Howdy expensive associates and a little bit of a cheerful belated new yr to all of you! How are issues? I’m undecided for those who heard the rumor…I’ve been courting one other weblog. It’s true! I’m actively publishing inside tales now on my very personal Substack – please subscribe to decor8 on Substack to help me and likewise to get all of my posts! This weblog – decor8 – isn’t as lively because it was once, I’m certain you’ve seen and right here’s extra of an evidence as to why…
I’m running a blog perhaps just a few occasions a month right here these days 🙁 and that’s it. I haven’t given up – in no way – I’m a author at coronary heart and I like to share so I’ll at all times have some area on-line the place you’ll have the ability to discover me writing and dreaming about design and decor. Factor is, I made a decision to maneuver my day by day weblog musings over to decor8.substack.com since September 2022 as a result of there I can join extra intimately with my expensive readers – with those that actually wish to see what I’ve to point out and say. Not simply anybody, however a particular group and that features – you!
I’ve been writing on decor8blog.com since January 2006 – are you able to consider it – 17 years of running a blog!!? It’s insane, actually. I’m so happy with myself for sticking with it it doesn’t matter what, I by no means gave up regardless of all the ups and downs. I imply, I began running a blog earlier than social media existed. My purpose is to maintain it operating for 20 years so I nonetheless have 4 extra years of running a blog to do right here earlier than I attain my 20 yr weblog anniversary. Then, I could evolve it into one thing else. Not sure of what, however I’m not leaving my expensive weblog right here anytime quickly.
So why add a Substack? You guys truly remark there. Nobody feedback right here. It’s truthfully miserable to put in writing weblog posts that statistically, are being learn, however nobody talks to me so I’ve zero incentive to maintain writing and not using a single alternate or opinion. I want suggestions, feedback, ideas, dialog.
The rationale I began running a blog was to construct a neighborhood and provoke dialog and I achieved that. I bear in mind the times once I would publish one thing and I’d have at the least 100 feedback. Typically a number of hundred. And once I ran a contest or giveaway, 1000’s of you’ll become involved within the feedback part and it was positively exhilarating! Trade is so significant for us all – however crucial to me and my psychological well being – as a result of once I really feel ignored or boring, I can begin to really feel uninspired and blue. This begins the cycle of posting much less and fewer till I’m barely chugging alongside. As a author, I can’t cease writing… It’s hard-wired into my DNA to speak by written phrases. But, with out others to have a dialogue with from time-to-time, my writing can really feel very one-sided, like I’m speaking to myself, and really unusual!
I used to be interested by the early running a blog days… I used to be by no means the kind of blogger who may simply produce piece after piece and never care in any respect to have interaction. Or these bloggers who used to weblog with feedback turned off – they didn’t wish to interact in any respect, they feared opinions. That was by no means me. I’m at all times attempting to begin a dialog with hopes that just a few of you’ll chime in and previously, you probably did, however because the reputation of apps like Instagram, feedback on most blogs are useless (until the matters are extremely controversial, which mine aren’t). I don’t take it personally, it’s the way it goes as tech evolves and new generations are born and raised as largely a swiping tradition with a 2 second consideration span. I get it, it’s what it’s. Plus most blogs are actually sophisticated to touch upon. Sadly, weblog tech by no means advanced to incorporate a easy commenting system or a feedback with rewards system like Instagram has.