My regular readers may have noticed a few slight changes that have taken place here at Tea Party Girl the last few weeks. Since the beginning of July, I have written around 50,00 words, the most consistent writing I’ve ever attempted. This is because of a commitment I made to write an entry every weekday of around 500 words. The last few weeks, however, I have only published an average of three posts/week.
You may also have noticed I have not written any tea party specific posts since I wrote about children’s tea parties in the middle of November. Part of the reason for that is the 50,000 previous words I DID write about tea in all the categories listed in my sidebar. While I still have a number of tea party angles left to explore, I needed a slight break.
During this time, my heading changed. While I enjoyed installing the new graphic, I omitted for sake of room my byline, “Teaching You the Beautiful and Simple Afternoon Tea”. This omission meant I took time thinking about my blog’s focus, direction, depth and breadth. Hence some experimentation with broader-focused entries,writing instead about hosting others in our homes in general.
I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the reasons for these minor changes. I admit, setting aside time to write consistently has proved very challenging, with personal pressures wanting to steal the time away any chance they could. And in the past few weeks as sickness, holidays, and home projects encroached on my writing time, I let them. This resulted in fewer posts after a season of such consistency.
I also reached a point in my Blog Mastermind program of real challenge. And I’ve been a little stuck. I know what I need to do, but it’s going to take some time, even more than I’ve been giving the blog up to this point. I can’t seem to figure out how to move the blog to a new level AND continue to write 2500 words/week. So I’m wrestling through those thoughts as well.
During this season I’ve been watching my stats. I’m very excited to say that Tea Party Girl is now on the first page of Google results for the term “tea party” and “tea parties”, which has resulted in a great deal more traffic. However, my RSS feed count has stayed completely the same. And while traffic is great, as a blogger, I want to work for you, my regular readers, not Google, over the long-haul.
That’s where you come in. I would love to hear from you. If you are a regular reader of TPG, would you leave a comment? Let me know if you’ve subscribed to TPG through RSS or email, why you return, and what you would like to see more of here? Any type of feedback is very welcome.
Many of you comment here regularly, and it is great to hear from readers! Thank you for each and every one. Have a wonderful weekend. And whatever your obligations or weather, I hope you and your tea corner meet up sometime in the midst of it.