Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.

Helsinki, 16 degrees

Since my blog is turning a stunning five years old in just merely two weeks, I thought I would take this opportunity to ask you readers about what you have liked the most about my blog so far. This, so I can plan better the future of my blog. The birthday, which is a true personal milestone for me, will perforce bring some changes to the blog so I would like to hear your thoughts on what direction the blog should take. I started out having no themes at all for this blog, but eventually I noticed that I was always writing about seven themes: Helsinki, inspiration, outfit, new in, interior, travel and work. Later on, I created these tags to help you readers to easier find blog posts of your interest. So this blog post is definitely dedicated to you readers, and I hope you'll use your voice to influence the blog's future.



So without further ado, I would like to ask you why you read this blog? Is there a specific theme that brings you back to it? Or do you like the mix of topics? What has been your favorite blog post out of my almost 600 posts so far?

I hope you can appreciate that my blog has developed over the years thanks to you readers. The feedback I have received from you has transformed this blog into something I am very proud of today. I have loved all the comments I have got concerning the music on the blog, the layout, the commenting functonality, the photos,the watermarks, the background, the fonts, the pages, the tags - you name it! I have the best readers because you are so active!

I've grown so much thanks to this blog! I think there might be hundreds of ways to reflect on that, but I always like to use my physical transformation as a symbol of that because I've physically changed so much during the time I've been writing this blog!


This is also an excellent chance for you to tell me what you would like to read more about on the blog. You can also ask me questions, and I'll answer them in future blog posts.

Some of you have already mentioned that you would like to read more about my master studies. So it might be that I will add a tag/category called school, even though I study only part-time, aside my work.

I have also been thinking about introducing more opinion polls, discount codes on different websites and maybe giveaways on the blog. What do you think about that?

How many of you follow my blog also on Facebook and/or Instagram? What kind of status updates and photos would you like to see there? Right now the Facebook page has been something I've updated on a daily basis, with quotes and fun news that have caught my attention during the day. I've also shared my mood of the day there. I know some of you readers don't have Facebook, so I would gladly hear what you think about this.


On Instagram I've showed some pictures from "behind the scenes": more everyday photos than on the blog that is.

I've also thought that I would stop using GFC, and ask all my blog readers to follow me on Bloglovin. What do you think about that? How many of you already follow me through Bloglovin? Is that the way you prefer to read blogs?

I already want to thank all of you readers for your comments, as this is one of the most important blog posts I've written. After all: "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards".

24 comments:

  1. I love how you had so many different hair colors! :) hope you're having a great week so far.

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    1. Haha thanks Cylia, yeah, it's been quite a hair color ride for me, but now I'm a happy blonde.

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  2. i love the pictures of helsinki or of your voyages and your outfits :)

    http://voyagevoyagelamonde.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thanks Tanja for your feedback, I appreciate it A LOT!

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  3. yes that's true.. everyone has to look back to understand.

    http://only4feet9.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm happy that you agree. What do you think about my blog?

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  4. Congratulates dear! 5 years it's a big deal;) great post!

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, ten more days and my blog has hit 5 years! Amazing! Thank you!

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  5. hehe, my blog will also be 5 years old quite soon (not so soon as yours though). it's definitely a long time! but when it comes to your blog I think you should run it like YOU want to because that has worked and why change something that has been successful? if you want to run a giveaway then you should, if you don't want to, then you shouldn't. in my opinion a blog is a very personal thing and also a way of communication and you just can't listen to everyone when it comes to wishes and changes. you can consider some ideas and then, if it feels completely right, maybe change something. at least that's what I think. and of course I wish you many more years of blogging!

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. Wow, that's amazing. We can congratulate each other on a work well done! :) Maiken, believe me, I run my blog like I want to. But I believe that I keep on evolving all the time, and my blog should too. When I look back on my posts five years ago, they looked, haha, quite funny. For me it's important that my blog is reader-friendly. I couldn't imagine my life without blogging. Thank you for your insights, I love reading them!

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  6. Five years, wow Elisabeth! What a wonderful milestone, well done. I have to admit that my favorite part of your blog - besides all your stylish outfit posts - is learning more about your city and the Helsinki lifestyle. Its been an amazing journey here. Your hair transformations are so fabulous!! They all suit you so well.

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    1. Thank you Sam, but there are still ten days to go :) Thank you for your kind feedback, it's vital for me!

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  7. Thank you. I happily followed back on FC, BL and FB.
    Love, Minnja

    Minnja Blog
    Minnja Facebook

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    1. Thank you Minnja! What do you think about my blog?

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  8. Thanks for lending me your opinion on my last post. Happy End of the Week!

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  9. 5 years! Wow, first off congratulations!! Secondly, I use bloglovin, while its a neat tool, you have no control over who follows you. It could be a creep or anyone anonymous for that reason, and you have no way to block that. That is a feature I do not like. I am even considering getting off from bloglovin. And thirdly, you are in one of my favorite wish list cities! Helsinki!! Wow, I have wanted to travel to your city for a long time now..may be someday in the future soon I will. Take care and Cheers.
    Visit me @ http://willfullyelegant.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for giving me the address to your new blog! :) And for the support, I cherish it a lot!

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  10. First off congratulation on hitting 5 years, that is a significant milestone. Secondly, you live in one of my dream wish list cities, Helsinki has been on my places to visit forever now, so may be someday soon I will. Thirdly, I use bloglovin and while it works for what it is made, you have no control over anonymous followers or creeps or anyone you dont your blog to follow. Take care and cheers!

    Visit me @ http://willfullyelegant.wordpress.com

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  11. Beautiful blog of yours. Photos are amazing.

    Following you :)

    Don't forget to visit my blog :

    http://cantellyou.blogspot.com

    XoXo,
    With love Vilma

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