Okay, guys! Thanks for the comments on my last post! You totally made my day! It’s nice to know there are actual people out there…kind of like in the movie Julie and Julia where she starts a blog and gets her first comment. From her mom. So thanks (mom) and others!
A quick question. Did those of you who commented get an email notification that I commented back? Our new website hasn’t been notifying me of comments by email like it used to, so I’m hoping that it’s not the same for you. If you didn’t hear back, just go back to the comment section and check there until we get this figured out! I wrote back to each of you. 🙂 Come to think of it, if you commented in the past few weeks and didn’t hear back, you probably didn’t get a notification from that, either. There is probably a comment on the blog waiting for you. Sorry. I think it may be fixed now, though.
So here’s the deal. I used to have a personal blog with some cool stories about how we ended up in Franklin, TN from Seattle, as well as other real-life things like what we’re up to or thinking about. Then, my husband became a real estate agent and I became one too, to help him, and the personal blog went away in favor of a “professional” one that clients could look at. But of course, I’m not a “professional” type of person and never will be, so I still had fun writing it, except it was harder to choose topics that were not “personal” in some way. Plus, there are real estate laws in TN that require the real-estate brokerage (company)’s logo, name and address be on every page of the website. This encouraged us to make this blog have nothing to do with real estate and just have a link to our brokerage’s separate page. That way, I could be free to write what I want.
Then, I heard about how everyone wants tips and tricks and will only read it if it’s full of short, catchy, in-your-face sentences that grab at you when you look. This sounds exhausting to me to keep up with. And, that there’s no reason to blog at all if you’re not doing this. Which is a little discouraging to me, because I didn’t intend the blog to be any sort of full-time job. I just like to write for fun. I already have a full-time job being a wife and homeschooling mommy, and I love to hang out with my husband and we work on all kinds of projects together and always have. Even so, we still felt like it was important to keep up the blog at least as a portfolio of what we do, so people would have a reference point if they want to see if we’re worth hiring for design or real estate.
Actually, the new website makes it harder to write for fun, because as I’m writing, it has a sidebar that analyzes my sentences and has a red checkbox that’s always checked, saying “needs improvement”. The way to make it green is to have exceptionally short sentences that are “active” (commands to look or to do something) and tons of headings. Basically like a kindergarten book. That’s what the general public would like to read, apparently. Since we’re dulled by scanning our smartphones all the time, short, grabby sentences are the only things that hold our attention for a second or two.
But honestly, I have a problem with that being the norm. I believe that literacy is a great God-given capacity that people have, and writing in order to make Google rank the website higher in search engines sort of erases the gift. It also attempts to topple the main way that God has chosen to speak to people (through His Word) by numbing us and preventing us from having the attention span to read something real. Yet it has become the norm, so in some way I have to either comply or not care if I end up being unsuccessful as a blogger because of it.
So back to your comments…(some may have to wait for later so this isn’t too long). Let me summarize. How to choose a decent-quality couch that doesn’t cost a fortune (I’ll save this for next time, because I have a bit to say about it). How/what to repurpose/how to find awesome materials for cheap for your home. Okay, this is one of my favorite things to do. I also have a lot to say about it. It’ll probably be throughout several posts, but if any of you are asking about a particular thing right now, I can answer that first.
Finally, how did you end up moving across the country and how do you homeschool and sell real estate and do design and projects all at the same time? I can get to this too, if you guys are actually interested in “personal”, non-design-tip stuff. The main way we actually do “everything” is that we’re actually not doing everything, but only what God calls us to do. We don’t do a lot of what other people spend time doing because we wouldn’t have time to do that AND what we know we’re supposed to do. We don’t think being “busy” is good for our family, so we choose what we’re doing carefully and learn to say no to a lot.
More later! I’ll leave you with a pic our photographer friend, Ashel Parsons, took for us! Here is the fam:
And here is Lucy, who is perfectly color-coordinated with our home:
Enjoy! More soon!