I didn't mention that we've taken a quick trip to England. We booked tickets last Wednesday, then flew on Saturday! We're visiting my husbands parents in the county Devon, in the southwest. We head back to Sweden tomorrow. Yesterday we had a pint in a pub in Chulmleigh, the small town near my in-laws' place. I wanted to share gorgeous photos of the sweeping landscape, but it's been raining pretty much since we arrived and we've been tucked inside the whole time. I haven't taken my camera out of its case even once.
Now to the request.
Yesterday I wrote about trusting my audience, and today I wanted to turn that around, in a way, and ask you to support me. I've only been doing this blogging thing for a few months, and so far I'm loving it and the small community of friends and strangers being built in this space. It's something that I'd like to continue doing for as long as possible.
One of my long-term goals is to make some money from this blog, but only if I can do it in authentic way that fits in with the aesthetic of the site and my own voice (that is, no AdSense or banner ads, or sponsored posts from companies I'd never otherwise patronize). The only way I can ever do that—make some money—is by steadily growing my audience (ie. stats, on social networks like Facebook and Instagram, and visitors here to the blog) and building an engaged community.
That's where you come in. If you're on social media, please follow me on those sites (links below). If you're tempted to leave a comment on a post, do it. If you're going shopping an Amazon, considering doing it through a link on my site (like the SmartMax link in the middle of this page). If you have suggestions about content you'd like to see or want to say something about a post but would prefer to remain anonymous, send me an email.
Dear Sabrina on Facebook. I put every new post there within minutes of posting it here.
You can also follow Dear Sabrina on Bloglovin'. Bloglovin' is a great place to find new blogs to follow, but I'll warn you up front that they send a LOT of emails, so I'd recommend immediately going into your profile and only signing up for the types of stories/blogs that you really want.
(Ashlee at Where My Heart Resides has a great post on how to support your favorite bloggers).
Another small, helpful thing you can do is share the posts that you like most. You can use the sharing buttons at the bottom of each post (currently available to share via Twitter, Facebook, and email). You can always just email a post to a friend, too. If you have suggestions for networks I'm not on, please let me know!
Thanks so much for reading Dear Sabrina, and I look forward to connecting with and hearing from you!
Picture by me.