Hello, my lovely friends. I haven’t been around as much as usual over the past couple of months. I’ve missed you guys. Winter isn’t a season when I take on many new diy projects. Because, well, two words: Winter and Canada. Friends, in Canada, winter is cold. There’s snow. And ice. And freezing rain. That means things like sanding wood and… Read More
Hello my pretties! Today is a fun day around here! It’s ‘Day 2’ of the Canadian Bloggers Home Tours, and that means you’re invited to our home for a little tour. If you’ve been around awhile, thanks for coming back today, and I promise you that I have some new things for you to see. If you’re new here, welcome to A… Read More
There’s been more than a few crickets chirping away here for the past while as I’ve been spending less time here and more time with three kids enjoying summer. But next week, I’ll be coming out of my summer hiding for an exciting tour of Canadian design/decor bloggers homes. If you love the chance to peek inside others’ homes (in… Read More
I don’t care a lot about blog ‘stats’ around here; and, it’s certainly not what motivates me to keep blogging. (I’ve written about this before over here.) However, I did notice something today which got me a little excited! Today my blog surpassed a million pageviews since moving over here from Blogger, and changing my blog name to A Pop of Pretty.
That’s like 7 whole digits worth of blog traffic, which is pretty darn cool. So as a thanks to YOU and YOU and YOU for visiting this little corner of the web, I’m going to celebrate this one million pageviews milestone by offering a little gift with no strings attached!
I recently created these two chalkboard-inspired “Good Morning” / “Good Night” prints for our master bedroom makeover.
I haven’t even blogged about them yet, and I didn’t create them with the intention of offering them as free printable art. But today I’m inspired to share! So here you go! As usual, just right click, save and print as you like! (If your printer prints to cardstock or photo paper, that’s what I’d recommend, but any paper will do.) READ MORE
f you regularly follow home decorating or diy blogs like mine, you’d have to have been living under a rock over the past few weeks not to have heard about the Haven Conference in Atlanta. (I’m actually thinking you might be a little tired of hearing about it by now, lol!) Basically, it’s a conference attended by decor and diy enthusiasts (pointing to self with both fingers!), most of whom also have blogs where they share their projects (again, pointing with both fingers)! This was my second year attending Haven, and suffice it to say, the past week was filled with a whole lot of pretty!
But besides the eye candy, I also learned a lot too! So instead of telling you all about the awesome people I met, the amazing sponsors and swag bags, and my fun home decor shopping excusions in Atlanta (oh my!), over my next couple of blog posts, I thought I’d share some of my notes from the home decor and blogging sessions I attended.
I’ve been dragging my heels on Instagram for awhile. I set up an account a long time ago, but never used it. It’s not because I have anything against Instagram, it’s just the opposite. I knew I’d love it. But since I already have a blog, two Facebook pages, a serious Pinterest addiction, and a too-often-ignored-Twitter-account to keep up with, I hesitated about adding yet another social media to the mix.
Recently though, the diy/decor bloggers conference I’m attending in a few weeks (Haven) created a Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge as a way to get to know other attendees, and you guessed it, I was putty in their hands. I promised myself I’d stop instagramming after the challenge was over, but you know what? That would be like promising myself I’ll never eat mint chocolate ice cream again. It’s just not going to happen. READ MORE
Happy belated Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! Since I feel so lucky to live in such an amazing country, I thought I would share the love here on the blog, and tell you about a few of the other 😉 Canadian design blogs and decorating web sites I really like. As a decorating blogger and avid follower of… Read More
Confession: I’m afraid of power tools. Hand me a hammer or a screwdriver any day, but power tools? Eeeeeek. I’m not sure if it’s their loud noise or their sharp blades or the possibility of failure (or blood), but I’ve always steered clear of them.
Given that I follow like a gazillion inspirational diy and decor bloggers who are always gettin’ jiggy with a jig saw, you’d think by now I would have an arsenal of power tools. Up to this point though, I’ve only ever used a sander (for this vintage bakery sign project), and a drill which I despise. (Well, except in my Grade 8 Industrial Arts class in the 80s – does that count? Ha!) Now you’ll understand why I watched the fabulous Ana White at the Haven Conference last year with my jaw at the floor! Mudroom organizer? No problem! She whipped that sucker up in front of a couple hundred of us while wearing lipstick and purple patent pumps (#anawhiteismyhero).
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to tackle a little project in my 8-year old daughter’s room for awhile now, but I avoided it because it required a saw. I whined, and I fretted, and I avoided…and then I decided to put on my big girl panties (#the-words-you-never-thought-you’d-say-on-your blog ;-)), and buy myself – wait for it – a jigsaw. READ MORE
In my last post, I talked about why I think blogging is bonkers. It was inspired by a simple question that I got asked over the holidays, “How are you doing with your blog?”. The whole thing got me thinking about how to measure blogging success and how to grow your blog – and whether that’s even important unless you want to make money blogging.
The tricky thing is that most blogs start out as hobbies. Few of us start with a goal to make money blogging. Instead, we’re passionate about something, and we feel like writing about it. Simple as that. If we have any goals at all, they’re usually unspoken, and relate to self-fulfillment, rather than things like unique visitors, page views and ad revenue.
When I started this blog two years ago, it was simply a hobby and a creative outlet. I never had any goals other than a way to save my sanity while being home with my children. I was hoping that my blog might be interesting to more than my husband, parents, and two sisters, but I had no real expectations, and I certainly never gave a second thought on if or how I could make money blogging. (Hey, I brainstormed blog names with a doodle pad and a smelly marker. No joke.) I can honestly say that, back then, I was 100% naive about the whole world of professional blogging.
For a business-trained MBA like me, that’s total crazy talk, I know. I’m a planner, for goodness sake (capital ‘P’ and lower case ‘p’). But honestly, I just started writing about something I loved. In those first months, I remember almost falling over when I had more than 100 visits in one day, or when I reached my 100th ‘blog follower’. I never imagined either of those numbers ever climbing into the thousands like they have!
If the measure of success is by personal fulfillment – which was just about the only ‘goal’ I had back then – it’s easy to say that my blog’s been successful. When I started it, it was a way to satisfy my constant need for creative and intellectual stimulation. I had 1-year-old twins at home, and a 5-year old who’d just started half-day Kindergarten. I’d left my dmore-than-ecade-long career as a strategic marketing planner in an ad agency to be home with them for a couple of years. I truly wanted to be home with them, but it left a void that was once filled by my work which I loved. The creative activities that went into developing this blog – decorating, writing, photography, and web development – helped to re-energize me on the days when the crying was incessant (I mean theirs not mine, although there were days like that too, lol), and when the laundry pile was too high to face.
So I guess that means that the next time somebody asks “How are you doing with your blog”, I should tell them, “It’s been fabulously successful!” Right?!? Only, guess what? I won’t.
And the reason that I won’t is because the standard success measure for a blog isn’t self-fulfillment. It’s a numbers game. Even though the person asking the question might not care, or for that matter even know, about things like unique visitors and page views, the fact is that I know those standard benchmarks exist. For better or worse, that’s how blogs are judged.
But, here’s the thing. Success based on those numbers is a relative thing. And, as the saying goes, comparison is the thief of joy. There are blogs in my niche of home decorating which have been around for years, and which have grown into true media powerhouses in visitor traffic, followers, and reader engagement. I follow many of them and maybe you do too. (You’ll find a few of my favorites in my right sidebar, under ‘Inspiration’!). I’m in awe of what they’ve achieved! But I can’t and I don’t compare my blog’s success to those superstars. If I did, I’d be – like Hank Williams Jr said – crying tears in my beer, lol. Instead, I try and learn from them, and use them as examples of what can be achieved with consistently inspiring content.
So, if success is relative, and if I didn’t set any of my own quantifiable goals in the first place, determining blog success based on numbers is difficult. Yet, there are certainly things I feel proud of….READ MORE