Jacquelynne Steves

Something’s Gotta Give… Part III

This is the third and final post for this topic.

Click here to read Part I

Click here to read Part II

Last time I wrote about letting some stuff go in order to make room for some new things that I want to do. I talked about delegating some tasks to others, and questioning how much social media I wanted to try to keep up with.

So here is the big one…….. My blog.  When I sat down with my big calendar and started planning out a bunch of blog posts, and also looked at all of the other stuff on my calendar, I realized- there is no way  I can do EVERYTHING.  I like sharing on my blog with my readers and getting their comments and feedback! (Every blogger loves comments!!!!)  I have met people and made friends from all over the world whom I never would have met otherwise.

However, I don’t think I can keep up the content creation that I’ve been doing in the past- for example, a new recipe or project (or 2) almost every week.  And as I mentioned earlier, I do enjoy doing the e-magazine and I love doing books. I think that from now on, this is where most of my original creative content will go. What I have finally accepted is that I just can’t do it all- by the time I create recipes and projects for my blog, AND for the e-magazine…. and then post everything to my other social media….  I just never have time to work on all of those other creative projects that I am itching to explore. I will still be hanging out on my blog, showing you snips of what’s going on in my studio, photos of interesting places, etc. And of course, there will still be special events like the big Blog Hop that we just did in December. And an occasional quick project or recipe that I share. But the frequency of my blog posts will decrease.

This is a tough decision for me. However, I have to ask myself what my priorities are. I am not a professional blogger, and I have to be honest with myself about how much time I can put into it. I am going to try to not pressure myself to post twice a week, or even once a week, if I feel like I don’t really have anything interesting to share (or if I’m working on another project which requires a large amount of my time and energy.) I have thought about taking on contributors…. but that would put me into the realm of “professional blogging” which is not really what I ever intended to be. (And, who knows- there may come a time in the not-so-distant- future when I just change my mind and decide to start posting several times a week again. Because honestly, it’s going to take a lot of discipline and resolve on my part of not feeling “obligated” to spend hours & hours every week on my blog.) When I was considering this difficult decision, I consulted with someone whose opinion I respect, and it was affirming that she gave me “permission” to not require so much of myself on the blogging front.

I hope you will stick with me here on my blog! I hope that you will continue to be inspired by the things which inspire me and that I will be sharing. Please follow me by email subscription (see the box at the upper right of this page, or click here) to make sure that you don’t miss any of my posts.

It is important for me to let you know that I truly appreciate every single reader who takes the time to visit me here on my blog! And for those of you who have been with me for a while, thank you for your loyalty.

(My biggest fear is that if I don’t post at least twice a week, you will all forget about me!) But at this point, I really have to be honest with myself about what I can handle.

And now… You can help me out a little by giving me some of your feedback/comments.

  • What is your favorite form of social media? How important is social media to you?
  • Do you hang out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, or somewhere else?? (I’d love to know so I can maximize my efforts on my most popular pages and platforms, and let go of those which are not yielding great results/engagement.)
  • Do you read a lot of blogs (and if so- how do you keep up with them? Email notification, subscription, blog reader, Bloglovin’, etc.??)
  • What are your favorite types of blog posts (not just here on my blog, but in general?)
    • Are you looking for tutorials?
    • Projects- sewing or non-sewing, craft projects, with or without fabric?
    • Giveaways and contests?
    • Product reviews (if so, what kind of products)?
    • Announcements/previews of new products? Fabric lines?
    • Inspirational photos?
    • Recipes?
    • Household tips/suggestions?
    • Inspiring/funny stories about people, animals, etc.?
  • This is possibly the most important question- Where do you find out about new products, designs, books, etc? I am wondering where it would be best for me to focus my marketing, with limited time…

Your answers are extremely important to me. If I won’t be posting on my blog as often, I’d love to know which types of social media would be the best way to connect with you all.

Any and all feedback you give me as to the kind of content that you are interested in would be so helpful to me in focusing my efforts to have a great blog, books that you want to read and an e-magazine that you’d love to subscribe to. (If you don’t want to comment here, you can also email me directly thenoblewife@gmail.com)

Here’s to Letting Go and Looking Forward!!

Feather JacquelynneSteves.com

16 Comments

  • Posted January 11, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Big decisions are always hard to make. But you have to, or you just spread yourself way too thin, and thats not good for anybody :) I much prefer reading blogs, I have a huge list. I have a FB account but rarely go there and have no idea how to do anything there. I don’t twitter, pinterest, instagram…nothing but read blogs. I have a busy toddler and don’t have a lot of computer time as it is. So dealing with just one social medium is all I can do. Don’t worry, I wont forget you, no matter if you only post once or twice a month. Remember, you are important too, and you have to do what is right for you.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Dorian for your input and encouragement. I imagine that reading blogs provides you with some much-needed “me time” as the mom of a toddler!

  • Posted January 11, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I think you are making the right decision for you at the moment. I mainly focus on my blog, I do post on FB but no twitter and instagram. I think there are just too many things and for me it is impossible to keep up with all of them. Like you….it isn’t fun then. I’ll still be visiting your blog!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      You’re right, Connie- it’s the right decision for me right now. Things may change and I may come back to blogging much more frequently, but for now I do need a little break. It’s been a tough decision but I do feel that it’s what I need right now.

  • Posted January 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I can so relate to this post. I teach full time and got into blogging because I thought it would be fun to share my quilts and ideas etc. That was in 2008- I still blog occasionally but comment more on Facebook. Some of my blogging friends are on Facebook so I follow them there. It should be fun not obligatory and one does only have so much time. Balancing life and the social media is an increasing challenge for people…
    I will continue to check out your blog and facebook page.Regards from Alberta, Canada,
    Anna

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      There’s just soooo much out there on the internet, it’s hard to keep up. And sometimes I just want to unplug altogether and not look at a single screen for days! I think we all need a break from time to time. Thanks for sticking with me!

  • Jennifer
    Posted January 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Well, I certainly understand having to cut back on some things – you need to concentrate on what is the most important and make sure that you also have some time for you and your family. I will continue to check in here and watch for your E-magazine (which I love!) to keep up with what you are doing.

    For some of your questions – I hang out a lot on Facebook – but I am getting a little frustrated with not seeing everything that I think I should. I am trying Pinterest and Instagram but haven’t fully explored those yet. On Blogs I enjoy seeing recipes and new products, as well as seeing a bit of what your design “process” is like (or where you get your inspiration).

    For new products, I see them in many places – blogs, magazines, or by doing a search on the internet for something that I want. There are so many ways to try and get attention now it is a bit confusing!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate your reading my blog and e-magazine. It does all get confusing with so much information nowadays- I think there is too much information! It makes my brain hurt sometimes :)

  • CATHY JONES
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Cannot do it all! I have trouble just reading my emails everyday. I will still follow your blog and facebook. I love Projects, Inspirational, funny photos and stories, and tutorials (how else am I going to learn). Good luck with your future endeavors. Keep up the good work.
    Cathy

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Cathy- it sounds like you are like me- you like everything! :)

  • Suzanne
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    This is the second blogpost of yours that I have read. I just discovered you. I found you by googling “art quilt blog”. I prefer to receive my notices of new blog posts by email so that I can access them anywhere, my phone, computer, tablet, and at work on a break, and then I don’t need another application to work through. I am finding that I do not follow facebook anymore because to see specifics of a person or group I need to go to their page. I find too much negativity and false positivity on facebook too. I really do know some of those people that are posting and I wish they would stop clogging up with these reposts so we could keep up with each other in a meaningful way.
    Please take care of yourself so that you may continue your beautiful work. I would really appreciate the least work possible, actually, a little photo and a brief, really brief description of the work you do in sequence. I know we all work at our own pace but some projects go so fast, and others take so much extra work, sometimes changing a whole portion. It would be lovely to follow you as you process a project.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your feedback, Suzanne, I like the idea of the small posts for works in progress. The only problem with that is that I’d have to remember to actually take the photos, ha ha :)

  • Linda
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, I think you have made a very wise decision about allocating your time to your priorities. Your blog is always so good and it will become even sweeter as time goes by.

    Enjoy your projects and write to us when you can!

    I will follow you on facebook also.

    Linda in OK

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sticking with me, Linda! I appreciate your support and encouragement :)

  • Judy
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I am okay with you not blogging as often. Trust me you will not be forgotten if you do not blog very often. I don’t have a blog but have often wondered how some people manage to blog every day as I get behind just reading them. I have quite a few blogs that I started following when I first discovered them and yours has and always will be on my list of favorites. If I ever decide to pare down my list yours will never be one to go. I have noticed in the last year that many bloggers I follow are not blogging as much as they used to and I think it is because of the time that it takes.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Judy, for being so kind and encouraging. I do want to continue blogging, it’s just that I think I will enjoy it more if I don’t put pressure on myself as to how much I post, etc. I TRULY appreciate your loyalty!

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