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May 10, 2011

My Vision

Yesterday I posted your responses to my blog survey, and promised that I would return to share my own personal vision for Honey and the Moon.

I'm going to warn you that this post will be wordy and lacking images, but I think that it is important to let you know my hopes and dreams for this little ole' blog of mine. If you don't have the time to read a wordy post right, I understand; just come back later so you can check it out.


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As many of you know, I am an education major (ps: I graduate this Friday!). My degree is in middle school English-Language Arts. Many of you also know that the economy here in the U.S. is in shambles. Major cuts are being made in the country, and one of the areas where they are cutting is education. In the Dallas-Ft. Worth area specifically, many school districts are cutting teaching jobs and going on hiring freezes. Thus, finding a job in the education field is proving to be very difficult.

Although this situation may seem quite negative, my husband and I have chosen to look at it with a positive perspective. Luckily Cody has been able to secure a fantastic part time job and he has agreed that it would be good for me to take some time to really try and grow my blog. In his words, "If it's something that you really love doing, why not take the time to really focus on it?". Isn't it so great to have supportive people around you?

I've also had several family members and friends be just as supportive. Many people have mentioned different ways that they'd like to help me, including some who have asked for my help in making over their house this summer.

Several days after we decided that I'd take this time to focus on my blog I found this quote on Pinterest and it spoke so much truth to me:

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So that is what this summer is devoted to...making this blog the best that it can be. I have lots of ideas on how to do that and so many of those ideas have come from your suggestions. So here they are!
  1. Post at least 4 times a week. Statistics show that the most popular days for reading blogs are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday so these days will be of high focus. (My mind changed on the "best days" thanks to this blog post by Katy Widrick. Thanks, Mila for the recommendation!)
  2. More DIY projects. They're my favorite thing to read about, so I get that my own blog needs more. After each DIY how-to I will be posting a short snippet on what I learned from this project (This idea came from one of your suggestions on my survey).
  3. More giveaways! Funds are tight around here so it's pretty hard to host any giveaway out of my own money, but that's where my next goal/idea comes into play...
  4. Look into sponsors. I'm not sure if my blog draws enough readers to enlist sponsors, this is something I will have to research, but I am interested. 
  5. Home tour. I know it needs to be done.  Enough said. My goal is to have a complete home tour posted on the blog before August is over...that means I need to get to work on many areas of our home!
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So, I'm off to work. There are no longer any plausible excuses..."I'm just so busy with school work," "I don't have enough time to blog," etc. etc. etc. The time is now and I'm so ready and willing to take advantage of it!


What do you think? Any advice? Are you as pumped as I am?! x
















3 comments:

Hilary @ My So-Called Home said...

Great ideas, I know how hard it is to go from "blogging for fun" to "hey I could make money from this." Best of luck in all your endeavors! My advice would be don't wait until August to post a Tour. Just show how it really is and then people can see how far you've come. I know one of the first things I look for when checking out new blogs is a Tour page. I'm excited to see your changes and learn along with you :)

Mila @ loftyappetite said...

Do you read Katy Widrick's blog? (http://katywidrick.com) Her blog is a fantastic resource for ways to grow a blog. She has tutorials on self hosting, sponsorships, using social networking, what time of day to post, etc. It's a great resource and a good place to start to look for advice!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

It seems so easy, but building a successful blog really does take a lot of work. Best of luck!

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