Thursday, March 8, 2012

~something I must address~

Today just started out for me. 
Like any other day, my internal alarm wakes me up at 5:50 and I start my routine of getting the kids ready for school, packing lunches, feeding the dogs and most importantly, checking in on my favorite blogs
 and catching up on emails! 

I would like to address an email I got this morning.
Here it is:

It's 4 in the morning and I am finally addressing something that has been bothering me for quit a while now. Why do you feel it is necessary to play music on your blog?
I've been following you for several years and am annoyed  every time I check in. I think I just woke up everyone in the house (4AM).
I own a store and if I check in there everyone on the floor is startled. Yes I can turn it off....then I have to remember to turn my sounds back on...annoying!
I like seeing and reading your blog but feel attacked by your music!
Just saying...:-)


My first thought to be honest with you was, "wow! Someone reads my blog at 4 am? I am so flattered!"
Then It sunk in that that was not the purpose of her email.
Over the last 3 years since I started this blog for every negative comment I get about music, I get 100 positive ones. I thought I would take a second to tell you why I chose to put music on my blog.

#1 music makes me happy. 

#2 I like to have it on in the background while I am cleaning my house or puttering around, it's like a radio station of my favorite songs.

#3 I feel like if you prefer not to hear music, you can hit the mute button on your computer.

There are several more, but I will stop at that.
Now, it's time for your vote.
I write this blog for YOU readers, so it's up to you.
Please comment on this post if you think I should keep music or give it up.
No nasty comments are necessary
 {although I know 99.9% of you readers rock and wouldn't do that anyway!}
I will tally all the votes tonight and make my decision based on what you all have to say.
Majority wins!
You won't hurt my feelings, pls. be honest.
I really do thank all of you for reading my blog, it is important to me for you all to have a good experience over here!
xoxo





350 comments:

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Wendi P said...

Even though you write the blog for us...its yours. I love the music..I love your taste...I like it all...keep it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie, keep the music, but could you update it? LOVE your blog - my absolute favorite! ~jodi c

Miss Hannah B. said...

I agree, it's your blog if you want music keep it! I do love your song picks!!!

MichelleV said...

I read your blog in Google Reader and I never hear the music - an option for the annoyed. Do what YOU want! Thanks for the inspiration....now go listen to some music....

Autum said...

I love your blog, but I have to agree with Miss 4am. I really don't like music on blogs, for much the same reason. It is startling, not just to me, but to anyone around. I'm sorry, just my honest opinion.

Kirsten Erwin said...

I love your blog. I would vote no music, not because I don't love your music but more because I usually have pandora going on my computer already so when I come to a blog with music I have to scroll down and turn it off. I would of never complained about it. I too feel it's your blog, your, creative outlet, do what you want....but since you asked... I am not a fan of music on blogs.

Thirkellgirl said...

I hate your music with a fiery burning passion and occasionally forget to click no-sound before going to your link, and then I exit the whole shebang immediately. I think it's some sort of ADD thing... when the music plays I can't read! But it's your blog, do what makes you happy!

bayrayschild said...

I love to read your blog and I tend to mute my sound just after I turn my computer on each day.
I love music but not when I'm trying to focus on reading the blogs I follow. For me it is too much. I just want to concentrate on the content of each blog without the sound of my voice in my head competing with the music being played.
If your followers don't want to hear the music, muting the sound on your computer, before you log onto the blogs could be the asnswer. It works for me!

Audrey

Anonymous said...

Your blog is one of my favorites. Your music is very uplifting and soothes me during my stressful days. Thank you.

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

I feel viewers should have a choice. Not everyone will enjoy a bloggers' taste. Putting the widget at the top so they can have it or not is an idea. I personally don't like it when music is on a blog: it's annoying when it mixes with what I'm listening to or gets me busted for browsing at work.

PS I almost didn't write after noticing the word verification below - another blog pet peeve. The spam filter is excellent, no blogger needs the captcha.

Regina said...

I follow your blog and love your music, sometimes I hear a song that I haven't heard in awhile and it makes me smile. I say keep it :)

Lesley said...

I read your blog in Google reader, so the music isn't an issue for me. However, I design sites as a side business and as a professional practice, I'll tell you most designers recommend NOT having automatic music on a blog. There is actually a lot of consumer research on this and 95% of the time (I am not making up that statistic) customers/site visitors prefer not to have automatic music. Yes, music is wonderful and everyone needs it, but it is also very personal. Secondly, it can be found elsewhere on the Internet (Pandora, Spotify, just to name a couple) and so people aren't visiting individual blogs for that purpose.

Mostly I come to your site for the photos and ideas, so music is not necessary whatsoever for me to enjoy a blog.

Dori said...

I vote "no"on nasty comments. I love your blog! I think your music and your taste is music is so inviting. Keep letting your blog be YOU its what makes it so fun and inspiring!

Christy said...

I don't like the email you received at all!!! but if I'm being totally honest, I'm not a huge fan of the music. I'm usually listening to something on Spotify while I read blogs and to have to pause it while I read your blog is a pain sometimes. Totally love you and your blog, but that's just my preference.

Amy said...

I have to say I don't like the music... I don't like music on any blogs...

Jess said...

I read your blog through RSS so I never visit the site, but I definitely H-A-T-E sites with sounds on them. Sorry for the strong word, but I really don't like it.

If I want music, I put on my own and then I do not want it mixed with whatever site I am visiting.

I think you should turn it off.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I prefer blogs to not play music. It is kind of a pain to have to remember to turn my sound on and off. But it's YOUR blog, so you should do what makes you happy.

Laurie said...

I LOVE your blog, but really prefer no music =) sorry.

LindaSonia said...

Personally, I don't like music on ANY blogs.

Katie said...

I find it embarrassing/startling when music suddenly turns on when I am surfing the net. That said, I read most blogs on Google Reader, so it isn't much of an issue, unless I have to click on the link to read the full blog post on the actual site, and music is on autoplay there. This is a pet peeve of mine as well.

Heather Salazar said...

It's your space my dear. Yes I'm sure you want people visiting this is why you blog however people come to see what you have to offer and if music is part of that than so be it!

Heather

Joanne B. said...

I actually hit the mute button myself after a few seconds. While I do enjoy music around the house when I am diddling about, when it comes to reading and wanting to really take in what I am reading, I find the music a distraction! (a simple mind I guess). But it is your blog and we are guests! It is nothing to just hit the mute button. Your music selections are part of who you are and for the first few seconds I do enjoy your picks. I would suggest that the person who wrote to you just 'chill' a bit and relax or find another blog that is a better fit for her tastes. There certainly many out there!

Meg said...

I really enjoy your blog and believe that the purpose of a blog is an outlet for a person's creativity, therefore what you do should entirely be up to you.
I love music, it is always playing in my home from literally every different genre.
I live in a rural area outside of the city and my internet is not high speed by any means and the music on websites really slows me down, no matter how much I love the sound. This may be the source of others issue as well.
Keep up the wonderful inspiration whatever you decide.

Erin said...

I just mute it bc I'm being sneaky and blogging at work;)Do what you want. It's your outlet to express yourself the way you want...not how someone wants you to.
I just don't like proving I'm not a robot when I leave a msg. Is it me or are those letters getting harder to read?! haha

Brooke said...

1. Love your blog.

2. It's YOUR blog, in case some don't understand that.

3. Hello people try www.google.com/reader

:)

Pieced Pastimes said...

I say that it is your blog and you should do what you want. I love your music selections and have the option to stop it if I want to. I debated about this same thing on my blog and have set my playlist so the visitor has to click on the play button if they want to hear the music.

marie said...

Lose the Tunes. The first thing i think about when wanting to check out your posts is the music and how i need to shut off the volume on my computer. Takes away from your pics and words. I don't want you to be the loud music blog lady! You have way to much good stuff to look at!!

julie - eab designs said...

Enjoy visiting your blog, however, I prefer no music on any blog. I always end up having to switch my sound off. I do appreciate browsing playlists for new artists, etc., but would rather opt into the music instead. Having said that, I would continue with what you love the most.

Denise said...

Love the music...i have your blog open and minimized a lot at work so that I can listen.

Suburban Stitcher said...

wow...some nasty comments on this one. anyway i do a lot of blog reading at work, so I always stay longer on blogs that don't have music.

Charity said...

keep the music!

Christina said...

No music please!! I don't like music on blog, i have always my own music playing on the computer or radio or tv!!

lg, Christina!

Anonymous said...

My jaw dropped when I read that email. I am truly amazed and that is all I better say about that. I just want to say thank you for all your inspiriation you give through this blog... Music or no music.

Dorine said...

I have to admit that music on any blog always startles me and I immediately mute it but it is then a pain to always remember to unmute-especially if I get caught up in what I am seeing on your blog. I love music but not when I am trying to concentrate on something else.

Anonymous said...

Some days I like music and some days I prefer silence and the days I prefer silence, I simply turn off the volume. Simple fix and no big deal to turn on the volume again later. Do what makes you happy!!

Alecia said...

I'm with Kristen...I usually have my own music going on Spotify so I would prefer to not scroll down to stop it. I do love your blogging & hope you do what YOU want. I don't want to be vague since you did ask for our vote...my vote would be no music or I know you can still have the player but you can set it to not play instantly, the reader can press play if they want to hear your music. Just an option! :-)

Kathy M said...

Good grief...
Love the music!!! It's your blog, do what you want!!!

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, I love your blog and I love your music! Sometimes I leave your blog window open just to hear your music! After all it's your blog. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Terri

P.S. I live in Michigan, but have just found out that you live near my son and daughter in law in Woodinville. Small world!

{Emily} said...

Since you're asking, I prefer no music on blogs. It usually scares me because I'm not expecting it.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

My blog reading occurs at 5 am while the rest of the house is still sleeping. I love the peace, the quiet...
So while I vote "no music please" I understand that this is your blog and you of course should do what you like.
But I would prefer the quiet. :)

Anonymous said...

No music please! I agree with a lot of the other commenters in that it is startling and when you have different windows open and blogs are playing music it is way too distracting. I usually have my radio on to a talk station while I browse blogs anyway and don't need additional sound. Thank you for asking our opinions. I love your blog and style. I understand it is your blog so whatever you decide is fine by me. I'll just keep on muting when I visit if the music stays. Sincerely, Patti H. Livonia, Michigan

Lani said...

I like to listen to your music on YOUR blog! I think it shows your personality and it is easy enough to mute it if you don't want to listen.

Anonymous said...

Music is annoying on blogs!!!!

Anonymous said...

i say, keep the music and have us readers figure out how to listen or not listen to it. it's your blog and you should do as you like.

diedre

Tara said...

I prefer no music. I listen to my own radio station while reading blogs through my computer, so I can't just hit the mute button. By the time the page loads (music makes it load more slowly I've found) the clashing sounds make for my-poor-old-computer issues. Though I do like your taste in music, too, I do sometimes put off reading your blog b/c I know the music is coming and I am listening to a personal favorite or an NPR story and then forget to come here at all that day. Sad day :(

lulusparkles said...

sorry not a fan of music on blogs either. love all the rest tho!

Angie said...

I vote for music!!

Dawn, said...

Not a fan either of music on blogs... but the fact that you have music on your blog would not keep me from reading.

Jill said...

It's your blog so I feel it is completely unnecessary for you to even take a poll. Obviously, LOTS of peeps come here to see what you have to say......
xo~Jill

Ticking and Toile said...

well I really like your music! I sometimes go to your blog just to hear it! Like another reader said...it's nice to hear a song I haven't heard in awhile & I always enjoy your playlist. Readers have a mute button ~ they can turn it off. I say if you enjoy it then keep it :)
xo,
Shellagh

p.s. and I think it's quite rude for a reader to chew you out like that. not nice.....:)

Just My Cup of Joe said...

Don't change a thing! You have great taste in music and an awesome blog don't change a thing.

Hugs from California!

jabee said...

Music? No thank you.

Anonymous said...

love ur blog, vote no music thx

Terri said...

I like.

Angela said...

Disclaimer: I don't mean this mean! Look at it this way: does it annoy you when you go to a website and one of their ads starts talking to you and your speakers are turned up from listening to music or watching a show and it nearly blasts you out of your seat? That's the same thing that happens when people come on your site. I don't think you should remove it though, just have the option to play it if you want but for it to be silent until you choose to do so, same thing all the respectable playing ads do.

Bourg Family said...

I mute the music. Do I think you should remove it? If you want. If not, it's REALLY easy to hit the mute button if you don't want to hear it. It's YOUR blog. I'm am constantly baffled by people who feel the need to make comments about these things.

Anonymous said...

Melanie, I have followed your blog going on 4 years this spring!!! :) I dont blog myself but read alot! Your blog was the first I discovered through Rate my Space, and I have been hooked ever sense! I love your style especially the original pictures of your kitchen! I also love your taste in music and it introduces me to different artist that I would not normally hear up here in New Brunswick Canada. Keep up the amazing work!!! I cant beleive some people take the time and energy to complain about things such as music on your blog, its your blog, your taste and thats why we all come here to experience you and your creativity. Hugs Leslie Sullivan

3 Peanuts said...

I personally do not like music on a blog and I mute it immediately BUT having said that it is your blog and if music speaks to you, then I say keep it.

Anonymous said...

rdnceI agree with the e-mail. I love your blog, but hate the music.

Shelley@1510farmhousefancy said...

I love your blog, but I could do without the music playing. While I LOVE music and your choice of songs, I do not like it playing while I'm reading blogs.

maggie said...

ummm...you have music? this is so funny, but i do not get music and i check your blog every day! and no, i do not have my sound off or muted. so i guess i don't get a vote, but i AM a little peeved that i'm missing the music! lol!

Miriam@BeBookBound said...

Love the music. I feel like it adds a dimension to a blog, and almost always love anytime someone has added it. To me, that expression is totally worth the 'trouble' of turning off whatever I was already listening to. So my vote is pro pro pro music :)

Anonymous said...

I don't really like the music. Your blog is the reason I keep the mute on! However, that being said, I do like everything else!! Keep up the good work, just lose the music. Please?

duree26 said...

LEAVE THE MUSIC ON....I am at work during the day with no radio. The first thing I do (once my computer is on) is go to your blog, just so I can listen to your music. Please don't take it off.
Paige
duree26@yahoo.com

mary said...

I've come to expect music on your site. I noticed there was none today; I checked my sound just to make sure.

I say keep the music; if someone doesn't want to hear it, the mute is easy to use/

Anonymous said...

i don't care for the music. On other blogs I can turn it off one time, and then it doesn't come on again when I open the blog< maybe that is a possibility.

Bev said...

Post music but put the player at the top of your page so that those who want to turn it off don't have to take 5 minutes to find the player. I wish everyone would do that.

Erin said...

I prefer no music on a blog because I read them while nursing my baby, and I inevitably forget to mute it. That being said, I definitely think you should do what YOU want to do.

Anonymous said...

No music.

Lisa Scibilia said...

LOVE the music on your blog and on others, and if I'm up early or trying to blog read while my family is watching TV, I just turn the sound off right from my computer. Sometimes I leave your blog up and open a new window so I can listen to your music while I read the news or clean up the kitchen!!

Jeesh. Seriously with the "annoying"??????? Grouchy!
Keep up the wonderful posts and music and eye candy you share over here - your blog is a favorite of so many for a good reason!!

amanda said...

love following your blog, but to be honest, I must your music everytime. Usually I'm listening to my own music ,and when im not, it does kind of startle me. But all in all, its your blog. :-)

Melisa said...

It took me a little while to get used to it but now I enjoy it. It's kind of like walking into a favorite small shop or boutique that welcomes visitors with lovely displays, soft music in the background, and woodsy and floral scents. You go there partly because you like how the shop makes you feel for the short time you're there. You've created that kind of homey atmosphere that makes me want to stay a little longer and browse.

Kathy said...

My goodness Melaine it seems most are too busy to stop and smell the roses these days..I always enjoy your music selections and have actually went to the bottom to see who is singing what because they are such good songs. I also hate leaving your site because the next blog won't have that same sweet feeling...guess I'm in a different position than most, I for one will miss your music if you go with the majority vote...it felt like I got to know you a bit more hearing what tunes you love...you are a such a sweet soul girl..of course I vote for you to do what "mows your lawn" it is your blog after all, you are unique and should celebrate that....xxoo :)

kim2649 said...

I don't like music on blogs or websites I visit. I read yours through Google reader though, so it doesn't affect me, unless I want to comment and have to come directly to the blog.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Yes, since you asked I'm not a fan of music on blogs BUT it is your blog and you can do what you want:) I have the sound turned off anyway but if I do have it on and click on a blog that has music I sometimes just click off the blog!
I do enjoy your posts though and I guess I'm saying just do what you want to do!
Word verification isn't really necessary but doesn't keep me from commenting....sometimes.
Have a grea day!

Anonymous said...

I prefer no music on a blog which is why I don't have any on my blog. But this is YOUR blog. It's an expression of YOU and, therefore, you should have it the way YOU want it. For those of us, like myself, who don't want to hear the music, we can hit the mute button.

Bottom line, you will always find someone who won't like it or find something to complain about. You can't please everyone, as the saying goes! ;o)

KFowler

CJ said...

You are SWEET (like your name) to ask us about this!
I prefer no music since I'm usually multitasking (watching Netflix or Hulu, listening to Pandora, etc.) while I browse your blog. It is a bit of a pain to scroll down and turn your music off.
Thanks again for asking and keep up your awesome blog ... I love it!

Aby said...

lol!! It totally cracks me up that someone would actually take the time and effort to send you that email. Really?? Seriously??? okay... I'll stop there. I sometimes love the music...and sometimes it conflicts with the tv...or my mood...or whatever...so I take a nano-second and hit the mute button that is ever so conveniently located on my keyboard. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog by the way!!

Laurie Anne said...

I like to listen to my music when I bop around blogland. When a blog has music it competes. Maybe put the "jukebox" at the top of your page so folks can easily mute it before it starts. Thanks for asking the question and enjoy this PNW sunshine today :0)

LuvWheaties said...

While I like your taste in music, I prefer that blogs do not have music. I almost always mute it after it starts, because it interferes with what I am listening to, whether that be TV or CD. What I dislike even more is having to do the double word verification. I have a hard time telling what the words are, so usually need several attempts.

Vintage Junky said...

If I am already listening to something on my computer, I either hit mute ( playing 2 songs together scrambles my brain!) or I stop one of them. It isn't like it is across the room.... the button is just inches from where I am scrolling! Keep it! It is your blog!

AntiqueChase said...

It's your blog :)

Miranda Smith said...

I would have to say that I don't prefer music on a blog...for many reasons, but the main one being that I like to read the blog during my quiet time in the mornings. =) I absolutely LOVE your blog though, and will continue to follow!

Thanks, Miranda

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I come to your blog to read, learn, enjoy and the music get in the way ... for me.

But even more ... I do not like commentors that cannot give their opinion without kindness.

Fondly,
Glenda

MaryAnn said...

Thanks for asking! I always mute it when it starts up; I'm not one to play music while doing anything else, especially reading. Love your blog.

Janet M said...

First - I love music & it's your blog, you should do as you wish. However - While I like your music it usually startles me when it comes on "with" my music I'm already listening to, lol. (or wakes up the family in the wee hours, lol) It would be great if the widget was at the top so it was easier to turn off without turning mine off/down too.

Michelle said...

I say KEEP the music, after all it is YOUR blog. If readers don't like the music choices or the music at all for that matter then I guess they can take you off their list of blogs to read! I am shocked that someone would have such an opinion {and be so passionate for that matter} on someone else's blog. Keep it, it's yours do as you like. If I don't like the music on a blog, I turn it down - simple as that!

Anonymous said...

Keep the music!!! It is YOUR BLOG!! These complaining unhappy people can take one extra second and mute the music and read about the great things that you have written about on YOUR BLOG!!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I don't like music on blogs but it is your blog and if you love the music you should feel free to leave it on.

Danielle

shabbykelly said...

Hi Melanie!

I have been a follower for years! I feel like we are friends even though we've never met!Ok, LOVE you blog! Your's is the first I check! I usually have my pandora on so when your music comes on, I turn it off.

((HUGS))
kelly

Heather said...

I didn't even know you had music (doesn't play in Canada). Which is probably a good thing because I would have closed the browser immediately and never subscribed. Music being forcefully played on the internet is never a good thing. Can you instead make it where people can click play to hear the music? That way people who want it still have it, and people who can't have music for whatever reason aren't inconvenienced by it?

Anonymous said...

Definitely no music. Thanks for asking. :)

Merri Jo said...

Love you, love your blog, the music, not so much.

Annie Louise said...

I personally do not like music on a blog for the very reason of waking someone else up or getting busted a work, but it is your blog and if you want music--so be it--I'll continue to enjoy your lovely blog with or without music.
Jeanette

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Melaine,
You have built a very successful blog by being you. I visit you almost every day. I will admit that I mute most of the time, however there are times that I love to listen.

I am not sure why one cannot push the mute button while in blog reading mode.

Keep it! It's part of the charm that is My Sweet Savannah!
~Lynne
[w/L]

AndeM1 said...

Sorry....I am not voting because this is so silly. This is your blog and you should have it how YOU want it....if someone does not want the music....mute, people, mute. Geesh...just saying

Melanie, Please keep the music if YOU like it.

Anonymous said...

Music! :)

Erin said...

I for one don't like the music and do find it annoying to turn off the sound at every blog that has one but I would never write a nasty email telling you to remove it. It's your blog and you should do what you want. (though I also feel the music playing is so Myspace circa 2005. just saying.) :o)

The Country Nest said...

Wow!! I mute mine many times, but it is my choice. I love hearing what music others play, you my dear have wonderful taste....Love your blog too!
hugs,
Donna

TheCrankyCrow said...

I think you need a "Be Nice Or Leave" button on your blog. YIKES!!! It absolutely boggles my brain that someone would be rude enough to make a comment like that. Hello - are they so ignorant that they don't understand they came to your blog BY CHOICE? I am a firm believer in "it's your blog; your choice - if someone doesn't like it, they don't need to visit." I say - let the music play! Nuff said. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Samantha2818 said...

Your blog doesn't play music to me as I'm in the UK and it doesn't stream for some reason however, I usually mute blogs with music as I find them annoying. If you want to keep the music on however, that's your choice and shouldn't really be dictated to by others!

Lori Ann said...

Keep it I like it!

Anonymous said...

I live in rural America with friends spread out all over the area. I highly recommend your blog to them, unfortunately high speed internet is not available to all of them in their area or is too expensive. With the music playing your blog takes a very long time to load on dial-up and many say they just give up going to your blog because of that, they prefer to follow blogs with no music that run faster.I have read every post you have ever made on your blog and have followed you on Rate My Space as well but I do not like the music playing when I am trying to read. Yes I do mute it right away before logging on when I remember but when I don't it has been disrupting to others around me. With so many wifi gadgets and reading blogs while in public it can be distracting to others. I love your blog and will continue to follow. Jeni

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Why would someone even take the time to complain about that...I don't get it. It is YOUR blog...yours to do what you wish with it...

Wow...I just took a moment to read the other comments...I feel totally confused. Why is it a big deal?

Anyway, keep the music. If people don't like it, they can turn it down...it isn't that big of a deal.

Vicki said...

How thoughtful of you to even care what we think.I must admit I always turn it off because I have my own sounds going either Pandora or Tv or precious silence.
Do love you're selections so I like the idea of having the playlist available to turn "ON" if you like, but it not automatically be on when you access your site.

Either way you can not lose me as a faithful follower!
I will mute if necessary. Not a problem to enjoy your blog!

Bread and Butter said...

I keep the volume turned off on my pc all the time, so I am never bothered by anyone's music. Your blog, your music, your choice, my small house, no volume, my choice. Very easy! Live and let live is my motto. Have a blessed day and enjoy the music of your choice!
Terri :O)

Anonymous said...

No music,please.

CountryCouture said...

I read all of my blog in my Google Reader, which doesn't play music. I'd suggest that you offer that option to people who don't like the music. Simply sign up on Reader.Google.Com and enter all of your blog addresses. Then, you only need to check ONE place every day for your new blog posts!

Daughter of Eve said...

Your blog is lovely! Write it for you, and keep the music because it's all in good taste, and it makes you happy. :)

Jen Vogt said...

Obviously, it's your blog so I completely support your desire to do whatever you want. If you want music, then go for it! That being said, I read blogs in Google reader so I don't have to experience any music. I want to read your words and see your pictures, so I've found the best way to do that for my personal situation.

Simply Me Art said...

I've been following you Blog for a long time Love it by the way. Last I looked it was YOUR blog to do with what you wish! Personally, I don't care for the music, I don't have it on my blog but, I do understand many other love it. If they don't care for the music, either turn down your computer before you stop in or don't stop in, its that easy! The Nerve of people to send a specific email to tell someone what they don't like about their blog makes me think they are not very Happy with their own lives. Like I say to my kids all the time, Worry About Yourself. Keep up your Wonderful work..
Jamie

Anonymous said...

I often just log in, check out your new post and then walk away and let the music play while I do whatever! When I rented a booth in the local store there was always great music playing and MOST customers said that it completed the experience of shopping! (All the senses were involved) I love your music and wish other bloggers would add it to their blogs!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Are you kidding me?! I come here for inspiration....ESPECIALLY from your music :) I think I told you before how much I LOVE "Islands in Stream"....I can pop over here and get my fix! Oh, and of course I adore your blog, and you as well ;)
Do what you want mama!
XOX

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I like the music and other times I wish it were off. I do find myself turning off the sounds more than I listen to it. I wish you didn't have to scroll down so far to find it. On the other hand I've heard some songs that are more "Northwest type" that I've like and have never heard before. I even downloaded some from Itunes. Updating them periodically would be great. Also if I go to another website from yours - your music is still playing, ugh.....
Liz in Michigan

Sheilakay said...

Just started following your blog, but the thing is it's YOUR BLOG! I love music of all kinds and enjoy it. For those who don't it's not that hard to turn sound off and back on later! So rude that someone had the nerve to tell you how to do your blog!

Michelle said...

I usually hit my mute button when I start looking at blogs, so I'm not startled when music starts playing suddenly. I prefer no music, but that's why I put it on mute. I can't stand it when people get nasty and demanding about other people's blogs! It's your preference whether you play music or not just like it's your preference to post beautiful pictures and write awesome posts. So I say you should do what makes you happy. Btw, when you had "Picture" by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, I turned the volume waaaaay up!

Kelly Coleman Coursey said...

I think that you should keep the music. It is a wonderful part of the blogging experience. The only thing better than music is more music!

Anonymous said...

Seriously people? Turn off the sound if you don't want it. It's a simple off on button on your PC.

Melanie, it's your blog, it's about you. Do what makes YOU happy. I have a few blogs that I have popped out the player so I can listen to their music at other times. Why someone would send an email like that is beyond me.

Michelle said...

P.S. You can also turn off Autoplay on your music list so the reader has the option to play the music themselves when they read your blog:)

Anonymous said...

Melaine~
it's yours to do with, what you will. No matter which blog I'm reading - I ALWAYS have volume completely down. Want to concentrate on the beauty! Guess that mean I'm a NO?!
Shari

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog! I would prefer if websites not play music, though, because I often listen to the radio while 'surfing' - if every website had its own music it would be a bit much!

jeana said...

I say...it's not a big deal to turn music down when on a blog that has it if I don't wish to hear it. I say, your blog... You choose the content, pictures, and if you want the music there go ahead and leave it. I don't think you're losing many readers over it ;) I don't love music on blogs, but only because I have my own on, but really no big deal.

Terri said...

it's your blog, have music if you want. sheesh most computers have a mute button. while I keep mine on mute, mostly because when the music does come on it scares me lol, it has never dawned on me to complain about it. lots of people probably need some cheese with all that whine.....

DustyLu said...

Love it! Keep it! Keep it! Keep it! lulu

Lorrie said...

I use google reader to keep up with all the blogs that I like and don't hear your music. I'm not a fan of music on blogs, but you need to do what makes you happy! Tell you reader that complained to simply use google reader - no music - it's that simple - everyone's happy!

Sylvia said...

I just discovered your blog and absolutely LOVE it BUT I really don't care for music on blogs. It's distracting to me even if I like the song selection. Plus, I noticed that when I tried to go to previous pages/topics on your site, the music would mess up and start playing a new song and then 2 songs would be playing at the same time. That is annoying, sorry. I would say if you keep it, that should be fixed. :)

chrissiwithab said...

Hi Melanie,
I catch your blog each morning at work and I love your music. If I am in the middle of a call - I just pop off the sound. Easy.
Love your blog.

Unknown said...

Really? Are you kidding me? Of all the things in life to get "worked up" about ....this rates extremely low on my list. The time you spend giving us wonderful ideas, pictures, recipes, inspiration....SHE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL not critical! Your blog is one of the best out there...if you want music...DO IT! I'm a huge fan and a big cheerleader for you. Do NOT change a thing!
Becky
Phoenix AZ

slip4 said...

It's your blog, which is why I have never expressed my preference, which is no music. I like your taste in music, but my dog barks whenever the music suddenly comes on, and sometimes another member of my family may have left the volume very loud so if I am reading at an early hour...so that's all personal to me so do what you want! I just read it in the Reader, then if I need to go to your site, I prepare myself to switch off the music.

Carmen and the Primcats said...

I'm with the no music side here. Sorry. :) Blog music really drives me crazy... searching for the off button all over someones page. Hate it.

I also hate the word verification that you have on your page to. I rarely comment because of it. :( I made a post on my blog about how to remove it if your interested. :)

Petie said...

I think you should add this song to your playlist, http://loviebeks.tumblr.com/post/7928267493/jessie-baylin-hurry-hurry-lovin-the-old-school,
just kidding. Love your blog, but the music is annoying on any blog because I have ADD and can't read and listen at the same time. This is your little spot on the internet and you should do what you want. I have been visiting your site for a couple of years now, with your music. Enough said. Hugs...

Anonymous said...

Love your blog...and your choice about the music.

I will have to go with the "no" music crowd.

One thing I noticed is that if you click another post your first song plays again.

Thompson Tales said...

Let's just say that you got me addicted to Priscilla ahn and I love her...because of your music my husband had to track down her cd and surprised me with it....so I vote to keep it and there is always the mute button for those who don't enjoy it....

Following Friends said...

I have never heard your music. Maybe it is because I log in through BLOGLOVIN.COM or because I always have Pandora on. Not sure. I'd like to hear it.

STEVEnBRENDA said...

this is one of my favorite blogs. no negative comments. no real opinion either way!

Polly said...

It is YOUR blog and you should keep it if you love it! However, I instantly turn the music off when I visit any blog that has it.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Love your blog and it's yours to keep how you like it. I would never have sent you an email complaining about it but since you asked I'll have to admit I'm not a fan of music on blogs.

I love music but usually it ends up scaring me and whoever is around. It is also a bummer that each time you open a new page on your blog it starts the first song over again.

Since you like it maybe move it up on your page and consider having people push a button to start the music instead of being on auto play. Maybe that will keep everyone happy?? xoxo

Jenn said...

Stick with the music. I often keep it playing while I'm working on new designs...it's you, grooveshark or Bohlert Massey each day:) I appreciate it!

Marti said...

Hi...
Please keep the music. I read your blog after my hubby has gone to bed and I don't mute it. I've caught him singing along a few times (when he's been awake )and let me just say that is stupendous!
Thanks for thinking of your readers. You are awesome

Marti

Anonymous said...

It is sad you have to do this pole Melanie. This person is making something that is her/his problem into your problem. She/he has a couple of choices.....don't visit your blog, or hit mute on her/his computer. If little things in life like this get her/him so worked up, I actually feel kind of sad for her/him.

I always have mute on my computer and only turn on sound when there is something I want to hear. So the music is neither here no there for me.

Tammy said...

I vote no music, but it's your blog and I love reading your post so I usually just mute the music because if its playing I start singing or humming along and don't comprehend what I'm reading!!lol

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Its your blog, BUT, I would vote no music. I often check it at work on my break and hate to give myself away!

Anonymous said...

Your blog, your choice. I will enjoy your blog whatever you choose.

Anonymous said...

The music sort of annoys me, too. It would be nice if it was a preference to turn it off or on and that preference would be remembered when I next come back. Or at least, have the "buttons" for it at the top of your blog so I don't have to scroll all the way down to mute it. Yes, I could mute my computer when only on your site, but that is slightly annoying, too. I have dozens and dozens of blogs bookmarked, and yours is the only one with music so I don't think it's unheard of to ask you to at least make the music a choice. BTW I do love your blog so I come back despite the music. :)

Anonymous said...

I always leave the mute on my laptop because I like the quiet. It really isn't difficult for me to hit the button, so I vote ...make yourself happy and leave the music on!!! I love your blog and this is the least of my worries!!

Karen Jerread said...

Love the blog, prefer no music. I find it distracting. So, I just read you in a reader. Like others say, its your blog.

Sunny said...

I prefer no music, both because it startles me, and because I often listen to my own music while reading blogs. But I always come visit you, and mostly remember to turn the music off. It would be really helpful to have the widget at the top!

Shannon said...

It's your blog and if you like music then keep it on! I love music so it doesn't bother me at all. People that don't like music need to turn their sound down!

Crystelle said...

Love your music!!!

JoAnn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the music...don't stop...smile..

Sheila said...

I would prefer no music. I have a mental list of which blogs have the automatic music but I often forget and the music can startle my family who are nearby me. If I'm surfing blogs alone I often have Pandora playing. If you keep the music, could you move the mute button to the top so it is easier to turn off? Thanks.

Auntie Cake said...

I turn my sound off immediately on your blog, it would help if you could put it at the top of your page. Thanks for asking us all. YOU ARE BRAVE!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog, but vote NO music. I agree with others...I have my own music playing while I visit blogs! But it is yours and YOU have the final say....I won't stop visiting...Just Hit MUTE!

Laura

mamma-mich said...

i love your blog, but the music is blocked here in good ol' canada!!

i have added some great new artists to itunes from you - thanks!

it is your blog, do as YOU choose!

if people don't like it, turn it off!
keep it all up!

Kara said...

No music please.

Anonymous said...

I like your taste in music and it's your blog so it you want music, keep it. However... I always mute it (as I do every blog that has music) because it distracts me. What is really annoying to me is when there is music and then someone puts a video on for you to watch. You have to scroll down and mute the music and then unmute the computer to listen to the video. Oh, the turmoils of life! :)

Pati said...

I vote NO music. I usually already have my own music playing. I do not like music on blogs and if I check yours at work, I usually "X" out because of the music. But, I do LOVE your blog!

donna said...

that was a rude email, not a NICE way of offering her opinion, which i doubt you asked her for in the first place. you should keep your blog the way you want it, it is very simple to turn off the volume. it's your blog - and if you love the music, you should keep it playing - i love the selections you choose.

Claudia said...

Hello,

I don't comment too much but felt I had too. I love your blog....it's the first blog I ever read. It's soothing, pretty to look at and you are very talented. I say a big YES to music!!!!! I can't believe some of these comments. It's your blog and carry on. I hope you do keep the music. We listen to music all day here at home.
Take care,
Claudia

KC said...

It's a tough call! I really enjoy your music selection but then I will start navigating to your other recent visitors' blogs and if they have music playing it really gets all jumbled up! That to me is the only problem I see; I know that is the purpose of other bloggers visiting but then I don't get to enjoy your music.

shawnee23 said...

Haha...I had. To laugh when I read this bc I check your blog everyday and the music still surprises me. There have been several occasions when im tryin to be sneaky and forget to mute it so I don't wake anyone up and it scares the crap out me and them. Or my husband gives me the do u really have to play that music while I'm trying to watch this look......LOL. I'm a lifer though so go ahead and keep it if you love it...a small price to pay for your geniusness.:)

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Keep it!

laxsupermom said...

I actually leave your blog open for a good chunk of the day, because I enjoy the music. Word verification on the other hand, drives me nuts.

Anonymous said...

Wow. There sure are some persnickity individuals out there. It's a blog people... in the grand scheme of things is it really an issue if there's music or not? How inconvenient is it to scroll down and hit the "mute" button?
I love your blog Melanie. I say do what makes you happy, keep the music.

Lauren said...

I love your blog, but I would have to agree with the 4 am reader. I also don't think she was trying to be malicious. She was just trying to give input, while at the same time compliment you on your obviously beautiful design aesthetic. Often times when I am reading my daily blogs, I have my own music on. When I open a blog that already has music, it starts playing with my music and it just gets jumbled. Is there a way to have make it so it doesn't turn on when you open the blog, but you have the option to turn it on if you like? Just a thought!

Anonymous said...

Keep the music because this is your blog and you love music! Please don't let some unhappy annoying person dictate what you do. And for the people telling you no music...guess what???...they have been following your blog all along with music and will continue to follow music or no music. For the 'annoyed' miserable person that started this...you don't need her as a follower. She can 'check in' somewhere else.

mbb said...

Wow--that is so odd to me b/c one of the reasons I love your blog so much is b/c of the music. I have put several of those songs--which I heard for the first time on your blog--on my ipod!! Please keep the songs coming--love your sens of style--and taste in music!!

Anonymous said...

I vote....I don't mind either way!! {how's that for being precise!!} Honestly people that send emails over music? Must have nothing better to do! Get a life people!! {oops...sorry for the attitude!!} Go Melanie... :)

CarrieinAz said...

I read them all on google reader and love NOT having to hear everyone's own personal choice in music. If I leave a comment on a blog with music, which is rare - I mute the music immediately. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Do what you want!!
Honest opinion-I do not like the current music list you have-just not my style so I mute it. The one you had before this last one was awesome-left it playing ALL day!!! Keep up the good work :)

The House of Witz said...

I ALWAYS have my computer muted no matter what. I don't like to hear the "ding" when I click my mouse onto certain things and had no idea that you had music on your blog until reading this! LOL! I am surprised that you even put this out there to the masses. I would hate for you to change your blog if you get more votes for no music than for it. This is your outlet and personally I feel, who really cares if it annoys some. I know that you love all of your readers and your feelings were probably hurt to read some of the comments and to find that you were "bothering" a few, but blogs are so personal. I got a little long winded. In a nutshell, if they don't like it, they don't have to listen to it. Be you and keep the music!

Erin said...

LOVE your blog but sorry not a fan of the music. I always mute the computer when I read your blog and forget to unmute it which annoys my husband :)

Christina said...

I love your blog, but don't love the music. I enjoy listening to music too, whether I'm on my computer or around my house, but the problem is I am already listening to some of my own selections before coming to your page. It's a bit of an inconvenience to have to pause one or the other, especially with yours quite a ways down the page; you have to scroll and make sure you don't go past it or then you have to scroll back up, etc.

I agree with one suggestion about putting it in a widget at the top of the page so the reader can choose whether or not to turn it on.

Anonymous said...

Remove the music!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog...vote no on the music.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and I read it everyday, but I always mute the music. So, I vote to take it off. Everything else is so inspiring. I get awesome ideas from you that I love to use in my own home. Mary K.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog but I do not like music on blogs therefore I read with volume muted.
June

Beth Hollenbeck said...

Your blog. Your choice. I just appreciate you taking time out of your life to bless us with beautiful pictures, ideas and inspiration. I choose to focus on the positive of your blog instead of what is bugging me. Your blog is a gift and people should appreciate it instead of complain about it. It take 2 seconds to hit mute. I will refrain from what I would really like to say to avoid being nasty. Thank you for all you do :)

Barb said...

Yes,yes,yes....love the music. She was just crabby because she was up at 4 am.

Love your blog...so nice!!!!

Colleen@CobabeInSuburbia said...

I think I check your blog just about every day, I love it! I like the music, but I find it distracting sometimes when I'm reading your posts (I'm trying to read your words while someone is singing words)...it messes with me~ maybe I'm just funny that way. I find that if I'm looking around for any amount of time at your posts I just hit my mute button, no big deal. In the end, you just do what makes your heart sing and to heck with what others think..it's that why we have a mute button? Have a great day :)

Colleen, CobabeInSuburbia

Anonymous said...

Music on a blog is really annoying for those of us who listen to pandora throughout the day as it plays over our own personal music choices. That being said, it is your blog. You should do what makes you happy.

Ashley said...

Keep the music!!! I love it! :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog and I check it just about every day. Oddly I feel like we are kind of one sided friends! lol! Although I really like the music that you have and I downloaded almost all of your playlist on itunes I do not like when I visit the sight and the music comes on. I not only read your site but I also love the blogs you have featured as well. When you click on them some of them have music as well so you have 2 songs going, then I have to close your site and come back to it which is annoying.
I also miss your home tour! When you click on the HGTV link it doesnt take you there anymore. Sometimes I just like to look at the pictures and pretend my house is even close to as awesome as yours! haha!

Anonymous said...

I dont like that you only hear the same song everytime you log in. But I Love the blog!

Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

I agree with so many other comments - it is your blog so do whatever you want....but since you asked, I prefer when music doesn't automatically come on.

Cathy said...

I usually hit mute as your site is loading. I love music. Sometimes I don't hit mute. I look forward to visiting you and music is part of you and your virtual home. I guess I would never walk into a friend's home and ask her to quit playing music...I would adapt :)

ps--Philippians 4:8. Life is too short, friends. And...your blog reminds me of that verse :)

Lynn said...

I like the music, and I know it's going to be there, so I just mute when appropriate. Love your blog!

Sylvia said...

How do I email you? Can't seem to find it in blog.

Deb said...

I LOVE the music!

Anna said...

I appreciate that you are asking your viewers. While having the music has obviously not deterred your many followers (including me- I wouldn't care what you did, I would still read!)...if I had to vote it would be no music. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Melaine...you can't please everyone. Do what makes you happy. It is your blog. If you start accommodating one person then there will be another right behind her with another rude comment about something else on the blog. If they are faithful followers and don't care for the music selection then they will mute it and read your blog. I like the music. If I don't want to hear it then I simply mute it.

Ivy said...

I usually read your blog in google reader so I can avoid the music. When I do click over to read comments and such on some posts I quickly hit mute. Is it possible to keep the player on pause but those that want to here the music have to hit play button? You have a beautiful blog and I will continue to read whatever you choose.

Valerie said...

I think your music is wonderful!! Please don't change a thing!!!

Amy said...

Hi, I love your blog and I like your choice in music...but I have to agree, it is startling, and I usually mute it then get frustrated when I have to keep muting and unmuting my computer for it. Sorry!

the tattered nest said...

I would prefer no music..thank you! either way I will always follow your blog!

awal.ny said...

I have to say that I have found some awesome music by accidentally forgetting to turn the sound off on my computer. I think we should have to be the ones to turn it off not you.

Dearest Home said...

I love your blog, but I have to admit, I don't like the music. I often have the volume turned up and it is irritating having to turn it down every time I happen upon your blog. But it's your blog - do what you like! I don't think the music discourages readers. :)

Anonymous said...

Melanie...I can't believe you would even think to ask....you love it...we love your blog....you can't please them all...and especially play the music you love...people need to control their own control issues....hugs,

Jodie said...

Love your blog, but I prefer no music.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, but do NOT love the music. It's not that I don't enjoy your taste in music, I just find that it always startles me, and sometimes I am trying to be quiet so as not to disturb others in the room or house. I would love to have the music turned off by default, and then those readers who love it can click the ON button. THANKS FOR ASKING!!!!

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