Lucy’s First Bicycle
Our favorite activity this summer has been family bike rides on our tandem – bicycles built for 2 make everything more fun, I think! And because Lucy loves being on wheels as much as we do, we figured it was time we get her a toddler-sized bicycle, just for her. We chose this one, removed all the logo stickers, and it’s somehow more adorable in person (most likely because there’s a Lucy on it).
The only downside? Lucy’s first bicycle also lead to Lucy’s first major meltdown (like, major major!), when we told her it was time to put it away, ha! We were caught so off guard, I think we might’ve laughed? Oh, Lucy! I shared a quick Story clip of her scooting in the backyard – around doggie-shaped obstacles, no less – and my messages were flooded with more details on this bitty bike. Needless to say, it’s been a hit!
Thank you for taking our Reader Survey!
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who took the time out of their day to take our Reader Survey. We read each and every response, and we learned so much from you and about you! Our entire goal is to keep our blog an upbeat, inspiring and happy place to hang out, while also sharing the wins and pitfalls of renovating in real-time. Luckily, it turns out that many of you feel that we’re doing a-okay in that department (love ya), but as to be expected, there was some divisiveness as well – i.e., more vlogs, please! vs. I don’t watch videos, sorry!, or love your round-ups! vs. not really a fan of round-ups, or more fashion! vs. I’m not here for the fashion. In response to the latter, we strive for balance between our fixers, family, products, sponsorships and just-for-fun, as well as organic content and highly requested themes. Our wish is that you’ll dive into the posts that you enjoy the most, and if today’s post is not for you, we hope you’ll join us tomorrow!
As we combed through the survey, we also noticed a handful of recurring questions and concerns, and I wanted to pull together a more thoughtful response in one place. Let’s take a deeper dive into those:
I love your new blog layout, but your most recent posts are no longer at the top!
Sorry if this is confusing! The new blog layout features a slider at the very top that rotates between popular posts. Directly beneath that, you’ll see a header that says ‘ON THE BLOG,’ followed by a grid of thumbnails. Those thumbnails are all of our blog posts in chronological order. Click ‘READ MORE’ to go to the post!
Can you please have your links open in a new window? I lose my place every time I have to go ‘back’ on my browser, and that’s frustrating.
You got it! There can be a lot of confusing information on best SEO practices, which is why we were testing links in the same window. But we agree with you! Moving forward, links will open in a new window.
I used to get an email every time you published a post, but I don’t see those anymore. What gives?
Our emails were formatted through FeedBurner, which we had little control over and found to be clunky. We got rid of that altogether in favor of nicely designed weekly or monthly (your choice!) digests of our blog posts, which also helps to reduce clutter in your inbox. You can sign up for those emails here, or you can always find the ‘SUBSCRIBE’ button at the very bottom of our blog.
I’m a silent blog reader that doesn’t comment or ‘like’ anything. Do comments and likes help you guys? Should I ‘swipe up’ on Instagram to view the blog, or should I go straight to the blog itself? What helps you know that we are here and enjoying content? I get worried when I hear that ‘blogs are dead’!
We received a variation of this question many times over, and this is kind of you to ask, so thank you! I’m going to answer this as succinctly and honestly as possible. Something as simple as clicking over to our blog – whether that’s from a blog reader, a ‘swipe up’, a link from Instagram or Facebook – is engagement. Period. Those clicks count as page views, which are important metrics for our brand partners! To take it one step forward, if you are truly enjoying content, leaving a comment or ‘like’ is an outward way of showing your support, but better yet, it’s a way for us to connect with you through friendly conversation. This is two-fold: Not only do we get to have thoughtful dialogue with you, but it also shows our brand partners that we have an engaged readership.
Simply put, your engagement – whether that’s silently reading a post directly on our blog, ‘liking’ a social post, watching our videos on YouTube or leaving a comment – not only helps us partner with brands whose creativity aligns with our own, but it keeps blogs alive and well, and it helps us to understand what you’re loving (and what you’re not). It’s what allows us to create near-daily content and continue strengthening the Yellow Brick Home community. So if you see something you like, say something! We love hearing from you, and it encourages us to keep going. (Hey, we’re human, too.)
Please stop truncating your posts in Feedly (Bloglovin’, etc). I don’t have time to (or simply won’t) click over, sorry!
In addition to the above, we’ve worked hard to create an easy-to-navigate and good looking viewing experience on yellowbrickhome.com. Thank you for understanding!
Our friends Chris and Julia launched Good Influence(r) this week, an online course that helps influencers navigate the murky waters of this relatively new career. I am here for it. (Like, I devoured the course in a few days.) Having blogged for the last decade!, I still gained countless takeaways and a hearty amount of homework for our own corner of the web. Enrollment is only open for a few more days!
We had a fun opportunity to be the very first guests on Lou Manfredini’s podcast, Lunch with Lou! We talk about the business of blogging, The Two Flat, what it’s like to work with each other all day long, and so much more. You can listen to the entire episode right here, or find it where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts!
Just picked up these cute sneakers in sand, and it fuels my grandma-fashion-loving heart so hard. (Blush, black and slate are pretty cool, too.)
Erin is so brave with color, and her feed is one of my very favorites. Her bedroom (below!) always stops me mid-scroll, and this before + after is a great example of cheating the eye and working with what you’ve got:
Jenna started For the Love of Readers as a way to help families become advocates for their (young) readers – as well as being a resource for literacy. We had a short interview with her, sharing where we are in our own reading journey with Lucy!
This Passive House is an absolute dream boat.
This short Pittie clip brings me so much joy, I literally can’t.
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Have a wonderful weekend!