I took this picture when I was in Uzbekistan in 2005. I didn't know these women. But when I saw them my first impression was that they were kind and that I thought I'd like them. After I spoke with them I knew I was right. We had a short but very nice conversation. (This is a liberal use of the word conversation considering the broken fragments of Russian and hand signals I spoke with.) Although our conversation was brief, I felt like I knew them and the impression of their kindness stayed with me.
Why did you start your blog?
I started a blog to promote my Etsy shop. I enjoyed looking at other peoples blogs and after I did I felt like I knew the person a little. I like buying things from people I know. It makes it all better somehow:) So, I figured if I was going to keep making my pieces then I should get serious about trying to sell them.
I think there should be another question here:
Why do you have a blog now?
After I decided that I should start a blog it took me a few weeks before I wrote my first post. I remember talking to my Super BFFs on the phone, laughing and joking about what I would write about and who would read it. What would I talk about? But after a few post I started to like writing, a little.
And then one night I was looking at Mod Mom's Owyn toy box (daydreaming about how cute it would look in Little E's future room and thinking that I couldn't afford it but then again the room might not be finished until she's 16 so I probably have time to save up for it and then wondering if a 16 year old would need a toy box) and I thought I'd check out her feedback. There I saw Julia Freund's Whispering Trees print. I liked it a lot. So, I clicked on her shop and then I read in her announcement something about an advent game on her blog. I had never seen a blog giveaway before and was super excited about the prospect of a free handmade gift from someone. I'd never left a comment before either. One of my best friends left comments too and it was so fun checking to see if we won each day and leaving comments. This is when I realized that writing and commenting on blogs is a lot like having conversations. It changed my view of blogs and I think now even if I wasn't trying to sell anything I'd probably still have a blog. I like the way Jen put it when she compared it to having pen pals. It's a way to meet and keep in touch with people whom you would normally never have the opportunity to know. I think that's something pretty great.
How did you come up with your blog name?
Carrie Kim is the name of my Etsy shop. It's also my name:) I'd like to have a different name for my blog but I haven't thought of one yet.
Do your friends and family know about your blog? What do they think of it?
Some do and some don't. I know everyone knows about my Etsy shop and I mention my blog there so I figure if anyone wants to know or if they're interested in what I'm making they would find out about it really easy. I guess I could be wrong and everyone I know could be reading it every day, but that doesn't seem very likely:)
I think my people like my blog but then again I probably wouldn't know if they didn't. Who would want to say that they don't like someone's blog? But I guess the question is 'what do they think of it?' not 'do they like it?'. I'm not sure, a lot of people just don't get blogging.
How do you write posts?
I'll just refer you to Julia's answer for this one. I felt like she was describing me.
Have you ever had to troll or had to delete unkind comments?
Nope and I hope I never need to:) But I wouldn't hesitate to if someone did leave something nasty, so stay away meanies!
Do you check your stats? Do you care how many people read your blog? If you care, how do you increase traffic?
I check my stats all the time. It's really easy with TypePad and I love to see how many clicks I've had and I don't even care that most of them are probably me :) This question kind of implies that if you care you also try to increase traffic and I guess that's logical but I've never really thought about ways to increase traffic. Sure, I've thought about having more traffic just not about how to get it. Ah, this answer is revealing a fundamental flaw in my goal making. I like to think about the end result and not how to reach it. My slightly more northern Southern BFF was right, I do need to make action plans:)
What kind of blogs/posts interest you?
Blogs that are pretty and that are about art or crafts or family or life. I really really like to see pictures of work spaces or closets(if they're pretty and organized, of course). I like to read about and see pictures of sewing and knitting projects too. I don't do either but I like to imagine I do:) Although I haven't seen very much of it, I love to read about people's views on social issues.
What do you like and dislike about blogging?
I really don't dislike much. Other than sometimes I get a little uncomfortable about privacy. Overall I've become a big fan of blogging.