"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I'm thinking of changing this blog...

...and I would like some feedback. When I started this blog, I had no idea how much it would grow, and what would spring from it in the way of other blogs. This one gets more hits than any of my other blogs; there have been over 88,000 according to the stats counter, and in a vast array of countries!
The reason I created the Aprons Blog and the Peacocks Blog was in response to emails and comments from people who had a special interest in aprons and embroidered peacocks. In removing those two subjects from Patra's Place, it reduced the size of the blog and make it a bit easier to find other things. So now I've been thinking about reducing it even more, and creating further blogs for specified subjects. For instance, I could put my own stitching on a separate blog, and that way, the readers who like to see what I'm doing (as I do with many other stitchers) don't have to go through all the vintage stuff.
The 'vintage stuff' could then be split up into Tablecloths, Doilies, Teacosies, and so on, again to enable readers to go straight to an item that they might be interested in. I had once thought of doing blogs on themes such as crinoline ladies but then I'd want to go further and split up the rest into other themes, and that would be an absolute nightmare!!
My final option is to create a website, but this has its own limitations for me. First of all there is a cost involved. Yes, I know - there are 'free' website hosts around but if you read the small print, there are conditions attached to those. Then there is the work involved in creating a website. One of my friends has just done this, right from scratch. She did have some expert help in the beginning, but is now pretty much on her own, and while she can fiddle around the edges, she still needs experts to help her do more complicated changes. She'd never even had a blog, so was completely in the dark about websites! When I showed her how blogs work, she said they are so much simpler than websites, and proceeded to show me how a website is made....EEEKK!! That's not for me!!
I look forward to your comments, or emails if you don't have a blog account yourself.

6 comments:

Aussie Stitcher said...

As you know my blog is about stitching, which I enjoy reading about on other blogs. But I also enjoy seeing what you have purchased and can't believe that so much embroidery ends up in op-shops.

Maddie Can Fly said...

I like this blog the way it is. My blog list reading is soooooo long now, that I'd hate to see any of them broken up into even more blogs. Stitchin' is stitchin' -- whether it's yours or vintage.

Miss Eagle said...

It ill behoves me to give you advice, Gina. I bow in humble submission to your blogging and web presence. However, there is one thing I would like if someone could do it for me for nothing or for really, really cheap. I have four blogs and I would like a set up whereby readers come to one page which has tabbed headings for you to click on whichever title you have to visit. I do have picture links from one to another and get minimal through traffic this way. I have thought I might do better if all titles are presented in front of the reader with just a click away.

The Lone Beader said...

Sounds like alotta blogs to keep track of!

And, websites don't cost that much. The design on mine was free and now I just pay the hosting, and I can edit it myself. You just have to shop around a little, that's all.

AnneS said...

I can't remember whether Blogger allows the use of Categories or Tags, but that's one way to categorise all your posts in one blog, eg you can have a category for tablecloths, aprons, etc - if someone has just a specific interest in aprons they can click on "aprons" in your categories list and all posts related to aprons will be shown (like I say, though, it might not be an option in Blogger, like we can in Wordpress...) - just a thought :)

Gina E. said...

Hi all, thanks very much for your responses. I've replied to most of you in person I think, but if I haven't yet, I will!
You've all given me food for thought, and I will make up my mind one way or another after I have tried a few ideas. Anne's suggestion of putting all the posts in categories is good, but as this blog still uses the old blogger template, I don't think I can use the 'labels' facility that is now available. I'll check it out.