A Wordy Word of Thanks // The Best Blog Advice

There's something that I've been meaning to say for quite some time now. And it's this: thank you, so very much, for reading here, for following along as I journal through my life and work. I don't want to take your friendship and readership for granted. And today, as I ponder some of the future posts that you'll be seeing here, I want to say a ginormous thank you for supporting this space. 

About a year ago, I talked a lot with my husband about how to keep this place as one that would continue in allowing me to document our lives, our struggles, our dreams and our work-- while also benefiting our family in some way. One of the many things that I appreciate about my husband is his honesty, even when it comes to things that I don't want to hear. During that conversation, my husband gave me a few simple suggestions concerning this little blog, and even though I didn't necessarily agree with them at the time, I started to implement them in spite of my unbelief. One of his suggestions was to blog more by blogging less-- writing posts that were meaningful, which can take more thought and time, which might mean fewer posts but (hopefully!) more purposeful in content. (This idea of blogging less went against everything I had read about building a blog. But I believe it with all of my heart and recommend it.)

Another suggestion that my husband gave me was to write about the things that mattered to me. All of them. And here's the part that, at the time, I didn't like-- he told me to stop writing about our family for everysinglepost. Truth be told, I was a little confused. Wasn't it a good thing to write about my family? Of course you know the answer-- everything in moderation

My husband's final recommendation was to begin reaching out to quality companies that I could honestly and happily stand behind. And, I will admit, this particular recommendation panicked and delighted me all at once.

The thing is, I can't tell you that those three helpful steps magically grew my blog. (But they truly are the best pieces of blog advice I've ever been given, and from a non-blogger no less!) This little blog is still little. But I like to think of it as the Little Engine that Could. And, though small, it can accomplish many things.

And so, over the course of the next couple of months, you'll begin to see giveaways with companies that I have contacted or been contacted by. All of the companies that will be featured are those that I am honored to partner with, and even more so, elated to extend giveaways from. I've tried to schedule the giveaways sporadically so that, when you come to this space, you aren't overwhelmed by giveaway!giveaway!giveaway! I very much still plan to blog about our life, our family, and my Etsy shop, while also maintaing regular series such as Stories from Here // Project 52 // Heart Art.

Here is where I am asking for your help. Because my desire is to grow this space in an original and meaningful way, I am asking you to share Cranny + Me with those who you believe would appreciate or benefit from it. These opportunities that I have been given are only possible because of your support. (Because, unfortunately, companies like numbers!) And so, again, I want to thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

p.s. This coming Monday, October 7th, Cranny + Me will be hosting a generous giveaway through The Land of Nod. (I'll also be sharing some photographs of my boys' shared room, along with a beautiful TLON rug that I was given to review.) I hope you'll consider sharing the giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Thank you in advance!

p.s.s. I'm thankful for my husband, a guy who allows this life to be half as hard and twice as good.

16 comments:

  1. Lots of thoughts to share here, but not a lot of time, so I'll just say, wise words, Steve! Good advice! And I fully support finding ways to make blogging work for you. Also and more importantly the thing I like about your site is your genuine voice. That is always the thing that makes a blog really stick with me, and that's true whether or not they host giveaways, use ads, or whatever. So keep doing what you're doing and keep the giveaways coming! Who doesn't like some free stuff backed by someone they trust?

    Also and last last thing - There are a lot of good things about staying small as a blog (and trust me I've had a lot of time to think about those things, haha). : )

    Rooting for you!

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    1. Shanna,

      I hope you already know this, but just to make sure: I am so thankful for you. I'm extremely thankful for how you are a bright light in the online world of genuineness. I'm pretty blessed to call you one of my biggest supporters, too. Also, you are right about the small blog thing. I should have written more about how my husband hopes that my blog will always remain small because he fears it would take over my life! But my post was getting too long as it was : ) But, yes!, you are so right about good things to a small blog. But I know some larger blogs that have plenty of good to them, too. Like, one called Food Loves Writing. You've heard of that one, right? : )

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  2. Your husband gives great advice! :) And I agree...quality content trumps posts just to post!

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    1. You are so correct about that husband of mine! Also, I'm so happy to hear you say that about posts and I hope to hear it from more people. I think people in general, or at least those who have little ones, us!, are realizing that there is value in the internet, but we don't have time for daily, hourly, consumption! So we gotta make it count! : ) And you do that. I'm thankful for you, Ruthy!

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  3. btw...do you have a twitter account?

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    1. I actually do not. Do I need one? I've been trying to hold off for as long as I can. But I will listen to your advice if you have any along those lines : )

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  4. Thank you for writing this so sincerely. What a wonderful thing to look back upon and see how well advised your (non-blogging) husbands advice has suited you! (great job on that one!) I like your words and Steve's advice. I am conjuring up the courage to think through the steps and desire to start blogging again. But I want to do it intentionally...perfectly fit for my situation and life currently. And I don't want to feel tossed with the wind. I like what you're doing here and it is causing great stir in my soul. How exciting to join with such wonderful companies! They really are golden...and I see why you make a good pair. :) p.s. YES to what Shanna said!!! :)

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    1. My dear friend,
      It would probably make my year to hear your "voice" through words again. I was just thinking the other day about how much I miss reading your thoughts. Especially since we live so far from each other! : ( I will be one of your happiest supporters : ) Also, though, I know you are busy. I'll pray that, if it's for you, you'll find your rhythm. It's so important. Even if it's just once every week, or once a week, I would love to catch up with you during that time!

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  5. love that song, love sara groves, love your blog.

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    1. Friend,
      thank you. Thank you SO very much.

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  6. I just found your blog tonight and oh my goodness, just beautiful! You have such a gentle spirit and kind heart---I can feel it through your words. :) Wonderful advice from your husband, beautiful photographs, and I wish you all the best!

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    1. Shayna!
      Thank you so much for stopping here and for writing your very, very kind words!

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