I expect that this post will ring a bell with a lot of bloggers. There is no doubt that starting a blog is fun and it is very useful to catalogue events and things made. It is especially valuable if you take photographs [that is, if, unlike me, you can take decent ones].
However, there comes a time when it is difficult to keep it in its proper place. Rather like having a bolshy teenager in the house – it can try and take over. This comes very apparent when you suddenly realise you haven’t posted in a while, purely because there is nothing of note to report, or there are works in progress that wouldn’t interest anyone but you and it worries you.
You know you’re in trouble when you find yourself looking about in the dim recesses of your mind for something to say [and no, this post isn’t it!] just to keep the blog alive. This is where you have to be absolutely honest with yourself. If you claim to be blogging purely to record events and makes, then shouldn’t that be the case? If you write just to keep the blog going, then perhaps we should be on Twitter, which is designed just for that. I don’t subscribe to either Facebook or Twitter, [purely my own choice], I am sure it is good for some, but my only ‘public’ face is here. I can’t see anyone really being interested when I go to Tesco’s, I’m not interested in this myself, so I won’t bore anyone else with it. Also I wouldn’t dream of airing my private views here. Those who know me well know what I feel passionate about, and I shouldn’t think that those who don’t would be interested.
So what am I trying to say? Some bloggers when they get to this stage close their blogs, some only to reopen them much later. I am not going to do this. I will continue to blog – when I have got something decent to show, or of interest, or of beauty – something that delights the eye [remember William Morris’ edict?]. I have got things in the pipeline, finding the time and peace to sew has been hard lately. Events have conspired with my recurring ill health to steal time away, but I am here – I am making things, hopefully I will get to show them to you if you are still interested. Thankyou if you have got to this point, thankyou for your patience – and please don’t go away! See you soon.
please keep writing! 🙂
Try and stop me! Thanks for getting to the end of the post I really do appreciate comments. I don’t mind talking to myself, I do it all the time, but it is nice to get a response.
haha of course – and you’re also a valued commented on my own blog!
I think we all read so many blogs, we don’t miss one for a little while. And I’d much rather read a post about ‘something’ as opposed to one just to fill a gap. Take a break. Look after number one. It’ll be lovely to see you on your return to form.
Thanks so much for understanding. I didn’t want it to become a grind, and like you I like to look at content not blurb – although I do enough of that as well! Although I could waffle for England, it’s in the blood, [ex school teacher and retired lawyer! ] I do think there is a limit. I do have things in the pipeline so will return when they’re done, always hoping that they are decent enough to share. Thanks again, I do appreciate your comments. Maureen
I am completely with you. I love to read about the exact things that made me follow a blog in the first place. I’ve never un-followed a blog because the posts were infrequent or sporadic but I have when faced with ‘posting for the sake of posting’ posts. Remember your blog is for you… if other people enjoy reading then that’s a bonus.
Absolutely true! there are so many out there who agree with us, quality before quantity. I am so glad I aired my thoughts. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, as I said before, I *really* appreciate it.
This certainly rings a bell with me. As you know I did question the future of my blog a while ago, as I felt I had nothing much to ‘show and tell’ any more. And other types of social media seem so much more popular these days. I have been writing my blog (on and off) for seven years now (!) and I can clearly see the changes in the world of blogs (not all good, I’m afraid). In today’s fast world twitter, facebook and instagram seem more popular than the good old blog.
Even so, I have decided to continue with my blog, for the time being anyway. Mostly because I do enjoy it, I love the fact that it is a kind of diary, and of course thanks to all the lovely response from dear readers, like yourself. Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words. They are truly appreciated 😉
Hi, I’m sat reading blogs whilst waiting for the Great British Sewing Bee to start – it’s stopping me clock watching!
I’m so glad you’ve carried on blogging. I’ve just been reading your blog from present day backwards to this one and loved it!
Only 3 minutes to go……!!
What did you think of it? I like the different challenges, but wonder how realistic it is to put people under such pressure, but without it there wouldn’t be much of a programme I suppose.
I loved it – i missed the first series as I hadn’t got back to sewing then. I think they must have a bit of an idea before the different challenges are given to them, especially for the nightwear challenge as they’d managed to source patterns.
I fancy applying!! And after seeing it for the first time I don’t think I’d be any worse than them!!