Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope you are safe, healthy, and happy. It certainly has been a rough ride and I'm not going to lie, I had little to no 'Holiday Spirit' this year. It's 2021 and we may have 'stalled', but I still have hope for a brighter future, so let's move on.....
It's that time of year when many bloggers create special posts on their blogs. Many choose a 'word' to inspire them in the new year and others look back at the previous year and share their favorite or most popular posts.
I've decided to go in a different direction.
The past couple of years I've done a special post for the beginning of the new year too. There was Keepin' It Real in 2019 where I shared my 'not so perfect' house and projects to be done. Last year was Hello 2020 telling who I am, what my 'style' is, and sharing my projects and passions. Feel free to read them. They're not very long, but since I'm looking forward, let's look at what I have in store for you in 2021!
First, my projects: wood, fabric, paper, power tools, sandpaper, glue (LOTS of glue), and more! I love to restore, rejuvenate, recycle/upcycle any and all things. Often, I am the 'Queen of the Lost Causes' since I pick the most broken, pathetic finds and give them lots of love. Seeing them come back to life makes me happy, so stay tuned for more to come!
Second, there will be blog hops. I host the 'Do It Over' Designers, a group of extremely talented bloggers who also like to DIY and recycle/upcycle. We hop on the 4th Saturday of every other month. Look for that post this month on the 23rd. Believe me, you will love the ideas that are shared.
I also belong to the 10 on the 10th Blog Hop where a group of bloggers present creative ideas for under $10. We hop on the 10th of every month with lots of creativity that won't break the bank.
Third, there will still be a link party. I have been co-hosting Party In Your PJ's for over 2 years now and am constantly humbled and awed at all of the talent out there. Everything from recipes, crafts, tablescapes, decor, DIY, and more show up each week.
Now, I'm sure you've heard the same things I've been hearing about link parties....
They're on their way out.....
No one wants to host anymore.....
No one wants to link-up anymore.....
I'm here to tell you, in my experience, that simply is not true. Our weekly party ends with anywhere from 90 to 120 link-ups. That sounds like bloggers still want to link-up to me. As far as hosting is concerned, I can list about 40 link parties that are still running regularly. So, what's all the noise about? SEO and blog traffic.
Many bloggers blog for money. It's their full-time job and traffic and SEO are essential. I get it. Do what works for you and if something isn't working, don't do it.
As for me, blogging is my hobby. I love to share my ideas and projects and I'm thrilled when you love them too. Honestly, I don't worry about blog traffic but I do appreciate that you follow me and leave sweet comments...hint, hint!
As a side note, it's been through link parties that I've 'met' some of my blogger friends.
Fourth, and finally, I have given myself a challenge for this year. I'm not calling it a resolution because I never keep those - ever! My challenge is to visit and comment on more blogs. Granted, I visit a lot of blogs that link-up to our weekly party, but that's as the host of the party. I want to visit as 'me'. Why? Because that's how relationships are built. Over the years I've forged some wonderful friendships with fellow bloggers. I haven't met them in-person, although that is a goal of mine, but we often chat via email, messaging, etc. They are amazing people whom I never would have met if it weren't for my blog and I would love to 'meet' and get to know more of you!
So tell me what you think....
Are you interested in my dirty, decrepit finds?
Do you enjoy the blog hops?
How about that link party every Tuesday evening? Will you joined us?
Do you visit and comment on other blogs?
Have you made friends via blogging?
And one more thing, videos. How do you feel about them? I've been encouraged to give them a try, but, I'm just not sure.....Do you like watching them in a blog post? On YouTube?
Please share your thoughts with me in the comments or an email. My blog is about sharing content with all of you and I am truly interested in your opinions, observations and perceptions.
I hope you'll join me in a new year of Looking Forward!