2016 Reader Survey Results

Thank you so much to everyone who took time to answer the survey!  You guys are awesome! 

45% of survey respondents have been reading ABL under a year! And you took the survey- You are awesome.  I am so glad you want to help improve the blog!!
And, 18% of you have been here since the beginning (thanks to my immediate family ;)

Your favorite & want you want MORE of:
1) DIY
I share DIY 1-2 times a week, and until the girls go to school, I am not sure I can do more! I want to! You should see my DIY idea list, it is longggggg...  But, I am going to make a concerted effort for 2 a week.

You want more:
2) Home Tour- Good news! We finished our house remodel and I will be sharing a lot more of my home this year- not just that one corner that gets fab lighting.

3) The Creative Entrepreneur (Biz of Blogging posts) & Party Crafts & Recipe/Cocktails were pretty much tied.  Although, probably a slightly confusing question since Party crafts may fall under DIY as well.  My bad.

Least Favorite Posts:
Product Roundups- I only do a handful of these a year, so I will stick to that or lose them all together.

Have you done a DIY/recipe from A Bubbly Life?

Whew hoo!!! My favorite answer!  42% of you have done a DIY/recipe from A Bubbly Life.  My goal on ABL is to make DIYs I think anyone can do- with little no-how, not so special tools and little time on their hands. Basically, me.  I do not know what I am doing (although I have learned a lot in 4 years), I have 2 little girls who run the show and I like to make things.  The easiest way possible. Glue is my bestie.
Also 42% was huge to me, I would have been happy with 5 people doing a DIY.

Questions for me:

How would you define creativity?

Woah.  I was expecting what my fav food was.  I loveeee this question so much that I am going to dedicate a whole post to it soon.  (Haha, be careful what you wish for, am I right?) 

What blogs do you like to read?

I am more a Pinterest/Craftgawker reader of blogs, picking up things that strike my interest.  I find if I read the same blogs consistently, it screws up my creativity. Creativity requires a hefty amount of fearlessness and reading blogs can inhibit that for me (and I emphasize for me, I am sure it doesn't mess with a lot of people).  Ones that I consistently find I pin are- The Merrythought and Sugar & Charm.

What's your favorite post?

I love when I have shared my business experience in the series The Creative Entrepreneur.  My favorite DIY post changes up year to year, but my current favorite DIY is my copper edged mirror- it was just so easy to do and I really love it.  I have it hanging in my living room and sometimes I look at it and I am like, I cannot believe I made that. Ha.  Which sounds like I am bragging, but it just was one of those projects that came out better than I envisioned.   Other things I love- copper pipe ipad holder and wine holder- used daily.  So, I guess I love more of the home, useful DIYs?

For these next two questions, my post on working at home as a Mom is more thorough!

Is blogging your full time job?

Yes and no.  I am first a Mom to my 2 girls who are both home with me, which means I have to ditch the blog sometimes to take care of them etc.  I blog full time in the standard sense- as I work at least 40 hours a week on it and my freelance work.  However, the blog requires more like 80plus hours a week to be a "huge" success and I cannot dedicate that time right now.

How do you blog and stay at home with the kids?  (I got this question a lot)
The post I link to above has actionable pieces on how I juggle being a Mom & the blog. But, in a sorta long nutshell (haha), I try my best and I struggle and I succeed and I fail and I jump up & down at opportunities I never thought I would get and I cry, freak out and stress.  I have a supportive husband.  It is not easy.  But, I l do not want to give up my time at home with girls.  I also am in the wonderful position to love the work that I do.  So, I make it work because I am not a complete person unless I am creating.

Thank you for reading and here is to a great 2016!!

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