Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thoughts About Blogs

Hiya Everyone, this is ♥Carol♥!  Welcome to my Little Creation Corner, and thanx for stopping by.  First, my apologies for not having posted here in so long.  I have been ill, with many complications that made my recovery a long hard road ... one that also left my creative mojo totally deflated.  But I have now recovered (yippeeee!) ... and creative thoughts are slowly returning, so pop back in again soon, as I will be adding new posts in the near future.

In the meantime ... I wanted to take a moment to talk about BLOGS.  I originally started this blog because I succumbed to peer pressure ... I didn't really have a great desire to have a blog of my own (I was having too much fun visiting everyone else's blogs), but was told it was something I should do.  I don't usually fall victim to peer pressure, but as I joined other blogs as a Design Team member, it really did seem necessary.  I have since come to enjoy having a blog and am thrilled beyond words when others visit and leave comments.  Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to stop by ... It truly makes the entire creating process so much more rewarding.  In fact, I have discovered that having a blog is actually quite fun!  (((grin)))

Now, back to my thoughts about Blogs ... Recently, My Friend, OKIE (and yes, I definitely consider OkieLadyBug, aka, Shirley, a "FRIEND"),  posted on her blog her own thoughts about blogs that closely mirror mine.  Since her thoughts are so very much like my own, I thought I'd share her post right here instead of trying to re-write the entire thing again and using different words ... especially since those different words would really be the same thing!  What can I say ... sometimes I am lazy too!  (((wink)))

So here is the excerpt from Okie's blog ... which, BTW, if you haven't been to her blog yet, please do stop by ... you won't be disappointed ... her creations are beautiful and inspiring, her DS cut files are fabulous, and her quick wit and humorous personality shines through in every post ... I know that if she is reading this, she is probably laughing at my words ... but still, they are true and heart felt!  You can find her blog here ... .  BRAVO, Okie ... these are very wise words, and very well written ...

My feelings about blogs....
 Posted: 14 Jul 2010 08:01 AM PDT
 A few years ago when I started my blog I started it for one reason. So people could easily download .cut files without me having to email the files to them. I remember one evening spending over two hours replying to email requests and sending files. I knew there had to be a better way. So I entered the blogging world.

How do I get followers? That is a frequent question on the Cricut messageboard these days. I recently answered as follows "I don't know how ya get followers. I am hateful to my readers sometimes and talk to myself. Personally I wouldn't follow my own blog as mean as I can be sometimes." I was being totally serious too! *okie still is amazed that people wanna read her blog since she is hateful and sometimes threatens her readers* However I am not really talking to myself, the thoughts in my head just sometimes find their way into my posts *okie wishes people would stop reading her thoughts so much and wonders how many mind readers there are in this world*.

I have a love hate relationship with my blog.

I love being able to post what I create where my friends and family can see it without me having to email them pictures. When I tell one of my friends what I have been working on they will say "email it to me". But then I would have to email it to several people I tell them "I don't want to". So then they say "post it on your blog so I can see it". Well okay, that way I don't have to email it to several different people. Believe me there have been times when I didn't want to post something because I thought it looked like crap! But one friend of mine, I won't mention her name *okie thinks ScrapperDelighted gets on her last nerve with this though*, will tell me "I don't care if you think it looks like crap...I want to see it! SO POST IT!"

The hate part comes in because I am lazy! It takes time to take pictures to where they look good and then edit and then write up a post. That is one reason I don't do more video's. It literally takes hours to shoot the video, edit the video, publish the video and then upload the dang thang! *okie cracks up because she loves saying dang thang*

Now days it seems everyone wants to commercialize their blogs. They want a ton of followers and corporate sponsorship and will do giveaways to increase traffic on their blog. While I will do a giveaway every now and then I make it easy. You don't have to link my blog, post my blog, jump through hoops of fire or any of that crap; you just have to leave a comment on that post. Now don't get me wrong here, it does feel good to know people follow my blog and want to see what I make *okie is always amazed that people leave comments to let okie know they have stopped by* but for me I think my blog has now become an outlet for my own creative expression *and okie's thoughts*.

Overall I think blogs can be a good thing. I do like going to blogs of others and seeing how inferior of a crafter I am but it makes me strive to try and be a little better. Although, I don't spend a whole lot of time reading blogs because then it would cut into my time creating.

I guess what it boils down to is that I think blogs can be a good thing. I just dislike people always saying "go to my blog" so I can see a picture of what they made or what they think. Just post at least one picture and then let me decide if I want to see or read more!

And that's all I got to say about that!

And isn't that all that needs to be said really?  Thanx Okie, for allowing me to share your thoughts on my Blog too.

As I already said, be sure to stop by her blog and say hello (  I know you will enjoy your visit there.  I first visited her blog about 2 and a half years ago, I loved it then ... I visit often and I love it every bit as much now as I did the first time!

Again, thanx for stopping by for a visit at my Little Creation Corner.  I always enjoy your company ... so feel free to stop by any time ... you are always welcome! 



Melissa said...

Awwww Carol, I didn't realize you had been ill. I've been a little MIA myself, nothing serious, just a lot going on. I am happy to read that you are feeling better. You are such a bright spot in a day!

Carol said...

Oh Melissa, you are such a Sweetie, thank you for your kind words. It's so nice to see you here ... glad you're no longer MIA! =)


pink cotton said...

Oh, I'm sorry you've been ill. Glad you are doing much better!

Maureen Reiss said...

Carol, I hope you're feeling well now. I can't wait to welcome you back. Get crafting girl!!! lol

MsJay said...

Glad that you are feeling much better. I enjoyed that story. I'll be waiting to see your creativity.

June said...

So glad to hear that you are feeling better!!!!

Gramma said...

Carol, sorry to read that you've been ill. I hope that is all behind you now! I missed your blog posts, but just assumed you were busy. I hope this note finds you well and happy and creating!

Ladybug said...

Hiya Carol. I'm sorry to hear that you were ill, but glad to hear that you're feeling better.

I thought life just got too busy for you and that's why you haven't been posting.

Take care, my friend! :-)

ScrappyJess said...

Carol, I'm sorry to read that you have not been feeling well and I am happy to read that you are on the mend. I agree that there is a very fine line you can walk between wanting someone to visit your blog, and selling yourself. It is something I think I struggle with. Thank you and Okie for your insight and I hope you have a blessed and crafty day!

madmommy said...

I am glad I found your blog, and hope you are feeling better!
When I clicked on your blog link, and Kenny Chesney started singing "You Had Me From Hello" I almost started crying...this is a very special song for my DH and I. Thank you for playing this! And I look forward to reading more from you, both here and on the Cricut MB!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are feeling better. I always enjoy reading what you have to say and seeing the great things you create. And you are such a kind poster (one who posts, not the kind you hang on the wall!) on the Cricut message board -- we should all follow your example there!
carolyn in nebraska

JenL said...

I'm glad you're back and feeling better! :)