Originally Posted by marsupial*mama
Madsommer, I took a peek at your blog too. I had some technical issues with a page break across the middle (not sure if that is you or me but I've never experienced it before). Gotta say, the "just another Wordpress blog" thing at the top of both yours and Katie's blog really depresses me!
Both of you write from a loving place and I think you both write about stuff that is relevant to modern mothers. M-S, I like that your blog entries are short and to the point. I'm sorry to read about your challenges and I think your honesty about those hurdles could really win you some loyal readers over time.
I also get the sense that you don't know what direction to take yet, as you said. Maybe that will resolve itself with time. Visually, it's a pretty standard template (my own is pretty standard too, which is why I mention it). I don't like a lot of bling and visual clutter on a blog but it does need to express your personality or personal aesthetic somehow.
I've kept my own blog to a very narrow field, knowing that I'm competing for the attention of a readership who don't have much patience for eclecticism. I wonder if you could state somewhere what your objectives are and even if your goals are broader than you state they are, you'll attract the right readers by stating your philosophy or objectives up front.
That's all I can offer I'm afraid. I'm still new to blogging myself but I just wanted to offer support and encouragement. Keep going!
Marsupial Mama - Thank you for your kind words and thanks so much for the input. It's funny you mention the aesthtic of the sight because I've been really struggling with the way it looks! I just haven't been able to find something that really captures me yet, if that makes any sense? I agree that it's kind of all over the place...when I started it was with a specific goal of writing about transitioning into simplicity, but then all these personal issues started popping up and now it's become more personal than I originally intended it to be. However, I do enjoy writing about these challenges that I'm going through...cathartic if nothing else. I've been thinking about changing my "Me" page and making it a tad more personal to reflect what my posts are actually communicating, instead of what I wanted them to communicate in the outset of this process.
BTW, I peeked at your blog a few days ago and wanted to leave a comment...but it appears as though you have to register in order to do so? I thought your post about walking up to the wrong car was so funny and relatable (as I had just done the same thing the day before and the car was even a different color!). That was the only issue I kind of saw with it. But I like the simplicity of the layout and I enjoyed your "Who is Jodie Miller?" as well.