Sunday, August 3, 2014

Making blogging changes, checking priorities

This week, I am making blogging changes because my priorities are changing. And this is exciting!

First of all, you can now easily get around the Handmade Dress Haven blogosphere by clicking on my avatar, newly annointed with social media icons.  This only took me two hours to create and size correctly, so please use it!





Secondly, you will notice the addition of Betsy Button to my sidebar.  I have decided that I really like to sew and I really like to share my sewing and chat about sewing but I do not enjoy the work that it takes to create a blog that will be followed by thousands.  For the last six months, I have read books, joined groups, participated in blog hops and sewalongs, and done everything I could think of (short of buying a new camera) to get my blog seen by others and earn some money from it, but it was just irritating me beyond belief and so I am calling it a day.  It is just too much work to get a blog in the market today, at least if you want to push it and not let your following develop organically. It involves taking great pictures, sharing your links here, there and everywhere, networking, and getting your tutorials seen by as many people as possible.  And, if you don't have a product to sell, it is also very difficult to get noticed, especially if your photographs are not professional-grade. And, even if you do spend 40 hours a week writing stellar tutorials and sharing professional-looking photographs, you still might not make any money at all. Frustrating!  And I just don't have it in my heart to be a business person. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would think I am more special than the next person.  I think that is kind of funny, but it is true.  It is hard for me to do self promotion.

But, Betsy Button is here to help me promote my sewing! And cutting back on blogging hours gives me more time for Betsy and for my own children.  And just who is Betsy Button? Well I wrote about her a while back, in this post.  She is basically the mascot for a Facebook boutique some friends of mine run. I am one of the team and happy to be there. We run big, themed auctions every other week with accessories and clothing for children and sometimes for mom. But, almost every week day, we also run auctions for items we've made and these daily auctions start at $1!  Some of them go quite high, some stay low. You can get some beautiful stuff so please check them out!

And our next Big Auction is August 6th.  The theme is Storybook.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Betsy-Button/423080011123176?ref=hl


Finally, you will notice that the ads in the sidebar have all been deleted.  Why bother!  I hate ads.  I felt guilty having ads in my own blog when I block ads everywhere else. I use Firefox as my browser because I can use Adblocker to keep the annoying ads at bay. But, I felt guilty about blocking every other blogger's ads when I was asking them to click on mine so I unblocked them. And then I got annoyed by all the ads!  You have to laugh at me. I am such a dork! 

So, ads are gone except affiliations. But, in the case of affiliations, I am not asking you to do anything but merely providing you an easy way to buy something I love and give me a small commission. I know that when I shop for patterns now, I always find a friend who is an affiiliate so I can give her the commission.

At any rate, that's the scoop!! 




13 comments:

  1. Ooh fun, Kathy! Betsy is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Amy! She was designed by Pixie Dust Studio.

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  2. I figured out long ago that it is super hard to get your blog on the short list of must reads. That was when I was super into photography, and I even got featured on HP's site. I still had a hard time keeping up with everything, including my actual JOB, so I just called it a day in doing that. Something has to give eventually. Good for you in realizing your priorities.

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  3. I don't have a blog but I can appreciate it is a lot more work than most people realize. I'm glad you sorted out your priorities. Good luck.

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  4. I enjoy reading your blog! I know how hard it is to get readers and I can only image how hard it is to make money blogging. Realizing your priorities will help focus and make yourself a better seamstress and blogger. Looking forward to what comes...

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    1. Thank you! I am working on tween clothing for my 11 year old and little girl Disney clothing for an upcoming Betsy Button sale August 20. Fun stuff!

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  5. I have days when I feel like doing the same, but at the moment I still like blogging. I only really started doing it more seriously in May so maybe in a few months I'll get fed up, lol. I'm not too focused on making money, I have the ads which bring me a few cents a month, ha, and the affiliates, which I will keep up for now. (ads don't really bother me), if I manage to get a few dollars a month I'm happy because that's a few dollars I can put towards my fabric addiction :p
    Good for you for figuring out your priorities! And good luck with Betsy!

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    1. Thank you and good luck with your blog, too.

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  6. Thanks, you've helped me realise my own thoughts. I have a handmade business, & I blog in connection with that, and also my own sewing. I keep telling myself I need to get more professional, push my blog, improve my images, etc etc but really, I don't have the time, the love or the interest to do all that! I'll keep on as I am for now, with my time & energies into my kids, handmade business & a little blogging to go with that, but I think I'll take the needless "should" pressure off myself! x

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    1. Yes you should. It is so hard to be good at 20 different things!! Be good at a few, that is where I am right now.

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