Monday, October 24, 2016

Wayward blogger

I am a few months away from the 6th anniversary of my blog.

I began my blog at the suggestion of my young friend, Bryanna. Back then, everyone & their pet hog had a blog, so I wanted one, too. A place to show what I was stitching on, share thoughts, get advice -- it sounded fun. And it was fun. I was brand new to social media & I immediately loved blogging. I have always been a shy, square-peg with self esteem issues, a combination that makes it very hard for me to make connections with people in real life. The semi-anonymity of writing & sharing under an assumed name was freeing.

What I did expect from my blog? I don't remember. It seemed many of the young quilting bloggers were managing to turn their blogs into book deals, fabric lines, fame, fortune. I suspect I wanted that. But, really, what a shy, square-peg with self esteem issues was going to do with fame & fortune, I don't know. Luckily, it never happened. Blogging through those hard years of my Mother's decline, death, was a real lifesaver. Then there was the sharing of things I was making -- somehow, in the whole Worldwide Web, I found similar thinking quilt-makers. I have gotten the kind of encouragement & support I never got at any guild. It has been a joy, because, better than fame & fortune, I found friends.

Now years have passed. My friend, Bry, has moved away, no longer quilts, no longer blogs, but I continue on. Well, sort of. My life is much simpler now, but I've gotten quite lazy, my posts are pretty rare. But I want to do better. I want to maintain the connections with friends-I've-never-met. So I am promising to check in more often, maybe just some pictures, a line or two. Enough to say "hi" & "thank you" to my friends.

7 comments:

O'Quilts said...

awww...please do not go...I hate change...especially now...Oh, well...I have certainly learned that I control nothing..xxoo

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I have found that short and sweet posts are the best and always with a photo of something, nature, pile of fabric, anything because everyone loves photos. Sometimes I take 3 days' photos all in one day and then they are ready for me to use.

ES said...

I like your blog, I like your quilts :) I like your fabric combinations. I love to read a lot of very much non professional blogs, the ones who are always selling something or promoting their sponsors are very boring!

Claudia said...

Firstly: congratulations on keeping your blog up for so many years and secondly: please do stay as I hate changes just as much as Q'Quilts. I have read your blog so often and the name Smazoochie always rings pleasant thougts because it already is a part of my life. Greetings from Germany

Rachaeldaisy said...

6 years is a big achievement! It is hard sometimes to find the time and motivation but you are right that it's good for keeping up friendships.

fiberchick said...

Great and very relatable post! We all love your writing and needless to say your beautiful quilts. Please keep up your blog xox

Sharon said...

I agree with everyone! Please don't stop. I've become a very haphazard blogger of late, but I don't want to stop. I love "visiting" with my friends-I've-never-met. And I love having them visit me t!oo. Life is busy, too busy most of the time, but blogging is something I will not give up and I hope you won't either