Calling all Readers – A Question for YOU!

Jan 15, 2011 | Uncategorized | 44 comments

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Ok girlfriends, this is where you come in. I have a question for you.
I briefly mentioned it before, but I am humbly mentioning it again cause I would very much value you input…
Around the end of February/beginning of March will be featured in the magazine called Artful Blogging. This is just a fantastique opportunity, you should see the article… it’s gorgeous…
So let’s say you are at Borders or Barnes and Noble, you pick up Artful Blogging, you’ve never heard of Parisienne Farmgirl before so you sign on to check it out… here’s my question:
What do you want to see?
What do you want to read about?
We’re talking about making a first impression here girls – I know the commenters come out the woodwork when I give birth (no chance of that in February) or rant on politics – ladies like the recipes, some girls like the decorating….Paris? Gardening? Fashion?…
Β I just want the posts I do around the release of the magazine to rock and I am looking for some inspiration! You girls are my inspiration so….
No pressure. I wouldn’t be asking this question if I didn’t value your lovely opinion.


  1. Carissa

    I really love your articles on Family/Motherhood. (Teach your children to eat, Where have all the cowboys gone?, Unplugging the TV, etc… But that is just what I am into… Truly I believe you already have the perfect mixture of articles already! I love it when you have pictures of room makeovers~You’re kitchen Rocked! And your political rants have me standing on my desk sayin’ preach it sister. I love organization and homesteading posts. I’m so happy for you~how exciting!!! Loved your article in Belle Inspiration!

  2. Stephanie

    My favorites are design on a centime, your garden and how you can produce all that food in an urban lot, Paris, the kids, how you don’t watch much tv and have a family that thrives and communicates with each other instead, today in the kitchen, your refrigerator before and after is an all time favorite, and I like your sense of humor most of all (thinking of the laundry room contest here).

    Congratulations on the article feature!

  3. Priscilla

    Your post on the chickens was so great so why don’t you revisit that and give an update on how they are doing.
    I love when you tell about the children – our lessons and their play. Naturally I love when you discuss politics (since we see eye to eye), but I think maybe that wouldn’t be just the thing to post for general consumption. I love your recent kitchen post.
    Almost anything you would post would be great.
    Looking forward to seeing it in print.
    Have fun.

  4. Kalee

    I think I would love seeing a post about preparing your home for spring the French way, scrubbing things clean (without the chemical scent), lavender sachets in the linen closet, making your home look lighter and more ready for the season.

    I know late Feb/early March is a bit early for that, but I think it’s good to show how to before hand so people have time to set aside time to try it out. What I love about your blog is that even when we differ in opinion on something, your blog kind of feels cozy, like coming to a good friend’s home. You’re laid back, but to the point, and you do things with care. Showcase that.

  5. Theanne...

    I’ve always enjoyed everything I’ve read and seen on your blog…it’s difficult to pick a specific subject and say do this! Everything you do you do well…house, family, kids, cooking, gardening…other than when you had babies what other posts did you receive lots of comments on (not proper grammar I know)? Not a bit of help am I? I’m hoping your younger readers can give you a better idea of what they’re specifically interested in…I’m easy to please and love it all!

  6. Donna

    Honestly, you are doing a great job already. But if I had to say what my favs are, I guess it would be decorating, motherhood and any “rant” that you post…even when I don’t agree with you…I love the way you just “put it out there!” Keep doin’ what you already do and we will keep followin’ ya!

  7. WhiteWhispers2u

    I would just have to say I enjoy the real deal! Life………I think your doing a fabulous job already and if you just continue to be you you’ll Rock it! Don’t try to stage it or change anything.How exciting for you.~Cheers Kim

    P.S~I love your Mom too. xox

  8. Jeff.n.Tia

    I think you should write mostly about your home decorating (I’m an avid “all-things-French” adorer too, and was surprised and pleased to find someone else just like me!), J’ADORE your taste and style in the way you embellish your home; et vous devez ecrire de vos enfants, et votre jardin!

    I only wish I had a home like yours to decorate, you are so talented and truly shine avec le “joie de vivre!” I hope to be as exuberant and excited about my own home and children when I someday have both, and I am sure I will. πŸ˜‰

    Pardon my eccentric mixed English comment, but I had to throw some French in there, I never do that anymore and miss it so. πŸ™‚ I do so enjoy your posts, and look forward to reading new ones whenever you post them. Thanks for sharing your loveliness!

  9. Coco Coterie

    Glad you like “Bright Star”, too. As far as blogging, women love to escape, see what is not in their “ordinary” ~ beauty in a variety of forms. And you are doing that to have been chosen. Warm congratulations ~ xox Alexandra

  10. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    I enjoyed hearing about your chickens too. And the way you are able to garden so successfully in the city. Can’t wait to see the magazine. Congratulation!

  11. Carolyne

    Congratulations Angela~
    I think it’s wonderful……what you don’t realize is this: the whole reason *you* are being featured is because of what you’re already doing on your blog!

    It is already great because you are YOU, girlfriend.

    It is always good to want to make good first impressions, but sometimes what we don’t realize is that people really just want to know the *real US*.

    The monotonous everyday (to you), seemingly simple stuff that makes your blog so much fun to visit, is because you are you! You do what you do and say what you think. That in itself, is refreshing and makes me want to come back……(and sooooo wish we were neighbours).

    {{{{Hugs}}}} to you,

  12. Lorilee

    I adore your political rants because I am in total agreement! I pretty much enjoy everything about your blog! I AM partial to chickens.

  13. Mrs. B.

    So fun to be featured in the mag! Congrats. I think the fact that you have so many loyal followers and featurettes in mags and things already speaks to the perfect mixture of posts you have on your blog. You’re doing it right already! πŸ™‚
    But I agree w/ the commenter that says you should do a chicken update post. Love those gals! (The bird chickens, not the kid chickens.)

  14. rose

    I enjoy your blog sooooo much!!!!! *until* the political rants, which I find really off-putting. I remember how I tried to tone it down during the “Bush Era” because I didn’t want to have political differences intrude on my many friendships with Bush supporters. It was hard, but I’m sure that people knew (and know) where I stand, and I didn’t lose any (many?) friends over it. Yay. Congrats on the spotlight, your blog is a real standout winner!!

  15. Mac n' Janet

    Keep on blogging just like you are now, I read you every day and ALWAYS enjoy it.

  16. claudia b

    i love the mix of posts on your blog. i could always read more about Paris πŸ˜€ or urban homesteading.

  17. cityfarmer

    I guess we just dance like no one is watching …
    can’t wait to get the read …

    your readers l.o.v.e. you it’s clear to see.

  18. Γ  la parisienne


    First of all, congratulations!
    I love that magazine and I will be sure to buy that issue!

    You know, honestly, so many times the bloggers in those articles write about the same things over and over- “seeing the beauty around them everyday in a teacup in a sleeping cat…” While seeing beauty in everyday is nice to read about, I want to read something unique; I want to understand how another mother sees life-beyond the material things.
    What makes your blog special and rare is that you talk about REAL things, whether they are beautiful or not. I say write about what’s on your heart. Be you. People may or may not comment, but they will get a true glimpse of who you are. The people who can relate to your life will come back and be loyal. Those types of visitors to your blog are what make blogging that much more enjoyable.


  19. A Cottage Muse


    I think you should just keeping doing exactly what you have been doing. Speaking what is in your heart on that day!

  20. Cathy

    I vote to keep doing what you’re doing too. I’m personally inspired with your gardening and decorating on a budget posts. I also enjoy when you have a political rant. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the magazine article.

  21. free indeed

    Ha! Do a giveaway! A Celebration for being featured. Have some of your biggest ‘hit’ articles front and center…tutes, tips quiltalongs, patterns…whatever they are. That’ll encourage them to come back…

  22. Cathy M~(checkitoff)

    Just continue to be yourself Angela! Your blog is always a treat to read! Congrats! cathy

  23. Deanna

    Think you’re doing great the way you already blog!!!!


  24. Julie

    Your blog is my favorite of all that I read. I really enjoy all of your posts, and especially like the fact that you write on a wide mix of subjects – it’s not the same thing day after day. With that said, I particularly enjoy the Design on a Centime posts, your rants, and the stories about (and pictures of) your three chickens.

    Congratulations on being featured in the magazine. I’m looking forward to reading the article.

  25. Rachel

    I love the mix because we’re of the same politcal mind and your kids are so darn cute, and I too like to garden. I love your decorating posts though. The chandeliers you did up around the holidays were beautiful and I think one of the earliest posts of yours I read was aroung painting furniture. Just please give the how-to to help newbies follow along.

  26. Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    I love everything you do, but I’m super partial to your chickens. πŸ™‚

    BIG CONGRATS on Artful Blogging!!!!

  27. Pam

    I, personally, love your recipes, gardening, and everything ‘Farmgirl’. I also really enjoy your thoughts on family life, showcasing your sewing creations, decorating… Not one to blow smoke – I can say that your blog is in my top three favorites that I always make a point to read. So, I think you’re doing a slammin’ job. Congrats on your feature…again!

  28. Vickie Wiles

    I honestly don’t think you can go wrong whatever you decide upon…however, since you asked for our two cents, I have to say French decorating, cooking/baking/recipes, and your children/family life are my favorites! Congrats on being featured in such a wonderful publication. I love everything that Stampington & Company publishes. You’re the best, Angela. God bless!

  29. Musings From A French Cottage

    Congrats, Angela on the feature – awesome!!

    In my opinion, all of your posts are very well rounded and when put together in the form of a blog, they speak of who you are as a person. In other words, you just can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to highlight – they’re all that good!

    My personal favorites though? I love your posts on mothering and family as well as your design on a centime posts. I’m always going back through your archived design on a centime posts – sort of like flipping through a favorite magazine over and over again! Whatever you choose, it will be fabulous!!

    Happy Sunday to you,

  30. Tamra

    Well, Parisienne Farmgirl, I would love to see anything about you and your love of Paris, your home and of course your garden.

    We just want to know more about the woman who calls herself Parisienne Farmgirl.

    Congrats on the article, can’t wait to see it.

  31. Laura

    Just sit down-
    as you would for any post- because that is what they liked-
    and write from the heart.

    You do that so well!


    White Spray Paint

  32. Jenny

    Thanks for including us in this adventure. I started thinking of what content of yours I thought was strongest and by golly I like each aspect…”Parisienne Farmgirl” is perfectly in sync with what you bring to the table (design, motherhood, faith, gardening, style, cooking, and antiques). Now my only thought, and I don’t know if this was what you were asking for, so if it isn’t, forgive my presumption, but the header now is gorgeous and somehow should still be on the blog but the engaging collage photos of some of your main topics would make me want to explore the site even more. I don’t know if it can be done easily where if someone hits one of the pictures in the collage they go to those pages…am I making sense? Just a thought, but your blog is fantastic all the same and congratulations on the fabulous article!

  33. Beth - In My World...

    I love your garden and decorating posts…as one who also loves all things French, I look to you for inspiration!

  34. Andrew

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  35. Andrew

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  36. Andrew

    Why did you remove my comment? I am both a Parisienne and a farmgirl. πŸ™‚

    Also, if you feel a need to pontificate poorly theorized hate-speak, you are bound to get some flack. Perhaps a thicker skin or better writing skills are an order.

  37. Parisienne Farmgirl


    What you are is obnoxious.
    I deleted your comment because it read confusing – as sarcasm tends to. Perhaps better writing skills are in order.

    It’s my blog. I can “pontificate” if I want to. You of course realize that by calling my writing “poorly theorized hate speech” you are also pontificating. And I’ll say it again, lest my poor writing skills confuse you, it’s my blog so if I found your comment irritating or thought it might confuse my readers… well, I’ll delete it if I feel like it and it will be no sign of the thickness of my skin. If you were truly reader of this blog you would know I am used to people disagreeing with me.

    But don’t expect to pop on my blog and insinuate that I am writing about “gays” in a “hateful way” and expect me to keep your comment posted.

    I also find it rather pathetic that when people do disagree with me that don’t typically comment on this blog they take the time to return and see how I responded to their comment.

    Since you took the time, I took the time to check you out – that design blog of yours is fabulous! No sarcasm intended.

  38. Jeff.n.Tia


    I’m sorry that you had to deal with someone pestering you and your blog Angela. Even if you did post something anti-gay (not saying that you have), you have every right to speak your beliefs and faith (again, not saying that you believe what he suggested), and if someone has a problem with it then they need to take their reading somewhere else.

    I just wanted to post a comment of encouragement to say that I LOVE your blog, it is beautiful in every way, and it is too bad that someone took their precious time to insult you.

    I already posted, but I will say again, when you write your article, write from your heart, as you always do. You emanate joy and love for everyone and everything around you (at least online!), and you truly represent “Le joie de vivre” to me. πŸ™‚

    God Bless,


  39. murphyfamily

    Your blog is simply wonderful! My mother got me hooked on you because she is inlove with anything and everything French Country not to mention her obsession with Lavendar. And I love love love just about everything else! πŸ™‚ I am a young mother of 2, planning to homeschool my children and dreaming all winter of my garden to come. Dreaming and hopeing every day I can change my little life into a heaven like you have for your children. Oh and I keep telling my husband we are getting chickens so I just loved your post about your “city chicks”. Point long winded…You cover a very wide age range and do it so wonderfully. I am looking forward to hearing about your ideas and preperation for the upcoming gardens.

  40. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Honestly, I just like you for you πŸ˜‰ And I wish you, me , and Anne Marie, were neighbors.
    I love everything about your blog. Especially your rants. lol I tend to be quite oppinionated myself, but much less confrontational. I like that you have GUTS! And a little fire πŸ˜‰

  41. Molly @ Star Cottage

    As a matter of fact, if you ran for president, I would vote for you πŸ˜‰


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