Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's New for Homestead Revival?

Perhaps you noticed the blog looks a little different. I have a hard time leaving things the way they are for very long. At least on my blog. But there is more going on behind my "redecorating" than meets the eye.






Blogging is fun. I admit it. In fact, I started blogging over two years ago because it was a wonderful outlet for all those thoughts running around in my head without anyplace to go! I've not been one to journal much (because I winced whenever I read what I wrote in the past), so blogging was a way to force me to put pride aside and write; revealing a bit of who I am without being able to shred it and burn it up. To say that it has helped me be accountable would be an understatement. 


The more I blogged, the more I realized I could write for my daughters as well. So I refined my blog and marched on. As friends and family found out about my writing, they joined in and began to read, sharing how they were learning and gaining great information while having fun.


So for all those reasons, I think blogging has been a good thing.


Then I decided to try advertising. Why not make money while blogging. A friend had been encouraging me this for a while, so I thought I'd give it a try. Now there is nothing inherently evil or wrong with advertising. For some it's a great fit and other's... well, it's not. I have figured out I'm a "not". 


My personality leans a bit toward the creative side. I need to "create". Blogging allowed me to create through pictures, words, and design. But once I started advertising, I felt limited in my creating. No longer did I write as I felt moved or inspired, but rather I blogged to fulfill a commitment. Daily. Without fail. To maintain traffic. Ugh. 


Flatline. 


No inspiration.


Work.


{sigh.....}


Listen friends, I'm not opposed to work. It's just that my blog was not suppose to be work. And the amount of time needed to invest in making it pay... not worth it. While I was working hard to keep setting the example I wanted for my girls, I was getting exhausted trying to juggle it. Homesteading is W.O.R.K., but it's glorious work if you're not trying to juggle too many balls at the same time.


And another thing... it got to the point that I wasn't reading any OTHER blogs for months! I LOVE reading your blogs! But all the commitments pressing in on me kept me away. 




I have no clue what sealed the deal, but it's done. I made the decision and cut the "ad strings" that were tying me down. A few will remain on until my commitment is complete. And they are all WONDERFUL advertisers with GREAT products. I hope you'll visit them. But in the future, my blog will be me and a few give-aways here and there. 


Is anyone left out there reading?


If so, there ARE some new things to look forward to...


• I'm going to try to make the page a bit easier to navigate. The new photos on the sidebar currently link to all my posts on each subject that I have designated. On some of them, such as recipes, I'll eventually link the photo to an index page that will make it quicker to find a recipe. I'd love to know which categories you'd like linked as well.


• It would be great if I could get some feedback on the font size of the text from readers... seems my choices on this template and font combination only allow for small and large, no medium option. I've written this in the large font, but it may be TOO big. Please let me know which you like better.


• I like a lovely blog, and who can stay with just one photo banner all the time? Apparently not me! So I'll most likely change that monthly. Or when the urge strikes!


• I'm not a big fan of music on most blogs because I can't read and listen at the same time, UNLESS it's instrumental and soft. Then I kind of like it. So, for those who do, I've added a playlist in the sidebar near the bottom. You'll have to turn it on yourself, but I hope those who like this kind of thing find it enhances their time here. I'll be adding songs as I find more that I like.


• Homesteading is in my blood. Always has been. But homemaking is a passion as well. I haven't written enough on that, so be ready... I plan to write more posts on the home, parenting, decorating (I was actually a design major once!), cooking, and by request of readers, The Dear Daughter series.


• At this point, I'm not sure what I plan to do in terms of the Barn Hop or the Preparedness Challenge. The pressure to maintain these when I'm swamped has started to take away the joy I had when I started both of these. I'd like your feed back on these as well. And I might get some outside help to keep them going. 


• Several readers have inquired as to whether or not I would take guest bloggers, especially as a way to help keep the blog going. And thank you to all who offered; it was most generous! I spent some time praying and thinking about this because once the decision was made, the blog would no longer be mine alone. It would be more of a compilation of personalities. As lovely as that could be, I decided that Homestead Revival needed to remain my journal, my journey, if you will. Occasionally I may ask someone to share on something that I think is a good fit, but I don't want to lose my original vision.




So there you have it. My heart and my brain on the subject of blogging laid out bare before the world. My posts from here on out will be powered by inspiration and creative hyperactivity. I hope some of you will hang around and enjoy the ride; I love the company!




81 comments:

  1. As my dear mother-in-love would have said "You said a mouthful Queenie". I do get all that you are saying. Blogs have become be business for some. Almost to the point I wonder if there are real people behind them or if the have "staff".

    Hip hooray for you. I look forward to seeing what you bring us. And while you're at it could I get you to help redesign my blog? :-)

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  2. Interesting Amy....we all need change, it's good for us. I have to tell you though, I really love and appreciate the "Barn Hop"...please hang on to that. I am an avid follower of yours and I very much appreciate all you share with us! God bless ~

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  3. Thank you for this lovely post and the lovely new look of your blog. I understand the reasons you have switched to this method of blogging. It makes perfect sense! I have had many people urge me to try to make money off of things that I love, but then my motivations change and I no longer feel the inspiration I once did. I much prefer to share what the Lord has blessed me and inspired me with and "share the love" with others freely. The fonts look perfect to me. Best of luck to you in this new journey!

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  4. I have been reading your blog for about a month now. I love it!!! Good for you that you decided to take back what you love. I look forward to more.

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  5. Thank you, ladies. I appreciate the feedback. Goatldi, your very kind... if you're serious, just email me and I'll give you some quick tips.

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  6. I LOVE that you are being true to your vision! While the "large" font is much easier for these old eyes to read, I do prefer the smaller font - not sure why...just do. I, also, REALLY love the Preparedness Challenge and would hate to see it end. I have learned so much from others who participate!

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  7. I happened onto your blog and it was through the barn hops that I became acquainted with some of the best blogs, things that taught me quite a bit.

    The Preparedness Challenges are wonderful and I would dearly miss them. It's the first thing I look for and it really, truly keeps me learning. I tell my husband we absolutely have to do something to prepare so I'm ready for your link up. You really do a very good service. I hope you keep it.

    The font is a bit big but if you hold down the Control button and use the roller ball on top of the mouse, you can adjust it yourself, the entire blog, not the font.

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  8. Your blog is lovely - the font is very easy to read I will keep visiting you to see your beautiful photos and content.

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  9. I found out the same thing. Once I had a few paid sponsors, I never felt the same comfort and joy in blogging, so no advertising for me either - just a creative, joyful outlet for sharing.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Warm wishes,
    Tonya

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  10. I love the look of your blog redesign Amy - especially the photographs on the sidebar that link to posts that look so informative rather than ads for companies that I am probably never going to order from because I am visiting you from overseas. It is good from time to time to hear about family businesses who are making lovely natural products with an invitation to visit their website/blog should we so wish. This is the kind of promotion I prefer - I'm not being pressurized into buying something but can learn from their experience of setting up a family business and just appreciate their efforts. I like the clean, crisp uncluttered look of your blog. Too many blogs these days look like commercial websites and lack that personal touch. I understand that blogging can bring us some valuable extra income but it should never become a burden to us or become our main motivation for blogging. If we are asking how can I use my blog to encourage and help others then we can keep it all in perspective. Sometimes just lovely pictures and inspiring words are all that are needed which is why your blog is one of my favourite homesteading resources.

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  11. Blessings Amy, I for one appreciate your keeping your blog what you initially intended. I get tired of seeing ads on sidebars and I love visiting just to find out what you are currently doing at your place. Love the idea of changing your header photo monthly too. You gals who are younger are just so creative and I love that but would need my adult girls to help me with designs etc.
    Life passes quickly-stop and enjoy each moment with your family; it passes too quickly.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  12. Amy, you have a beautiful blog. Never second guess your creativity or the path that you are leading. Follow your heart. I am a huge fan. You are an inspiration for my backyard chicken keeping. I will tune in regardless of sponsors and I do love the hops. Maybe try them monthly...

    You are a beautiful writer. I am trying bees and taking the course this winter because of YOU!!

    I love feeling connected to powerful women. You are an inspiration and you should be very proud of what you have accomplished.

    Warm thoughts and friendship,
    Melissa

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  13. first I would like to say I think your new look is snazzy! I like the large font when I read a blog. I too have had feelings of my blog turning into work. I enjoy it but some times I feel pressure to get a post out there to keep my bloggy friends coming by. But they are just as busy as I am so I am sure they understand when I am too busy to get a post out. I don't always make the Barn Hop and then I feel guilty! I love reading your blog! I also really like that picture of the truck at the very bottom! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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  14. I think your blog design is beautiful! It is exactly the type of design I love. I think it is healthy for a blogger to sit down from time to time and evaluate where they are and where they want to be. I love that you are staying true to yourself. Keep it up! Your blog is great!

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  15. I love your blog. I've been reading for a while now. You've made some great points on here. Finding a balance in blog land can be difficult. I love your new design. It's beautiful and peaceful.

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  16. Amy, I made the decision to not go the advertising route for my blog quite some time ago ... for some of the same reasons you mentioned.

    God bless you as you find what works for you in this season of your life.
    patsy

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  17. I really enjoy your blog, I get your posts in my mail box daily but its the homestead blog hop and the prepareness challange that bring me to the blog itself twice a week, I really enjoy them, so I selfishly ask for them to stay if possable :)

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  18. We love your blog. We made the 'no advertising' decision from the start...you have reinforced our feelings about that decision. Our blog is our enjoyable hobby, and we hope you can feel that way about your blog again too.
    Your blog design is beautiful, one of the reasons we follow.
    Sue at the Iowa Housewife

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  19. I often wonder how some bloggers "do it all". Seems like a full time job to me. You have made the right decision. I would really miss Preparedness Challenge and the Blog Hop....but....you need to do what's right for you. The font is a bit big for me. Probably bothers my eyes because I am using my readers at the computer. You will not lose me -- I enjoy your writing!

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  20. This is so timely. Just a few days ago, I was thinking about your first blog...and how simple and beautiful it was. No blinkies, no gadgets, no gizmos, no whatzits, no ads beckoning to me.

    I'm glad for you.

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  21. Amy, you have been an inspiration to me and I thank you for all your hard work keeping up the preparedness blog and blog hop. I have made some wonderful blogging friends through these outlets and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting all the creative ladies each week. If at all possible I hope you can keep these going. I feel we are teaching so many young moms who need to know how to prepare for their families. I would be happy to help you in any way. As for ads I decided against them because I blog for my happiness and peace of mind. I like your new look and will keep reading!
    Lisa
    The Way Grandmama Does It

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  22. Hi Amy - I've been reading your blog for quite a while now and enjoying it immensely. I didn't always comment cuz you were getting SO busy. I think you were doing a great job, but I'm sure you were just overcome with "blogging" and advertising. SMart move if you desire to do what YOU want to do. I'm looking forward to more of the real YOu come out in your blog!!

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  23. Hi Amy
    I love your blog, although I don't have the chance to read it nearly as often as I would like. I really like the new blog look & it all looks & reads well on my side of things :)
    I know what you mean about blogging being work ~ when I put pressure on myself to blog it is so very hard & becomes a chore, but if I post when it suits me I thoroughly enjoy it! I haven't posted for ages as I've had a house full of visitors & then when they left the internet went out for a week ( grrr...). It's when I don't get to use it that I really miss it :)
    Hope you are going well & I will be back visiting as I can ( I always feel so guilty when I can't keep up with reading blogs, but please know I do love yours )
    Blessings
    Renata:)

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  24. Thank you for the time you put into this blog! I've been following your blog for quite awhile now and have learned some fantastic things! I am very much looking forward to you writing more on homemaking...

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  25. I LOVE the new look! Clean, simple and YOU! The larger font size is fine too.

    I look forward to seeing more of what you have to say from your heart!

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  26. I love the new look of your blog. I enjoy blogging about what goes on here at Our Country Cove it is a journal of our country life and happenings but I am retired so it is a bit easier for me to keep up with it. I also like the fact that there are so many wonderful people out there with wonderful blogs as well and you can become friends via blogging. I find it theraputic sometimes to show, share and post about things . I am glad you have decided to keep it going cause your blog is fantastic. Have a wonderful eve.

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  27. I'm 'relatively' new to your blog, but I do browse it weekly.
    I like the fact that you have decided to keep it 'your own', your journey.
    After all, I visit to read about 'your' journey :)
    Thanks, I always learn something that inspires me in homesteading!
    Blessings~

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  28. I would love it if you would keep Preparedness Challenge and Barn Hop alive. I have been so encouraged by many of the linked-in posts, especially with Preparedness Challenge. Thank you for what you have done to connect so many of us together!

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  29. I do so enjoy reading your blog. I'm glad you gave up the ads. That's not why I read blogs. I like the Barn Hop but I LOVE the Preparedness Challenge and have found a few new blogs to read because of it. As far as the font size, my old eyes need a larger one so it's all good.

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  30. I totally understand where you are coming from and I hope that blogging becomes more fun for you again. I do think that harvest time is one of the hardest times to blog- it is so busy! Our harvest does seem to be coming to an end so I have been enjoying a little more time to blog again.

    About some of your changes- I think the large font is a bit larger than nessasary and causes me to have to scroll more often, that is not a big deal at all but I guess I prefer the smaller font.
    I am glad your music is not on automatically. I generally don't like that- except on a few where it is soft and does seem to fit.

    I do hope you keep the Barn Hop as I really enjoy it. I also like the prepardness challenge though I just haven't been able to fit it in my schedule to participate except for once.

    I appreciate your decision about guest posters. I like it best when a blog has just one person writing and I can feel like I can "get to know" them. It gets confusing when a bunch of different people post.

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  31. Congratulations on your new blog design. I really like it. I especially enjoy your photos. Could you please post about how you do your photography? I would really like to learn from you.
    I think the font size is fine, unless you wanted to make it slightly smaller.
    Thanks you for making the music voluntary/self-activated. I have always found it disruptive and intrusive. so, I really appreciate that you chose to do it this way.
    I am looking forward to your future posts! :)

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  32. I absolutely LOVE your new blog header and design...the font is also great...wouldn't change a thing.

    Allowing others to post on your blog...I'm with you...it would take away from your personal side...and this being your journal. Good decision.

    Doing advertising is something that I didn't want to do for this reason...takes away from the blog that is just my journal...so again. Great decision.

    I hope you keep the Barn Hop...even though I've only just joined twice now...it's been great...but I definitely understand if you can't. Family before other things is so vitally important. I always have to remind myself of that.

    Anyway, just my two cents worth LOl....LOVE your blog!!!!!

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  33. Amy,
    Like many readers, I am new to blogging. Actually, you introduced me to blogging when we met at Craig's party. You have no idea how much you changed my life with that innocent blog invitation. I am a blogger myself now. It's a very fulfilling creative outlet for me too. I have learned so many useful, practical things and it all started when I Googled your blog.

    You have given so much of yourself to our little community and we have all been blessed for it. Please follow your heart. Whatever changes you make, I support you. I have enjoyed EVERY post I have ever read. Have a great week and stay warm up on the hill.

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  34. I enjoy your blog no matter what you do. I so appreciate all of the information you pack in, and always learn something every time I visit.

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  35. I enjoy the Barn Hop but my favorite is the Preparedness Challenge. I'd be happy if you'd keep both:) I appreciate that you've asked for input from your readers. Thanks for all your hard work!

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  36. Amy~
    I don't quite KNOW how I happened to come across your blog. All I do know is that when I hopped here...I knew I had made a connection not just with you but with your great readers!
    I hope you are able to keep up the Prep Challenge and the Barn Hop, I really enjoy both of those. But truly understand if you have to let some things go.

    You've stretched me with your Preparedness Challenge. I love it!

    I agree with you-- homesteading takes time. We have to plan our sits at the computer or else other areas around the house and home begin to fail or lack proper function.

    I like the simplified look of your blog. Hope you get it all sorted out! I don't mind the large font.

    I love the encouragement that I get when I come here and read.
    Pat

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  37. I think the new look and direction is wonderful. I'd love to see the Homestead hop and the Preparedness CHallenge continue, but your responsibilities to your own farm and family take precedence! I'll be reading regardless!

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  38. Hi Amy! I've been reading your blog for awhile! I'm excited about the changes you've prayerfully decided to make. I'd love to hear more about general homemaking and family life from you. Sounds great!

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  39. Oh, and I think it's really awesome that you stepped out in faith and did what you felt God was calling you to do rather than stick with what you were doing so you could reap some financial benefits. That says a lot about your character.

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  40. I just found your blog a few days ago, but I do understand your decision to make some changes. I participated in the barn hop this week for the first time and loved it. It all boils down to doing what is best for you and your family. That is the decision we all have to make. I look forward to see what is coming!

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  41. I"ll be hanging around for sure!!! I think the choices you made are perfect, even though I can read the bigger font better, you must do what is right for your space! lol I'm looking forward to all the new posts, banners and creative fun!

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  42. I love your new look and having a blog myself and visiting others, I take notice of how it is visually. I do not have ads because I find it distracting from the blog itself. And as a reader I enjoying reading ones without ads, and your font is fine. Since I have to wear glasses to read it is easier for me to read.
    I also hope you decide to stay with the hop and prep. challenge. That is how I found you and I have learned so much from you and others on your hop.
    Thank you for all you have done and I understand how you want your blogging to be enjoyable and not work.
    My blessing, Kathleen

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  43. Amy I can completely relate to the pressure of blogging and I wholeheartedly believe it should be fun and enjoyable! I love your new look and have always admired your design, personality and your blogging style :) Keep up the great work and don't let it become a chore! Looking forward to whatever Homestead Revival has for the future!

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  44. I applaud all of it because I can tell it's where you're heart is:-).

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  45. I love it! I love everything. I look forward to the homemaking stuff... and totally get the no advertising thing. Earlier this summer I decided it wasn't worth it either. Now I don't worry so much about traffic... just writing when I can about what I want. :) Can't wait to see more!

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  46. Love the new look! You've done a great job! I do love the barn hop and blog hopping from link to link. You've created a good central place for homestead minded folks. But, I whole heartedly agree, blogging should never be a chore. Blessings!

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  47. I could have written this post... I don't know if you've been by my blog, but I stopped the ads a while back, too...it wasn't "me". Personally, I'm glad to have you "back"....I've missed the Amy I first met through this crazy, wonderful world of blogs.

    ps...the font is a tad big...:)

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  48. I think it's a great decision. I decided a long time ago not to get caught up in the whole blogging for money thing. I just don't have time to run a mini farm, homeschool my children, keep my home, meet the needs of the man I love and blog regularly. There's just too many irons in the fire for that. I love reading here and hope you keep up the great content you have had.

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  49. Amy, this post was so timely! :) THANK YOU! Kendra and I have been emailing back and forth about just this - the "pressure" of making money from your blog. Sure, it's crazy time consuming and takes a lot of work...but if you don't enjoy it at the end of the day - what's the point? I like to think of mine as a journal as well: personal and reflective. Cheers to new beginnings and a refreshed sense of home :)

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  50. Amy we decided against advertising too! Even though we advertise with you, I'm truly glad for you. Blogging needs to stay fun & fresh. Sending lots of love your way. :)

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  51. I think it is so very difficult to find balance in the blogging world. Hooray for you for making the decision that best suits your family. I deeply admire that type of integrity.
    I actually just found your blog 2 weeks ago, but have very much enjoyed it. I do hope you keep the preparedness challenge. I've already found some great information there. But again, you must do what is best for you and yours.
    The font is just a bit big for me.

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  52. I love what you've done, but I would terribly miss the Barn Hop if it went away! I've met and followed lots of wonderful bloggers through it (and had some people become followers to my ad-free blog as well)!

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  53. I've been following your blog for about 6 months now - it's a fantastic resource! When the look changed the other day, I couldn't put my finger on what it was, but my immediate thought was "it's so beautiful!".
    Congratulations on your bold decision!
    But... Could you PLEASE keep the barn hop??!!! It's my most favorite blog post! I've learned soooo much from it and I always look forward to Mondays!
    Blessings to you as you continue your journey!

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  54. I really appreciate your thinking out loud for us. I mean, you could have just made the changes and said you hoped we liked the new look period. You make a lot of good points, and it would be awful to have the joy sucked out of blogging.

    I love your photograph categories in the sidebar. I would REALLY miss the Barn Hop especially, and also the Preparedness Challenge. I learn more than I contribute, and I always look forward to Mondays to see what everyone is doing.

    I would personally prefer a bit smaller font so I can see more of the "big picture" all at once with less scrolling. But that's kind of splitting hairs.

    Love your blog however you decide to do it. :)

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  55. Hi Amy!

    I LOVE the new look of your blog and I think you said everything so beautifully. I think it just goes to prove that you really have your priorities in order:). I am so looking forward to your posts on motherhood, decorating, etc.!! I have gleaned so much from you:).

    Blessings,

    Julia

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  56. Amy - I know just what you mean! I love your blog and many other blogs out there! However for me blogging started out for me to be fun if and when it becomes too much I need to remember its a hobby designed for pleasure and enjoyment! I think its great you made this decision....I love the linkys but if you decide not to do them I totally respect your decision. Sending virtual hugs to you!

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  57. Me again....I love the size of the font and your chosen picture...I just plain love your blog! I am a decorative painter, I do my best work when I don't do it as an order, but what I like and when I am inspired to do so. You have to go with your gut feeling and what you know is right. I can only imagine how much work a blog is, when there is so much more going on in life. I am one year using your laundry soap and I love it! You also hooked me up with Wardeh's site, love that too. It's, I don't know you, but.....I do. I know God will direct your path.

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  58. Please keep the Barn Hop and Preparedness challenge. I love to come to your blog and then go to others blogs to see what they are doing in wonderful, farmy ways!

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  59. o.k. my mind has taken a vacation-Amy where would I find your email address?

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  60. Dear Amy,

    I applaud your decision. This is your space and your journey. Your love for homemaking and homesteading comes through so beautifully. You have been a great inspiration to me in the way I go about my day.

    Thank you for being honest and for sharing your Self with so many of us.

    Blessings,

    Maria

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  61. I'm still reading! AND I appreciate the simplicity. You have lot's to offer, and it is much better when it comes from the heart, not obligation. I look forward to reading more, and I don't think you will lose many readers. Keep it up! Your daughters will LOVE to have a compilation of your writing one day, what a gift!

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  62. I love your blog and how you are keeping your eyes and heart directed at what matters. It's so easy to let our blogging (or anything else for that matter!) direct us, isn't it? I am so glad that you were able to reclaim that vision and breath new life into it!
    I'm not going anywhere!

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  63. goatldi, now that you mention it, I realize I don't have it on my blog anymore! I need to add it back. Good thing you mentioned it. For now, you can get it here... homesteadrevival at sbcglobal dot net.

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  64. I usually read your blog in Google Reader, but I enjoyed clicking over to see your new design. :) I've never been a fan of ads... a blog's flavor definitely changes once those are implemented. Good for you in going back to your original vision. :)

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  65. Congratulations on your decision! I'm sure you will be happy & you must be relieved about it. And, for me, it has come in such a timely matter. I've had a couple of inquiries about advertising on my blog ~ was wondering about just the things you commented on. The Lord has such good timing. Thanks for being honest about it.

    I don't comment often, but I do stop by as much as possible. I ALWAYS enjoy your posts.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

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  66. I love your blog, absoluetly love it. i found it thru the barn hop meme awhile back and visit pretty much everyday. i would be very sad if you stopped the meme as i love visiting all the people that participate but i totally understand what a time commitment it must be. will continute to visit no matter what!! btw love the beautiful pics of your flowers!!! you are amazing at photography!

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  67. I am glad you are truly making you blog your own...the way you want and need it to be. From a viewer's perspective...I LOVE your linky post. I have learned so much from them, tried great recipes and met some great blogs.

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  68. I love the new look and the new ideas you have talked about in this post. Please keep the barn hop, I learn so much with that! I am a new(ish) reader here.

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  69. Amy, there is so much going on in the life & times of each blogger, it's understandable to keep making changes and from time to time feeling the pressure to keep up. Blogging is hard work, not to mention homesteading! I love your blog and will continue to follow of course! Courage, as we say in French! xxoo A

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  70. I love the new look and I think change is what keeps life intresting, so change those banner pictures every month.LOL
    At least you can look back and say you tried it and it was not for you.
    Have a great weekend,
    Melissa

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  71. Love, Love , Love your blog....cant imagine it being anything but awesome no matter what you do with it. A blog is a personal journal....write what you feel! I will definitely continue to read! :)
    - Teresa

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  72. More power to you, Amy! I also did the "Ad Sense" for awhile, but decided I didn't like the commercial-look on my blog. I felt I wasn't blogging for the all the reasons I started blogging in the first place. I just enjoy sharing & enjoying whatever anyone else is sharing. I look forward to whatever you have to offer through your blog -- it's always inspiring!
    :) CAS

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  73. I totally understand! I just can't do the ad thing. I can't blog every day just to keep the necessary traffic up. It takes all the fun out of blogging for me and then it's like job...a job you don't like!

    Homesteading is work, plus keeping a home and family life takes time, just writing a simple blog post with photos takes time. It's just all about how you want to spend the time that you have.

    I admire you for making this decision. Not many would. I like the font in the post - it was very easy to read and your blog looks clean and easy to navigate yet still inviting!

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  74. I think I talked to you about my decision to not include advertising. I was on the fence for a while but decided against it for the very reasons you mentioned. It takes a bit of the joy out of journaling if you have pressure to write.
    Anyway, I think you did the write thing. Your blog has always been great and I can't wait for all of the inspired by creativity posts you write in the future :).

    When I first started blogging years ago a well known blogger, at the time, said the best way to make money through blogging is because of blogging not from it. Meaning, your blogging could lead you to other things like a book deal and/or a consulting. By freeing up your time, allowing your creative juices to flow, the content will be richer (not that it isn't rich now, it's great) which could attract even better opportunities. Just thought I would share that with you :)

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  75. I have recently stumbled upon your blog and have to say that I love it! The layout, font size, and content are wonderful. I am so glad and impressed in regards to your decision about the advertisers. Sometimes I question the integrity of some really great blogs because they are pushing a product.....even if it's cloth diapers, books via Amazon,etc. I think that blogging needs to be more about cultivating community rather than trying to land a book deal (and most books by bloggers end up not being that great). Thank you for listening to your heart and for creating this wonderful space!

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  76. Pretty please, with a preserved cherry on top, keep the Barn Hop. I love that! What wisdom you are using with figuring out what is working and what isn't and doing something about it! I really enjoy your blog. :)

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  77. I know I'm jumping in here late, life is full and not always leaving me with lots of time to visit the blogs I love reading or to comment. That said, I do appreciate your blog in many, many ways and am thankful for the spirit with which your write and encourage all of us in our individual homesteading paths. Many blessings to you and your family as you make the changes necessary to live your own dreams! ~Lisa

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  78. I hear ya all the way! Looking forward to reading your heart in homesteading etc. Follow your dreams...
    I wish I had more time to blog. Would probably help my readership. Uh, life has it's priorities and I too share the same passion for homemaking as well as being creative. I too blog to get those thoughts out that otherwise float in the abyss.
    Look forward to reading future posts,
    Blessings!

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  79. I found you on Facebook and look farward to reading your posts. The Preparedness Challenge is my favorite, followed very closely by the Barn Hop. I have learned so very much. I am 67 and learning every day from you and your contributors.
    I prefer the large font and enjoy having no music. The music on some blogs is distracting
    to me. I don't honestly care if blogs have advertising or not.
    I am pleased to see anyone learn to say, "No". You have to establish your priorities, and God and family must come first, but "me time" is essential, too. Balance is the most important thing. May God bless your efforts, and please know your readers appreciate what you do from the bottoms of our hearts. You are loved.

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  80. A blog is hardwork and it gets even harder if you have to do it, so I applaude you on this great choice you have made. I just love that you want it to be a place for your creative spirit to thrive! I love the new look, especially the buttons with pics on the side. I want to click on that recipe button! The font is nice too. I look forward to gleaning from your creative postings!
    xo
    Caroline

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  81. I love the changes that you made to your blog. I haven't been over to see you for a while. Missed you, but life on the homestead is just busy this time of year! I instantly noticed a difference. It was lovely before, but now it is gorgeous. I didn't mind the ads but I'm glad that you are following your heart!

    Blessings,
    Gina

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