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There ia an annual "design bloggers conference" currently being held this week in Los Angeles which started in 2011 and is SOLD OUT! link to conference site
So, how would I characterize my experiences and what have I learned?
* The desired mood, whether you are a multi-million $$ business (e.g, Bunny Williams - NYC Designer) or a stay-at-home mom describing her day to day experiences maintaining her home and raising her children, it to be chatty, friendly and NOT TOO obviously promoting your business. It causes a blogger to look far and wide for topics and I have ended up broadening my initial list of "labels" significantly. Beside the obvious ones like ... green decorating, furniture refurbishing, home decor, estate sales, craigslist, and upholstered furniture styles and colors, I have added ... travel, garden, pinterest, and others.
* It is hard to know how best to balance "self-promotion" and providing general information and ideas which may have a broader appeal. The easiest approach that works for me is to tell stories of my adventures which are linked to the business but are more about my life and passions. For example, I have had at least 12 blogs on what I am calling my "Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Adventures" and also do a series on garage and estate sale finds - both give me lots of options.
* It is hard to come up with topics every two or three days although reading other blogs and spending time on my latest obsession, pinterest, does help. Speaking of pinterest, prior to finding it, most of my design trend ideas came from decorating magazines which may or may not always reflect everyday people's real interests. Seeing the patterns of what people like has been very informative. I will do a blog about my discoveries down the road - I just found another topic!!
* Blogging, like pinterest, seems to be mostly a feminine occupation - you don't see many men actively engaged.
* And finally, I am still struggling with how to add followers and get more "hits". Blogspot has a great program that allows you to see who is reading your blog - daily, weekly, monthly, forever! It is particularly interesting to see this information - see my chart below - I just reached about 7500 views.