Feedback Please!

At some point in the future I would like to move this onto a website and have it be more than just a blog.  One thing that increasingly concerns me is that there are now something like 400 posts on this blog, and I would like to have more permanent pages so it is easier to find things – maybe pages by chronological age of the child or parenting topic.

I hope at some point in the future to gather some of the scattered information and compose them into e-books as well. 

Any thoughts for what you all would like to see??

This blog got 700-something hits a MONTH in the beginning (last November) and is now getting over 1000 hits a DAY! Now that’s progress!  Thanks everyone!

Thank you for reading!

Carrie

About these ads

11 thoughts on “Feedback Please!

  1. Yes, this IS something, Carrie! You are doing such a wonderful job! I LOVE your blog and I sure would love to be able to flip through some older posts. A website would be great! I would love to see photos on there!

  2. Dear Carrie,
    I think not having photos is something distinguishing your blog. Not that I wouldn’t be curious but mom’s blog are full of pictures, some really inspiring some not! I concentrate more on the reading without pictures and moreover you are not telling your family’s story or life but talking more generally.
    I love Soulemama’s photos for example and sometimes I do find pictured in her blog something I might find written and theoretically explained in your’s. I like differences!

    Ciao
    Federica

  3. I love your blog so much! It is not surprising to me to see it becoming more and more popular because it really does provide valuable and useful content.

    I would love to see things by child’s age, topic, and am intrigued by the idea of ebooks.

    Best Wishes,
    Kara

  4. It sounds like you are looking for page layout or page access advice, but I am not sure.
    Yes, having your posts cataloged under such headings as those found under the “Tags” would be very user friendly and pretty easily done since the “tags” can be sorted. So initially its a lot of work but once it is done it won’t ever have to be done again.
    The only issue you may have difficulty with is choosing under which heading to place each post as they overlap in many ways through several topics. So, it isn’t like you can take all posts that were heavily influenced by Steiners work and put them all under one heading. Hypothetical example: You have mixed up mindful parenting topics with the strong influence of Steiner, so what heading/”Tag” do you put forefront.
    You have a great talent for writing your inner work for an audience of many. I can “see” this blog becoming something much more for you and its readers. Heck I think many of us readers would love to have hard copies of all your posts in book format to refer to. You have great insight and know how to make it practical. I will keep you in my thoughts and send you lots of loving energy as you contemplate the many options a head of you for this blog.
    I can’t wait to see what your unique creativity comes up with. :D

  5. Dearest Carrie, I am glad you are going to do this. I read your blog daily and go to it sometimes at the end of the day to search for something that I am working on within myself or for my son. It is not always easy to navigate around the site and find what I am looking for, so a website would be really helpful. I would like to see things categorized by age, topic, issue, crafts, a bit like the “Tags” but more thorough. I don’t always find what I am looking for in the “search” section, but more by just fishing around, so perhaps a better search engine, too.

    Part of what speaks to me the most in your blog is the inner work of mothering and because of your posts I have come to see it as absolutely crucial on the path of parenthood and the source for hope and empowerment for myself as a mother and for my son. It’s not just something I read, but actually something I now do! A whole section on inner work would be great, with links to all of your previous postings, but maybe even starting with an intro page on the basics, such as how we start, how it works, how we bring it into our life, etc. etc. It took me a while to get into the flow and an intro would be great. I think this is a very very special and important aspect of your blog that should be emphasized in some way or another.

    It would also be great to have a resource page with things like recommended books (for all sorts of topics, including parenting, discipline, children’s books, homeschooling, etc.), perhaps a couple good music references, list of resources for learning and advancing in various handwork skills, some other blogs you read and find useful perhaps organized by topic (i.e. crafts, homeschooling, mothering, etc). And just post what you know and use, rather than everything that it out there. That keeps it managable and personable.

    I hope this is useful. I certainly look forward to my daily Carrie time.

    Elizabeth.

  6. This blog is a wonderful resource, and I’m glad that you’re going to take the next step with making it a more permanent website. I come here often for ideas to celebrate the seasonal festivals, and hope that there will be a heading for that.

    If you have librarian friends, they might be helpful in assisting you with the organization of of your posts. Many librarians love to organize and cannot resist the call. (I speak from experience.)

  7. My only concern would be to make the posts easy to find. By subject, and cross referenced, etc. And searchable. I have seen several blogs move from blog to website format, and it seems so much more difficult to find anything that way. I’d hate to see that happen here.

  8. i agree with elizabeth that sometimes i coming looking for something specific and i have trouble finding it again using your tags.

    i think your blog is very special because you have found a way to be a teacher and a guide to parents – this sets it apart in my opinion. i’d love to have it be easier to find the specific teachings i need.

    i think your writing on inner work is fantastic AND i also really appreciate your constant reminders of what is age appropriate behavior, what is developmentally appropriate, and where our expectations should be. i also love how you encourage us to understand where our young ones are at in terms of what they can understand when it comes to dealing with difficult moments. i think a lot about what you say about using less words and more “movement.” i have to say though – i do struggle with this often! i am just a words person. i would love more specific examples of “how to” at different ages. maybe this is already on here and i have not found it?!

    i think the number of readers you have makes it clear that people are feeling enriched by your writing so any way you chose to continue and make is accessible to folks feels like a blessing to me :)

    thank you for being such a great blogger!

    robin

    • Robin,
      Can you give me some examples of challenging behavior so I can write how I would approach it – and the age of the child?
      That would help me think,
      Carrie

  9. carrie

    my son is 3.5 and he is the one who i feel a little lost with right now. he very much fits the description of a “spirited child” (as in the book raising your spirited child) but i rarely find this to be a helpful way of thinking about working with him. i just mean to say he is highly sensitive and he is one who locks on something and once he has locked on it is very challenging to get him off of it.

    let me think of a recent concrete example. last night he had a snack before bed but he didn’t finish it. he asked me to “put this in the fridge so i can eat it tomorrow.” (the snack was a few bites of dry cereal.) i left it on the counter and someone cleaned it up while i was putting him to sleep. this morning my husband tried to take the children so i could sleep in and my son was hysterical about where was his snack from last night. he insisted it was in the fridge even though it wasn’t and he would not consider a new version of the same snack, a different snack, and so on.

    my husband tried to talk calmly, he tried to distract him, and so on but my son was very stuck. eventually i came out and i managed to convince him that the snack had accidentally been placed in the cereal box instead of the fridge so we could simply get it out of there.

    this getting stuck is a common problem for us and it will happen on so many fronts. he is so particular and has a hard time moving on. i have my ways of managing it but i just think i could be doing better if i could have some of your tools.

    i hope i am making sense…i think what i really need is a one on one tutorial session with you! i have such a hard time being concise in explaining what i am struggling with. i think, in short, i need to know how to get him back into DOing, into his relationship with his body, when he is stuck on something external (a specific snack, a bath, certain pajama’s, certain shoes, a piece of a cracker he set aside to share with daddy but i thought was just a crumb so i cleaned it up).

    i also have a 1.5 year old – his little sister.

    thank you for thinking on this carrie. love your blog and all your advice!

    robin

  10. Hello,
    I’m new to your blog. I’m looking forward to reading more. I have found it difficult to navigate my way around the topics, but I’ll just keep reading till I find the gems that I need.

    I build content for websites and I have one tip, or two.

    Blogs are excellent for Search Engine Optomisation (SEO). If this blog is getting lots of hits, then you need to keep it. You can integrate the blog (I’m sure you know) AND have a website too. I think this is important because you will loose traffic if you move everything over. So a www with a link/tab/page to this blog would be good for SEO.
    Wordpress sell website templates that have easier navigation. That might be worth looking into.

    Do you have a sitemeter on this blog? Hits are important to count but the most important stat is ‘duration of visit’. It tells you how long people are staying. It tells you of visitors are just lurking, speed reading or REALLY investing.

    Whatever you decide, I would recommend that you get a Content Managed System (CMS). With a CMS site you can update and manage the categorisation and data that you have on the site as you want to without having to return to your webdesigner. Blogs are CMS systems. CMS costs more to build but in the long run they are more cost efficient.

    These days websites are organic, they change and grow with you (by having a CMS site). So you don’t really need to know exactly how your site needs to work for you because it will evolve over time, just like this blog.

    I think your blog could also benefit from this widget:
    http://www.linkwithin.com/learn?ref=widget
    Here’s how it looks elsewhere:
    http://hei-astrid.blogspot.com/

    You have a lot of subject crossover.
    For example in this post ” Bringing Rhythm to Your Baby” there were many points made that I was are of there being further elaborations somewhere inside the blog and I wanted to be able to go straight to them.

    Another example of how the above widget works well is this: (if you need help remembering which of the 12 senses is affected by rhythm, try this post here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/06/22/the-twelve-senses/). In the case of this link you could simply place this link inside your “link within” function.

    Good Luck.
    Mail me if you need any help.
    I think your site has a very important message.

    Daniela

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s