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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FINDING MYSELF AS A BLOGGER


Who Am I In This Blogging World

I remember, barely, the start of my blogging life. I really had no idea what a blog was, but I had an Etsy shop and I was looking for ways to increase my business. The name of my shop, then and now, is I'm So Vintage. The name was chosen to reflect the fact that I am all about loving vintage, not to promote the fact that I am in my dotage. After I chose the name I began to realize that maybe it wasn't the best choice, but at that time Etsy did not allow name changes and by the time they did I felt that I was too well established to change it. So I kept the name across social media. 



In the last year or so I feel like I have found what I consider my own niche in blogging. My focus now is living a simple and serene life. In my own life I am shifting my focus to healthy eating, smaller space living, meditation, motivation, spirituality, and issues that affect women. My blog has gradually transitioned, and I am becoming happier with it. 



You may have noticed that I have been gradually changing the title of my blog to Simple and Serene Living, although I have not changed my URL. I know that simple and serene living is what I want my focus to be, but I have not decided if that is the name that I want for my blog. Do I want something catchier or do I just want it to state the fact? If I change the name of my blog then I will have to consider changing my name across social media. 



We live in a very youth oriented and controlled society, and although I am proud of who I am and will not be made irrelevant (see that post here) I am also realistic. I love all of my readers, but I want to attract readers of all ages, and I believe that the name of my blog is keeping a wider range of readers away. I hope that what I have learned and am still learning in life will appeal to all ages. That by drawing them in they will stay. 



That being said, I love all of you who are my friends and remain loyal to me through thick and thin. (there has been a lot of thin) I will still talk about aging, because let's face it no matter what our age is, we are all aging. I am working hard to find more serenity in this chaotic world we live in and I am formulating other ideas for sharing how we can all find that. 

So, sweet friends, I would love your input. Without you, I would have none of this. 



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30 comments:

  1. When I hear, "I'm So Vintage"....I think of grandmother's quilts and tea in rose-patterned teacups and a love for all things old and "homey". You are right-it probably does not draw the young crowd...but would appeal to all the antique lovers and ME. lol Don't know if that helped at all- xo Diana

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    1. I certainly don't want to stop appealing to you, and I will always write about things that affect us. I'm not really trying to appeal to twenty somethings. I don't get them and I'm sure they don't get me. LOL

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  2. Laura, when I first "met" you, it never occurred to me what age you were. Never even thought about it. What I thought was "you just loved vintage". That's it!. In the shop where I have a booth at least half of our customers are young people, newly weds, planning a wedding or young with small children. They love the vintage furniture and other unusual vintage. This is what I have observed. :)

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    1. I will always write about vintage, because I not only love it, but I think that saving our heritage is an important part of a simple life. It's really that my blog has taken on a greater focus. :)

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  3. I, like NanaDiana think of vintage décor, quilts etc. when I saw your title. I also know that a few young people like to decorate Vintage but not many. I was drawn to your site because there are so few blogs that are relevant to us "Baby Boomers" and yours is relevant to us. That being said, if you want to draw younger people by all means you should change your blog name. I personally don't think "Simple and Serene" will do it either. Most young people are not into small homes (Just watch House Hunters where a young couple buys a 2K sq. ft. home because they bought a dog.) or simple living. Yes there are some who are into simplifying, but they are few. I do not know the answer to attracting young people, just wanted to share observations. Debbie

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    1. I will always write posts that are relevant to Baby Boomers and to women, because that is who I am, and I love my readers. LIke I said, when I started this blog it was just to promote my vintage shop. Since then it has become so much more and it is part of the way that I support myself. I am really not trying to tap into the twenty something market, but I do want to reach people who are interested in the newer aspect of my blog. It really is difficult, Debbie.

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  4. HI Laura,

    I think to keep our blogs interesting, and dynamic for our readers, we need to speak from our hearts, and follow our blogging journey where ever it takes us.

    To be open, honest, and authentic, completely us, which you, and your blog, and the content you write have always been.

    Growth is a natural part of blogging, and it's welcome, because it stimulates conversation, and keeps us coming back to see what you are offering.

    I'm so looking forward to seeing where your blogging journey takes you, since you are one of my favorite bloggers.

    And I know that you are doing your very best to take us along with any transitions your blogging might make, we are enjoying, and learning with you the entire way.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    1. Thank you, Jen. Growth is a natural part of blogging and I hope it keeps our readers interested and engaged. You are one of my favorite bloggers, too :)

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  5. I will have to say that I prefer "I'm So Vintage". It tells me that you love old things, not that YOU are old. lol! I really enjoy your blog, Laura, it is always interesting and informative and I think whatever name you decide on will not make a huge difference in your readership.


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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. My writings will not change, and I definitely do love old things. I am just hoping to appeal to a wider audience. Thanks so much for staying with me. :)

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  6. I've had a couple of rotten comments scattered about personally about how I'm a weight loss blogger, and who wants to read about my grandkids, my home, my hobbies. Are they crazy? How sad to want such a singular little existence. How sad I would be if that was all I was...was focused solely on my weight. My point being, I love that you cover all kinds of topics. I wouldn't want it, or you, any other way. :)

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    1. I am so sorry that people have been mean to you. In my opinion there is no place for mean comments. These are our blogs and we have the right to write what we want. I really like that you discuss other things besides your weight loss. xo Laura

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    2. thanks, Laura. I have a couple of 'followers' who ONLY comment when they want to snark on me...so I have set them up as 'spammers' so I don't even have to see their comments anymore. Don't get me wrong, the occasional constructive criticism is fine and actually appreciated, but if one ONLY snarks, heck with that. That type of person's opinion has zero value to me. :)

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  7. I did notice that your blog had been changed to reflect your new direction. I like that if you wanted to use it as your new blog title. Glad to hear that you're finally feeling like you've found your niche. I remember when you were struggling with that.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. It feels good to have found my own personal niche.

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  8. Laura, you and I have both gone through some changes since we started blogging. I'm trying to still just be me and let my blog evolve into whatever it will be. I love you and your voice, so just keep following your path!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. That is definitely what it is all about, Linda. I love seeing how people change and grow through their blogs. Can't wait until I move to Georgia so we can get together in person :)

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  9. Gosh, I have no advice to give you. Be true to what you want to be. I like your name. I would tend to think of a younger crowd instead of older with the vintage name. That's just my thought.
    I like a variety on blogs, home, family and fun. At the same time, my numbers are small.

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    1. I live variety on blogs too, Debby. It is what keeps me coming back. There will always be variety here.

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  10. Hello Laura...I love your posts and photos. Your pureness of heart comes through, loud and clear. Susan

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  11. So glad you are finding yourself and what works for your life and blog. I also considered changing my blog name but it's so much work to do it all and lose readers, pin, and many other things along the way so I chose to not change. We have no idea when we start blogging that a name change is almost impossible. My vote would be to leave the blog name but add a tag line, for instance (Im So Vintage.....Simple and Serene Living)

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    1. I just bought the new name, so I guess I am going to be doing it. I know that I will probably lose things, but I do feel like I am moving in the right direction. It is hard though :)

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    2. I've changed my blog several times, url included. (last time was due to a trademark issue, but who knew "Against the Grain", a common phrase like that, had been trademarked?) Anyhow, yes you lose viewers, but as long as you give plenty of warning to us fans, and provide the new url in advance, in case the export/import is less than perfect...it will build back up quickly. On the plus side, the spam goes WAY down, at least for a while. :)

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    3. Thanks, Gwen. Seems like everything is trademarked these days.

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  12. I started following your blog because I'm into selling vintage treasures also and wanted to see what others were doing. My blog also started out to connect with the customers that come to our occasional sales. But then I started expanding into my other interests like offering free online workshops about "Living Your Dream Life Now" etc, and other motivational thoughts. So it seems like we're kind of on the same path. I am retired and while it would be great to make an income in blogging I've hesitated. One thing I noticed is that the really growing blogs seem to be written by younger women, mostly Mom blogs or DIYers. They seem to have a bigger audience because there are more younger women on the internet but also because many of their readers are at home with children and looking at the internet for information as well as entertainment. So how do we, as boomers, fit in? You seem to have a lot of followers and I don't even know how to increase my readership.

    I enjoy your new path as well as the vintage ideas because I also look for motivation and inspiration on the internet. You are very vulnerable in your sharing and that is good. It makes it easier for people to connect with you on a greater level.

    So I don't have a lot of great ideas for you here but wanted you to know I enjoy your blog and I"m kind of in the same situation. I'll be watching and learning from you! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy for your input. I just keep hammering away and trying to learn as much as I can. My newest post is about aging women and social media. I think we are handicapped by our age, somewhat, but I refuse to let it beat me. ALthough I don't make a huge income from blogging It does supplement what I get and it continues to grow. IF you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to help or point you in the right direction.

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