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happy friday + what do you think?… (now closed)

Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton

Happy Friday guys! As you may know, we celebrated 10 years of Oh Joy last month! I used to have annual reader surveys to see what my readers liked and wanted to see more of. But it's been four years (ahh!) since I've done one and it's about time I checked in with you guys again. A lot has changed in the last four years. I went from having contributors and regular columns to writing all the posts myself again. I had two kids, my business grew, I began developing a lot more products, and I got a real office with real employees.

The content on this site has certainly changed over the last 10 years. And throughout, I have always stuck to the intent of sharing content and ideas that inspire me and things that I want to share with you. Because if I don't enjoy what I'm doing, there is no way you guys will and then there is no point of having a blog to begin with. But really, what it comes down to is that I don't blog about the same exact things that I used to. The latest accessories or must-have trends or things that were once important to me in the earlier days of my blog, are just not priorities anymore. Some of the things I used to share (like the hottest new products or designers and round-ups galore) are easy enough to find on other blogs now. My site has become more personal and 90% of the content is all of our original photography. In some ways that makes it more unique than it used to be but in other ways it also makes it harder to come up with new content all the time.

So the short answer to this long story is that we've changed, we've evolved, and we've (hopefully) grown. But I still want to know what you guys think and what you like (and if you want to tell me what you don't like, too, that's okay as long as you can be kind and constructive about it because I'm sensitive, too). We have a lot of new products launching next year that I can wait to tell you about. And a lot of fun plans for new content for 2016. I'm always looking for ways to improve everything I do, so please click on this link to answer a short and easy (I promise) survey. And for those of you who are so kind to take the time to answer this survey by October 30th, we'll randomly pick 5 of you to send a special Oh Joy gift to.

Here is the link to the survey!

Thanks in advance guys! Your support means the world to me.

UPDATE: Congrats to Sarah M. from CA, Shruti K. from NY, Lauren D. from KY, Stella P. from MD, and Sarah from London, UK for being our winners this time!

{Mural by Dallas Clayton}

11 comments

  1. Happy 10 years, Joy!! Wow, it’s been that long already? Guess I can’t complete the survey/enter the contest, but you know I’ve been a fan from the beginning–and those NSS days seem ancient! Ha! I appreciate you making the blog more personal by incorporating your family life into it–i.e. instead of doing a studio/work space tour, you bring Ruby along for the ride so she can have that experience. I really liked the recent post about the process of designing the band-aids for Target. I think you have a good mix going on of food, travel/family, and your product line. Keep it up! Big hug!

  2. Survey done! Thanks for still thinking about us (the users) after all these years! Love the OhJoy brand and the whole Cho gang!

  3. Love the blog and think your current mix of posts is great ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing I’d like to see more of is travel posts – your family’s trips look like such a blast, and as someone who’s approaching the travel-with-two-kids stage, and who’s never been a natural trip organizer, it would be wonderful to know how you plan a full-but-not-hectic vacation that’s fun for everyone. Thanks!

  4. took it! I started rambling and getting all gushy and realized wow, I’d be slightly embarrassed if I ever met you in person! But not really because I meant what I said :).

  5. I love your blog so much and thank you for showing us all the creative ideas and beautiful things all these years. I completed the survey but forgot to mention in the comment box that if you could suggest some toys for babies and kids that are fun, affordable and good for them, there are just too many choices out there. I’d appreciate your advice in advance, they are always helpful. Thanks again!

  6. This is thrilling! I’ve loved on your blog to everyone I know ever since I happened on it years back. I just recently invested in your books–Blog, Inc. and Creative, Inc. They are the foundation of my informal education on blogging and business. Writing conversationally and incorporating your design-head into the format is so effortless for you! I’m getting into the guts of your content and loving the expertise but also the practicality of your guidance in the books.
    As I was writing on my own clunky little blog last night I got a text from my oldest sister, a screen shot from your Instagram feed. Got to love this wide world of women connected by the web!
    Cheers!– from another adoring fan.
    Joy from: http://www.thegirlwithtwofirstnames.com

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