An Apology…and a Thank You!

The first thing I need to do is to apologize.

I wanted to write this post last week but I was still trying to figure out how I felt about what happened after I posted my Cottage Musings for October, and to find the words to respond. Properly.

Blogging is really a solitary business. It’s just you and your computer (and your thoughts, of course). You write a post and have no idea who is going to read it or how it will be received. 

An apology and a thank you

When I sat down to write my last Musings post, I do what I always do. There’s a general idea floating around in my head of what I want to discuss, but I’m never really sure until I start typing. That’s just what happened last week. It had been a particularly rough month with the blog and the week before was brutal. I just started writing the Musings and it just felt like the right time to share. 

Apology and a thank you

Now, just know that writing out your feelings for anyone and everyone to read is not an easy thing to do, and not something I do often. I just felt like I needed to be honest with what I was going through. 

I try to bring my “A” game to every post and project that I do and I was afraid that what I was going through would show in my work. To me, that’s not acceptable, and not what you come here for, so I just wanted to fill you in. If anything, I was hoping it would help me to stop obsessing about the bad feelings I had about blogging so I could let it go and move on.

I hit publish and never expected such a huge response. I was hoping someone would start a convo about makeup but I didn’t expect what you gave me. 

The comments and emails started coming immediately, and haven’t stopped. How could I not know you all would be there…ready to pick me up with your words of encouragement? Asking me to keep blogging but telling me to do what’s right for me. 

I can’t tell you what all of your support means to me. It’s done so much more for me than you’ll know. 

So let’s get to the big question…

No, I’m not giving up the blog. I love my job and the community we’ve created together. I’m sorry if it sounded like I was quitting. Yes, the thought had gone through my mind but I’ve worked too hard to let it go now. 

I’m still not loving certain aspects of blogging but I’m trying to focus on the parts I still love. 

Your comments and emails did that for me. Showed me that there’s plenty of good in blogging. The reason I’m doing this to begin with…for myself and for you.

Corny I know, but hey…I’ve already put it all out there, I might as well go all the way. 😉

Thank you! ♥

Now I’m ready to get back to work. There’s a ton of projects calling my name. 🙂

An apology and a thank youA little sidenote:

Reading all of the comments did spark one conversation about the blog. In particular, why I worry about page views and why so many ads. All great questions and not something I’ve ever discussed on the blog before. Maybe I’ll do a post where I discuss all of the moving parts, like ads, page views, hours spent on posts and projects. I just wasn’t sure you would be interested. Please know that if you ever have any questions about the blog, you can comment or email me (for a private response). I am always happy to share.  

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Pat D.
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Your ‘A Game’ shows, and we all appreciate your hard work – and style! You have a true self that shows, and a natural
    ease and honesty that comes through in your decorating.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 4:13 am

      You are so sweet, thanks so much Pat! I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog. 🙂

  2. Debbie H
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 9:44 am

    No need to apologize. I am grateful that you trust us enough to share your true self to us. I have wanted to start a blog for a project I am working on but keep putting it off because of the time consuming parts I hate about blogging. So happy you are staying around. I would miss you and your great talent. Hugs, Debbie

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 4:18 am

      Thank you Debbie, I always appreciate your comments! I keep checking your blog to see if you’ve shared anything new. Now I want to know what your working on. Do tell. 😉

  3. Kaycee
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Kristi,
    I am so happy to hear that all your followers have helped lift you up and enabled you to shake off any negativity, doubt, and uncertainty you were feeling. I always look forward to your posts on IG, FB, and here on your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your personal feelings and thoughts, you are very strong and brave to “put it all out there”! Your posts are are informative, for those of us who do not have a blog, to get a realistic view of what it all entails. You certainly have nothing to apologize for.

    Have a great week!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 4:25 am

      Thank you so much Kaycee for all of your support and for following me around the internet. 😉 Support like that is the very reason why I love doing my job. xx

  4. Pat M.
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 10:00 am

    No apologies necessary. I’m a great believer in living and working for yourself and not others. I also believe that things change and what once makes us happy, no longer does – and that’s okay. Nowhere is it written that we must not change directions in our lives. I’m 75 years old – and have changed directions several times. Life is too short to get bogged down. I’m happy that you decided to continue your blog because I would miss you, but I also would not want you to continue for any reason other than the fact that you’re happy doing it. I’m not a blogger – in fact I would hate the mechanics of being online – the ads, the rules of publication, etc, would drive me crazy. But I love taking a peek into the lives of those who do blog, and yours is at the top of my list.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 4:33 am

      Thanks for your wise (and kind) words, Pat! I used to hear people talk about doing a job that didn’t feel like work. I’d chuckle and think it just wasn’t possible. I thought that right up until I started my blog. It took me a long time to find my passion but I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing right now. I’m not naive enough to think it will last forever (although that would be awesome) so I want to enjoy it for as long as I can. As soon as it feels like it’s a job, I will be done. xx

  5. Jill Jones
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Good morning, Kristi! So happy you are continuing with your blog 🙂 I would truly miss your projects and insights. Yes, please do let us know what it’s like to be a blogger these days (what’s easy and what’s most challenging) and more about how we as your readers can support you and your blog. As of today, I commit to commenting on your blog posts so you know I’m out there reading along and appreciating all the work you do. Thanks for the update. Have a great day! Jill Jones, Sacramento, CA

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 4:39 am

      Awww, thanks Jill! I always appreciate comments. It really helps me to know what’s working for my readers and what doesn’t. Otherwise, I’m kind of guessing using page views and numbers. I’d rather work off of real interaction. I’ll definitely work up a post and share a day in the life, or something like that. It may be a snoozer but you’ll know what I have to go through to run a blog.

      Thanks again! I really appreciate the support! xx

  6. Monday,November 6, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Oh no, no need to apologize. I think what separates blogs from magazines and other publications is that there is a human behind the words who can and does share a little of life. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:03 am

      So true Stacey! I love magazines, always have, but the human element of a blog is what makes us stand out. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  7. Marlene Stephenson
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    You work hard and i so enjoy all you do, so when you feel down its all right cause i do too. Excited to see what you have in store for the blog, apology accepted but, not necessary.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:07 am

      Thanks Marlene, I appreciate your support. It’s nice to know that when you are feeling down, there are people out there who get it. xx

  8. MaryJean
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    No need for apologies, you are one great lady!

    Just a side note: I am counting down the days to retirement. December 15th is my last day! Yahoo!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:08 am

      Aww, thanks MJ! Ditto!

      OMG, I bet you are so excited! I know you’ve been counting the days for a very long time. Congrats my friend! 🙂

  9. Brenda Lane
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Hi Kristie:

    Again, no need for apologies. I’m so happy to hear that you will continue on doing what you and Hubs do so well. I will share this with you all….I have, for the past two years been going through a cancer issue, and I want to tell you how much I look forward to your blog each week and that it helps me keep my mind off my issues for a while. I love seeing your crafts, because that is where my expertise is also. BTW my last operation was last Wednesday and the doctor said she felt she got it all, and pending no issues with recovery, I do not have to go back to see her for a year. So, Girlfriend, keep em coming! If you need to, take a break often, we will understand.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:30 am

      OMG Brenda, I’m so sorry to hear about what you have been going through for the past two years. I can’t imagine how difficult it has been for you. It brought tears to my eyes, and touched both the hubs and I to know that my blog has helped to take your mind off your issues, even for a short while.

      That’s so great to hear about your latest doctor report. I hope that you continue to heal and feel better.
      Take care and be well, Brenda. Thank you for all of your support. xx

  10. JaneEllen
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    We’re all very human and think that is one of best ingredients of blogs. I am 77, sure do agree with Pat M., feel that having opportunity to get to “meet”so many diverse people is good for all of us to experience, is one of important elements of people to help us grow..so much more interesting. Have happy daze

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:34 am

      Thanks JaneEllen. Meeting so many people with different lives, interests and backgrounds is one of the best things about blogging. I’ve met so many great people that I would have never known if I didn’t do this. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  11. Mary
    Tuesday,November 7, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I love your blog. Your little cottage is beautiful as well as your photography. I enjoy all your posts. I don’t know anything about blogging but I know a lot about life. Ups and downs go with both I guess. We are finally going to put a mantle over our fireplace and I showed yours to my husband. I know, you did yours a while ago. We’re slow. Just saying, you are an inspiration. And how I wish I had black window grids like you have in your kitchen.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:38 am

      Thanks so much Mary, for your sweet comment. You are so right, there are ups and downs with everything in life. I’ll just be happy when this down goes back up. 😉

      I’m glad our mantle redo inspired you. It took us more than a year to do ours so we were slow about it too. Everything in good time. Right? I’d love to hear about your new mantle when your done. 🙂

  12. Denise Oplinger
    Monday,November 13, 2017 / 1:23 am

    Kristi! Keep going! You keep us all entertained. I worked with your hubs in Illinois, still keep in touch with him from time to time, but this blog is a wonderful way to see how you two are doing and how things are shaping up. The house is adorable and you do such a great job with it.

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 17, 2017 / 4:01 am

      Thanks so much, Denise, I really appreciate your kind words and support.

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