Ramblings. I’m all psyched — or is it psycho? — about the blog these days. January was the best traffic month ever — 200,000 unique visitors… and I really loved the stories, too. I also went to a conference, the Alt Design Summit, which got me all jazzed about doing even more to turbocharge the RR machine. 2012 will be my first year of working on the blog fulltime.
The Business of Blogging
At Alt, I was a speaker on a panel, “The Business of Blogging,” with the Ami Price of ElizabethAnnDesigns.com/blog and Chris Gardner of Curbly.com. Both of these youngun’s are super smart, and I learned a lot from them.
For example, as regular readers may have noted, I have increased the frequency of stories to two times a day — first thing in the morning (posts 4:30 a.m. eastern/lunchish in London) and again at 11:55 a.m. eastern. (Sorry, dear Aussie friends, my brain is too small to triangulate to your time zone; call me American.) I got this 2 x day idea from Chris, who said that lots of readers want another “fix” of their intertube favorites at lunch time — so they might as well get it here. I will also be throwing in some ebay carousels on occasion. However, Ami advised that I don’t need to post on the weekend — we all need a rest. On Saturday morning, though, I will do a roundup with some link luv.
If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your ideas
for stories and topics for me to consider moving forward!
I am not at all worried about running out of things to write about — especially because you readers keep sending me your photos and your tips. Yay! Keep ’em coming. This is what makes it all especially motivating. Even so, I am a whirling dervish getting used to the new routine, because it takes a lot of time. The vintage collage at the top — from Mel Kolstad — kind sums up what I feel like these days. Except, I’m likely working in pajamas.
Living the Dream
Have you longtime readers also noticed that Mel has not been on the blog with her monthly “Love the House You’re In” collages? It’s a loss for us, but reflects real positives for Mel. Since she left her day job to become an artist in January 2010, she has become busier and busier, and she could no longer do my little project. She is a professional artist! Did you know she… blames a little bit of her career change on Retro Renovation? Well, it gave her a “sign”. She recently wrote about making the decision to leave her safe job to pursue her dream, including my cameo appearance. Hey, soul sista.
Of course, all the collages shown in this story are Mel’s. Click on them to get to her page. And/or dive into her world via: MelKolstad.com. Ramblings. I think the point of this story is: Maybe you can have it all. But probably not all at the same time.