Green and Chic Blog | What is it?

December 23rd, 2008

For the first time in I don’t know how long, I had a little downtime while stuck in a hotel in the Portland area due to unusual weather over the weekend.  I had some time to think about my website and the blog that’s attached to it.  I pondered what this blog means to me, my readers and where do I see it going.

When I first started this website and blog, I had no idea where it would take me. My goal was to have an online store; or at least try my hand at it for a bit to see how it would work out long-term.  When I was told by numerous people that blogging would help promote Green and Chic, I started to think twice about the whole thing since I never blogged before, or read blogs for that matter!

In this journey, I discovered that writing about Green and Chic will not and (for me) should not be just about my store and products.  I think that would be very boring for my readers – and myself for that matter!  Over the past few months, this blog has morphed into writing about my journey into a more sustainable lifestyle and sharing what I learn with others.  I don’t claim to be an expert in the subject of green eco living, but like so many people, its an area that I enjoy learning about.

I had a chance to revisit the goals of my blog and what it means to me.  I’m glad its more than just selling products from my website, affiliates, PPC, and other ways to monetize the blog.  While those things are great and necessary for survival, I want it to be more than just making money online (which wasn’t the original goal of this blog ironically).

I would also  like to take this time to thank all of my readers: the commenters, blog rollers and the silent readers.  There are so many people I would like to thank who has assisted me in my blogging journey, but I know I will leave many people out.

If you blog, has your blog changed, improved and/or grown since your first post? Where do you see it going in the near and distant future? I know these are broad questions, but I would like to get a variety of responses regardless of your niche.

Happy Holidays!

13 Responses to “Green and Chic Blog | What is it?”

  1. wilson says:

    Carla, I think you’ve done a terrific job for this Green and Chic and you should keep the good work in 2009…

    wilson’s last blog post..A More Natural and Healthier Way to Keep Fit!

  2. Lance says:

    Hi Carla,
    I’m loving your blog Carla – this idea behind “green” (wait, are you trying to use that word less, right?) is one very much of importance to me. So reading here is very good for me – I love the perspectives you share.

    Has my blog changed at all in the past year? Yes! First off, 2008 was the year I started blogging – and my intent was to write about personal finance. You’ll notice very little in this topic area – and that’s because it just didn’t feel right, as much as that is something I’m passionate about. It wasn’t there for me in writing about it. What has been there, though, and has really become the focus is in the areas of self improvement and personal growth. I’ve also changed the look recently. While this didn’t change the content, it is a change I’m glad I’ve made.

    Carla, I think what you’re doing here is great. Keep it up, 2009 will be an awesome year for you!!

    Lance’s last blog post..This Challenged Me – Part 1

  3. LisaNewton says:

    Blogging has changed for me over the last year. It’s caused a lot of frustrations, but I love it, and my learning curve has jumped 100 fold.

    In fact, I’m loving it so much, in the last few months, my love of photography and blogging have combined, so I created a new site, http://www.travelinlocal.com.

    Who knows where 2009 will take me, but so far, I’m lovin’ the ride.

    I love your site. I wish you and your family Happy Holidays.

    LisaNewton’s last blog post..Have you considered paying yourself when you reach a goal?

  4. Sagan says:

    You have a great site!

    When I first started blogging I didn’t even know what a blog WAS. It seems that anyone who doesn’t blog or read blogs doesn’t really “get” it until they start doing it or reading them… and then we’re so easily and quickly hooked:)

    I have no idea where I will be in a year or so, but am hoping that my blog will be able to expand and appeal to many in the new year. And just be everything that it can be- really live up to all its potential. I have high hopes for all of our blogs!

  5. greenandchic says:

    @Wilson – Thank you so much!

    @Lance – I love the new look of your blog. Thanks for sharing the evolution of your blog. I looking forward to whats in store for 2009!

    @Lisa – I love your new blog! Great photography. Keep up the good work.

    @Sagan – Great blog! Blog reading and writing is certainly addicting! I’m going to have to start setting timers when I’m browsing my Google Reader.

  6. For me writing my blog has been a great way for me to connect with people. I get the feeling that people do care and almost all of us wish to be inspire. The blog allow us to have a community or belong to a community :-)

    Thank you,
    Giovanna Garcia

    Giovanna Garcia’s last blog post..To your enemy give the gift of forgiveness.

  7. Mike King says:

    Thanks for stopping by my site Carla and these mentions from your blog about changes and things planned.

    My blog changed drastically in 2008.
    1. I moved to a domain
    2. I took it serious
    3. I promoted it and put MUCH more attention and time to articles
    4. Met many many great fellow bloggers I regularly read and share ideas with and content.
    5. Added several series and PDF versions of those popular series.

    It’s been great, loving it more and more and only hope can find the time to keep it going through 2009. It’s cool to ask about your readers and to put a focus on them like you planning in this post.

    Mike King’s last blog post..Why Are You Waiting for Happiness? Have it NOW!

  8. What a great question!

    One of the biggest and best changes for me was to join forces with a coblogger. Having a “Merry Sunshine” to my “Crabby McSlacker” with a different take on health and fitness has made the whole experience much more fun.

    Crabby McSlacker’s last blog post..Vita-Mix Blender Giveaway

  9. Arswino says:

    Hi Carla.
    Much I learned about blogging from other bloggers such as Mike (learn this) and Lance (Jungle of Life). Instead in the first time, I didn’t think to relate well to other bloggers. It’s one of big mistakes I have done because make a community like Giovanna Garcia said is very important in blogging.
    Then I realized that it’s a normally process in blogging. Everybody did it as well. We made mistakes and we learned from them. We always improve our website or blog and it is a never ending journey.
    Just enjoy the process. :)

  10. Mike Goad says:

    I’ve been blogging since the summer of 2004, I think, and my blogging has certainly evolved greatly in that period of time. My current personal blog, Exit78, is two years old and continues to evolve. Over the last year, I have been more interactive with other bloggers and have written several posts that were outside of my normal comfort zone. I hope to do more of that in the coming year.

    Mike Goad’s last blog post..What will 2009 bring for blogging and you?

  11. Hi Carla,

    Well said! Just looking at your picture of Portland makes me wonder why you are considering moving there instead of staying in the bay area. Hope you and your husband have a wonderful holidays.

    Steve C @ MyWifeQuitHerJob.com’s last blog post..Underhanded Selling Tactics That Work But Should You Use Them?

  12. greenandchic says:

    @Steve – :) Lower cost of living. There are other reasons, but this is a bit one for us.

    @Mike – In 2004, I didn’t even though what a blog WAS besides LiveJournal or something like that. I checked out your blog and I think its great! Keep up the good work.

    @Arswino and @Giovanna Garcia – One of my favorite things about blogging is the community and how supportive everyone is regardless of your niche.

    @Crabby McSlacker – I think I would like to partner up with someone eventually, but I think I need more time first. I am taking applications though ;)

    @Mike – One of my biggest changes was moving from .com to my own server and combining it with greenandchic.com.

  13. Cathy Quik says:

    Hey Carly!
    It is interesting how things evolve. I think it says good things about a person if they can jump into something without really knowing what they are doing or what they are getting into. That’s the only way you learn, right?

    I just started my blog a couple days ago. I’ve been inspired by the recession and by trying to start a business in the midst of it all.

    I’m excited to watch all of us evolve in 2009. Keep up your good work!

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