Help me determine the future of this blog

It’s been nearly 5 years since I started my blog and while it’s grown a lot in that time over the past year I’ve definitely not been obsessing over tending to my blog as much as I used to. It’s not that I don’t have topics that I want to write about, but that I’ve been focusing more on myself personally lately instead of blogging like a fiend writing as much as I’d like to.

For those of you who’ve been around for a while, those of you who are brand new to my blog or those of you who fall somewhere in between, I’d like to know what would YOU like to see happen with this blog? What types of posts do you enjoy the most – parenting, green living, personal posts about my life, childbirth, mental health, pics of my adorable kids (LOL had to throw that in there), current events, food, gardening, photography (oh yeah, I used to take pictures, didn’t I?), other topics that I haven’t yet addressed on my blog, etc.? What do you enjoy the least (please don’t say pics of my kids)? :P What do you like or want to read about on Crunchy Domestic Goddess?

Also, at times I’ve mulled over the idea of taking on a couple other writers for my blog, simply because there’s no way I alone can possibly write about all of the things that are happening in all of these topics. I’ve hesitated to do this because I think I may lose readers or my street cred or something like that. It also may be because I’m a bit of a control freak and that would mean I have to relinquish some of my control. What are your thoughts about having a few other writers than myself for this blog? Would you read their posts? Would you want to be a contributor? Would you think I’m “selling out?” Would you delete me from your feed reader? ;)

Talk to me my amazing, smart, gorgeous, talented readers. Tell me what you’d like to see happen with this blog. I won’t say I’ll leave it all up to you (‘cuz I’m a control freak, remember?), but I’d love to get some feedback and constructive criticism. Thank you! I truly appreciate it. :)

I plan to get another post up tomorrow reflecting on the past year and stating some of my goals for 2010, but if I don’t (‘cuz ya just never know), then thank you for sticking with me through the thick and thin and HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! :)

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30 thoughts on “Help me determine the future of this blog

  1. You know me, any post about breastfeeding. Maybe about extended breastfeeding, since I am 3 years into it. I also like to read about how you try to be green in your own life. And I am always interested in hearing about other bloggers trying to make a living with what they love to do. Any tips for other bloggers about getting more readers/subscribers?

    I wouldn’t think any less of you if you find some contributors; I’d enjoy it if they write about the same topics you write about. I’m volunteering if you would like me to write a guest post :)

    Wishing you a wonderful, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2010!

    Dagmar
    Dagmar’s momsense
    http://DagmarBleasdale.com

  2. Sometimes I think when it comes to the “green living” aspect, you blog and mine definitely have overlap! If you’re interested in contributors, I’d love to be considered, if you think it would be a good fit.

    Another thought, do you get many good natural birth stories? I know when I was pregnant I couldn’t get enough of those, and it seems it might be helpful? I also have one you can use if you want :-) Can’t educate women (& men!) too much when it comes to knowing their options!!

  3. Delurking to say that I’ve been enjoying reading your blog. I know the posts that interest me the most are ones about how to become more green in my everyday life…I feel as though I’m still a rookie, and have quite a bit to learn and change. Since I have a toddler and hope to expand our family someday, I’m also interested in topics such as natural birth, breastfeeding, natural toys and other infant/child products…things of that nature. And my husband and I have been taking steps to improve our diet, so posts that relate to healthy eating, local food, etc are something I’m always eager to read.
    Thank you for all the hard work you do on this blog! I’m so very glad I stumbled across it when I did, and have been enjoying following you since then.

  4. I love the blog esp. news stories I would not have come across before and re-blogging of other’s arguments.

    I also enjoy your more personal posts about your parenting.

    I think it would be a good idea to take on contributions – I would love to be a Crunchy Domestic Goddess and it is my new year resolution to blog more. If you are finding it hard relinquishing control you could suggest topics for posts and be very clear about your editing rights?

    Charlotte

  5. I enjoy posts about all things green living. The natural parenting posts (ie breastfeeding, natural childbirth, etc) are actually what drew me to your blog to begin with – now that my daughter is born and my turned out to be a mirror of those people you feel sorry for, I tend to read them less, but I don’t think that means you shouldn’t blog about it because the awareness for other (soon-to-be) mothers is still so important.

    I think inviting guest writers is a great way to expand you perspective, and keep readers engaged while allowing yourself a little more personal time — so long as the content is relevant and it’s good writing, I think that’s a great idea!

  6. I love reading a variety of things. Right now I’ve been big on reading gardening, food, and crafty things. But really I love all the topics you listed.

    I also don’t think you’d lose “cred” if you had other writers here. As long as they offer good content that’s all that matters, IMO!

    Happy New Year :)

  7. I agree w/some of the above comments…I wouldn’t mind at all if you added other writers. Some topics I am interested in are urban homesteading, natural family living (broad topic! but making your own cleaning products, natural soaps, avoiding toxic foods, etc…), recipes and crafts. I like the challenges, not that I do them all, but it really causes me to reflect on what shade of green I am and how I can get closer to the other end of the spectrum. I have really appreciated how honest you are when it comes to making decisions about your health or the kids’ school etc. Sometimes doing the greenest thing comes at a cost we are not sure we are willing to pay! It helps to hear that no one is perfect and they don’t expect me to be either =)

  8. I enjoy reading about green living while parenting. Doing thins that are green but still affordable as a parent. I also enjoy photography posts (yes, those kiddos of yours!)

    I’d love it if you had a few more writers, and I’d be willing to sacrifice myself as one. ;)

    I think pulling in a few more writers who were on the same track but had different aged children would work. I voice that most likely because I am pregnant with Baby #1 and I’d love to read about somebody else in my same shoes who is trying to keep everything as natural as possible.

    Good luck! I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings. :)

  9. Since you have been blogging for almost 5 years, I will guess there are some great posts somewhere in the archives. I just discovered your blog a few months ago, and I haven’t had the chance to read everything. Maybe you can re-post some of the more popular posts for your new readers, like a look back into the archives. I have seen this done on several blogs, and it is always fun to see.

  10. I have to add – as far as releasing control, I don’t think you would have to.

    If you got additional writers on board, they could simply send you their blog post and whether or not YOU liked it and would read it could deem whether your audience could read it.

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  12. I like to read about any really truly green things, boycotting big companies, attached parenting, intactivism (if you are into that sort of thing) breastfeeding toddlers and preschoolers, homeschooling, peer orientation, how to expose our children to pop culture and mainstream ideals constructively…

  13. I agree with your other commenters that contributors are a great way to help give you r blog the content you want but don’t have time to write. Plus, it adds new flavor and voices.

    Your blog is fabulous and I hope you continue sharing what you love to write best. :)

  14. From my perspective as a reader (vs. slacker blogger) I think that your blog definitely has a natural spin towards natural family living. I think a lot of the spark and the passion I’ve seen in your writing has been your articles that address breast feeding and birthing and what not. And living a greener life is in sync with most folks desire to parent/birth/feed our children naturally.

    With that in mind I don’t know if you read the Green Phone Booth, but I’ve really enjoyed the collaboration of those female bloggers in one location. Some of their topics overlap with yours, but most of their kids are older and or they focus less on the natural family aspect and more on general green living/cooking/shopping.

    I also personally enjoy blogs with beautiful photographs. And although my own blog consists mostly of recipes posts, I personally don’t find the random recipe post as satisfying on blogs in general, unless it is a blog purely dedicated to recipes.

    And so, perhaps a blogging with a bit more of an investigative bent (versus or in addition to activist bent) on issues relating to breast feeding, birthing and natural parenting, plus good crunchy posts as you are inspired might be good. And, to get the real dirt on some of these topics it might be wise to branch out to some guest bloggers who may be specialists or especially passionate about certain topics.

    Which I guess leaves you to decided if you do something like the Green Phone Booth gals that is a collaboration (less control on your part) or whether you simply schedule some guest bloggers for 4 or 8 or however many posts each month. Whatever you do, your blog is always an interesting read and so adjusting things to better meet your own needs, can only be good for the blog.

  15. I love the natural family living part. Making your own household stuff etc. But I’ll ready anything you write because I love your writing style. I wouldn’t mind guest posters – esp if you feel like a break!

  16. Honestly, your posts dealing with your anxiety (GAD) are the truest, the most touching and the most real. That’s what makes your blog better/different. Many aspiring green moms deal with balancing chemicals, breast-feeding and how that fits in with their parenting goals.

    I have Z Recs for green product reviews and Pioneer Woman for homeschooling, but you write so well about your GAD that I would miss that.

  17. Firstly, regardless of what you do next, thank you for blogging in the first place. You’ve been a wonderful writer and I’ve enjoyed so many of your posts.

    Personally my favourite posts cover the topics of parenting, green living, personal posts, childbirth, mental health, pics of your adorable kids, food and gardening. But I don’t think that helps you much in narrowing it down.

    If you do wish to invite other bloggers, I’d love to be a contributor (happy to do topics of your choice, as long as I’ve some experience with it).
    Whatever you decide, know we’ve loved your blog and I hope that what you decide will bring you joy.
    ~Rose

  18. Green living, gardening and yummy recipes are always a draw for me, But I’m not and never will be a mommy blogger.
    Best wishes, I’m sure what ever you do it will be grand!

  19. Here’s my two cents :-)

    I love posts about green living and gardening. I also really like pictures of your cute kids!

    I think your blog should continue to be a great mix of posts, but I would certainly appreciate more posts in general.

    I think having other bloggers is a great idea, but maybe just stick with the guest blogger approach. Line up several guest bloggers, maybe with a specific topic that they might do 3 or 4 posts on spread out over a couple months. It will give you more content and will help other bloggers get more exposure and stuff.

    Basically, you’re great. Keep it up!

  20. I think you should do whatever feels right. I love the fact that your blog combines factual information (green living, breastfeeding, etc.) and personal experience. It’s one of the reasons I love your blog.

    The other thing I have realized over the past year is that it’s okay to lose readers. Sometimes it happens. If you decide to blog only 2 or 3 days a week, I think that’s okay and more than reasonable. You do a great job with the blog, and I would trust your judgment 100%!

  21. Amy, I think that you do such a great job with everything but personally I really like the natural family living ideas and the green challenges. And it would absolutely not be any problem in my view to have guest bloggers and like others have said, I’d love to contribute.

    I appreciate your taking time for yourself and your family — what could be more important than that? Isn’t that what this whole shebang is about?

  22. i think it’s really great as is – i like the family living stuff…and more challenges?

    but i think you should make sure to be comfortable and happy with the choices you make. if you want to bring in new writers, do it! if you find that it doesn’t work for you – then change it. it’s your blog…enjoy it!

  23. I come here for the natural parenting stuff, since I’m trying slowly but surely to learn before the baby’s born! I’ve also learned a lot about homebirth here. Even though I’ve chosen to give birth in a hospital, your blog helped me ask the right questions to make that decision.

  24. You are so talented, I like every topic you write about. I learned a saying in second grade I try to apply and it is: quality not quantity. Whatever you chose to write about, and when you chose to do it- that is what I look forward to reading.

    Love ya!

  25. You know, a political blog I used to read had a team of writers, and each writer “signed” their own work so readers could differentiate & not get thrown off by such different writing styles. I think sometimes it can offer a new perspective and even maybe more credibility to a blog to have a team (not saying you aren’t credible I love your blog!) I say if it’s what you want to do, go for it! I’ll still read it! In fact, I love everything green, and I love blogging so if you are really interested, I would be interested in seeing what you had in mind for your team :)

  26. Thank you all so much for your feedback. I truly appreciate it. :)

    I haven’t yet decided what direction I want to take my blog, but you’ve provided me with some good food for thought.

    Also, thanks for all of the offers to guest post or be a contributor here. I’ll let you know if I decide to go that route.

    XO,
    Amy

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