Happy New Year 2020 and New Blogging Goals!

It’s been a few years since I actually sat down and wrote some business goals. But finally feel like I’m catching up and have actually had time to think and plan again, LOL! One thing has really stuck out at me lately, and that’s how much I enjoy blogging (and sharing pretty quilt pics)!

Surplus Strips by Christa Watson made from Fandangle Fabric

Here’s a recent quilt finish you may have missed.
It’s called Surplus Strips made from leftovers or precut strips.

I’ve written several times over the past year about how I’m trying to nail down this social media stuff. I appreciate everyone’s support in ALL THE PLACES and I’m not going to abandon any of them. But no sooner had I decided that I should blog LESS that I realized that’s the wrong answer for me. I actually want to blog MORE!

So I was looking at my stats and I get a healthy number of people who visit my blog each and every day, whether they leave a comment or not. And I LIKE writing lots of words! And sharing lots of pics!

Surplus Strips Warm by Christa Watson

I made surplus strips in both warm and cool colorways of my Fandangle fabric line.

Don’t get me wrong – Facebook and Instagram are great for spur of the moment stuff. But sooo many people don’t see my content because of the 8#!@& algorithms! In fact I would say I have double the number of instagram followers than blog followers, yet my engagement and views here on the blog is about 2-3x higher than on Instagram.

So all of this is to say that going forward I plan to increase my blogging frequency to 3x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Now to make this work, I’ll write up and schedule some of the content, like quilt alongs, ahead of time. Other days I’ll write a stream of consciousness “soapbox” post like today (but I’ll still include pretty pics).

Surplus Strips Warm Pieced backing

I love making pieced quilt backs from leftovers!!

And because this IS my business after all, I’ll still need to sprinkle in the occasional post about my latest & greatest fabrics, books or patterns for sale. But hopefully it will be inspiring content that will get you excited to make (and finish) more quilts!

Surplus Strips Cool by Christa WatsonClick here to get the Surplus Strips Quilt Pattern – PDF
Click here to get the Surplus Strips Quilt Pattern – in Print

So now I’m curious to know: how do you read this blog?

  1. Do you get instant email notices when a new post goes up?
    (You can add your email in the right side bar or scroll to the end below.)
  2. Do you use a blog reader service like Bloglovin’?
  3. Do you book mark this blog and come back to check it occasionally?
  4. Or do you get reminded about it when I share links to my posts on instagram/facebook/newsletter?

Surplus Strips quilts made from Fandangle by Christa Watson

Click here to get the Surplus Strips quilt kit.

I’m very data driven and geeky about this stuff, so I’d love to know. And feel free to leave me a comment letting me know what you’d love to see more of in the new year. Here’s hoping you have a fabulous 2020 and that all your quilty dreams come true!!! 🙂

77 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2020 and New Blogging Goals!

  1. Li says:

    You have a knack for blogging. #3, I check for a post from time to time. I like the images for inspiration and a color boost. Thanks for the time you put in to this endeavor.

  2. Jocelyn Kerr says:

    Hi, Christa, & Happy New Year to you & your family!
    I get your blog posts via e-mail as soon as you post them (if I’m awake).
    I also see many of your Facebook posts, but don’t check that every day. I tried Bloglovin’ but found it tedious, so dropped it. I save many of your blog posts to an e-mail file, especially the QALs.
    I love your posts & fabrics & patterns! Keep it up – you’re doing a great job!

  3. Cara says:

    Definitely, email is my preferred way to follow, even if it’s only a link to a blog post. I don’t use Facebook or instagram, and prefer not to be constantly attached to my phone or iPad. You’re posts are very entertaining and I love the sew-alongs. Have a happy and healthy new year!

  4. Glenna C Denman says:

    I am so pleased to get instant email messages, otherwise I would miss so much! See you at QuiltCon, and wishing you luck on your entry. But love your quilts, and your attitude, whether you win a ribbon or not.

  5. Susan says:

    I love that blue Surplus quilt. I follow you on the Feedly app. I tend to delete emails when I get bombarded with too many!

  6. Kim from Calgary, Alberta, Canada says:

    I read your blog from an email post – nothing better than a cup of tea and your post in the morning. Happy New Year, Christa, to you and your family.

  7. FlourishingPalms says:

    I read your blog posts (when the topic isn’t about a QAL, because I just don’t do QALs) through Bloglovin’ which isn’t my favorite app. I absolutely hate that Bloglovin’ doesn’t monitor who follows my blog, and the ONLY new people who are following my blog always have sex-something profiles. I want to block these followers, but can’t do a darned thing about it. Sorry, I digress (I can be as chatty as you! Ha, ha, ha.) I still write posts, follow, read, and comment on others’ blogs, and have done so for 11 years now. I’ll give up Instagram before I give up blogging, and I’m glad you feel the same way. Happy 2020, Christa!

  8. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I use bloglovin’. I love your content and do pick and choose when I read when I get busy. I haven’t had time for one of your QALs in awhile, this year I am trying to run my own, so it probably won’t be the time for that.

  9. charle66Charlene says:

    I get mine directly into my email. I follow so many people that it is much easier to get it in an email. I also love Instagram. If I’m at the doctors office and just have a few minutes to browse than Instagram is perfect.

  10. Rhonda Hunter says:

    I read from my email, AND have the blog listed in my Bloglovin’ account as a backup so I don’t miss it. I have made a goal for 2020 to be a more engaged blog reader. I know it takes time for you to write the blog, so I should take a few minutes to respond and let you know I’m out here and enjoying the content.

  11. Dot says:

    I subscribe to your blog using Feedly, which I like better than Bloglovin. I’m not a fan of Instagram or Facebook. I’ve used Instagram occasionally, but I want more words! I only go there via someone’s link on their blog. And Facebook is creepy – always watching you. I try to avoid it.

  12. Debbie Myers says:

    I read your posts on Bloglovin’. My morning routine is to sit down with a cup of chai tea and read all the posts. It’s a nice way to start my day!

  13. Leslie K. says:

    I read your blog from an email post and I am also subscribed to your Youtube channel. I do not read Facebook posts and spend very little time on Instagram (I rarely see your posts on IG for whatever reasons). I have learned a lot from your posts and am so happy that you have decided that blogging is your favorite! I don’t comment much but I do read all of your blog posts.

    BTW, I LOVE the cool colorway of the surplus quilt. These pictures have inspired me for a color palette for a “baby boy” quilt. Thanks so much!!! Happy New Year!

  14. Michelle says:

    I get to your blog from the quilter blogs website. They are my favorite quilting aggregator so I don’t often subscribe to blogs and I don’t facebook or instagram. I love quilter blogs dot com because I can jump in anytime in my busy schedule and always see the latest and greatest. I’ve been away from quilting for a year and a half. There’s no way I could have kept up with blogs much less quilting so it’s no stress to just jump back in from there. This is actually the first blog comment I’ve made in a long time.

  15. artisticsharon says:

    I read your blogs through a WordPress “following” page. I also follow you on IG which is the social media I prefer but the algorithms there are all @#$%’d up too! I’m happy to hear you’ll be blogging more, I enjoy reading about your quilts and love your fabrics!!

  16. B. Meyskens says:

    I get the email notices to let me know you have new postings. Love the colour scheme of the grey background with teals and aquas. I too hope you keep up the blogging. I like being able to read your blog when it is convenient for me.

  17. deebriese says:

    I don’t reply much I know I should but I read your blog a lot you always had the best free tutorials and helpful tips. I follow you on bloglovin and email I don’t engage in Instagram Facebook Etc so please don’t ever stop blogging. I really don’t get to sow as much as I’d like I work 60 plus hours a week everything I read keeps me motivated for someday when I have the time

  18. Hedy says:

    Happy New Year Christa. I get instant emails from you. Right now I just don’t have the time to read all the Instagram notifications I get. I used to be on Bloglovin but they started sending me stuff I didn’t like or want so I stopped that. I look up the few ladies blogs that I do like and read them when I can. I am on my iPad more than I like because I’d really rather be sewing a quilt. Btw: I love the cool colorway of your strips quilt. Normally I go for the warm but not this time. I do wish you a very happy, joyous, prosperous and healthy 2020.

  19. Sharleen says:

    You asked about how I access your blog. I get it on an email as a “daily digest.” This works great for me. I’m not sure I’d check in without it just dropping in my email.

  20. S Jones says:

    I love to get the emails which show me your blog. I live in the uk and have just managed to get some of your fabric to make in the new year I also follow on Instagram

  21. Mary Roth says:

    I get your new blog posts in my mail and love to read them. I’m happy you’ll be blogging regularly about your projects and “ chatting”. Happy New Year.

  22. Judy Forkner says:

    I get your blocks posts in my email. I only read them occasionally, because you & others are blogging SO MUCH these days! I prefer fewer blog posts, because there is just a finite amount of time, & lots I want to do.
    I get a few posts from other quilters through bloglovin. I rarely read those & have unsubscribed from some. Life is short!

  23. Judi Wamsley says:

    I get email notifications when you update your blog. It’s the easiest way for me to read yours and the others I subscribe too.

  24. Joan Sheppard says:

    Do you get instant email notices when a new post goes up? Yes

    Do you use a blog reader service like Bloglovin’? I don’t even know what that is.
    Do you book mark this blog and come back to check it occasionally? No but now I will – good thought.
    Or do you get reminded about it when I share links to my posts on instagram/facebook/newsletter? – Not a fan of either of those – too complicated.
    I enjoy the posts and don’t always feel the need to chime in but here we are New Years’ Eve toasting with our Best Quilt Buddies. Thanks.

    On to the best photos ever! I love the water, live close to Lake Michigan and hitch rides when I can. And there is nothing better than sitting on the bow, wrapped in a quilt with the cool (read: cold) breeze on your face, watching the pick up races, other sail boats. And then going home inspired to make warm memories of The Lake. Those quilts are PERFECT for this location.

  25. K Yee says:

    I get an email for each blog post. Sometimes I read the content in the email. Mostly I click through and read on the website as it makes for more comfortable reading. And yes, please keep blogging as I love your posts

  26. JennyLoves2Quilt says:

    Happy New Year! I follow blogs via email, love to get the updates this way. I especially love to see what you’re making, new fabrics and quilt alongs. Love the inspiration! jt

  27. Katie Neil says:

    I love reading your blog emails in my inbox. Facebook continues to not deliver consistently for anything I follow so knowing I am not missing your content is good. I am sporadically on Instagram and do not really use it all that much. Thank you for all you share — and wishes for a great and Happy New Year!

    • Janet Jackson says:

      I read your blog via Feedly and I think you have a great balance between business (sales type) posts, what you’re working o; and general Quilty inspiration stuff… keep it up please

      Hoping you have a happy healthy and safe 2020
      Janet from Brisbane Australia.

  28. sydneyhepburn says:

    I read it from emails. I’m not on FB all the time and I miss a lot of posts and comments. I’ve been reading and following your blog since you posted your daughters quilt …the pink XO quilt!

  29. Tamara Gassen says:

    I read your blog from an email post. I always look forward to reading your blog & your Facebook’s posts. Love the quilt alongs. Patterns fabric etc. Happy New Year

  30. Heidi Story says:

    I receive an email. I click the link (usually the blog title). I read your blog.
    Thank you for choosing to blog more. I don’t do Instagram.
    Happy New Year!

  31. Erica says:

    Hi Christa, I use Feedly for all the blogs I follow. It’s excellent and let’s me keep track of the few hundred I read (not all of them post often, thankfully!)

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