Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 7, 2014

What Do You Want To See | Reader Survey


I’ve been blogging since 2004.

In internet years that’s a pretty darn long time.

I’ve written over 3000 posts that include some of the simplest and also the most challenging times in my life like learning of Simon’s autism diagnosis or sharing that Chris and I were divorcing.

Throughout those years I’ve held a variety of different thoughts and opinions about the process of blogging: write what you love, write what you think people want to read, focus on content, promote products, generate income, etc. I’ve experienced the evolution of personal to professional and questioned how much is too much and how much is not enough over and over again.

Most of the time I’ve kept it pretty consistent. When you click on my site most of the time you’ll find a mix of the following:

  • Personal life stories and experiences.
  • Memory keeping projects. This often includes my processes,  my successes and challenges with those projects, organization, etc.
  • Product promotion. I promote my own products and workshops and those of others I think you guys would find interesting and inspiring. Sometimes that includes giveaways.

The thread of memory keeping/scrapbooking links most of it together.

I don’t talk a lot about the business of blogging here but this site is a major part of my business and how I support my family.

Up until 2012 when Katie was hired as my assistant it’s just been me driving this ship. Sometimes that’s really awesome and sometimes it’s brutal. There are times when I have no idea what to say next, what direction to take, and there are times when I feel like I know exactly where I’m going. Most of the time it’s a crazy mixture of the two.

The internet and the way we all interact with it continues to evolve and change. I want to be open to evolving personally and professionally. I want to provide content that’s interesting to you and to me. I want to keep on keeping it real and authentic in all that I do.

All that to say, I’m interested in what you’d like to see here.

I’m interested in what you’d like to see more and less of in terms of posts. I’m also interested in what kinds of products you’d like to see me work on in the future and what types of workshops you’d like to see moving forward.

I’ve come up with a quick 10-question survey and today I’m asking you to take a few minutes to respond. I’d greatly appreciate it.

Click here to participate in the 2014 reader survey.


I’ll leave it open for a few days and then share the results with you in an upcoming post.

As always, thank you for being here. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this crazy little corner of the online world.


  • 1.
    Charline said…

    I so much love when you show me how to document: around here, summer manifesto, etc

    You make me remind myself to stop And write it down.

    And would surely take a second hello story class. I Did love it And thought it was the best class i Did.

    I am still refering to it often.

    • ….
      Teal said…

      Yes to this!

    • ….
      Felicia Young said…

      So true!

    • ….

      such a good way to put it: you remind me to stop and write things down.

      i couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • ….
      pam said…

      yes, you teach how to SEE differently, stories that are there- like “story point of view” – in photos & words. You pursue the truth of the moment, through easy and tough. I learn to see my ordinary as special, and ways to document that. For me, the documenting is secondary to first learning to see it. I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as you’re blogging, your reader I’ll be ;) Go Ali! Wherever your heart leads you!xo

    • ….
      Tracy said…

      And another yes to this!

  • 2.
    young said…

    Ali, I love scrapbooking, but also love that you infuse your blog with personal things as well…it’s been an encouragement simply as a woman to see your journey and your desire to live in an honorable and joyful way. I hope the survey brings you clarity, but know that your readers simply love reading whatever you want to share! :)

    • ….
      Monique Helfrich said…

      I agree!

    • ….
      Amy J said…

      I completely agree!

    • ….
      Pam S. said…

      Happy 10th, Ali! I agree with all the above comments. What a tribute to your life and passion to share and teach all of us. If we don’t know you personally, we feel like we do. You are an everyday part of our lives, and I just want to say “thank you”!

    • ….
      Tammie said…


  • 3.
    Rae said…

    Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  • 4.
    Paula said…

    It was my pleasure to take the survey!

    • ….
      Mel said…

      I agree, I have been reading for a very long time and it was my pleasure to fill in the survey. I love anything that you do :)

  • 5.
    Melanie said…

    I remember starting my Typepad site not long after yours. Crazy everything that’s happened since then! If you ever want an everyday food type of recipe contributor… ;) lol

  • 6.
    Felicia Young said…

    You are a very big inspiration Ali! Thank you so much for all you do and your blog is the best and my first blog I go to in the mornings. Thanks!

    • ….

      i have to agree. sometimes i check your site more than once a day just in case i have missed anything.

  • 7.
    Jo Eades said…

    Filled in your survey. Can’t believe that it’s been 7+ years that I’ve been visiting here. Where has the time gone :)

  • 8.
    Shelly said…

    Do you use Photoshop? If so, what can you share with your users about it.

  • 9.
    Lilly said…

    Love your writing and have 2or 3 of your books. Love the simplicity of it, keeping it simple and uncomplicated. You’re just doing an awesome job :)

  • 10.
    Alida said…

    Hi Ali, Will gladly do your survey. You’ve been my just about daily read for just about 7 years. So glad I discovered you, and for all the “lifts” you’ve provided since. I don’t think one can really capture the Ali factor, but one of the things I love about your blog is that it feels so natural and effortless (reading here it sounds like it’s perhaps not always:) But I really feel invited into your world. Thanks for a one of a kind blog.

  • 11.
    Ann E. Ford said…

    My pleasure to complete the survey, Ali. You’re greatly appreciated and well thought of. ;) @*

  • 12.
    J Allen said…

    I loved you at first sight! I first came to know about you back in the CK magazine days! I pretty much love everything you do!!! I’ve cheered with you and cried with you and now I will survey for you!!!! Happy Tuesday ;)

    • ….
      Lisa said…

      ^^ This.

  • 13.
    Isabel said…

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Your blog is the first blog I look at every morning, I love your writing, style, products, your truth, you inspire me everyday …. I just love you :)

  • 14.
    Kari said…

    Happy to do the survey! I agree with what everyone else has already said above. I love the mix of personal and “professional/business” – and it isn’t really a type of voyeurism (you can get that on many blogs) – it’s the fact that you show us the “real life” that is happening around you and then show us how to scrap it and record it (and in fun, inventive, and sometimes just ordinary ways). And that’s what I love the most about your blog (and everything you do) – seeing how to translate the every day into a beautiful memory keeping experience. And you do it the best of anyone out there! In my opinion:)

  • 15.
    karen c said…

    Since 2004? HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!!!

    now off to do the survey…

  • 16.
    Mary E said…

    Yay! Happy 10 years Ali!

    I can honestly say that have been an avid reader since around 2004. And this is the only memory keeping blog that I have continually followed since I began scrapbooking. I am so happy that I found you and that you have continued to successfully do what you do for everyone for all of these years. It has been an exciting and inspirational journey and I can’t wait to see what is yet to come.

    Thanks for sharing your story, your life and your craftiness and for being a truly genuine person!

    Hugs! M-

    (btw – just finished the survey)

  • 17.
    Renee said…


    I too have been following your blog for a long time. I love that you inspire us to document the everyday and you show us how. The mix of personal, creative, and business is just right.

    Also, some of your struggles have inspired me and my family in a personal way, so I will take the time now to say thank you! I hope you know the positive impact you have…here’s to another 10 years.

  • 18.
    Jennifer K said…

    Done. :-) Love your blog, keep up the great work!

  • 19.
    Jean Bullock said…

    Took the survey.

  • 20.
    Ximena said…

    Done! Happy anniversay, Ali. Thank you for filling our lives with inspiration.

  • 21.
    Suz said…

    Survey completed. Ditto all of the above sentiments and thoughts. Happy 10th! Take care you.

  • 22.
    Lisa said…

    I filled out the survey before reading the other comments. I’m so happy that the others feel the same way as me. I was happy to fill out your survey (and that’s certainly not usually the case with surveys!). You are my #1 favorite scrapbooking mentor, and you’re just part of our lives now. Scrapbook stores have come and gone. There are hardly any scrapbooking magazines any more. But we still have you. When your survey asked how long we had been reading your blog, I thought about how old Simon is – 12, and I’ve been reading either your articles in CK magazine or on your blog since he was a baby/toddler. That’s how I knew the answer to that question. Thank you for all you do, and I hope to be following your blog, Instagram, etc. for many years to come.

    • ….
      Birgit said…

      Yes. I believe I discovered you on twopeasinabucket in 2002? And have been reading your blog first thing every morning ever since. Please continue to share your journey, life, creative lessons etc. You are such an inspiration just by sharing your story with photos and words.

  • 23.
    Sarah said…

    Natural and one of a kind
    In other words ‘You’
    I love what you do Ali, thanks

  • 24.
    {vicki} said…


    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!

    IT IS MY VERY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • 25.
    Maria V. said…

    Hi Ali,
    Just took the survey. As I mentioned in a comment, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a Project Life kit from YOU!!! I know this isn’t totally up to you, but I would love that, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Also, I answered that I’ve been reading your blog for 2-3 or 4 years, but I actually think it’s been longer than that.

    You are such an inspiration, thank you so much for all your hard work!!!

  • 26.
    Karen F said…

    I have completed the survey. Just wanted to add on here a huge thank you to you and to Katie. You make a great team. Love what you do and will still be here reading your words of wisdom and real life for another 10 years. Thanks from NZ. Karen

  • 27.
    Emie said…

    LOVE your authenticity!!! Your family stories are adorable!!

  • 28.
    dawn said…

    Congrats on 10 years!! I’m so thankful for all you’ve shared and inspired and taught me here on your blog. Even in the old days thru only CK you inspired me but this way is so much nicer!! I would say to keep doing just what your doing, I enjoy everything you share. I love hearing the mom stuff/fun stuff and how you keep it real with even the hard stuff.
    I’ve said this before and it’s still true, your blog feels welcoming and from the heart. Thank you for that.
    love and prayers
    p.s. You can share more pictures of Simon and Anna, never get tired of seeing them.
    Off to do the survey now.

  • 29.
    Jane said…

    I filled in the survey already and afterwards thought: could you please add Pinterest to your site I.e. Make it easy for me to pin layouts and spreads. It would make it easier to refer back to and mean I can actually remember the inspiration for why I bought a stamp/embellishment/etc.

    Keep up the good work
    And thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jane – there’s actually already a button at the bottom of each post that you can click to pin :) .

  • 30.

    I missed the survey as I have been behind on keeping up with my favorite blogs lately, so I just barely saw it. I would be most excited about new workshops added. I love OLW (3rd year), Storyology, Hello Story. I think I would love any workshop you come up with related to story elements, digital scrapbooking, or photography. I also always love Week in the Life. As far as regular posts, my favorites are you reflections on life for the same reasons that you were mentioning in your recent reading post and why you like non-fiction. Maybe you even have a book in your future :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you Amanda – look for Week In The Life to happen starting September 8th this year.

  • 31.
    Sue said…

    I am bummed I missed the survey. I have been a reader of your blog for over 6 years. I am in the midst of finals and have not had time to read for leisure and got behind on my blogs. I don’t journal or scrapbook and I’m not sure how I came across your blog years ago but I love your artistic style, outlook on life and family values and I thank you for allowing us to share a small part of all that with you. I have enjoyed seeing your kids grow and move and adapt to new things. Lately however I feel like the focus of your blog has been more on scrapbooking. Since I don’t scrapbook I trailed off a bit to check posts periodically vs. daily like I used to. I would love to see more pics of you guys and your adventures and I always LOVE the pics from your parents house at the beach! That truly is a slice of heaven! :-)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the feedback Sue!

  • 32.
    Michelle said…

    I like the real insight of you being a mom, businessperson, creator, and sharing real life with us. Your designs are very fresh and appealing. Keep sharing yourself.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Michelle.

  • 33.

    I have been away from home with little access to the internet, so I missed the survey & am now trying to catch up on your blog posts. But I do want to comment. Ali, I LOVE your blog, your style, your creativity, your sharing. I have granddaughters almost the same ages as Simon & Anna. I’ve followed you since you started your blog (can it really be 10 years?!), & back to CK days. I’ve loved watching your little ones grow & seeing you evolve, having related to many things myself. It took a lot of courage to share some of your life with us. I don’t want you to change what you include in your blog, other than perhaps to include more on scrapbooking. I’ve learned so much about content & incite, in addition to the physical aspects. I especially like the step-by-step project info with photos, which are so helpful. Just keep on keeping on, Ali!

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