Thanks to a broken trackpad on my laptop, I was benched from blogging for a few days. Although Apple quickly returned my laptop in working condition, there was little time in my schedule for blogging.
We enjoyed hosting final dinners with college students, inviting guests from overseas to stay with us while they attended their daughter’s graduation, working on school committee projects for Piano Man’s school, and finishing up my own final photography project in the darkroom. Plus, Prof was heading back to Cyprus for work and that meant adjusting to life as a solo parent.
Then bam! I reached another milestone on Hometown Betty.
Happy 2nd Anniversary!
Two years of blogging have taught me quite a few things:
1. Blogging takes work.
When I first started Hometown Betty, I wanted to share about my experiences learning about other cultures, but it’s been so difficult to do that in the States. I had to go and find topics to research and discover on my own, which can be exciting and frustrating at the same time.
While I made strides in making connections with people in my community, those connections ended after some time – due to schedule conflicts and my lack of vision for my photography projects. Which leads me to Insight #2.
2. My blogging content changed.
If you couldn’t tell, I love photography. Not the commercial, portraiture-style photography that we’re used to seeing on Facebook. No. The fine art kind. The kind where you look at an image and think about its meaning and what it’s trying to say.
Taking one photography class was supposed to help me take better images for the blog. But three photography classes later, I realized that photography is an art. It has helped me to think about how to say something without words in our visually-enhanced world.
3. Social media takes work. A LOT of work.
Six months ago, I had about 30+ Twitter Followers, 35+ Pinterest Followers, and started an Instagram account. I read that Facebook Pages were a dying breed, so why not try some other ways to interact with people?
Goodness. I thought keeping up a Facebook Page was work. Whoa nelly. Keeping up with four social media accounts, in addition to blogging, was A LOT of work. People would like this or that, and I would have to respond quickly, or risk losing them as a follower.
Then there are people who follow, then turn around and unfollow you. What??!!!
So then I had to look for sites that would help organize my social media accounts and all the people who follow/unfollow me.
I was on my computer more and more. It was taking a toll on my family and me. I’m still on social media, but not at the same level as before.
Which leads me to…
Will I continue with Hometown Betty?
I’ve been tossing around the idea of closing down shop. After all, blogging is a lot of work. I want to start a photography portfolio, which means that I would not be contributing to this site as much. But there are some good tutorials on this site, so I’ll keep the site up as long as I financially break even (for the most part).
We’ve got a lovely family road trip planned this summer, and I have a few more photography posts that I’ve been meaning to share. I’ve even dusted off my sewing machine and sewed a few simple projects.
Finally, a big thank you!
And all this to say, thank you, dear friends and followers, for reading along. I hope my tutorials have helped someone to save a little money, or get creative with a craft or art project of their own. So who knows what year three will bring?
From my hometown to yours,