I started Any Girl Can Do It in March 2014 after hearing women say ‘I can’t do that’ over and over again. What I wanted to share with them was that they could – if I can DIY, any woman can. I wanted to show women that they could create, fix, and design things on their own – no need to hire it done and no need for it to look like it came out of a magazine or TV show. I was getting a pedicure a couple of months ago and HGTV was on and I heard a woman remark ‘I wish I could do that stuff’ and someone else say ‘you can never find the stuff that they use on those shows.’ My response … sure you can do it. Sometimes you have to think outside the box and make some substitutions but you can do it!
The thought behind Any Girl Can Do It was that I wanted to show women that all projects aren’t perfect and that your house doesn’t have to look like Martha Stewart or HGTV – it just has to look like you! I wanted to show the imperfections – not just the beautiful pictures we see online and on Pinterest.
I was really miffed when I went to a blog post about a small outdoor sign that included a beautiful indoor chair, rung and flowers on a deck. I knew where the blogger lived (in my same region) and when I looked out my door my deck was covered in that yellow-green pollen. It hit me like a ton of bricks. All I could think about was how other women would look at that and think that is how your deck is supposed to look – even in the thick of pollen season – and it made me angry. I was angry over the unrealistic expectations we put on women … on each other.
So Any Girl Can Do It was born. I wanted it to be a place where women could relate and could feel at home and be themselves, mistakes and all.
But I have not been able to build the type of readership and interaction with real women that I wanted. This blog was never about making money although if I made any it would be good to help offset expenses – but instead it was about connecting with women and empowering women.
What You Don’t Know About Blogging
Here’s what you may or may not realize about blogs – for most, readership is hard to build. It takes a lot of work and a lot of social media time and time spent connecting with other bloggers. If you see comments on a blog it is likely that a good many of them are from other bloggers because you have to network to get bloggers to share, mention, comment, etc. I tried that and have met some great women and some who have been very sweet to help me out. But I wasn’t in this just to connect with other bloggers. Other bloggers know how to do these things and each one of them has their own niche as well. I wanted to connect with the ‘every day woman’ who is like me – who wants a wonderful place to call home but doesn’t have a big house and a big fat bank account.
Unfortunately that has not happened.
I love doing the projects – it is like a drug for me. I love to create. I even love to write. What I don’t love is stopping in the middle to take photos, competing for readers with blogs that have staff to make things happen, and all the social media interactions you have to do.
When It Get’s Down To It … There Are Other Priorities
So Any Girl Can Do It hasn’t been fulfilling it’s intended purpose. I have struggled with it several times and have gotten pep talks to keep with it. But as some of you know my husband and I have had a hard time lately with me having a couple of surgeries and him being hospitalized for three weeks and with plenty of recovery left ahead. Assuming the responsibility for all of the household and for helping with his recovery doesn’t leave me with the time (or energy… or money) for more projects and blogging. For me, the priority has to be what is going on at home. And honestly not spending that amount of time of the blog has allowed me time to actually read a book!!! It wasn’t a good book but it was still a book
I will still be creating and making my home a place I love and I will still be doing it on a shoestring budget (that’s what makes it fun for me) but I won’t be posting to AnyGirlCanDoIt.com any more. If any of you want to keep up with my crafty goings-on I will be happy to have you on my personal Facebook page or to start a private Facebook group where we all share our crafts and ideas with one another. If you are interested in that, drop me a line
Thanks for reading! And please remember You Can Do It! Any Girl Can Do It!