For a blogger like myself, who just started her little sewing blog space 4 short months ago, I was so very thankful for all the nice people who came by for the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day and left me a comment.
According to the WordPress stats, I usually have somewhere between 60-100 visits per day to my site. Over the course of the 5 days that Giveaway Day (week) was happening, nearly 1400 clicks to my site showed up in the stats (and then when the giveaway was over on Saturday I had 69 again. Ah well, back to normal!). I had my most comments ever, with 210 nice folks giving me some feedback, and I am slowly trying to reply to all of those and say “hi” to people who bothered to take the time enter my giveaway.
I asked this question: “Tell me what you’re looking for in a sewing/quilt blog; what sorts of projects and posts would bring you back to visit again?”
The overwhelming response was that people want tutorials. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, as we are all here to learn from one another, but admittedly, I was a tad surprise to see that response so frequently. Behind that, readers want to see pictures, pictures, and more pictures, as well as posts about what’s in the works in the sewing room.
The next most common responses to what readers look for in a blog were inspiration, tips and tricks, finishes, and a little bit of personal life. People want to feel like the author is a friend, not just a voice behind the computer.
I started this blog because I wanted a way to be a part of the very active online sewing and quilting community. I made this space as a forum to share what I’ve been working on, but I also want to interact with other sewing enthusiasts, and perhaps provide some inspiration to someone else or help a beginner learn something new.
Summer Road Trip Quilt Along starts tomorrow, and I hope that will satisfy many desires of this blog, both my own and my readers. There will be tutorials about the blocks, perhaps the project will inspire someone else, and I’m looking forward to seeing how other interpret these blocks. Happy travels!