Blog Changes Are Coming! – #1 Stampin’ Up! UK Demonstrator Pootles
Well, after 8 and a half years of daily blogging, I’m excited to be making some changes!
When I started this blog, pretty much within days of me joining Stampin’ Up, I immediately wanted to do daily blogging. I was still a part of the Makeup/Beauty World, where daily posts were the norm.
And of course, in that time, my business has evolved, my home life has changed, and yes, we moved house!
4 years ago, when we moved, I suddenly lost about 12 working hours per week, where the children had enjoyed after school clubs a few days a week, and breakfast club on a couple of mornings.
I’m not sure I’ve ever caught back up again!
And of course, with ever changing times, the last 18 months a great example of that, I have decided to change a little of the way in which I share projects with you all, and the location of those.
It has been something I’ve been thinking of for quite a few months, and as ever, I’m so busy, I just never had time to stop, sit down and work out what I wanted to do and where to make those changes.
However, I recently commissioned an external SEO expert to take a look at my blog and all my social media channels, and have him make recommendations as to what I could change, but still retain sharing projects and ideas with you all.
I specifically chose someone firstly local to me (in case face to face meetings were needed!) but importantly, someone who had exactly nothing to do with the crafting world, so that I could get a really good, but dispassionate opinion.
Some of the things he shared with me were so totally obvious, others, I had sort of ventured into as social media and blogs had evolved, and others were total light bulb moments.
However, I was delighted when he said that my growth and site were impressive for someone who basically googled everything and has had little to no external input!
But what does that mean for all of you.
Well, first up, I won’t be having a blog post on here each day anymore. That’s not to say I won’t have projects and things elsewhere – my other social media channels – but the daily blogging won’t happen any longer.
BUT! Yes, I will still have a YouTube video on my usual Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, and of course, the corresponding blog posts. Those are the 3 days that will Not be changing.
What I am looking to do is a little more in depth work within those posts and projects, but by ‘freeing up’ those other 4 days of the week, it means that as and when I want to add in an extra project, or perhaps a tip or something, I’m not trying to shoe horn it into a predetermined schedule that is set in stone.
It also means that should I want to do a themed series, I’m not trying to fit projects around any set dates and times, but that there is fluidity in adding those in.
sort of a “Surprise! here’s an extra project for you this week” kind of thing!
I also plan to spend more time creating fun-things-to-do in my craft forum over on facebook, of which there are almost 14,000 members, and heck, we want to craft and have fun.
And within this blog itself, I am going to be slowly populating gallery type areas (so that you can find projects at a glance way more easily than now) and some other areas are getting some changes too, and you’ll see those coming out over time in the Menu buttons at the top of the page.
I also want to be able to incorporate more ‘real time’ activity and crafting, and right now, I haven’t had that time or space (very hard when my husband is only at home in the early evening 2 days a week and I need him to be around for noisy and ‘helpful’ children!)
But I had to be brave. I had to be brave enough to try something new. I had to be brave enough to know that while the quantity of my projects on here will change, that I can still create and share projects elsewhere online and that you’ll be able to find those too.
And I had to be brave enough to speak it out loud, and that’s what I’m doing today.
So there will be another weekend project tomorrow, but from Monday it will only be my usual Monday Wednesday and Friday blog posts with the corresponding youtube tutorials on those fixed days, and after that, well, extra posts are going to pop up as and when!
Thank you all so much for checking into this blog post on such a regular basis, I hope you’re going to like the changes and that you’ll come and find me in the other social media spaces that I hang out in.
Sam Hammond Donald
#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator