My Blog and Me

My ISP has problems again, so another posting without pics. I know this is getting old.

The important news first: Sharon Bogon has moved her blog, it is now at www.pintangle.com . If you happen not to know it, it’s one of the most useful fiber art blogs and a great community hub, check it out. She has moved all her content over already, and is going to wipe out her old blog soon, so do change your bookmarks and such. But I guess many of you knew that before me.

In her first real post over there, she is describing her progress with moving and cleaning up everything, and muses a bit about her blog and blogging. This made me think about my blogging habits. It is fun again since my blogging break, but sometimes I ask myself if it is useful for anyone but me. One of the good things is that it pushes me to create things when I’m too lazy to do this on my own, because I always find that I feel better when i express myself in someway. On the other hand, I have to be careful that I don’t fall in the other extreme and create meaningless things just for the sake of blogging. But why else do I blog? I enjoy writing, I want to give the inet community something back after I learned so much from other blogs and websites, and I like to interact with other fiber folks that way. And yes, I do enjoy the attention and praise I get out of it. Somtimes I think I’m rather pathetic for that last reason.

Sharon writes that the focus of her blog has narrowed down over the years, got more strictly on topic. For mine, the contrary is true. When I opened it it’s sole purpose was to give me a place to post my stuff for Sharon’s take a stitch tuesday challenge in order to take part properly. But as I got used to blogging, I started sharing whatever remotely creative thing I happened to do. I meandered from stitching to knitting to painting to photography and back again, and it got even worse when I gave up on the take it further challenge due to time constraints. Sometimes I fear my readers will be taken aback by this, but I have no tome to make things up just for the blog and I don’t want to impose limits on what I do because my readers could consider this or that off topic.

These days I often ask myself in what direction I should go with my blog. Be more considerate of the wants of my readers, give them something that is useful, consistent and on topic (as far as I can)? Or continue as I do now, using this as a kind of journal, featuring whatever I happen to work on, including photographs I really like, and throwing in the occasional tutorial when I feel like it?

Sharon writes that she blogs more intensly when she feels she is tireing of it, because this will give her more feedback and bring the fun back to it. I guess that is what I need right now. Something new. Now my idea was to write a review once a week, about a book, a kind of thread or other raw material, anything that is about fiber art in any way. That would give me easy postings because I could prepare them a few at a time on weekends. Would you like that? Or is that a bad idea, since amazon is full of reviews?

What do you like about my blog, what not? Is there something I really need to change dear readers? Why do you blog the way you do?

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5 responses to “My Blog and Me

  • cat

    I really like seeing your personal exploration into your creative work. I think you have a great mix of the personal and stitching related stuff. And your great sense of humour comes through too – which I enjoy very much.

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  • paulahewitt

    Like Cat – i like a mix of personal and arty, stitchy stuff. reviews, tutorial etc are ok occaionally, but i find blogs that focus on things like this too much (once a week is not too much) are a bit boring 😉 i think you should continue as a journal for yourself rather than what readers want. thats what i do. i think being overly concerned about readers is only necessary if you are trying to make money from your blog, or if you like the idea of having heaps of readers. – personally id rather have fewer readers and write what ever I feel like.

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  • MargB

    While I have a fairly narrow interest base in what I actually find time to do, i love to read other people’s ideas, trials and tribulations successes regarding any craft (and dream) . I enjoy what you have done – thankyou, There is so much inspiration lurking out there just for the looking! I also like to have an inkling into why and how people think. So I really enjoy roaming far and wide as far as subject matter is concerned. I have commented on this too – a good thing as it made me think why I started my blog and then why I keep at them.

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  • tenar72

    Big fat thank you for your answers, Cat, Paula and Maggie!! Thank you so much for your encouragement!. I will continue as I did before, for sure. Paula, I read and commented the posting on your blog on blogging, and recommend that everybody else has a look either: why vegemite killed my readers

    Maggie, I enjoyed your posting about lace hankies, I crocheted lots of them and never really know what do do with them. I use them for storing jewelry and other precious things wrapped in them for the most part. I would so like to comment on your great blog but I don’t have a blogger account, I keep forgetting/loosing all those passwords.

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  • Diana

    I am also a regular reader and simply come back because I like looking at what you make. Your writing style is fine, sticking mainly to your own interests I think will do that! Keep posting what you are interested in and don’t try to please readers. My two cents.
    Diana W

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