Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Blogging Adventure Venture

by Ann 

The two similar words in today’s title, as defined by will sum up my post for today:

Adventure:  1) an exciting or very unusual experience; 2) a bold, usually risky undertaking.
Venture:  1) an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome; 2) a business enterprise or speculation in which something is risked in the hope of a profit.

Sheila, Heather and I have certainly had lots of wonderful adventures together in the past twenty five years, and we view our blog, Friendship, Life and Style as the most significant one that did not include a road trip or air travel.  (Come to think of it, the conference we attended in January DID necessitate a road trip…)

The blogging process has been a venture for us as well; one that is evolving.  We were not certain of the outcome, but we thought it would be a fun project to work on together, which has been true.  Other than reading blogs written by others, we didn’t know anything about blogging this time last year.  We now have a better idea about what it will take to grow our blog and ideally work it into something that is more than just a fun hobby.

We started Friendship, Life and Style on the first Monday in November, and have posted every week day since.  Although each of us would say that we enjoy sharing our insights and writing our posts, we decided that sometimes less is more, and that rather than feel obligated to post five days a week, we will cut down to three. 

Starting next week, the new format will be:
  • Monday – Fashion and style; of both wardrobe and home furnishings, written by Heather.
  • Wednesday – Sheila will share her DIY, travel, money management and entertaining tips.
  • Friday – Food Friday!  Yippee!  My turn!  (Am I making mine sound the most fun?  Look at all those exclamation points!)  ;-)

There will be flexibility in our posts, but we are committed to writing on M/W/F.  If any of us has something extra and fabulous to share, there might be an occasional T/Th post, but no promises.  When either of my partners in crime wants to write about food we will swap days.  In fact, next week Sheila and I will already be trading. 

The time traded for the no longer existent T/Th posts will be spent trying to grow our readership and improve our blog.  Heather taught Sheila and me how to “link up” with other similar blogs to reach readers of our genres, which we will do more often.  We now have a “Pin it” button that you’ll see when the mouse hovers over our photos to help us in that regard.  We appreciate you, our readers, and hope that you can notice our improvements as we progress with our undertaking.

Adventure or venture?  
We’d have to say with no uncertainty that it has been both! 
Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Cheers to keeping the adventure alive!


  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your new schedule sounds like fun and I am looking forward to see what you come up with~

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! It's comments like yours that make us keep going. It is still very much a work in progress!

  2. I really enjoy your blog also. Especially all the wonderful recipes.

    1. Thanks, Marlo. Sometimes I think "my part" (the recipes) is the easiest. That's until I am out of ideas or time to cook something, take pics, and pull it together! Hopefully by lightening our load with posts it will work better. We sure appreciate your commitment to regularly reading what we have to say!

  3. Sounds like a plan! I have a tinge of OC and LOVE schedules. Just keep the great posts coming! -- Jan

    1. We're still hoping our blog can grow into something great. We appreciate our readers!