Thanks for the constructive criticism - some helpful points there! The point about the dirty floor was a good one, it wouldn't take me more than a minute or two to hoover the area I'm taking photos for example. Unfortunately my flat is quite old and run down (and since I rent, I can't do much about that) so peeling wallpaper etc is something I just have to deal with, though possibly I could work out how to edit that out in the future. I didn't realise things like that were noticed by people so it's a good point and something I can definitely work on.
I guess what I'm trying to convey through my blog is crafting for people for whom crafting is a hobby. I have no intentions of making crafting or blogging my day job, so I don't mind pointing out wonky corners or mismatched buttons because that's 'real life' - not every craft project is perfect but that doesn't mean you don't love it and use it. I'm not crafting to have something to blog about, I'm crafting to make things for me (or friends) that I'll use, so I'm not going to repeat something to correct a mistake just to make a better blog post, if that makes sense? I'll just learn from that mistake and do it differently next time. I like to point out the things I would change next time because I get frustrated with bigger, more professional blogs where everything appears to be perfect first time around. I'm sure it took them 3 attempts to make something that amazing, but they don't portray that because it's not as 'glossy' or doesn't make as good a blog post, but honestly - that sometimes leaves me frustrated and with a a feeling of envy or lack of self-worth, because my life and projects aren't as shiny and perfect as theirs. I'm sure we've all experienced that envy of a blogger's seemingly perfect life, because they never show the pictures without make up or photoshopping and all their photos are beautifully shot. I guess I'm aiming for a more 'crafting for real people' type look - yes, my projects aren't always perfect and yes, my house is a bit of a mess, but it's my hobby and I enjoy it so I'm going to portray it the way it is. I'm not looking to make money off it, I'm just hoping to connect with like-minded individuals.
I did have an old blog which had a slightly larger readership, where I used filler posts, but I often felt they were lacking in content compared to the project posts. If it's something that people enjoy though, I could definitely consider reintroducing them. I like 'round up' posts on other people's blogs, so maybe I could have an ' interesting articles from this week' type round up post once a week. Definitely something to consider!
Thanks again for the great points, lots to ruminate over. Also - apologies for the huge delay replying - I locked myself out of my Craftster account and it's taken me this long to get back in!