I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing my pitch for the Summer 2015 Virtual Reciprocity Ring right here on my blog baby, Creating Krista. This blog did not exist before I participated in last year’s SVRR, and it wasn’t even a blip on my radar. In fact, last year’s pitch was something completely irrelevant to my passions and thrown together at the last minute, so I have to take full ownership of the fact that I did not embrace my side of the pitch at all (sorry, Amma!). I’m owning up to it now.
Despite that flaw in my pitch last year, I discovered so many things about myself by participating in the SVRR, especially my passion for infusing creativity into my work and my life, both writing and getting my hands dirty through Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects! I created this blog when I realized that I wasn’t being my authentic self by blogging about other topics just to drive traffic. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now about various crafts, home décor, and DIY projects, and it has brought more joy and excitement into my life than anything I’ve done in the past five years professionally. That’s why I am choosing to share my pitch through this very venue!
The idea behind this blog is not to quit my day job or to dedicate more than a few hours a week to my projects and posts, but I would like to build my audience and enhance my blog presence. I’ve read articles and infographics on blog traffic and things like that, but I am looking for some more direct feedback on my blog – that’s where you come in! I am looking for:
1) Building a more personal connection with a professional or semi-professional blogger who has worked on driving traffic to their site through social media, partnered with companies on blog advertisements or partnerships in other ways (i.e. sponsored posts, giveaways, etc.), and utilized their blog to gain other opportunities. I would like to take my blog to the next level in this regard, moving from an average of 50 views per post to over 100 views.
2) Collecting feedback on my blog design, layout, content, and photography. I’m planning on doing a website redesign over the summer and am looking for feedback on anything on the site. Is it hard to find certain things? Do the colors blind you? I would like some real, honest feedback from any frequent blog reader – especially those who frequent DIY and crafting blogs. Feel free to take a look around and share your thoughts so I can improve my design and content.
3) Making connections with anyone passionate about crafting, home décor, DIY, etc. I am looking to network with others who are bloggers or non-bloggers and are just generally interested in getting creative with me. I would love to feature some guest bloggers who are working on their own personal projects or work with others who are in need of some design advice! There’s so much that can be done in this area, and I really want to grow and develop relationships with anyone interested in this area (and I’d love to learn from them too).