video: what i learned from the feedback and will change on the blog

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Today I would like to share what I learned from the feedback last week and what I will be changing about the blog going forward!

Taking a page from the suggestions, I am doing it today in video so you can get a chance to get to know me a bit better in the process.

(Hint: if you want to see only the suggestions and things I’m changing, jump to 1:55.)



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  1. Sarah van Loon

    Thanks for the video, Jess! You look super cute (and your hair is getting so long!!). I love your necklace – is that a former Jess LC creation?

    1. My pleasure! The hair is long (I finally realized if I don’t cut it, it groooows). Needs a bit of a refresh, but I’m going with the “Sheryl Crow” look this summer (aka: not doing a darn thing).

      The necklace is actually from J.Crew factory a few months back. Now that I don’t have Jess LC I’ve been so happy to get to wear other designers again!

  2. I’m so looking forward to more videos from you! WIKW has been incredibly helpful for me, so I’m excited to see the changes you’re making to your newsletter.

    1. That’s great to hear, Sage! I’m still working on determining when a post is better as a video vs. writing it. But that will come with time.

      I’m also excited, I think you’ll like the ‘new’ WIKW. : )

  3. fiercelyalex

    I completely missed out on your post last week but wanted to give a quick thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful content and all that you put in to this blog. WIKW, exfoliating and living with intention have been so helpful to me.

  4. Kristina Henning

    WIKW has been incredibly helpful so I’m very curious to see what changes you will be making to it …. as well as to the blog!

  5. Ffion

    Oh please – not ANOTHER lifestyle and fashion blog. Don’t we have enough of those already? 🙁 Not trying to be a killjoy here, I really love your blog and respect your decisions, but does it really need to have fashion and lifestyle added in? I mean, okay, if you really love that kind of stuff and want to share… but I’m really starting to get annoyed with all the “what I wore” and random images of all the accessories people are oogling at the time… I’m always glad to find blogs that have more unique and interesting content than that…. It’s not like I go online to learn to dress like other bloggers…

    Sorry if that came off as ranty.

    1. No worries, Fifon! I have no intention of turning this into a fashion blog nor will I be sharing ‘what i wore’ posts. I will leave that to the wonderful fashion bloggers out there who do it so well.

      However, based on the feedback, there is a very large portion (about 65%) who really did want and ask for more in that area. So my intention is to bring more of the takeaways from this process (like the post yesterday on keys to intentional wardrobe) and intentional purchases. Sure, I might bring the actual items in here and there to share things I love or think others may enjoy. Which of course will be sprinkled in among the rest of the content. I am as much about an intentional closet as I am a career. I think the feedback just confirmed that people do indeed, feel the same and wish to see more of that presented on the blog. : )

      1. Ffion

        As long as it’s in line with your blog so far, great 🙂 You had me worried for a moment 😉

  6. Thank you so much for sharing, Elizabeth! I’m glad you enjoyed ‘getting to know me’ (normally, I don’t talk as fast – tried to get everything in the smallest time frame since it was long). : )

  7. Love the video and am so excited for the new stuff around here! It is so refreshing to be a reader of a blog who truly cares about the opinions of her readers! Thanks so much, Jess.

    1. That’s great to hear, Emily! I am doing my best to serve and still keep my own vision and heart in place. : )

  8. jordanmcbride

    Hey Jess! I agree with those who would like shorter posts! Your content is AMAZING, but sometimes it’s overwhelming and too much to read in one sitting. I find myself clicking away with the intention of coming back later, and then forget. Especially with your emails. Multiple parts would be great – and might even increase your readership because it builds anticipation! 🙂 Excited for you and these changes, I know they’ll be great!

    1. That’s great to hear! I never thought about splitting up the WIKW, that’s a good thing to think about too!

  9. stef

    I never would have suggested video myself, but you come across *exceptionally* well on video. I think you could do a whole video coaching series and it would be super well received.
    I’m excited for the changes!

    1. Thanks, Stef! I really appreciate you saying that. It means more to hear that you found it so great even though you didn’t think that originally. Thank you. : )

  10. Lori

    I was already a big fan of your blog the way that it was, but I’m looking forward to the changes! Especially with the videos – I think those would be a great addition to the blog. Your joyful spirit and upbeat personality are what stood out to me the most after working with you at the Life With Intention workshop, so it would be great to capture that in video form for the blog!

      1. Lori

        Things are going very well! I’m still writing down my intention for the day in the morning time, which has made such a big difference in how my day goes. Work is going well too, thanks for asking! I still have a lot of work to do in the area of being more of an encouragement in the workplace, but it’s something that I am actively working on. And one of my new intentions for work is to speak more positive words than negative words!

  11. Robyn

    Hi Jess,

    Just thought I would leave a little comment down here seeing as though you made a little South Africa shout out in your video. I am a young entrepreneur/small business owner from Cape Town, SA! I have been reading your blog for a while now. I constantly stumble across new blogs & very few actually get me to bookmark them & come back. I love that your blog offers something unique and different from my usual DIY, Design, Fashion reads.

    I find your WIKW so useful (loved the ebook!). I loved the way the ebook was broken down into sections and I agree sometimes your posts are quite long to get through with unclear sections. I still read them (haha) but I agree they could be easier to read. I also love the video idea, im quite a lazy reader at times so this will really be cool!

    Great job! Im not normally the commenting type but I thought id say thanks for all the tips & inspiration Ive gotten for my business from your blog!

    1. Aw, thank you so much for sharing, Robyn! It is great to hear from another South African reading the blog! : )

      Also, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the ebook and I will do my best to keep the posts short and clearer to understand. : )

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