I have not been particularly productive this last couple of weeks. I have one FO, but I need to finish up another before I get them both photographed and posted.
Anyways, I’ve missed you all, so I thought I’d just do a quick no-sew post and ask the question who do you blog for, or why do you blog?
For me I guess the answer is ultimately I blog for myself – I certainly don’t do it because I think that people need to be able to access my ramblings, or that I am in any way contributing to the sum of the world’s knowledge, but if I manage to entertain a couple of folk along the way then that’s got to be a bonus.
Basically, having been an avid reader of sewing blogs for some time I wanted to engage with that community; I wanted to have an online presence, so that I could join in with discussions, ask opinions and advice (I have no sewing friends IRL) and should there ever be a meet-up or event in a time and place convenient to me I would feel I could legitimately turn up.
When I started blogging I also thought it would be a good way to share what I have made with people I know; much of my sewing stash has been gifts from friends and family and they often don’t get to see what I have made, so I reckoned that this would be a way to let people see that their presents do get used (eventually). However, once I got going I found I was embarrassed to share with friends and therefore very few people I actually know follow this blog. In fact when I found out that a couple of friends do follow (Hi girls!) for a couple of days I felt quite self-conscious; it is one thing to talk bollocks when strangers are reading, but quite another when you know that people you’ll be seeing soon are also logging on. (once I got over myself I decided to be chuffed that my girls are reading along – if they occasionally think I am a bit up my own arse, they’ve been occasionally thinking that for the last 30 years anyway!)
I was certainly not prepared for how invested I would become and how quickly. I feel a real excitement when somebody new starts following my blog – and I have found some great new blogs that way. I also feel a true connection with people who comment regularly (and am delighted that people comment at all!). Not to mention the schoolgirlish giddiness when visited by someone whose blog I have long admired…
I have to remember, though, that I do blog for fun and for my own benefit. Those wordpress stats can become a rod to beat yourself with if you let them – this blog is not my work, so there is no performance related bonus. It really does not matter one jot if nobody looks for a couple of weeks!
So who do you blog for? Do your family and friends all read along, or do you keep it hidden?
And I can’t post without any pictures, so in true sewing blogger tradition, here’s a kitten:
I’ll hopefully be back with an outfit soon – I’m also doing the Dakota sewalong this month, so I’ll let you know how that is going!