With the new year comes the itch to make changes and improve in various facets of our lives, and 2012 is no exception for me. I’ve been wanting to make a few changes to my blog over the last few months, so what better time than now?
OH, and HOW COOL AM I? I got bangs! See? In the pics above? Ch-ch-ch-changes…
Anyway, here are a few things I’m doing in the coming weeks:
Removing affiliate links/ads and joining the “Art Not Ads” movement
I fully admit that I want to make money off of my blog. Why? Because I’m a stay-at-home mom. I have this need to feel like I’m contributing to the family financially even if it is just to offset my yarn expenditures. I played around with affiliate links and ads over the past few months, and I got nothing out of them. The vast majority of my traffic comes from folks looking for knitting patterns, so that’s what I’m going to give you! Besides, I feel much better about actually contributing something creative to the blogosphere (I can’t believe I just typed that) than covering my page with annoying ads.
Adding a Ravelry shopping cart/creating a knitting patterns catalog
In order to build a more professional knitwear design presence, I’m going to work on how I present my patterns. I also want to create a seamless experience for customers. This will be an easy project with the tools Ravelry provides.
Taking the Kind-Hearted Blogger Pledge
Done. I pledge that, while still being honest, I will use tact and mindfulness in my online communication. It’s my hope that everyone will do the same for me!
Closing my Etsy store
Done. You know the whole “20% of your activity reaps 80% of your results” thing? Yeah, exactly. I don’t have time for production work, and I want to focus on designing patterns, anyway. The joy in crafting for me comes from figuring out a problem, not from reproducing the solution over and over. Plus, I just wasn’t really selling anything.
Remembering that “Good enough is…good enough.”
This article on Stecase Lifehack changed my life. It talks about how the pursuit of perfectionism prevents you from achieving your dreams. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but there’s this story about how an experiment was done on quantity versus quality. A group of people was divided in two. Group 1 was told they would be judged at the end of the project by the number of pieces of pottery they produced. Group 2 was told they’d be judged on the quality of one piece of pottery. The astounding result was that the quantity group actually ended up with higher-quality pottery since they got so much practice. The takeaway? Don’t obsess over being perfect – just keep doing what you love, and you will get better at it!
Working on more collaborative projects
This one is really exciting. I already have one collaborative knitwear design project in the works with an awesome blogger/seamstress/designer. I hope to do several of these this year.
Continuing to NOT use Twitter or work on my Facebook page
When I used to sit in a cubicle all day, I was uber-active on Twitter. I had nothing else to do. Now, I’m just not interested in it. Same goes for Facebook. I’m currently on day four of my Facebook hiatus, and it feels great. I might eventually work on the Ruthie Pearl Facebook page (it exists; there just isn’t much there), but for now, it’s tabled. Focus, people!
Updating my “About” page
Done. Check it out!
Giving my site a new look and feel
Done. Well, almost. I still have a few color and font issues I need to work on…but overall, I’m really happy with how things are looking. Ecstatic, even.
With that, I wish you all a continued Happy New Year, and I leave you with this! (No, I can’t take credit for it…I “borrowed” it from someone else’s site, and they weren’t sure where it came from, either. If anyone knows, please share!)