Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Country Hutch Display and Venting About Social Media Woes


Welcome dear friends...
Today I am sharing a little wall in my country kitchen with you.
This little table and wall hutch is a fun area to display.
I changed it out for the holidays and then basically put it back the way it was last fall.

I really like the little galvanized collection of goodies.
Soon I will share the rest of the kitchen... including my new burlap curtains once I get them lengthened a bit.  They are about 6 inches too short for my taste.  Soon!
Okay, I want to talk to my blogging friends for a bit about social media.
If you are not a blogger.... please enjoy the rest of the pictures and continue on.
Okay, I will tell you before we get too far, I am not a social media person.
I do not twitter... except for my automatic posts from the blog.
I do not Instagram... Hometalk... Ect.... I have accounts but they are idle.
But I have been a FB junkie for YEARS.
I loved Facebook... I met so many bloggers, gardeners, antique lovers....
Crafty... talented... wonderful new, inspiring peers to follow and learn from.
I soon started my FB page for the blog... and it grew... and grew...
And I worked it... I knew my numbers on Twitter were null... but FB was my go to.
It was normal for my to have 200 plus new followers per week.
It was fun, a happy accomplishment... I enjoyed every minute.
Then like everyone else.... the rug was pulled out from under us.
New likes went from several hundred to 20-30 per week.
New posts and photos were only seen by 300 of my more than 17,000 followers.
And I see it everywhere.  I know it is not just me.  I am not going to buy ads or spend money on social media promotion.  I am not selling anything.  This is just a fun, pretty... see what I am doing this week blog.
  But here is what I hate... I have also lost all the feeds to what those new friends are doing.  I no longer see the behind the scene chatter of blogging.  I don't even see the new shares.  I get so frustrated.  I miss that.  Really, honestly.
 So I created lists... called them things like....."what I want to see"  "home bloggers"  "Garden Stuff"  and the same thing happens there.  I have went to pages specifically because I have not heard from a blogging friend in a bit and wondered what is going on... and BOOM there is like 10 entries I have not seen at all.... nothing in my feed....Poof... they are nowhere.
 So what do you do?  I have no answer.  At one time I went from following over 300 bloggers to under 150.  Now.... I am subscribing to blogs again.  Because honestly, that is the only thing that works.  At least I know I will get then in my email.
Back to facebook, I have told my readers to do the "Get Notification" trick.. but for me being a group and page owner... I cannot have a thousand notifications a day every time I open FB.
So here is what I dream of.... let me know if you want to join this little movement with me.

No we are not protesting... or deleting any pages.... it is better.

Lets all go to blogs and leave comments.
Lets join parties and share our posts.
Lets welcome new bloggers and invite them to visit our sites.
Lets leave nice notes to our long time followers saying thanks.
Lets encourage each other to keep going.

Because it was not like this when I started six years ago.
The web was a friendly, happy group that was thrilled to find others with common interests.
I still am that way, I would like to think I will always be too.

How about you?
Spend your time where it counts.... 
And right now there are better places to hang out than FB.

Here for example!

Thanks for visiting and letting my say my spill...
~Brooke~

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Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs.  Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs.  She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
    
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51 comments :

  1. Yes!! I'm visiting you via the over 40 Bloggers world -I love this post and I know we all feel the same way. FB has been pretty useless for me. Most of the time my posts get seen by 30-40 people, so I don't bother much. I love your blog and will subscribe via my Feedly so I can remember to visit!

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    1. Thanks so much Anne, I am enjoying the new group too.

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  2. I love your vintage galvanized watering cans Brooke, your kitchen is lovely as always. I enjoy your Blog and have subscribed for ahile now.

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    1. Thanks so much Shirlene, I had them outside for years, but lately as expensive as they have become, I am taking much better care of mine!

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  3. Brooke,
    BRAVO!!!
    Not that it will change ONE single thing, but well said,dear friend!!!
    I agree with going directly to the blogs and leaving comments!!!
    By the way. . .YOUR kitchen looks amazing , dear friend!!!
    I know I've told you before, but I L O V E that plaid wallpaper!!!
    The green cabinet with the watering cans looks so~o~o refreshing!!!
    Thank you for continuing to share your blog!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a cozy corner, so warm and vintage, as I do love so much !
    Have a lovely continuation of the week, Brook, thank you again !
    Sending love
    Daniela

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    1. you are very welcome, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. Hi Brooke, I just found your pretty blog on the new FB page for 'over 40 bloggers'. :) I thought I'd pay you a visit and read your blog. I have seen other bloggers who I follow and are also on FB that are complaining about the same thing but I always visit their blogs and leave comments there rather than on FB. I love to visit my favourites every day (very time consuming) and often leave a comment and I hope they will in turn visit me and comment (most do). My blog doesn't have a FB page simply because I didn't want to bother with it even though I'm on FB a lot. I think blogging is a personal thing where we get to create and share what we choose and try to build up a following. It's important to visit and comment and we expect to be reciprocated. I hope it works out for you. And after all that, I want to say I love your shelf and table decor very much. :) Have a great evening. Pamela

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    1. thanks so much Pamela, I have already noticed a big jump in comments. I think it really needs to be scaled back drastically in the blogging world. I am content to have a small circle of close friends vs thousands that never say a word.

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  6. did you read my post about 4 posts ago. A little different, but so many changes.

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    1. I will head over, it is really sad that so many want to climb to the top and what is the prize really? I would rather go out and enjoy my time with my family.

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  7. I blogged for years but lost my writing mojo after becoming a facebook junkie. Lately Pinterest has been leading back to blogs, as it did tonight. I am glad it led me to yours. I just love it and I'll be back. I'll have to see if my old way of saving blogs even works anymore. If not, well, I guess I'll pin you. :)

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  8. Brooke I so agree. I loved blogging, women sharing with women about home and life ... good old blogging without all the social media stuff. (men follow too, you know what I mean)
    Many blessings sweet friend!
    Cindy

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    1. thanks so much for popping over Cindy, I know I have followed you for years. there will always be friends online and then there are just people you follow. You are definitely a friend my dear!

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  9. Morning Brooke,
    I agree too....................it seems in the last year that the blogosphere has changed so much, and hardly any
    of the things you suggested which used to happen all the time, rarely happen anymore. Just yesterday for the first time in a long time, I had a very friendly blogger, and it was quite refreshing I have to say.
    Loved your idea................
    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. It is refreshing, that is one of the reasons I opened my Christmas Home Tour to everyone, not just the same 20 blogs in every tour... I wanted new bloggers to feel included.

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  10. Oh yea, and loved all your pictures.
    Love your country look and all your vignettes.

    Blessings, Nellie

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  11. What about the blogosphere, I really do´nt know, I follow blogs I like and give comments. I get followers and they comment on my blog, that´s it. I´m not the one to try to get as many followers as possible, I just do what I do, writing, photographing and commenting. But by the way I must tell you I love your vintage style, the creations and combinations of all the treasures in your home and of course the garden and your funny dog.
    Regards, Janneke

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  12. Blogoland is wonderful
    je visite ta superbe cuisine depuis le Cameroun en Afrique
    Bonne soirée
    Frieda

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  13. Blogoland is wonderful
    Je découvre ta magnifique cuisine depuis le Cameroun en Afrique
    Frieda

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  14. Thanks for posting your thoughts on FB. My goal is to start a blog. But I do not like FB. And I feel like if I didn't DO FB i'd be nothing. But since I am dragging my feet and haven't started blogging yet, I still do a lot of research. I follow many blogs like yours via email. I have Pinterest boards an Etsy shop and Instagram. I just need to learn how to tie them all together. And now I feel like I was right to not considered FB as a blogging tool. But I'm still considering it as a sales tool for my etsy shop.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great blog. I admire it and use it as a model for what I hope to do one day.
    Barbara Ann
    etsy.com / shop / barbaraannscreations

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    1. I stopped over at your shop and you have some very cute things! I can see we have similar taste! I would encourage your to try a blog, just for you. I have made so many friends in sharing my similar interests in vintage and gardening. Keep it up! Let me know when you do!!

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    2. Will do. Still in research/chicken mode.

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  15. Yes totally agree! That's why I subscribe via email. Otherwise I would miss out if I relied on FB.

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  16. I like your plaid wall and the creative way you have things arranged. Always look forward to seeing what you have done in your home and yard.
    I do not do Facebook, used to but not anymore, kind of left me cold. Blogging allows more creativity as it's format is not as rigid, more flexibility.
    Happy Saturday
    Betsy

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    1. I feel the same way Betsy, well said. thanks so much for visiting...Brooke

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  17. Absolutely love your hutch. That is exactly what I need for my kitchen. I have a shelf with a bar for hanging tools but I like yours better. I agree about social media. I never was too much into it but I did use facebook for a while. The constant "improvements" finally discouraged me from visiting facebook altogether. Anyway, thanks for sharing the hutch.

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    1. Great, I have always loved wall hutches. I would have more than one if I could. I am a shelf person too, love to be able to bring things to eye level.

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  18. Brooke, I love anything galvanized so this little nook stole my heart. As far asocial media, I blog for fun and I love, love the friendships that I have made! That means the world to me. I do have a fb page, but it has grown very very slowly. I too will not pay to promote it and I know that the feed is blocked periodically. According to my daughter, fb does that intentionally so that you will pay to promote your page. I post a little snippet daily for my friends that enjoy it. I do have to say that I love Instagram and have found some wonderful new friends. Although I started my blog in 2009, I blogged only for family and a few friends for two years. It wasn't until 2011 that I discovered other blogs. I have seen a big change since then. Not quite as intimate as it was. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. You are very welcome sweet Jann.... I will try to contribute more often!

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  19. I love your blog. Your antiques are so fun to admire.
    Thanks for sharing. By the way, I am not on FaceBook.

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  20. Great post Brooke. I have disabled all of my notifications from Facebook and Twitter. Just getting overwhelmed with the constant influx of messages. I changed over to Google+ and just check in once a week...so much easier! Your blog is one of my favorites. Have s great day Brooke!
    Val from artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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  21. I had such a great time browsing at your photos, love all your vintage, galvanized goodies and that plaid wall paper. I am so inspired by blogs, how people show what they've done, how they've made things, decorate their homes, it just keeps me going.
    I'm on down side of 74, keep myself busy reading several blog posts daily and commenting. I like to comment on posts I really enjoy and am inspired by. I'll be reading posts, have to go see what I have to make my own version of what I saw. Loving it so much, good for an older person to keep busy, luckily I'm in decent health to make things. We keep busy with our furry kidz (dog/cat) and 5 chickens. We live out in rural area several miles west of Grand Junction.
    Am not one to keep up with all the social media, like to read email posts and sometimes visit Facebook to see what grandkids that live elsewhere are doing. Good heavens barely have time to do all that. Sometimes I'm on here when I should be cleaning our little single wide. We're not well to do seniors, we live on our SS and little bit hubs gets from VA. Grand Junction area is not meant for seniors that don't have lots of disposable income. But we're pretty content, our youngest daughter/family live pretty close so we spend time with them when they have some time.
    I've been blessed to make some very special friends on blog land and enjoy those friendships so much. We even exchange gifts back and forth now and then.
    This is not first time I've come across a post about the unpleasant side effects of some social media. Glad I don't waste my time getting involved with it.
    Really enjoyed your blog and post, think I'll be subscribing to it. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Good for you hun! I have several readers that tell me similar stories.... everyone loves pretty pictures right?

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  22. I am not a blogger, simply a follower of many blogs as I love reading the posts and getting so many ideas! I follow a few on FB but, for the most part, either subscribe directly to blogs or follow many on Bloglovin'. That way I see everything I want to see when I want to see it. I hope all bloggers know that, while FB is good, it's really the "direct access" to a blog that means the most to so many of us.

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    1. I agree, I follow often by email, then try to get the replies to go directly to the bloggers if I have the emails, sometimes I have to comment on the sites, but as I go on and make friends I just email them little notes. I wish I had better internet out here to do more.

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  23. What a wonderful display. You have it all styled so nicely. Adore those watering cans and the furniture itself makes me happy.

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    1. How Sweet Robin... I enjoy it too. As I said I usually change it out every few weeks, but I like it like this and am leaving it be! xxx...

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  24. I agree that I am missing SO many feeds from people!! It is making me crazy! And I am sure when I share a blog post on FB, NOT everyone is seeing that. UGH!!! By the way, LOVE this little area, the peices here are great!!!

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  25. Love this... So Cute!!! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time

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  26. I found your blog at the Make It Pretty Monday party. Your green shelf and watering cans just speak to me so much that I pinned them to my Pinterest board, Jardin Chateau. I have never had a large FB following, but use it to share information at Christmas time about my annual French Country Christmas Event in my garden shed. It was set up through bloglovin' to automatically share my blog posts, but since FB changed some things about Pages, my blog posts have stopped posting to FB.

    I enjoyed my visit to your blog. There are 8-10 linky parties I visit each week and always find new and inspiring posts there.

    Judith

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  27. Brooke, it's all so pretty! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/03/make-it-pretty-monday-week-131.html Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  28. I'm here...I don't subscribe to many blogs because I try to keep my emails to a minimum (eye problems). I do however have a folder listing all of my favorite blogs and I get around to visit them each week. I love your blog, your wonderful home and the sweet furry folk!
    Blessings,
    J

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