In recent months I have been thinking quite a lot about the relative benefits of blogging versus blogging. You will no doubt have noticed from my sporadic posts over the last year or so that blogging has rather taken a back seat for me. I started a video podcast/ vlog about 3 years ago and this coupled with life in general (and life with small children in particular) didn’t leave much time or indeed headspace for reviving the blog.
I’d start each new year with the intention of getting back to blogging, after all I only recorded my vlog every other week so theoretically I had time to do it but it never seemed to work out that way. I think part of the problem was that I still thought of my blog primarily as a place to record/ chart my progress on what I was making. Once the vlog was up and running though, I either didn’t feel like I had made enough progress on projects to warrant talking about them once a week or it felt like I was repeating myself. If I am honest these type pf progress updates weren’t actually my favourite to write either I much preferred my topic specific blogs. They might well have been the random wafflings of a craft obsessed woman but they gave me more of an opportunity to express myself in a way that sounded authentically like me. I appreciate that such a statement makes me sound quite pompous but in reality what I actually mean is that they were much more chatty and relaxed/ conversational in tone than the progress blogs which just felt like rote listings of needle size, yarn and project name with the occasional reference to my knitting disasters.
So where am I going with this? Well, I have realised that I do love blogging and that I want to revive this blog but that I will only manage to stick to my plan if a) I make the time to plan it in to my schedule, b) I use it to talk about the things that interest me and not just list how many inches I have knitted on my current project and c) I hate taking photos for progress pictures, waiting for the perfect lighting or setting up a flat lay is just too much faff to do on a regular basis when this is just a hobby not a business. From now on my focus will be on using the blog to discuss topics of interest across the fibre crafts and associated communities whilst project updates will remain on the vlog/ podcast.