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The state of the state of this blog (reader feedback follow up)

First off, a giant thank you to everyone who commented or emailed on my reader feedback post.  I read all the comments and emails, and enjoyed the suggestions, feedback, and I laughed a bunch too.  Here is a wrap up of what I “heard”:

1) Not to be all Sally Field, but you like me, you really like me!  I felt lots of love and validation while reading your comments and emails.  I wasn’t looking for it or hinting for it, but hey, I told you to be honest and I’ll take that kind of honesty! 🙂

2) Most people don’t want videos, and thank you god because I didn’t want to make them.  Things work out I guess, huh?  I will be doing a video tour probably next week of how the house is now right now with the remodel because photos don’t always show everything, but it will be a short video.

3) Speaking of the remodel, many of you are anxious to hear about how our lives change when my parents move in.  Guess what?  We’re anxious to know too!  I’m going to be sharing some aspects of it once we get settled, but need to balance it with my parents right to privacy (even though I’ve told you all that they’re hoarders).  We’ll see how it goes.

4) Many things are not broken about the site/posts in your eyes and you don’t want to see them fixed/go away.  You want to keep monthly confessions (no worries there because I love writing them and reading yours), you like my rambling posts, meal plan posts are helpful, and whatever I happen to write should still be in my “keeping in real” style.  Homemade Mondays may not be necessary (i.e., not an absolute favorite), but I’ll be honest in that I am keeping them.  They’re my second highest rated posts of the week, and it’s nice to know that one post each week is pretty much “taken care of”.

5) Cursing doesn’t seem to be a barrier to most of you.  Some of you “gloss over” it while reading, but it doesn’t keep you from reading.  One reader had a question about what I’ll tell Jack when he is old enough to read my blog and sees my cursing.  Well, he can read fluently now (he flawlessly read “subsequently” the other night in a book), so I’m very careful about closing down my laptop when he is awake.

Considering I have banned the words “turd, butt, and fart” in our house, he’ll be in for a bit of a shock when he realizes some of the words I use.  I plan to explain to him that there are certain choices such as grown up words that you get to chose to use if you want when you’re an adult.  Until you’re an adult, you need to use the words that are allowed in the house.

6) You seem excited about my plans for a few posts on keeping organized (booting clutter) and getting out of the house in the morning with ease.

7) Someone suggested a monthly “what are we reading” post where I share and you share what you are enjoying in the literary arts.  LOVE IT.  This is happening.

8) Structural changes: comment bottom at the bottom of the post.  You’re not the first to want this, and if I can ever figure out how to make that work, I’m on it.  It think it’s part of my overall template, but I totally agree with you and would love it on the bottom (that’s what she said).

Also, a desire for the first post of the page to be higher (above the fold).  Done.  Moved the subscribe option to the sidebar, and removed the ad. I really want to avoid the pop up “subscribe” window because those piss me off while I’m reading blogs, so hopefully the subscribe option is still somewhat visible.

9) More in-depth gardening and canning posts.  I’ll do my best!  I pretty much can the same few things every year, so I’m not sure where I can expand on that topic, but I’ll try!

10) Sponsored posts: you don’t want them.  Which is totally fine with me, because I turn those down on the weekly.  They don’t mesh with the vibe I try to lay down around here.  That being said, if the right “just perfect” opportunity comes my way, I’m going to be open to it.  It has to be something I would be willing to buy myself, and I’ll always tell you when I was compensated for the write up, because I want to retain your trust and not whore myself out.

Work it. own it.

11) Kitchen, fridge, and pantry tour.  ON IT!

12) More in-depth sewing tutorials.  I’m interested in this, but need to tread lightly since some of the things I sew (the quilts especially) are not of my design, so I don’t have permission to basically give away the directions that the author deserves to be compensated for.

13) More posts about the chickens…but not too much more because not everyone finds them too interesting.

14) More about how I fit stuff in to my daily life.  Roger that…been working on a post on this topic for awhile now.  I hope it answers your questions!

15) What are my weaknesses?  My addictions? How do I do loads of stuff without the bitterness and resentment?  The post I am working on (see above #14) should address these questions.  But here is a sneak preview: I do have bouts of bitterness and resentment and have previously chucked a laundry basket at a certain someone’s head (name rhymes with Roy) yelling “I’m not a fucking 1950’s housewife”.  It’s a highly effective method of conflict resolution.

16) I have to say this suggestion sent via email was my favorite.  It was how I could improve the “About Me” section.  Meg wordsmithed it for me and came up with this:

Hey bitches, I AM the new urban farmer movement. Read my blog – or not – but if you want to know ANYTHING then you’ll probably want to read every post religiously. Oh yeah, and I’m cool because I live in Seattle.

I think it’s a winner!

So, I’ve heard you, I appreciate it, and it’s all in the works as I start phase one of my master plan.  FYI, phase five (the final phase) involves me taking over the world with homemade cleaning products and getting everyone to ditch wrapping paper.  And making fart jokes on NPR.  Now that Carl Kasell has retired, I heard there is a job opening for writing naughty limericks on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell me.  A girl can dream, right?

I’m going to buckle down and start working on “da plan” soon, and fingers crossed I can share some updates with you in early spring.

Thank you again for taking the time to give me such great feedback, and for being the best damn readers out there!

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22 comments on “The state of the state of this blog (reader feedback follow up)”

  1. Does having a “comment bottom at the bottom of the post” mean that you’ll be designing a little butt icon to represent the “comment” option? Because I think that would be awesome 🙂

    Love your blog, glad you’re not changing it all that much, excited to read the new upcoming posts. Have a great day!

  2. You rock, that’s all. Ooh, that and I totally see how more people will comment on your blog if the comment link is on the bottom of the page. How odd that that isn’t what happens by default.

  3. I’m a little confused about the comment issue. For me it is at the bottom of the post.

    My friend’s blog at craftknife.blogspot.com and your blog are kinda similar in the honesty section. She does do sponsored posts, but I really like the way she does them. In your copious amounts of spare time you should check it out ;0)

    Also, those that don’t get that a sponsored post helps pay the bills are kinda a pain. While I am thankful that you won’t write for any business that asks, I think you should be more selfish and write sponsored adds if they resonate with you and try not to worry too much about what everyone else thinks about it. We all know that a little extra $$ never hurt anyone.

    I love your instagram photos. I am trying to quit facebook, so I miss some stuff there, but I love that I can still see bits of your life through instagram. I often times feel like a creepy stalker, but I really am not.

    I love your blog, I love that you are trying to make it better and I love that you want our input. Can’t wait to see what this next year brings for you!

    • Apparently I need real life friends so I stop hijacking your comment section.

    • So, yes you can read the comments at the bottom, but in order to make one, you have to scroll back up to the top of the post which I know is pretty annoying.

      Will check out your friend’s blog!

      I should post more on Instagram, but I always forget about it. Maybe I need to move the icon to the front screen of my phone.

  4. Sounds great, the “above the fold” does look better, I hadn’t noticed before really. I’m interested in how it goes when the parents move in & any tips for that one. We’ve had my mom in our home for a few years now (she’s also a hoarder, ugh) & it can be less than fun at times, so maybe I’ll learn some helpful hints on making that better.

  5. It all sounds good! PS I love chicken posts. Mine have finally started laying again!

  6. I’m new to your blog, but you had me at “that’s what she said” ;-p

    Looking forward to following your adventures!

  7. Whew! I was so relieved to read that you are planning on taking over the world! It has been on my ‘to-do’ list for years and, frankly, I am just too freakin’ tired. It makes me glad to know there is a capable woman with future world domination in the works. I only ask one thing: please make restaurants lower the seat height on their chairs. I am a real shorty and I get tired of swinging my legs or sitting tip-toe on the edge of my seat in order to enjoy a meal that someone else has prepared. That is all, so please, carry on! 😀

    • How about we join forces and take on the world together?

      I’d need to authorize 2 separate heights of restaurant chairs, because they’re too short for me! 🙂

  8. Awesome….just awesome.
    I don’t comment often but I’m reading every day!!
    Thank you !

  9. Thank you for the update, & for avoiding those stupid pop up subscribe thingys. God I hate those. Everytime I see one, all I can think is ‘Really? Do you think we wouldn’t look for a subscriber entry, if we really wanted more of your damn content? ‘

  10. I often wonder about the amount of comments I post….but it just feels very comfortable to do! I appreciate your responses and dialogs with your followers.

  11. Fellow seattleite here and loving the idea for the About are section. Do it! I don’t know how I didn’t comment on your feedback post, but I’m loving your ideas! Keep up the good work, I love your blog. I’m constantly reading parts to my husband and lol-ing (is that how you type it? Can I make it be that way? We’re going with it).

  12. Love reading your blog and enjoy your honesty, curse words and all :). Keep up the good work.

  13. Love love love. Sorry I missed the survey, but I love all of the suggestions. #16 was just the perfect way to end it all, and so true. Looking forward to the tour posts! Keep up the good work! xoxo

  14. Thank goodness I put my coffee down before reading #15 above. If I hadn’t I would have been cleaning coffee off my desk and monitor.

    I can’t thank you enough for the perspective, laughs, and overall great posts. My older son is the same age as Jack, and I swear sometimes reading your posts about your son are like reading about my own little guy.

    Keep up the great work!