I have a confession to make, I sometimes do not know who I'm writing for. I started this blog to have a creative outlet, a place where I could experiment with writing in a foreign language, taking pictures and experimenting with DIYs. But I also started it to find like-minded people in a new country I had just moved to.
To a certain extent, it's been a success. I've posted regularly for the past 4 years and have somewhat found a certain balance in my all-over-the-place freelance life. I feel inspired, confident in my skills and proud of the content I've created.
But I miss the community I thought would naturally come with posting regularly on a corner of the Internet. I miss the interaction, the comments, the feedback.
I found a way to bypass that feeling by creating Zero Waste PDX, a more tangible, geographically-rooted community of like-minded people here in Portland, Oregon, but I do not want to give up on this space, Conscious by Chloé, my first love labor.
All that to say, I miss y'all!
I miss the comments from the early days from friends from back home in Europe, I miss the emails, the pictures of successful re-creations of my DIYs shared via Instagram.
It's no coincidence that I'm posting this on Valentine's day. So here's what I'd love you to do for me today - if you will:
1. Sign up for the monthly newsletter
Every month, I send a little update to you, sharing what I've been up to for the past couple weeks (i.e. using you as an accountability group for my New Year's Resolutions), highlighting a specific post, announcing upcoming events, and sharing unique content dedicated to this group of very special readers.
No spamming, pinky promise!
2. Get the blog updates straight into your inbox
This is a brand new feature which was requested to me by 2 close friends. I had never realized that some people would rather receive my blog posts straight into their mailbox rather than regularly checking the blog or subscribing to a feed reader. So from now on, no excuses, you'll never miss a new article because you'll receive all the updates via email.
Again, no spamming, pinky promise!
3. Sign up via Disqus to comment on my articles
A blog without interaction with its readers is just an online journal. In order to write content that's interesting to you, I need to know what you think, like and dislike. And the easiest way to do that is to give me your feedback in the comments section. I know it's a pain to sign up for yet another platform, but many fellow bloggers use the same one, so you'll only have to do it once.
4. Follow Conscious by Chloé on social media
Let's put the social back in social media. A community is nothing without its members engaging with each other. You can come follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And, last but not least, join the Conscious by Chloé Community a safe, private online space where we'll be able to interact seamlessly! See you there!
5. Recommend my blog to a friend
Because sharing is caring. Most of blogs I read and people I follow were recommended to me and I'm super grateful for it. I've been reading Garance Doré's witty words for more than 10 years (!), got suck into Cup of Jo's community when I moved to the States and just recently discovered Sunshine's yellow world! Here's how you can do it. Share a blog post on FB, tag a friend in an Instagram post or simply tell them about Conscious by Chloé if you feel like they would enjoy it.
Thank you so much for being here!
Now it's your turn, please share your blog recommendations in the comments below!