The Future of This Blog..........Sincerely, Alone In My Cabin

Today's post is a little unique and shall I say a little on the awkward side.......but as the New Year approaches I am starting to really think about the future of this blog. I guess what I am really trying to say is I am feeling a disconnection with my readers lately. PHEW....there I said it. Views and visitor numbers are still the same but because blog comments have seem to taken a nose dive I'm having a really difficult time reading my audience here. Is there an audience? Does anyone even read this blog anymore (you don't count mom!)? Hello? Hello!?  Is commenting on blogs even still cool?
I have noticed a few other bloggy "colleagues" mention the same thing lately about the lack of comments. The fact of the matter is that we have become a "one-click" society which is why platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram are SO popular right now.
 But between Facebook's new feed algorithm in which they show diddly squat to your followers now and comments being low I'm starting to feel like the Unabomber-alone in my cabin, collecting glue guns and glitter bombs and spewing things over the internet that no body cares about.


 T-shirt: RAYGUN | Wall Print: Paper Chat | Pillow Cover: Shop Dandy | Coffee Mug: The Literary Gift Company

I know there has been a massive shift in how people interact with blogs. Remember the days when a "tweet" just described the sound a bird made and Facebook biz pages were just a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eyes? Those were the days that the only way to communicate with a blogger was to leave a comment. Trust me I don't blog just for comments but it's nice a way for me to interact with my readers and to get feedback on what I'm sharing. Do my tutorials make sense? Do my readers prefer quick and easy crafts vs. big furniture makeovers? Do they enjoy my clueless rants on motherhood? So I guess I'm just saying don't be afraid to drop by and say "hi" every once in awhile! Your comments do make my day and inspire me!

PS. I know life is busy and sometimes interacting through other options is much easier so on that note I am finding myself really enjoying Instagram-so if you're not following me already I suggest you drop on by! I'm @delightnoted I share pics of the baby I baked, sneak peeks, and other daily ramblings.

PPS. Okay, I'm really going to hit that "publish" now.

PPS. No really....here I go. 3-2-1......

Sincerely,
Alone in My Cabin



23 comments

daniela said...

Amen! My blog is just starting. The numbers are good but the comments are few and far between. I think "really how are you all reading and have nothing to say?" I try to always follow blogs and comment and follow that golden rule in hopes karma will bring some blog interaction back my way. Thanks for posting and reminding that bloggers are people too!

Michelle Paige said...

I completely, totally feel every word you wrote. Know you are not alone. The blogging world does feel like it's changing...and comments are happening less and less. My numbers have gone way down. Sometimes, I have to ask myself--- why am I blogging? Is it for fun? relationships? hope to make money? hope to get noticed? ...And then ask, am I enjoying the experience-- no matter what the outcome?
Please know that I love your blog. I love each and every post! As far as I'm concerned, you can never post too many adorable baby pics, life rants, cute cards/tags, decorating ideas and crafts! I love your style and humor. You definitely have more than just your mom reading! Love to you.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love getting comments on my blog, so I'm always trying to comment on other people's as much as I can. I think people just get lazy or are trying to read too many blogs at once to comment!

Love the items you featured though. Too cute. Love that pillow and shirt. :)

-Lauren

Alexis Middleton said...

The glue guns and glitter bombs line was my favorite. I hate the new FB garbage. You are awesome. The end. :)

two birds said...

it's kind of turned into an i only comment to get comments sort of game, which is weird to me. i read the blogs i read, and try to comment, but can't get to it as much as i'd like. but i agree, it's a lot easier for people to double click a heart! i am still reading, though, even if i can't always comment!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Haha.. Oh Jen, (can I even call you Jen? I feel like we're the virtual equivalent of those grab-a-cup-of-coffee, glass-of-wine-and-catch-up friends who don't see, talk, or text everyday but we always have a fabulous time catching up when we can. And so I feel like I can call you Jen. Which I may not be able to. I have a cousin Rebekah who refuses to go by ANY common nicknames that people named Rebekah typically go by, and you may be the same kind of person... holy crap. This is a complete ramble now.)

Back on track.

I totally feel you. As I'm coming back to the blogging world, I've been watching my numbers and can tell that blog comments are soooo down. So maybe you're right. Maybe they aren't cool anymore. But what I decided to do is focus on page views (because that will show that my content is at least getting seen) and enjoyment. It's not just on here that comments are dwindling. My posts on facebook get "liked" a lot but rarely get a comment. I think it's just what we, as a society, are right now. I'm guilty of it too. But as long as I'm enjoying what I'm doing... I'm going to keep doing it.

So for you, you aren't alone. I love your blog.

Sincerely,
Fellow hoarder of felt, washi tape, and canvases

amy said...

Don't feel alone with your glitter bombs! I adore you blog and love what you are putting out there! You rock it lady!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about the blog world too and I so appreciate your honesty. The world of social media has exploded and the landscape is changing quickly. Quite frankly, it's all become very overwhelming. Who can possibly keep up? I think the bottom line is that you have to find the place that makes you feel comfortable and content. Blogging to meet expectations or to make other people happy just doesn't work. I think we're all working to find that fine balance!

zoemola said...

I love all your stuff! You're very good at mixing it up; between hilarious mommy moments to HUGE make-over projects like your nursery. I'm just lazy and / or always in too big of a hurry to comment! or just lazy ;)

Lo said...

I love your blog! I've also been reading for a while and never commented so... what kind of reader/fellow blogger does that make me?! On that note, I use bloglovin as my reader, and a lot of times I'm on my phone just killing time, and their format doesn't allow for comments. So there is my excuse lol. But keep keeping on. If blogging makes you happy, then keep at it! We will all be here lurking and waiting for new content and sweet baby photos. Much love!

Marsha said...

I just want you to know that I have followed your blog and enjoy it very much. Just want you to know that you and your blog are appreciated.

Thanks, Marsha

Michelle Levine said...

I totally hear ya ! I agree - its the whole smart phones, social media, bloglovin, and a million other ways to follow a million people which makes it easy to just browse and read and then leave without commenting! thanks for sharing your true feelings !

Vanessa Dawne said...

I'd say if you've still got the numbers, then you know you're having visitors. Comments are down everywhere -- in part because there's more blogs to read so one-clicking 'likes' works fast. I also don't comment on blogs where the blogger doesn't reply but I've read where some blogspot bloggers are having technical problems concerning this matter -- so that might be another reason comments are down.

Ashley said...

Yes, us readers are out here. A lot of the times I read from my phone and it is hard to comment from there. I know this sounds silly but sometimes I don't comment on blogs because I know they will feel like they have to reply with something and I feel like I am adding something to their to do list when I know they are already so busy.

sewnwithlove said...

I love your blog, but I do rarely comment. My reasoning is a lot like Ashley's! Please keep it up, and know that you are helping those in the creative lacking area to be more creative! I was just thinking yesterday how glad I am for blogs like yours. I had seen a old chair, and it was just $5, and coming apart in places, and I was thinking what I could do with it - based on inspiration from things you do! Please keep your ideas coming! I love them! :)

Dawn said...

I read your blogs....but usually in my email. It is hard to get to all of the different blogs I follow and FB pages and Twitter not to mention my own FB biz pages(I have 3). So it's not you, it's just that there aren't enough hours in the day. Keep on blogging!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Wow, there is life out there! Thanks everyone for dropping in to share your thoughts. I have taken the time to respond to each of you privately but I noticed a few of you were no-reply bloggers so didn't want you to think I was ignoring y'all!

Tawsha Connell said...

Heyyyyyy! I loved this blog and I feel the SAME way. It's such an interesting position oto be in if you're a blogger. You do it because you love it but at the same time you still need something from people "out there". I don't know if the comments are less because things appear busy and/or exciting on your end or what. Facebook is slower, blog comments are slower. The whole thing feels like we're all being disconnected more and more. Hmm...still pondering...but commenting!

Alexa said...

There has been a noticeable drop. And I think you're right. With Instagram especially, it's become this desire to have things quick and easy. One click. And you're done. At any rate, I definitely still comment because I think it does provide that connection. I am sporadic, but I try and make the time to read 5-10 blogs each day (rotating throughout the week) and leave comments. It's just nice to stay in touch with our bloggy community! :)

Anonymous said...

GUILTY!!!! Even though I don't always comment I really enjoy your blog and it really is a pleasure to read and see all your projects. You're the bestest!

Greatly appreciated,
Gar

Erin said...

I DO enjoy your clueless rants on motherhood as I navigate my own cluelessness regarding motherhood. (I'm now employed by a dairy farm. You weren't kidding about those demanding baby bosses.) You also have some of the cutest, most original craftiness that I see as I peruse blogland--so keep it up! :)

And I'm with you 100%--I don't blog for comments, but if I didn't want interaction with other human beings, I could just talk to the wall. :P

Lori @ Thrifty Decor Mom said...

I feel exactly the same way! I recently wrote a post about this and included a link to your post. I think a lot of bloggers feel this way and just want that connection with their readers. Thank you for talking about this. You gave me the courage to bring it up on my blog.

Anonymous said...

First time reader but thought that I'd let you know that I can't comment on many of my favorite blogs because they won't accept anonymous comments. I don't have a blog and I don't want some other account just so I can leave the occasional comment.
I realize this doesn't apply here, but just wanted to let you know the reason my participation via the comments section is down.
Kristina

Talking to myself is no fun & borderline crazy, however, please note if your email isn't linked to your account, I have no way to reply back. Insert sad face. Feel free to leave your email in your comment so we can chat and I can answer your questions!

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