Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Pictures Just Honest Thoughts.

Today my post is just an honest opinion and some thoughts from me.  No pictures or decor crazy to show today just some thoughts.   

There is a lot of talk in Blogland about all the advertising on blogs and Big Blogger vs. Little Bloggers and the competitive nature this blog world has become.

Here is my thought on this.


I started my blog to share my decor ideas and to find like minded people that I could share with and get inspiration.  To my surprise I not only found people that get my decor crazy but I have been blessed with some beautiful friendships along the journey.

It has been so much fun finding so many talented people right at your finger tips to get beautiful inspiration and ideas.   Blog World for me has been a great place to form some wonderful friendships and get to know so many talented 
people.


A lot has been written about all the advertising on blogs.


I know blogging can feel like a full time job at times and a lot of the bloggers out there have to advertise to help with the cost of running their blogs.  Hey! you cannot pick up your favorite magazine or watch your favorite TV show without advertising that is a necessary part of the process. 

I do understand how some bloggers have the fees for their host sites and servers, shop costs  and all that goes with that, so I get that advertising is a way that helps to off set those costs.  

With that said I will be honest it is annoying to be trying to look at someone's beautiful inspiration and have a toothpaste or car ad pop up while you are trying to look and read about the post.  I get the annoyance that a lot complain about but I just try to be understanding to those that have to have this process to share their inspiration.  I think we need to be a kind and open audience.

Big Blogger vs. Little Blogger.

Lot's has been said about Big Blogger vs. Little Blogger! Ok that statement alone cracks me up.  I think in this big world of blogging there is room for everyone.  You should enjoy this process and if not then it is not a good place for you to be.  I do not look at my blogging friends as "BIG or Little" just as sweet and inspirational friends I have met and enjoy getting to know better.

I love sharing my decor crazy with all of you and I enjoy the Spotlight Feature to introduce you to  new bloggers and have the spotlight bloggers meet all of you.  It is fun way to get to know the person behind the blog on a more personal level. 

 It is amazing how we find that we share so much in common and can bond easily with someone we have never meet in "real" life.  

We put our best foot forward with our posts and sometimes it is good to know we are real peeps with real lives behind the pretty decor.


Life is a journey and always lessons to be learned.

So as we go into this season of holiday fun, decorating, love of family and friends we should all be reminded of how this place called "Blogland" can be a wonderful place to visit and enjoy each other's company.  It really should be about the fun, supporting each other and sharing of inspiration and the pure joy of friendship.  

I know it is not a perfect world and there can be issues and drama at times.  I just feel we need to keep this  "Blog World" in perspective and enjoy it like you would your favorite magazine. 

 Like in a magazine there will be pages you stop on and enjoy and other pages you will not and just turn the page.  It should be like this in blog land too.  Stop and take in the beauty of what you enjoy and leave sweet comments of appreciation.  The blogs you find that are not your cup of tea then just move on.  No need to be rude or mean.  Right?

 There should be no right or wrong just honest sharing and caring.

Think about how many friendships and sharing of beautiful creative minds would be lost without this world of blogging. 


I appreciate all of you that take time to read my posts and come on Saturday for Spotlight to meet a new blogger or get to know a blogger you might know already on a more personal level.  Susan and I work hard to find new and fun bloggers to participate in this process.  We are both so pleased that this has been a great series that has been enjoyed by so many.

  I try to visit all of you when I can and enjoy the truly wonderful inspiration I collect from all of you.  My motto is post when you want to share, do not worry about numbers or stats, visit your blog friends when you can and just enjoy the process for what it is.

I am always grateful for your kind comments left and taking the time to get to know me and my blog.

Friendship is important part of Life it nurtures our souls. 


Wow!!! that was a long post!!!!!  Hope you had a good beverage or some snacks as you strolled down this post today!!!!

Ok a little self advertising he he.  Please stop by on Saturday, Susan and I have two wonderful bloggers for you to meet in Spotlight.


Kris
:)

65 comments:

  1. Exactly. Blogging is about friendship and inspiration. I love that you compared it with reading a magazine, Kris. Read what you love and if you don't especially enjoy something, then quietly 'turn the page'.
    Hugs,
    Lin

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  2. Thank you for being so open and honest, Kris. I agree that comparing it to reading a magazine is a great way to look at it. This is a wonderful reminder of what blogging is about for a lot of us, especially at this time of the year!

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  4. That was so well said! Sometimes I need to hear something like this to put my blog in perspective. I enjoy it and that is what is important.
    If people want to stop by, good; if not, oh well. My "magazine" isn't for everyone. I enjoy reading other's blogs for different ideas and just to see what other people are up to. I have learned to care for the blogger, whether I like shabby chic, or what. It is the journey!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  5. Kris, I agree. I will always be a small blogger. I do not always decorate or craft, but some times just blog of life. But I love visiting sites that are different, exciting, and fun. But You all know if I could get it right...I would be showing more crafting decorating photos. LOL. I hope everyone can just be nice and enjoy this wonderful space. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Hi Susie,
      Thank you for your feedback. I so agree this should be a place where we enjoy each other. Geez there is enough drama and sadness on the 6 o'clock news. We do not need it here in blogland.
      Have a great day my friend.
      Kris

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  6. Kris,
    Very well said...my friend!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these two subjects...I totally agree with everything you said. Take care and stay warm.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. I started blogging for fun and to be part of a group of people that I could relate to. I have found it to be a wonderful experience. Fortunately, I don't have to make a living from it, but I do like to earn some money from it nonetheless. So, I do have ads on my blog, but chose not to allow the "pop-up" kind that scroll across the screen and won't leave until you click the "x". I find those annoying! I don't make much money from it, but it's better than nothing I guess. I agree with you that if you don't like something on someone's blog then you can simply choose to move on. It really is like picking up a magazine or even watching a channel on TV. There are plenty to choose from, so you just have to choose wisely. There is really something for everyone in blogland. You can do it as a hobby, or as a career.

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  8. I couldn't have said it better myself! I am looking forward to seeing all of your Christmas decorating.....hugs....

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  9. Kris, This is the first post I read this morning. It is a great way to start the day. When I started blogging, I had no idea there were so many people around the world who enjoyed rusty, crusty things as much as I do. I love the connections to the individuals and get so much inspiration from them. If I go to an ad-filled blog, I do not have to stay. I can window shop and move on. Thank you!

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  10. Right ON!!! I am not a fan of advertising on blogs, so I don't.I have been asked to and don't. Maybe I'm "losing" out, but that isn't why I started a blog. Blogging is like my "happy place!!!" It has given me MANY things and REAL Friendships! I don't care if it's a big or little blog. I like the in between ones! LOL!!! It's like going to a friends home and visiting. Sharing and caring. Learning, laughing, praying and crying...just like friends do.
    warmly,
    deb

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  11. This has been weighing on me heavily lately. I feel like blogging has become more about revenue and less about inspiration and connecting with other people with similar interests. I don't mind advertising on blogs but I'm tired of seeing the pop up ads,subscribe boxes, and the advertisement banners on the bottom of the pictures. It feels like people are more worried about making money and could care less about making the experiece enjoyable for their readers. For this reason I now only read a handful of blogs and have been struggling with how to move forward with my own blog.
    ~Des

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  12. Well said, Kris! I blog for fun, so I don't worry about how often I post or how many followers I have, but I realize that it is more of a job for others. There are a few blogs that I've quit following because there are so many ads that they freeze my computer and I have to shut it down. Unfortunately they were some of my favorites, but I'm afraid to click on their site!

    You and Susan have done a wonderful job introducing us to bloggers and I appreciate all the time and thought that you put into it.

    Have a great day and keep warm!!!
    Vickie

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  13. This is really a wonderful post, Kris! I have made so many wonderful friends blogging and love the camaraderie. Due to health reasons, I had to give up most of my vintage business, so thankfully, writing and blogging have become my job now. I put way too much time into it, to not earn money from it. I do not like all the pop-up ads and banners and will not run them- every page that has them freezes my computer. I only take advertising of companies I choose and do it in a form I can control, on my sidebar, or in a sponsored post that fits well with my blog. When you work so hard crafting pretty posts, why would you want to detract from it with pop-ups and junk. I am going slowly with it, as I have seen some mistakes made by other bloggers...one of the biggest being losing touch with your audience. I don't want that to happen.
    I have also seen dissension, tirades, and unpleasant comments on blogs...and I think it's important to practice tolerance. Everyone has their own way of doing things, and if we don't like it...just spend time reading other blogs. I can't imagine leaving an unpleasant comment on someone's blog...we need to build each other up.
    Thank you for this wonderfully thoughtful post, Kris...you are a real sweetheart!

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  14. I couldn't have said it better, thank you so much for sharing this. I can see both sides of this and haven't ruled anything out, but at the end of the day we all just need to remember why we're here. Thank you for all the inspiration you share!!

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  15. Here, here!!!! Well said Kris. I am a little blogger and proud of it! :P I also have BIG blogger friends and imam proud of them, but I get annoyed by the pop up ads!!! But... sigh, they are a part of it all.
    I blog when I feel moved... have no schedule, their blog was started as an outlet to share my thoughts and ideas. To meet some people who share how I feel. I have done that. You are one of those sweet friends I count in blogland!
    I hope I never loose the feeling I get when I blog and read my faves. Women ( and a few men) supporting others!
    Like you said, reading them is like sitting with a hot coffee and my favourite magazine. I savor some pages... I flip some.
    Happy weekend!! Stay warm my friend.
    Hugs, Gee

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  16. Kris I'm glad you posted this as I have been guilty of ranting about the advertising, the BIG vs little of blogging etc. So thank you for sharing your thoughts it helps to see it all in a much better light.. I used to think, wow there is no way I can produce like some of those BIG bloggers out there, then I realized that I don't HAVE to. All I need to do is blog blab about whatever I want and let the pieces fall where they may. Lots less pressure that way and lots more fun. I think when we run into trouble is when we start envying those big bloggers with all their followers instead of cheering them on. I want to be a cheerleader and be someone who is thankful for all those creative ladies out there who happily share all those ideas that I steal hahaha. So I promise I won't rant when I see those advertisements well, not aloud at least LOL.

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  17. Kris, great post and gracefully expressed. xoxo

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  18. Very well said Kris! I concur. :)
    Blessings~

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  19. You said it all! I agree whole heartily! I hate pop up ads too. I'm a stay at home mom. I don't have friends who "get" the whole decor/craft thing so my blog is very important! It's where I share with like minded ladies. The encouragement and support I get from blogging has motivated me to do and try things I never would have otherwise. Your blog and friendship means so much to me Kris! Thanks for sharing your heart today!

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  20. VERY well said--and I'm an English teacher, so I'm pretty fussy! ;)

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  21. So nicely said Kris. I have been in this blog community for a long time. I began when there were no advertisements or big vs small. It really was so much better then. Now there is so much competition. Everyone can use money to help pay for the cost. I personally have gone through two home forclosure scares in the alnost 8 yrs i have been blogging. I used to blog daily. I could have used some money but I chose not to ever have those annoying advertisements on my blog. We did not lose our home and I am still here blogging with no advertising of any kind. Like you said...we can just turn the page and that is what I do. I rarely visit a blog that has advertising or blogs as a business. The worst part of all this money making through blogging is the competition and the bullying. I have experienced the bullying and truthfully its enough to make me not want fo blog anymore. Thankfully there is kindness still to be found. Love is actually, all around. This is the heart of my next post. Thank you Kris for sharing your thoughts so graciously. Blessed are the peacemakers. xxo

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  22. I get very annoyed with all the advertisements and popup ads on BIG blogs that are adverting certain paints etc, and wish they could support their blogs without all the ads because they have such pretty things to share.
    I don't have any ads and don't pay but only $5.00 a year to keep my pictures stored in google.

    I am not saying I don't enjoy the bigger interior decorating blogs etc I still read them and accept it is their business they are selling, I just blog to show and tell and meet new friends. I have met some great people blogging and have become friend with one locally in my own town. I have drove far to meet other bloggers also.
    I love blogging and love bloggers . There is so much talent out in blog land

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  23. I love everything you just said about blogging. I love visiting this blog for inspiration not only about your beautiful decor but your kind words and thoughts that you share. I have heard a lot of complaining lately in Blogland and that is not how it should be. Enjoy it or move on to something else, wise words!

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  24. Amen Sister and great blog friend!

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  25. I so agree with your post. I guess I would be consider the "Little Blogger" because I do not know how to do some of the fancy technical stuff, nor do I advertise or sell. But you know what, I blog to journal about the things I make, the changes in decor I do. I love to go back over the years and see how I have changed. It does not matter who likes me or not. My friends who visit me are some of the sweetest people I have met in blog land. I visit other peoples blogs for inspiration and friendship and always leave a positive comment. If I run across a blog I truly do not care for I just move on and no one knows the difference. If blogging becomes not fun anymore, I will stop. But being a " Little Blogger" no one really cares about what I do or do not do.............LOL

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    1. Well put Susan yourself. You are a no reply blogger so I cannot email you back and say thank you for your honest comment here. Blog land should be a place of inspiration, encouragement and supporting each other in whatever way it is that they need to make their blog work. Thank you for your honest comment.
      Kris

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  26. Amen, sister!! Thank you for putting this out there. I hate the ads too that pop up on my photos, but like you said there are costs with blogging and if I wasn't making money I would have quit blogging long time ago. I wouldn't have money for all my changes. He he!!
    Big blog, little blog, who cares. We are all in this creative outlet together.

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  27. Oh Kris, I loved this post!!! I agree with you. I've always thought that the people who are supposed to find my little ol' blog will find it and maybe I'll inspire someone with my little decor ideas and tips. :) I don't have any aspirations to become a "big blogger." All the blog conferences, advertising, etc. is just not for me. Well, I do have one ad on my blog, but it's for my son's business, so I'm not getting paid and it's just as a favor to him. ;) I also get frustrated with all the pop up ads/subscribe buttons that you have to click to make them go away. I'm thankful for this world of blogging as it has brought so much pleasure to me and I adore the friendships I've made through blogging. And you're right...if something doesn't appeal to you, just skip it and move on. No need for negative comments. :) It all goes back to the kindergarten rule: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. :)

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  28. Fabulous post Kris - truly !!!
    Thanks for this - you've put so eloquently what I've been thinking for a long time - live and let live - this isn't a competition - us smaller ones are not " stealing " anything from the bigger ones - it's a huge ocean with plenty of room for us all to get our feet wet :)
    Loved this.
    xoxo

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  29. Great thoughts Kris! I am a "little blogger" here just sharing my ideas and making friends and getting inspired by all of the creativity out there. All of the advertising and "SEO" talk makes my head spin!! So I ignore it and go back in to my "happy" little world...haha :)

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  30. I love you, Kris! I love your wit, your talents, both trained and acquired. I love how supportive you've always been of me, and of others. Today, I love your honest, from-the-heart statements. Truth.

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  31. And I certainly never expected to meet people through blogging that would one day save my life. Seriously, Steve called the doctor about a blood transfusion after your email. Who know what might have happened to me if I had not written that post.

    I do not advertise and do not plan to, but I know that others need the income from ads. I am one of the "little bloggers" and I like it that way. Sometimes I feel like the big girls are under a lot of pressure to produce new ideas and start trends. I can just post what and when I want.

    Have a great weekend.

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  32. Kris, I so agree with this honest and heartfelt post. I have only been in blogland for a year and a half but I have seen both the good and the bad. I consider connecting with people like you the best part of the whole thing so I thank you for finding me and putting me in your spotlight feature. I love to learn about different people who live in different places and yet value so many of the same things I do. I do have ads on my blog, which help pay a few bills each month, but there is a lot of pressure that comes along with that too. I guess everything in life is a trade off. Thank you for sharing what's on your heart and giving me some food for thought too. Courtney

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  33. Well said, Kris. I am one of those who needs the income form the ads, and I hate that they are annoying. I was just thinking this morning about removing a couple of them to ease the "tension". I don't like the competitive nature of some bloggers and I try to steer clear of those. I love what I do and what I write about. If one persons comes away with something positive from my blog then I am thrilled. xo Laura

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  34. Thank you Kris for being so honest and kind about the blogging world! I too, have made wonderful friends with my blog and I cherish that! I just enjoy the simple life....looking at fabulous decor and reading blog posts that put a big smile on my face and day! I personally don't care for ads, but I would never be rude.....thanks again for speaking on behalf of many blogger friends~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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  35. Well said. Thank you for sharing from your heart!
    I appreciate the friendships I have made in blog land.

    And thank you for talking with me about our Boston Terrier. She is doing much better.

    Carla

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  36. Thank you Kris. I am a little blogger and do not blog if I don't have something to say. I am really sick of the pop ups and I understand that some people need the advertising, and I understand that but those pop ups are really annoying.
    I have met so many wonderful people in blogland and will continue to read and post. Thank you so much for speaking on behalf of so many bloggers.
    Mary

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  37. Kris...great post! I'm a little blogger and that is okay with me and I'm okay with the big bloggers too. We are all special in my eyes. I have been blessed to meet several blogging friends in person and others who are dear friends too,even thou we have never met in person.
    ~Cindy

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  38. You are right! I totally agree with you. Blogland is frinedship, inspiration and love for our passions
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  39. Kris, this is so good-you know I feel the same! That's why I love ya!! :)
    Susan

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  40. I agree. I get why some have all the ads and honestly, I usually don't linger there to look because my blog time is so limited, I can't wade through all of the ads and pop ups to get to content. I'm a "little blogger" but enjoy both "big" and "little" blogs. Isn't it grand that we are all so different? Thanks for a well written post.

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  41. Good post, especially as we head into the time of year that I try to think about being kinder and more patient with people (I wish I could do it more year round, lol). I visit lots of blogs of all 'sizes', and get so much enjoyment out of them. The ads can be irritating, but if I like the blogger's content, I overlook it. There are a few blogs that I quit visiting because substance was overtaken by advertising, but I don't begrudge the blogger for that - they are free to manage their blog as they wish - and isn't it wonderful that we have such relative freedom? So to all of you bloggers out there, big and small - thank you for sharing yourself with us, and may you be blessed to keep doing it!

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  42. Well said Kris! I love the magazine analogy, brings the point home on a few levels. The blogosphere is a powerful tool for inspiration, friendships, learning, and support (like you said) and it's a shame when drama has to rear it's ugly head and enter the mix. It's about Sistahs supporting Sistahs!

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  43. Well said, Kris!
    Like you said if they don't like what they see they should just move on....that's what I do when I come across something that is not my cup of tea. Not everything in a blog or magazine appeals to my style...I pass the pages of those that do not inspire me and stall on the ones that beckon me. I wish you continued success with your blog, it is beautiful and very inspirational and you make many people drool with a desire to have what you do!
    JP

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  44. Happy Friday Kris, as one of your little blogger friends I must say I agree and love everything you wrote. I do not advertise or plan to, I post from my heart and always try to write of substance.
    Vera

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  45. Well said Kris...I so enjoy the friendships, such as yours, that I have gained from blogging...that to me is the best!!!!

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  46. I totally agree with you Kris and read every word of your post! People choose to go into a person's blog and if they don't like it, just "move on", like you said! Happy Thanksgiving from a "little blogger" who loves your blog! Keep posting all your inspiration!

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  47. Thanks, Kris, for this inspiring piece. When I started blogging 3 years ago I didn't even know that you could make money because of it. Going along I finally figured it out, but I still feel the same as when I started. It is an outlet to share my life and my cottage. Simple little things that are important to me. I clicked something once which put all of my info about the blogs that I follow, etc.at the very bottom, and maybe for that reason I haven't gotten any new followers for some time. But, I am happy and honored that I have a few that always comment and leave such heartwarming messages. For these friends, and myself, is the reason I write my blog. I follow some that I never comment to but I read everytime and thoroughly enjoy. I guess maybe I consider them to be "Big Bloggers" but I just overlook the "commercials" and just see and enjoy the content. Just like I do when I watch TV! ...TMI?? I think I just wrote a post myself!!.. Happy Thanksgiving to all..Judy

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  48. Hi Kris, I agree with your words completely. It is a big blogland and there is room for everyone. I will always believe that kindness and being nice matters. People will always remember how you made them feel!!
    Thank you for sharing and also for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Wishing you and your sweet family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!
    XOXO

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  49. You have said that so nicely and I agree with you. Thank you for sharing so many of your decorating ideas for me to enjoy! Nancy

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  50. I am always interested in the content and can ignore the "commercials" just like I do when watching TV. My only problem is that for some reason some make the page load slow and run slow when I scroll to read. Not sure whey that happens.

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  51. Since it's already past 1:am I'll have to come back to read all the comments you got on this post. Thanks for being honest so nicely. I too enjoy the blogs, have made friends online, have been so inspired it's just wonderful to me to find out about all the talent and generosity out there.
    None of my friends is a crafter so it's so nice to "meet" so many people that I have this in common with. I was just flabbergasted couple years ago when I found blogs. When my pc was on the blink for couple months this past Spring didn't know what to do with myself.
    I sure agree with what you've said about everything you brought up. Good for you.
    There have been some blogs I didn't care for as much so I just unsubscribed to them. No big to me. They're entitled to be who they are. Not like we have to read their blogs if we find them objectionable. I'm going to come back to read your comments, interesting to me what others have to say. Might not agree but maybe I'll learn something.
    Glad I found your blog and took time to read this post. Always an eye opener. I'm older than most of you (74) so I try to remember how I felt at most of the gals ages. So exciting to be young mothers and wives. Helps me bring back memories of when I was young (long time ago). Think I need to subscribe to your blog. Happy weekend and happy holidays.
    If you decide to reply please do so to email address.

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  52. OMG!!!! thank you for being brave enough to share what a lot of us feel. Now that being said I do advertise but not inside the post. There is no Mr. thatssopretty.net so every little bit helps here. I do move on though from a lot of the blogs that are overcome with annoying advertising because you can't enjoy the post because a survey is following you down the page or a car pops up or something else. You will find advertising on my sidebar and near header and footer but you will never be annoyed with pop ups. I don't worry about being big or little. Thank you Kris!!

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  53. I love your "decor crazy" and stop by to see it whenever I can! I appreciate all the good thoughts you have expressed so well here too. You are a wonderful asset to the blogging community.

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  54. Thank you for writing this post, Kris. I am guilty of getting pulled into issues that bloggers have between each other.
    That's not why I blog. Sometimes it's better to "Let It Go" and keep going.
    I don't care about the advertising stuff anymore, or big, or little blogs either. Like you said...just turn the page if you don't want to look.
    You are a wise woman, and someone that has been honest with me, and open as in this post. I appreciate that about you.
    The blogging community is blessed to have a person in it's midst that will speak what we need to hear, and really take a look inside, and search our own hearts to see if we need to change, or just be a little more understanding.
    Good post!
    Debbie
    xo

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  55. I couldn't agree more. I've always loved looking at pictures, even since I was a little thing. The Sears and Penny's catalog, played a huge part in that. Always looking in the home sections at the bedding and decorations, lol. I feel that way about the blogs I look at. I can always keep scrolling if I want just like you said with the magazines. I always try to be nice because that is how I want to be treated. I feel that the bigger blogs get lost sometimes and you lose that personal touch. But I do still enjoy them at times. I am just a small town girl that loves the homey feeling I get when I visit your blog. It's like visiting with a good friend. Maybe this post will make people think....you are a wonderful person and your blog is my absolute favorite, ever!

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  56. I just want to thank all you wonderful people who take the time to create and maintain a blog. I have thought about starting a blog, but just the thought overwhelms me! My husband and I are both retired now, and I cannot afford to buy all the decorating magazines that I used to, so the blogs have filled my desire for decorating articles. In fact, your blogs are much, much more enjoyable than any magazine ever was. So as for the ads, I realize I'm reading these blogs for free, so I support you making money in any way you can through your blogs. I wish we could all just abide by the adage, "If you can't same something nice, don't say anything at all", as we are not talking about world peace or anything like that in this forum. Just decor, cooking, travel, etc. Have a great day/evening.

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    1. Hi Joanie,
      I hope you will start your own blog. It is fun and a great way to meet like minded people. For the most part it is a great place like you said to find inspiration. Pinterest is another great way to have inspiration for free at your fingertips. I know the magazines are getting to be so expensive so it is good to have blogs and pinterest to get ideas. Thank you for your comment.
      Kris

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  57. Kris, very thoughtful and wise words said in love. xxx ~ Nancy

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