Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Blogging About Home Matters

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

There’s something happening in our little home blogger niche right now. Call it an awareness or consciousness, a reprioritization or awakening, like something out of a Mary Poppins song…  winds in the east, mist coming in like something’s a brewin’ and ‘bout to begin…  Some are switching gears, slowing down, taking breaks, reevaluating their priorities and their work/life balance.

Anyone who works to create content for a blog, the DIYers and designers, alone or with a team, knows that blogging is work. From the research and creativity to execution to photography and writing and responding to readers and fielding emails from brands and running a website, yes it’s work. We’re not curing diseases or saving lives, let’s keep it in perspective, but we are spending our hours contributing something I believe to be worthwhile.

Despite how we go on and on about decor and trends, for me it’s never been about the things. It’s about the rooms created through hard work and the expression of creativity, and the value from what stems from those projects and spaces. Time together with family in a comforting place. A laugh with a good friend who sits on your sofa whether it’s old or freshly slipcovered. Blogging about home has always been about three things that started this journey and they keep me coming back.

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Sharing.

Blogging provides a forum where we constantly share our ideas on making homes happier, livable, more organized, more stylish, more relaxed. They’re also an opportunity to put our tastes and personalities on display. Blogging about home is like having hundreds of friends to sit around and chat with about what works, what doesn’t, what’s new, what’s next. The conversation can be frivolous or it can be meaningful. The internet has created this place where we can meet and chat with like minded people and that brings us joy. We all crave something to talk about, blogging about home give us that.      

coffee cozy

Connection.

We have a need to hear from each other and share our experiences, not in a businessy LinkedIn kind of way, but in a human heartfelt way. Poignant stories, craft fails, progress reports, tips on where to score great deals or the best source for this or that, we smile at our screens when we connect and feel the same or learn from each other’s insight. Blogging is this big piazza where we can join in on the people watching while in our pajamas or on a lunch break from work and live vicariously.

I read so many of your blogs too so know that when you write about your travels, your kids, your heartbreaks, your failures and successes, your favorite things, your new adventures in home improvement or otherwise, I’m along for the ride. I like hearing your voice and reading about your approach to life or design whether you write once a week or more. As a subscriber, I’m invested and you matter to me.   

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Inspiration.

Each of us has an idea to contribute, a new approach to an old method, a little place of beauty we’ve created in the world. We inspire each other with our ingenuity and resourcefulness. Home bloggers create beauty inside their homes in authentic ways and for all of you I’m grateful for your contribution. We love the shelter magazines, but I believe the blogosphere brings a realistic imperfect approach to decorating that is personable and achievable. Cheers to that. 

As long as I have something to write about, I’m sticking around this little space of mine on the world wide web. I am thankful you stop by from time to time and I promise to (mostly) stay on topic. Know I truly love reading what you have to say and what you create in your homes too whether you blog yourself, leave an occasional comment, or share a thought in a personal email, it matters to me. 

Feed Me

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I feel like somebody has taken away my favorite toy. Or ripped the carpet out from under me. Or sipped the last sip of my favorite Syrah.

I’m so upset about the death of Google Reader and a bunch of you have jumped on this weeks ago but I waited till the very end. I loved it because it sat on my iGoogle home page and I could get all the latest posts popping up right away and much to my delight, like Melissa’s fab new lamp and vignette from yesterday. I’m so set in my ways that change in this arena is difficult, but necessary. 

dashboard pop up

 

After much procrastination, I migrated my feed earlier this week and now I use two: the first is Flipboard for when I’m thumbing through on the iPad or iPhone. I like that it “flips” like the pages of a magazine and you get an image teaser – this is my favorite way to read articles at night on the iPad or when I’m stuck somewhere and on my phone.

flipboard for ipad reader

The downside is I can’t Pin from Flipboard unless there is a ‘Pin It’ button, so I have to email myself anything I want to pin or mark it to read later. If you’re on Flipboard too, here’s how to migrate your Google Reader feed in the next few days.

I tried Pulse but didn’t like the black background or the limited settings, maybe I’m missing something but it wasn’t very user friendly to me.  I tried Bloglovin’ and it was pretty good, the import of my favorites was easy. 

bloglovin import

Pinning worked only for the blog url, not the article url for me, is that true for any of you?  The whole blog can be viewed inside Bloglovin so you can see the entire blog layout if you prefer that.

Oh and I found out you can download through Google Takeout all of your Reader subscriptions just in case you want a backup.

google takeout

 

I tried the Feedly service and it’s the one I like best – it has a clean aesthetic and sensible settings and feels the most like Google Reader.

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I also like the “preview” function, which allows you to comment on a post inside the Feedly, yay!  Google Reader didn’t have that so I consider that a bonus for Feedly.

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And you can create categories (woot!) for the different kinds of blogs you read, travel, DIY, design, whatever!

If you follow this blog with a reader, you can subscribe in Feedly or Bloglovin or your reader of choice – or subscribe via email too (see Subscribe tab on blog home page). The posts automatically post on Facebook as well if you like CG there.

So friends, there’s still time. Five more days. What about you? Where did you send your feed subscription?  What do you like or dislike about your new reader? Any convenient settings I should know about?

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