Last week, one of my readers who has turned into an online sewing friend, emailed me and asked me about my opinions on starting a blog.
It really got me thinking. Writing Sew Delicious has become a big part of my weekly routine. I put a substantial amount of time and effort into it. I’ve been doing it long enough now that I thought I’d share a few thoughts I’ve had since replying to my friend with a very long and detailed email about the topic!
I’m not giving advice here though – there are plenty of places to go for opinions on what to do and how to do it. I’m just talking about my experiences.
I started sewing when Anna was a baby and I felt like something finally clicked. I’ve never had a proper hobby before, and I got so much of my knowledge and inspiration from other creative blogs. When Lucy was born I was staring down the barrel of another long period of not working outside the home, and I needed something for myself that I could do while I was with the kids.
Hitting publish was hard! That first time I wondered if I’d continue with it. But I have and I’m so glad! I didn’t strategically choose Blogger over WordPress. I just signed up on a whim and didn’t put much thought into it. I am not a strategic person really, I like to go with the flow. I know a lot of people have switched from Blogger to WordPress, but I don’t plan to.
Decisions to make:
Privacy is something important to consider. I don’t have a strong opinion on it other than everyone should choose for themselves. There are many things I choose not to blog about. I am a fairly open book and always have been – that is my personality and I have nothing to hide. That said, I don’t blog about my husband. I refer to him but you won’t ever see a picture of him. That is at his request – it is best for his work that he doesn’t have an online profile. He doesn’t have any social media accounts either.
I refer to my children by their real names. I don’t do the cutesy nick name thing and I find blogs that do hard to read. I like my writing to flow and just be natural, and trying to remember aliases would interrupt that. I don’t blog about the intimacies of our daily life, I tend to stick to my sewing projects, so when the girls appear on the blog it is usually modelling the latest item of clothing or sharing some activity we have done lately.
There are some people online who like complete privacy. Some bloggers don’t reveal anything about themselves – no names, pictures anything. Totally fine and their choice, but I generally don’t read those blogs – I do like that sense of getting to know someone.
Blogging evolves and changes:
There is always something to fix / change / redesign / add to your blog. I find that I am very rarely satisfied. I would LOVE to get a blog redesign but as I run this blog on pretty much a $0 budget I will have to be content with my efforts using Pic Monkey for a bit longer.
Google Reader is retiring, which doesn’t bother me particularly because I don’t use it. I tend to use facebook, bloglovin, my dashboard and occasionally twitter. There are heaps of bloggers doing tutorials and posts about how to move your Google Reader subscriptions to Bloglovin or Feedly. If I love a blog, I tend to become a stalker and follow everything – facebook, instagram, blog, twitter, pinterest. I am an unashamed fan girl!
I’m not good at being trendy. Which I am fine with. You won’t see beautifully styled pictures (although I try!), lots of white (just does not work in this family), the latest fabric trends (can’t afford it). I make what I like and what my kids like and I share it. I can’t compete with other bloggers so I won’t. There will always be bloggers out there who are better at sewing / cooking / styling / photography. And that is OK. I don’t have endless time to spend on that stuff.
|One of my better pictures – edited of course! Thank goodness for Pic Monkey!|
Last year I did a few projects that I thought I should do because it would be good to blog about. Bad decision. My heart just wasn’t in it. And readers see through that stuff. You can tell when someone isn’t committed. Lesson learnt – now I only do projects I want to do, then blog about them once they are done. Or facebook and instagram them while they are in progress!
The best thing about blogging I have made several real life friends from writing this blog, and I have made many more online. Mainly though commenting, emailing, link ups, swaps and just generally in participating in the online community.
I am also a bit of a lurker. There are blogs I like and read all the time but I never comment. I feel like other commenters have said it all, or that others are so witty and funny that my comment might seem boring in comparison!
Are you a blogger? Are you a blog reader? What are some of your thoughts about blogging? Do have any questions about blogging / my blog / me? Ask away!