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When In Doubt, I’ll Ask My Readers…

I just had a really quick question for you.

Every day, I notice that I have a few more people come to visit me here at Addicted 2 Decorating. While it’s been really fun to see my readership grow (yesterday, 2,033 of you came to visit…thank you!!), I’ve noticed that as more of you visit, fewer of you are leaving comments.

I really do enjoy the interaction that I get from those who leave comments, and I try my hardest to answer questions you may have.

So I’m just wondering if any of you have some insight into why this is occurring. Do y’all just read so many blogs that it’s too time-consuming to comment on all of them? Does my writing not encourage interaction? I really would love to hear from you!! And if you have any insight, please share. There’s always room for improvement here at A2D!!



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    Corie
    July 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I think a lot of readers have comment fear. I read your blog forever before I commented, and I think yours is the only blog I comment on. I feel comfortable commenting on your blog because you're so friendly and personable that I feel like I really know you. The blogs that I don't comment on, I don't because the blogger doesn't seem that interested in what people think, or they just intimidate me.
    I guess I'm a little bit of a pansy Kristi!

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    rachelwrite
    July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I've left comments here and I've been pleased to see them answered. But posts where you show us the progress on a room tend to generate a certain kind of comment (how pretty!) and I think people are more likely to sound off when it's a more complex subject where they feel their opinions are more unique. Once several people have said that's it's pretty, people probably feel like their opinion has already been expressed.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Corie, I think you're right about the comment fear. lol…but I wouldn't call you a pansy!! 😀

    Rachel, you make a great point about the progress posts.

    I guess I should just be happy that more and more people are coming to visit me, huh? 🙂

    Thanks for the insight, ladies!!

    I know that I often read big blogs, like Young House Love, and don't comment because they get SO MANY comments that I can't imagine they actually sit there and read all of them (although they just might).

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    Kay's Space
    July 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I guess we just get busy and move on instead of leaving a post…it's certainly not anything about you Kristi. I really enjoy your blog. However, I would like to comment on your kitchen chairs. You said they are uncomfortable. I would get rid of them for that reason alone. Form does follow function and it doesn't matter how beautiful the fabric is that your put on them…people will avoid sitting in them if they are not comfortable.

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    Green Gracie Home
    July 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I read in google reader so it is work to visit a blog that doesn't post the full view in reader…then I only comment if a) I had to go there from my reader to read it and I love it or b) I really really love it in my reader and then I will click over…I know, the reader makes me lazy. Sometimes I will think I commented and then see that I haven't jumped through all the hoops…who knows how many times I left a site and didn't realize I didn't comment xoxo

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks, Kay! I can certainly relate to the "busy" aspect. The fact is, I don't comment on every blog I read. Maybe I should. If I enjoy receiving comments, I'm sure they would too. And I agree with you on the chairs. I'm looking on Craigslist every day for the perfect replacement chairs.

    GG, thanks for the input! I know that Blogger sometimes makes it difficult to leave comments, depending on how the blog owner has the settings set. I've also been on some where it feels like I have to take five different steps just to make one comment! It can be frustrating.

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    Ellen
    July 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I comment fairly often, but mainly it's because I felt like I could as I live in the same town as you.

    But I do want to second the idea that your blog's RSS feed post the full post. It's just an extra step for people to click over to read the post from a reader and then one more step to comment.

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    Kathie
    July 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I agree with Rachel- showing us the progress is great and I love looking at what you are transforming, but if a few have already commented on how nice it looks and I have nothing original to add, I usually just move on. However, I do like that you show us the progress along the way. I read a few other blogs and they only tell us they are working on something and then show the end result. I also like that you ask our opinions…because there are a lot of talented DYI people out there

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    Carla in TN
    July 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a little while now and have never commented because I guess I'm shy!But I do love how you show the whole process of how you design, the decision-making, the lucky finds, the research, the projects as they come one by one, asking us to vote on things, etc. So fun! It's like we are working on it with you. And we are SO talented! Keep it up and I will try to remember to join in more often.
    Carla in TN

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    Sparks Family
    July 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I'm new to the blogging world. I have a family blog but Its mostly for grandparents on the other side of the Nation. But I have a huge list that i love to go through everyday. I was just recently introduced to your blog and already find myself hoping for a new posting everyday. I love it. Dont be too frustrated with the lack of comments. Maybe a lot of your readers are like me… 3 kids under 6. I get a chance to skim through yours but never get a chance to really leave a comment. I do love your blog though.

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    Laurie - Little Blue Chairs
    July 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I agree with Rachel.

    I do read quite a few blogs and leave comments when I have something to say. I realize how important leaving comments are and try to leave some often. Your blog is one I feel very connected to and leave more comments with you than others. I love seeing the progress you are making, but don't feel that leaving a comment on a progress post is the most productive. I almost wish there was a like button (like FB) to show that I have read it and liked it. Oh well. I am here, and you are not getting rid of me.

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    SG
    July 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    All the above and sometimes I just don't have it in me to remember my Google ID to sign in…and no it doesn't remember me even when I ask it to nicely and say pretty please! Plus you seem sorta busy lately with the new business plan. Don't want you to feel you have to answer comments. 🙂

    But as life would have it, I DO have a question for you. Just stripped the wallpaper out of my guest bath, textured & painted the walls a robin egg blue. (Actually it has some green in it too and I love it. It's Valspar Signature series "peaceful") ANYWHO, I want to put a glaze over it… sort of an aging glaze with some brown to it. Any suggestions? Or even step by step directions? 🙂 See there now I feel a little guilt for asking such a long question. 🙂 Don't work too hard Kristi!

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    SG
    July 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I also wish there was a like button on blogs like on facebook!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks so much for your input, ladies!!

    Let me address the RSS feed issue: The reason that I went to partial posts is because I kept finding blogs that were pilfering my content. Every day when I would post a blog post, it would show up on my blog, PLUS about three other blogs. It was a real source of frustration for me. I write for MY blog, and I don't appreciate people stealing my content (especially because Google kind of frowns on duplicate content on the web, and punishes those who have duplicate content with lower ranking in searches). So I found the only way to combat the thieves was to go to short RSS feeds. I'll look into what else I can do to combat the thieves, and if there's another way, I'll go back to the long RSS feeds.

    Y'all have given me a lot of insight into my "progress" posts. That definitely makes sense!! And the "really busy" issue seems to be a recurring theme for most of us. (When did life get so busy and hectic!!??) 🙂

    SG, I don't have any step-by-step instructions on glazing, but in the past I've used the antiquing glaze from Behr. If I remember correctly, the glaze comes in gallons, and you select whatever color you want to make into a glaze, and add one quart of paint to the gallon of glaze.

    I've done it two different ways: (1) roll on the glaze, and then use a rag and "pounce" until enough of the glaze is removed so that the color underneath shows through like I want it to, and (2) use a brush and dab the glaze onto the wall and use a rag in the same "pouncing" motion to spread the glaze around.

    I'd love to know how you textured your wall!! Did you do it yourself?

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    [email protected]'sMusings
    July 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have quite a few readers…well nothing like your numbers, very impressive!! Anyway, I comment, or try to comment when I read a blog, but notice that most of my readers do not. Maybe cause I do not respond back enough…but then the comments usually would only require a "thank you". I know they are reading and what posts are most popular and so right now that makes me happy. But there are times I would love feed back, so I understand.

    I do get people that read on blog spot , but comment on FB instead of on the actual blog and they will click "like" as well. So the visual feed back is good.

    I guess it is just one of the great mysteries of blogging.

    @SG….There is a way for bloggers to put the FB "like" button on their page under each post, but I have yet to figure out how…I just learned how to put music on my blog and I still have to figure out how to put a new area so it is not cut in half LOL

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    SG, I just remembered…the ladies over at Shanty 2 Chic glaze everything under then sun. You could hop on over there and skim through some of their blog posts and see if you can find what product they use. If I remember correctly, they use Ralph Lauren, which Home Depot is getting rid of, but they might still have some.

    http://shanty2chic.blogspot.com/

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks, Ruby! Maybe we bloggers are just really needy when it comes to attention and feedback. 😀

    I DID figure out how to put the Facebook "like" button on my blog posts. It shows up right under my "signature" on each post. I just googled to find the instructions on how to add it.

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    SG
    July 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion/link Kristi! I did a thin coat of hand troweled mud (joint compound) and then slightly sanded it to get rid of the big peaks. Same as in my kitchen. In big areas in my house where I have pulled wallpaper down, I have had to pay someone to come in a blow mud on and then do the double knock down texture that is all over the rest of my walls and ceiling. But for a small bathroom )or the tops of my kitchen) I really like this. I watched a guy do a hand troweled texture in a S&G house here locally one day and decided "Hey! I could do that!" 🙂 Thanks for the link. Tried the antiquing glaze from Valspar but it is too black. 🙂 You were holding back from commenting on my wall paper free comment, weren't you!?! 🙂

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    Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Let's see if I can leave a comment for you Kristi without signing into blogger. You are my favorite designer and DYI guru!

    Dee

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    Cammee
    July 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Too little time! I steal a few moments out of my day to read my favorite blogs, but usually even then my kiddos are tugging on my arm to feed or play with them. I love your blog!

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    angelchi
    July 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I personally read so many blogs that I comment on very few.

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    suzanne Meyer Pistorius
    July 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Kristi, Suzanne from blugrlart here, I read about 40 blogs a day, I don't subscribe, so I have to type in the web address, which is time consuming, and i just want to see what's out there, I don't feel I have to give my opinion, cause there is too much yadayada out there anyway. But now that I am here I want to comment on your NYT piece, I simply love how you took an ugly dresser and turned it into a cool hangout for your cats, major love and keep up with the blogging, you are great at it.

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    suzanne Meyer Pistorius
    July 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Kristi, Suzanne from blugrlart here, I read about 40 blogs a day, I don't subscribe, so I have to type in the web address, which is time consuming, and i just want to see what's out there, I don't feel I have to give my opinion, cause there is too much yadayada out there anyway. But now that I am here I want to comment on your NYT piece, I simply love how you took an ugly dresser and turned it into a cool hangout for your cats, major love and keep up with the blogging, you are great at it.

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    ladydi
    July 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hi
    I don't have a blog, am a follower. Sometimes i want to leave a comment but for some reason it kicks me out. I get frustrated. So when that happens if you have a email i will email you instead. Actually i have emailed you and you responded so quickly, and it was great. I read people's comments and i just feel so intimidated as i feel i can't contribute as i just don't have that flair, though i am trying "to get that flair".

    Dianne

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    Jennie
    July 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I comment occasionally, but sometimes feel that I just say the same thing over and over, "I love what you have done."

    For a long time I thought I needed to have a blog or website to comment on yours. Then I realized that I just needed to click on the little pointer below where I was commenting, where it says Select Profile, then click Name/URL, then type my name in. I don't have to sign in to anything. So easy!

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    Anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Hello! I'm a lurker. I don't have my own blog. However, I love reading blogs just like reading magazines. I learn so many good decorating ideas like painting cabinets and furniture. I have never commented before just because I don't think people really care. Since you asked, I wanted to comeout and say "hi". Barb from Missouri

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 15, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Thanks again for all of your comments! It has really helped me to understand where people are coming from.

    And for you former lurkers (Hi, Barb!) who left comments, thank you! It's fun for me to hear from you. And even when I don't have time to respond to comments, I do read and value each and every one. 🙂

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    Tiffany W
    July 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Wow it's nice to know that you want comments! :)) I guess I don't leave comments because I just figured you were busy and didn't really read them. I'll comment from now on I promise!!
    BTW I've looked all over this past week for decorating blogs and yours is by far the best. I've already spread the word and keep coming back to read the archives I've missed.

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    Rose Duffy
    July 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I only just started following your blog. I love the before and after photo's and the friendly "how to" advice you share. I open less then half of the the e-mails I get each day; I always open your's because they are easy to read, include photo's of good ideas and often a chuckle or two. I'll try to do my part and comment more often.

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    Jen
    July 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I stumbled across your blog a couple months ago from one of the other 968 blogs I stalk and I am hooked. Love your ideas, your style, everything. VERY inspiring, Kristi! I've never commented because 1: I read way too many blogs to leave comments and 2: I didn't think it mattered. Now that I know you love feedback, I can happily oblige! I heart you! I also spent my afternoon yesterday scraping popcorn texture off my ceiling via your method! Aside from the enormous mess, it was sooo easy and you are officially my new best friend! I love your blog and my only regret is that I didnt stumble across it sooner.

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    Aryn
    July 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I'm sorry!! I think for me it's because I (and don't you dare tell on me!) read all my blogs at work (I know, I know) so sometimes I'm trying to be super stealthy and sometimes I'm just scrolling fast for something that catches my eye.

    Too many decorating blogs, not enough hours in the day! I promise to do better!

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    susy
    July 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Out of lurkerdom to leave a comment 🙂 Love your blog.

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    Kym @ styleDISH
    July 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I have to admit that I am rather lazy when it comes to commenting but am trying to get better!

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    Uhleah
    July 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I truly read waaay too many blogs to get ideas, and feel anonymous in this blog world since I'm new to it 🙂 Also, I try to minimize my time on the blogs because I'm doing it during the work day… EEEK. 🙂 Thanks for your posts – very inspiring!!

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    Anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Frankly, I am scared to death! I just purchased my dream home, had it painted and now I need help with the finishing touches. I was looking up numbers for designers/decorators in the local area and stumbled across this website. I read an article discussing what to expect from a designer and I am discouraged.

    It seems as if designers are only for people with large budgets, yet then you discuss $20 curtains… what gives? I need help with choosing fabric to recover two chairs, curtains, art work and accessories for my great room. Will decorators roll their eyes if I call for help?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Anonymous, I'm so sorry that you're discouraged. Yes, if you call a decorator or designer to help you, and have less than $5000 to spend on the room, not including the designer's fees, then they'll roll their eyes at you.

    I know it can be discouraging. That's the whole reason I started this website and blog…because I wanted to give homeowners the power to literally do it themselves, without having to rely on a designer.

    There are many designers and decorators offering e-decorating for a flat fee, and that might be a good starting point for you. It'll at least give you ideas, and then you could probably tackle some of the projects yourself.

    Here's the trick to things like $20 draperies:

    I offer the information to inspire readers to tackle these projects themselves. Those who muster the confidence to tackle these projects will save a boatload of money on their homes.

    However, if you hire someone to make the $20 draperies for you, then you'll end up paying the $20 for the materials, plus a 100% markup on materials, plus either an hourly fee for the services or a flat fee for the services. Either way, your $20 drapery panels now cost well over $200. Does that make sense?

    Unfortunately, that's how business operates. Of course, if designers and decorators DIDN'T do that, they'd be working for free, and it's not really reasonable to ask someone to do that.

    So just know that if you decide to hire someone, you'll be paying many more times what you would pay if you do it yourself. There are definite advantages to both approaches. Designers and decorators generally have an eye for putting things together, and you can save yourself money in the long run by not making some costly mistakes that then need to be re-done.

    But some people simply don't have the budget to hire someone. At the very least, you could hire someone who works hourly, and just pay them for two hours of time and have them help you with color palette, fabrics, etc. That way you can get a designer's input with relatively little money, and they'll get you headed in the right direction. Be SURE that when you call to make the appointment, they COMPLETELY understand what you're needing them to do, though. Some designers will be willing to do thing, while others won't.

    Don't be discouraged, though!! There's always a way to get what you want on a budget that fits your needs.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    https://www.addicted2decorating.com/virtual-room-redesign.html

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    It occurred to me that you were probably asking why *I* charge that much for draperies for clients.

    The answer is…I don't for all of them. This house that I'm working on for "J & A" is kind of a special project for me–a "testing ground", so to speak. They're paying me a flat fee for each room I decorate, and then I have a budget for each room. That way I can play and get creative and do what I want, as long as it fits into the budget. I can use the projects I do to teach my readers how to decorate on a budget. But even J & A's $20 draperies aren't costing them $20 if you factor in my flat fee for the room.

    Hope that makes sense!!

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    Anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, thank you for responding so quickly. I am just completely stumped. I have an idea of what I want; I just need a shoulder to lean on. Everyone deserves to get paid for their work and I totally understand the marking up of items. Looking for someone at an hourly rate sounds like the best plan for my needs. Thank you for the advice.

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    Kim - A Creative Spirit
    July 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I LOVE your blog…. and I love to comment but I figure you get so many that unless I have something I really want to say….. I usually don't comment. :o)

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    Kym @ styleDISH
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I have to admit that I am rather lazy when it comes to commenting but am trying to get better!

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    Aryn
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I'm sorry!! I think for me it's because I (and don't you dare tell on me!) read all my blogs at work (I know, I know) so sometimes I'm trying to be super stealthy and sometimes I'm just scrolling fast for something that catches my eye.

    Too many decorating blogs, not enough hours in the day! I promise to do better!

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    Carolyn
    January 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    First time on your site. Love Love Love it. Just to busy going through looking at all your DIY pages to take the time to coment. I am saving the one’s I can use to my pinterest. Thank you so much for your info. Carolyn

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