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I Desperately Need Your Help!

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At the first of the year my blog fell into the rabbit’s hole, quite literally. Nothing that you would notice from the outside, except for those days when all you could see was an error message against a white screen. Not good. So not good.

Let me put this in layman’s terms because I’m a simple gal and I like analogies.

My blog is like my baby.

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As the mom I see my baby doesn’t feel well so I take her to the doctor where she gets a bandaid for a sore finger.

We return home but my baby continues to be fussy. As her mom I know something is wrong and I continue to take her to doctor after doctor.

Each one diagnoses something a little different; a cold, a headache, a virus.

But this mama knows the problem is much worse and if I can just find the right doctor there will be hope that my baby can be cured.

Finally, I find a specialist who informs me my baby has a genetic disorder that no one knew about. The good news is with the right medicines and therapy she is going to be able to live a healthy life. The bad news is it’s going to take a while and be an arduous journey.

That, my friends, is the story of my baby Marty’s Musings! She’s broken at the foundation although you, the reader, can’t see that anything is wrong (except on days when the blog is being wonky). Even though it’s taken me over two months to find a specialist that can help me, the good news is I’ve finally found a team that can fix my baby!

The bad news for me is that the behind the scenes work is going to take a while and be a pain in the you know where.

But guess what? I’m excited about it! If you remember my word for 2016 is purpose

I hit the ground running at the first of the year with goal setting as my top priority while I was recuperating from carpal tunnel surgery. Then the blog fiasco happened and I’ve been dealing with the behind the scenes aspect of blogging ever since. It’s affected my productivity and creativity in a big way.

Yet in God’s amazing way of getting my attention this interruption is allowing me to refocus and redefine my purpose during this unexpected detour.

I have so much to share and two fabulous new DIY spaces almost ready to reveal: one bedroom and a big girl office space for me in our family room. Of course, they’re done on a budget with trash to treasure finds and a few DIY projects thrown in.

But until then I need your help!

If you can spare just a couple of minutes to fill out the reader survey below it will help me know YOU better and what you like and don’t like about my “baby.” With this information I can make sure I’m hitting the goal of encouraging and inspiring my readers.

After all, if I write and no one reads, I’m missing the mark. 

Thank you so much!

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  1. Hey Marty! I LOVE your blog…it is one of the few that I always read. Whatever the problem is, I hope it can get fixed.
    I tried to do the survey, but the only thing I saw was my gender????

    1. Hey, Brenda! Thank you, sweet friend! Yes, it can be fixed but it’s going to cost some dollars and time (isn’t that always the way it is?) If you go to the box with the survey there’s a scroll bar on the right and you just use that to continue asking the questions. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense.

  2. Hi Marty,
    I love your blog and all the stories you share about your family. I can’t get the survey to work. I scrolled on the right hand side but I can’t get it to work.

    1. H, Beth. Thanks so much! I’m not sure why it’s not working for you because I’m receiving responses. Just make sure you’re scrolling inside the box itself. You could also try refreshing the page to see if that helps. Let me know if this still doesn’t work.

    2. Hi, Beth. If you weren’t able to get the survey to work there is now a link at the top of this post that is working if you have a moment. Thanks so much!

  3. I live your blog. I always read it and often times go back and reread it. I hope you are able to fix the “mechanical” issues. In my opinion, that is only thing broken. Content isn’t broken so don’t fix it. 🙂

  4. The survey is being difficult. I had to reload it twice. The scroll bar is barely visible. Just scroll the page.

  5. The only thing “broken” is the stupid Survey Monkey roll bar. Your blogging work is really interesting and fun to look forward to, weekly I hope!

    1. Hi, Alice. This was my first time doing a survey so there was a learning curve. lol There’s a link at the top of the post now that works if you weren’t able to take the survey. Thank you for reading and sharing my journey with me!

  6. I so enjoy reading your blog, Marty. I appreciate the thrifty ideas that you share with the world! Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much, Pam. I promise I will be back with new thrifty ideas soon. I’ve had a blast decorating two new spaces in my home. I’ve needed a creative outlet and stress reliever!

  7. I love your blog and visit a few times a week. I have made a few of the recipes that are on here. I tried to do the survey and it would not let me.. The scroll worked…but when I tried clicking in the options…it would not do anything. But I love everything about your site. Having many things on it…makes it interesting and gives us a variety of things to look forward to. Thanks for the jobs well done.

    1. Hi, Laura. I added a link at the top of the survey post if you want to try again. Thank you for the sweet compliment and encouragement. I’m so glad you read and visit!

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