Feedback Giveaway 

The year of blogging is almost up and I need your help — feedback on why you came to read. Was it the first sentence that drew you in, the photos or a personal connection? For those who followed the blog what kept you coming back to read? What were the best posts and why? Did you stop in weekly or just randomly?

I do know from the internal statistics that most visited on a Tuesday at 0900 but that doesn’t tell me who and why. I do know that 4,618 visited in one day and I didn’t even know it at the time. I had written a post called Rant two weeks prior to that and it went mini viral which I found out a couple of days later when I went to write my next blog post. In total it has been viewed 9,400 times which is rather mind boggling and certainly a scenario I never anticipated. It was shared multi times and had more comments than any other post (heck probably more than all other posts combined); all of them positive and supportive I might add. It has rather skewed my regular statistics though and most months I never see as many readers as I had in one day in December.

I’d love to generate some comments on this post though and find out the answers to some of those questions above. I know from other blogs that giveaways are often used to celebrate milestone events but I thought I would try this version of it. If you leave a comment about the who, what, where, when and why of your reading of my blog I will put your name into a draw. If you are a “local” reader chances are you will receive from fresh baking or garden produce and if you are an “away” reader I will create something for you in my craft room and mail it off to you. An exchange we could call it so please ante in.

I didn’t make my goal of blogging daily but I only missed about 84 days in total which isn’t too shabby for a year. I believe that my writing skills have improved and my blogging techie skills have certainly grown because I FINALLY managed a link. In fact I am so proud of it that I am going to throw another one in right here and suggest that you look back at The Next Act to find out what my plans are for the coming year.


20 thoughts on “Feedback Giveaway 

  1. Alyssa September 15, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I read it sporadically, cause who has time to read it daily (sorry not sorry). Sometimes I just read it for the pictures, clearly I’m still a child at heart. I don’t know if family is excluded from the giveaway, but you can give away some baking to me any day.


    • bernielynne September 15, 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Yeah I get the daily thing. It’s crazy — I was crazy? This was you do keep up with what’s up. Loads of people just stop by for the photos.
      Haha — give you baking! You’re a pro but I guess I could make you a PB Rice Krispie roll.


  2. Georgina September 7, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Bernie, I have followed your blog as a means to keep up with your life. You seem to have the energy of the energizer bunny and that energy rubs off on those around you. We may not speak everyday or even every week but your blog has kept me in touch with your progress and has motivated me to get things done in my house. Hopefully next summer I can come out and help with the other side!!


    • bernielynne September 7, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Trust me that life as an apprentice stone mason isn’t really all that fun. Does work on your core strength and muscles though. Glad my energy is transferable and that is has a positive effect.


  3. Bev Signarowski September 2, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Hey, what are cousins for but to follow one of their own as they work to recreate and reflect on their creation and their blessings? I loved following the blog – not commenting – just following and wondering where you get your energy.


    • bernielynne September 2, 2015 / 5:37 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it helped connect us. I’m glad you found the keyboard to comment — consider yourself entered into the giveaway. The energy — hm it just exists in me.


  4. Claire Bullaro (@ClaireBullaro) September 1, 2015 / 9:41 am

    It was only logical to continue to follow your writing from the old1918 Eaton’s Eager blog. I admire your work on that great house and how you and Ron work together so well – a true partnership. It has been interesting to read some of your more philosophical thoughts, too, on this new venue.


    • bernielynne September 1, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Claire for following along on the philosophical side as well as the project side. I may revamp the blog a little to have those two streams or go back to having two separate ones. I haven’t made a firm decision. I’m also very appreciative of your comment about our partnership — I think we are pretty lucky to have each other and it’s been a great adventure. One I am very glad we embarked on.


  5. Patti September 1, 2015 / 9:29 am

    It was you mentioning to me, “follow my blog!” after I was so lucky to tour through your house. It’s so lovely and the stories are so fabulous. And of course I wouldn’t want to miss any of the adventures you and Ron have. 365 days is quite a challenge. Well done. 🙂


    • bernielynne September 1, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      I didn’t make it every day Patti but I sure tried. I needed Hermonine’s time expander to fit in all in but that seems to be how life is these days. I am busy with a wide spectrum of things and loving life. Thanks for stopping in with a comment and for following. The personal connection is definitely the top reason but I sound a little bossy (like usual) in the follow my blog statement. Oh well — glad you did.


  6. Brenda Bacon August 31, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    I would agree with the writer above that it was often the photos that drew me in initially. But sometimes it was the title of the blog that was the ‘hook’. I am so impressed that you blogged on so many days – almost 300 in one year. That’s dedication.

    OK – about that gift from your craft room … is a quilt a possibility?? Not that I couldn’t make my own, but your work is so wonderful. Just thought I would throw that out there. But you know that I know how much time and effort goes into a quilt – so it would be asking too much.


    • bernielynne August 31, 2015 / 11:24 pm

      I love that you got hooked in by Titles — that was something that I really worked on as well as the opening sentences. It was dedication to keep up the content — I rarely struggled for what to write it was more the when to write.
      Haha — I don’t think I could do a quilt as a giveaway but perhaps a quilted wall hanging. I am surprised that you know my work is wonderful — I never really focused on it much here in the blog. I need to upgrade my machine so that free motion quilting is easier and then you would get a wall hanging as I love doing them.
      Thanks again for dropping in and coming back Brenda — I appreciate it and your comments.


  7. Judy Churchwell August 31, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    I think I read them all….because this was my way of keeping you in my “almost” daily life!!
    Just like when I worked with you and saw you at least 3 days a week!….not just 3 days or less a month!


    • bernielynne August 31, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to comment on why you kept coming back to the blog. I am glad it kept you up to date but I still MISS YOU!! Maybe I will retire and join you at the other site!
      Any requests should you win the draw?


  8. Cyndi Cunanan August 31, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I started following for the house, as well, but your amazing photos always draw me in. I’ll admit I’ve probably only read about a dozen blogs that weren’t about the house, but that is just because I’m so darn busy. If I were retired, I’d probably have read all of them.


    • bernielynne August 31, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks Cyndi — I’m thinking of doing regular house blogs. I’m also really interested in taking a photography class because everyone has given me such encouragement about my photos plus a fundraiser idea but that is a different story. Consider yourself entered.


  9. Jessica Hamilton August 31, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Your house is my dream house Bernie so I started following your blog for updates on that! Now I enjoy reading all your posts, house related or not.


    • bernielynne August 31, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks Jessica for putting a comment in with your reasons. I will for sure keep up the house blogs — look for one tonight. Oh and thanks for following. And come for a visit anytime.


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