The results are in friends! Thank you for all of your input, it really is so helpful when it comes to planning content. Plus it’s really nice to hear from you; sometimes blogging is like throwing work into a void and praying it’s resonating with others. I thought it would be fun to share the results so you can see how your answers compared to other readers. Plus this will hopefully give you an inside look for what’s to come! Here’s what y’all are feeling for 2019:
1. Q: How much time do you want to spend on a DIY project?
Top Answer: 68.8% don’t mind as long as you love the project! And I’m so happy you feel that way. I’ve spent years building up projects you can do within 30 minutes (even 90% of the ones in my book can be made that quickly), but I’m excited to try some bigger ideas out this year.
2. Q: What holiday would you like to see DIYS for?
Top Answers: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s. I’ve done a few holiday projects here and there over the years, but haven’t gone all in (even though offline I do). Glad to hear that you’re into holiday fun in addition to other non-seasonal content!
3. Have you made any projects seen on The Crafted Life?
Answer: 45% of you have! And that makes me so happy that you’re actually giving these projects a try. I’l do my best to keep making projects that you’ll actually want to make and have in your home.
Top Answers: Books, Product Roundups, Printables, Travel Guides. I am here for alllllll of this!
5. What kind of downloads/printables would you want to see more of?
Top Answer: Overwhelmingly, y’all want wall art! And we can easily make that happen!
Answer: 80% of you said YES! I’m happy to get back to a bit less curated a little more life on here and social. At the end of each month, I’m going to start sharing behind the scenes photos of project making + personal life. Because life isn’t always perfect and I think it’s important for you to see that side too!
7. Have you purchased a copy of Hello Color?
Answer: 57% of you haven’t yet want want to. It would make a great Galentine’s Day gift if I do say so myself!
8. Would you be interested in art/photography prints for sale?
Answer: 58% maybe; 30% yes. I’m going to do my best to bring a mix of free prints and possibly paid (yet still affordable) prints this year. Let’s decorate those walls!
And to answer a couple of your questions!
1. How do I build a supportive network of fellow peeps?
Answer: Boy is it tricky making friends as an adult! We can all agree on that one, right? I would say get yourself offline and get to events. Find creative places in your local area (Creative Mornings is a good one), and check out their calendars. Go to a workshop, find a meet up, ask people you’ve chatted with online to coffee. And if there’s nothing in your area, start your own online group! Find people with similar styles and goals, people you’ve chatted with before, and send an email. Maybe you’ll start your own Facebook group and grow a community from there. The only way to get a network is to put in the effort, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
2. What do you like most about your mission?
When I started this blog, I wasn’t being creative at all; just overworked and a bit depressed. Crafting has changed my life and I hope to help spread that joy (and a little color) to as many people as possible. What an honor it is that it’s my job.
3. Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere but the internet! But for real, if you are looking to get new ideas, get out there and see the world. Take in new sights, colors, smells. Walk into a fabric store and look at the new patterns or textures. Roam around the craft store aimlessly, going down aisles you don’t traditionally go down. Head to a museum. Just get out of the ordinary day to day. Sometimes you have to work to keep creativity going and that’s okay! Fresh air and a walk to get the blood pumping never fails.
Thanks again for your continued support! Let’s do this!