My friend Linda said it best...(comments) are the heart of the blog. And I feel sort of like Amy Adams in "Julie & Julia"--is anybody out there?
I have loved blogging, first as a way to cope with the illness and death of my dad, then just for fun. When I began posting pictures of some of my projects, I found a great source of friendship and inspiration in other bloggers of the "DIY" ilk. And they have been kind and generous and yes, a little patient with me. Because I can be a handful.
I have tried to be a good member of this community by visiting blogs and leaving comments and linking back and everything I think I should be doing to promote other blogs even though my knowledge of the technology is minimal. My heart is in the right place, even if the computer stumps me. But I'm at a loss--my biggest "readership"--in other words, no one, comes from hoodia.com or a Russian scam.
Lots of the things I find out in blogland are participatory, and I have participated. I volunteer to guest post, I send e-mails asking questions, and I do respond to most of the folks who comment--maybe not right away (my full-time job takes me away from the computer, for the most part), but when I get a chance. I invited others to guest post and have given them shout-outs. I've linked within my post to anyone who has given me an idea that I'm using.
And yet, here I am--it's the same few folks who comment every week (bless you all!) and readership has dropped dramatically. Not only that, but I have contacted a few bloggers to ask questions about where they got items that they've used in projects, or where their booth space is, or just some general information--not stalker-ish stuff--and I never even get the courtesy of a reply.
So I'm turning the blog over to my friend Eliza Duffey. She'll be posting while I finish out the end of the school year--at least through our End-of-Grade exams. I have to focus my energy on my students and Eliza has been kind enough to step in. She doesn't have her own blog, but would like to test the waters here, and I am happy to acquiesce.