that have posted here and spread the love?

I've only been actively doing my blog for about a month (though I opened my blog months ago), but I know that "need for feedback and readers". Try blog candy - it will get some activity and bring people to see your work, which is what will sell your blog to people.

Just hang in there. Get yourself a counter (if you don't have one already) and see if the number moves... you'll at least get to see the clicks you're getting, even if the comments aren't there.

Just know you're not talking to "nobody" anymore.

Hugs!!

Rosella said...

I just came across your blog from Allison. Sorry I hadn't come across it before. I guess there are quite a few. So lately I have just subscribed to a few otherwise I spend too much time on here and don't get other important things done. So I will subscribe to your blog too.
I hear you, I am a feedback kind of person too. So you will hear from me again. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Hey Geeta, well here it is the first step to commenting on your page. I love your bella card but some of those bellas I'm not crazy about their faces lol. Hope you have a wonderful mother's day. Veronica M.