You may have noticed that this blog went through an identity crisis this week. It’s because I am gearing up for something big (read on and you’ll find out what) and I’m trying to find my way in this wonky world of blogging.
I think I changed my header four times before settling on this one. If you hate the little house and bird, please don’t tell me, because I cannot bring myself to create one more lousy design. I actually like this header and think it’s going to be around for a long time.
Note: Everything creative is subject to my whims and weather conditions. The longer it remains below zero, the more time I have to play around, because you know I’m not going outside in this wicked weather.
I know the entire layout is slightly altered and may be a bit difficult to navigate, so let me help you.
- The comments button is at the top of the post. I don’t like this any more than you, but I can’t change it. Sorry. Please know I appreciate every single comment and I read them all. I’m attempting to be better at responding to all your comments. It’s a goal.
- The pages are at the top, above my header graphic. I changed up the “About Me” page. It’s not exactly what I want it to be, but as in everything, I am growing and learning. I also added a “Begin Here” page for newbies to The Domestic Fringe. Please let me know if it’s helpful. You’ll find my love story, “Fringe Love” at the top along with the “Shop” page.
- Please click on the buttons in the sidebar if you want to follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
If you follow along with me in a reader, you may have noticed that you can no longer read the full post in your reader. It provides a few lines and a link over to my blog. Some of you have emailed me to ask if I can change this. The answer is yes and no. Please let me explain.
My word for 2013 is Better. I’m working towards doing better in so many areas of my life. One of them is blogging and another is finances.
As a team, my husband and I need to earn more money. I know the trend these days is cutting back and living with less, but honestly, we went that route long ago. I guess in a way, without even knowing it, we were financially trendy a long time ago. We have worked and reworked our budget and there’s nothing left to cut. We are responsible for our family, and the ugly truth is that living takes money. In order to meet our needs, we must earn more.
I’ve gone the traditional route and looked for a job. I seem to be striking out in my local job market; however, I have something fabulous growing and blooming right before me. It’s something I love. It’s not work to me, because I enjoy every moment of it. It’s my blog, The Domestic Fringe.
By the end of February I have plans to transition this blog from a WordPress hosted site to a self-hosted site. This will allow to monetize my blog.
I know some of you just checked out, but please know, I only want things to change for the better. I’ll still be writing about the same things – the ordinary, the daily, the humorous, and sometimes the ugly, but I hope to have sponsors and partner with companies and brands I love. I intend to do everything I can to ensure this transition works for both of us.
I know it’s a risk. I know only a few make it in blogging. I know my stats aren’t big enough and my talent isn’t great enough, but I also know God gave me a special gift in this blog. That gift is you.
I love the community and the opportunity to know you better, to make you laugh or think. I love when you take the time to send me an email or leave me a comment. I love when someone says “That just made my day.”
For me, that’s what blogging is all about. And if I can earn an income while enjoying this community we’ve built, all the better.
I have to at least give it a try.
So the answer to your question, whether I can show my entire post in your blog reader, is yes. I can.
However, I have over 700 subscribers who never, ever show up in my stats. Although my personal success as a blogger doesn’t lie in how many people click on my blog, my financial success does. Your taking a second to click the link in your reader and land on the post you want to read would double my monthly stats, making me more attractive to the companies and brands I desire to work with.
Is it selfish of me to ask you to follow a link? Yes.
I just hope you understand my heart in all this. There’s a reason I’m being a pain in your butt.
Do you forgive me?
If you’d like to help me and support The Domestic Fringe, please just keep reading and share the posts you love. I covet a Tweet or a Pin or a Like on facebook.
Thank you for being part of this community. Thank you to those who read and love and support me each and every day. I wouldn’t be blogging without you.
If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments (button at the top of this post) and I will be more than happy to answer them.
Thank you so much for understanding and supporting me.