Hello again, guys! I’m working on updating the blog more often…normally I only think of writing something about every two weeks. In that time, there were several things to write about, so I try to pick the most important thing. Then I go to a coffee shop and try to get started.
Then I decide none of them were worth writing about and give up.
Then I read that if I don’t do it once a week, I shouldn’t bother. Actually I should be doing it once a day. So I subscribe to some blogs I might be interested in, for ideas, and get bombarded by “buy this” and “enter this” and “how to do something really neat in three steps”. Only to find out that if you want the three steps, you have to pay for a class or e-book or something. So I give up and decide I hate blogging, even though I still really like to write.
And this is the world of blogging. If you could only spend 40 hours a week getting people to click on stuff, you’d be rich. And the way you do it is by being an online version of those vendors in the middle of the mall that shove samples in your face when you walk by and try and engage you by saying things that you’d feel rude to walk by and not answer. This would make me miserable.
I just like to write and share life with people and maybe post some pictures of what we’re up to in case some of you can relate. The sales-y thing isn’t me and never will be (however, Dave and I can sell the heck out of a house, so if that’s what you’re wanting us to sell, you’ve come to the right place).
What do you think? What would make you want to read a blog? Do the sales-y, flashy subject lines make you want to open the email or are you tired of that?
What would you like to read about in a blog, and what would make you sick of it?
And how about this? Leave me a comment* and I’ll choose one at a time to write a blog post about your topic or question. And if you don’t comment, who knows what you’ll be reading? It could be posts about how to make yarn out of pet hair and how to clean the inside of a toaster. You don’t want to take a chance, people.
Tell your friends, too, and have them come get their questions answered for free!
*If no one comments, I’ll probably cry and then treat myself to a latte and possibly even some rug shopping.
Who can blame me?
You can do it! Comment here. 🙂
Lisa Klapp says
I need a new couch, large loveseat size. Would you point out what to look for in structure and fabric? I feel a bit at the mercy of what looks great on the outside!!!
Holly Thompson says
Sure! Great idea! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Pam Hill says
I have enjoyed your thought process on finding items/materials then incorporating them into your home. You are great at this. I am lacking!
Holly Thompson says
Thanks, Pam! I would love to do a blog post on that sometime…what kinds of “raw materials” are you most interested in incorporating? Things that could be used for decor or more like construction/renovating items? Or both?
Aw man, I feel like those of us commenting are keeping you from getting a latte and doing some rug shopping! Ha! *Do it anyway!* So, what I hate about some blogs are those ads that pop up along the bottom of every photo. So annoying! I can handle the clickable links in the sidebar, but not the ones that are thrown in your face, cover a part of the photo, and slow down the loading of the page!! I actually stopped following the first blogger I had ever followed because she “grew” into this kind of advertising. I tried to just deal with it, but soon decided her content wasn’t worth the frustration. What I like about your blog is your fun, enjoyable writing style. I like that you are real and that we’re taken along on the projects with you. I’m curious how you manage to keep up with homeschooling, selling real estate, and doing all those reno projects. Do y’all have family nearby to help with kids? I know you used to live in Seattle (I think that’s what you said once), and I wonder what brought you to Tennessee. But perhaps I’m asking for too much personal info!
Holly Thompson says
Thanks for your comment! I love hearing from you, Melanie. I used to have a personal blog, actually, about how we ended up in Tennessee from WA, and how we do projects and homeschooling and all that. But when we started doing real estate, I felt like I had to be “professional” (meaning, it’s advised not to talk about personal/faith-based/political-like things) and didn’t know how to walk the line between the “me” and the “professional”. Then eventually we separated the real estate from the design (which I guess could be design/life) because of TN real estate laws governing real estate websites. Which makes our website technically available now to be in the “personal/design/life” department. But that is pretty recent and I don’t really know how much of “personal” I’m allowed to mix with “business”, if that makes any sense. Then, as more people follow, I don’t know who they are or what they’re wanting unless they comment and tell me. Someone told me at one point that they only followed people who gave them tips or coupons or something, and weren’t interested in anything personal. Others say you have to be personal and excited and fun all the time so everyone wants to be your best friend (which to me seems a little fake). Then the website itself tells me as I write (they have all kinds of helpful tips for making it rank highly on Google) I’ll lose my audience if it’s not short and full of pinnable pictures and catchy short sentences. Which would ruin my writing an honestly, go against my convictions about literacy in general. So we kept praying that the Lord would keep our eyes on Him and not on all the “shoulds”, and do what He has called us to do.
But, I would be happy to add in more regular life things if I thought people were interested. Honestly, I hadn’t thought of that. It seems that other blogs have perfect pictures all the time, and we don’t live with things all perfect and photo-ready (especially with kids at home).
Thanks for your ideas! I will totally address them if you think people want to know!