Quick Check-In (with a POLL)

Happy Monday, everyone! (Is there such a thing?)

I wanted to do a quick check-in today before I start brainstorming blog posts for the fall. When I started blogging in 2009 I was writing quick updates on my Study Abroad experience in Morocco. When I got back from Morocco I posted little snippets about life at home, doing craft projects and cooking, then I moved to Kansas and used it as a way to show people back in California what my life was like as I put together my first “grown up” apartment with my roommate Lisa.

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Then, what I like to think of as the blogging boom started, with people like Sherry and John leading the wave of the thousands of other home and personal blogs that followed. I tried to keep up pace, posting more projects and inspiration boards. At my peak in 2012  I was posting almost every weekday.

Now blogging “the old way” is almost gone. People want quick top ten list, or “25 outrageous things” à la Buzzfeed. Or, big time bloggers with magazine-level budgets churning out a huge volume of excellent content… I’m no stranger to online window shopping and making product roundups, but I don’t have the budget to overhaul my whole condo in the name of blogging.  I’m feeling more “talky” these days as evidenced by my recent lengthy travel posts.

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All this to say — people don’t comment on blogs the way they used to, so I don’t know how many people are reading and what is connecting with those who do. Won’t you please use the poll below to let me know what you like to read?

Have a wonderful week! 

Year of Focus: Check in 2

I’d originally planned on checking in on my New Year’s Theme at the end of every month. So I did January. But I hadn’t been putting up many blog posts, and I didn’t want my only posts to be “Year of Focus” check-ins, so I skipped a month. Then I skipped 5 months.

2016 Year of Focus

Here we are at the [almost] end of June. Halfway through the year. I’d like to think that I have been more focused this year. Things have been busy (vacation!!) but I am feeling much less scattered than I did last summer. Pulled in fewer directions.

Travel: We focused our energy and money on two big trips this year, and now they are behind us. Washington DC in March was great! I haven’t blogged about it because it was very cold when we were there—then when we got back things instantly turned to spring/summer and all my bare tree photos just seemed really discordant. So, I’ll be posting a trip review on that in the fall. We just got back from Europe last week and I’m working on posts and photos from London, Paris, and Madrid. We had a wonderful time and took some great photos (if I do say so myself). It troubles me to see what the UK is going through this morning. Now, naturally (I’m such a planner), I’m working on the next trip, which will be around Christmastime.

Business: So after last fall semester, my business plan is completed. This spring I took a graphic design class which I think will help me in my long-term goals. My short-term goals involve pursuing Typecrafters clients, selling a bit more on ebay / etsy, and doing any side gig that comes my way to stash money away (bit by bit) towards my eventual opening. Oh, and getting introduced to potential investors which is really scary, intimidating, and exhilarating.

Personal: Last time in the personal section, I wrote about how our iMac was on the fritz. I’ve been working hard and putting money away and last week I bought a new computer. YAY! Now I can get down to business on the blog and on business-related things.

So, we’ve made it halfway through an overall, pretty rough 2016 so far. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution or pick a theme for 2016? How are you doing on it? 

Designer Insights with… Me!

I was invited to do an interview with UK based fabric and interiors store Terrys Fabrics about what influences me in home design, blogging, and inspiration. It is live today! Click on the image below to go to their site.

Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics

Oh and a couple of the pictures up top? I have an updated home tour in the pipeline for July (can you believe we’ve lived in the condo for two years already?) so make sure to subscribe to the blog or follow me on facebook, twitter, or insta for updates!