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Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Few Thoughts on Blogging

Hello Friends. I think a lot while I am sewing. One of the things I think about is my blog. Should I take a picture of this? Would this make a good blog post? How long has it been since I blogged? I need to blog this, but I need more pictures.

These are my thoughts on blogging. The first is that a blog, to me, needs pictures. That's why I look at blogs. A story is best told with illustrations, when it is a story of a sewing or quilting. Let's be honest, it's why you read blogs too. We all want to see the projects, the fabrics, the crafting spaces. Many times when I don't blog a project it's because I haven't taken the time to photograph it yet. I always think I will get to it, but I sometimes don't.


Sometimes I just feel lazy. I don't want to sit at the computer and type. I don't think my story is particularly interesting. Or I don't think anyone will care but me, so I don't blog it. That sort of defeats the purpose of blogging to keep track of my makes.

I must admit, that at least once a year I sit down and look through old blog posts and I am amazed at all the things I have made, some of which I have forgotten until I see the photos. I love that part. The "Oh my, I forgot about that!" part.
Many times what gets me to the computer is the guilt. "I haven't blogged in such a long time." The year before I went through my cancer treatments, I blogged the most ever. I was really trying to build up my readership. The year I went through those treatments, I blogged very little, as I wasn't sewing and had no energy for anything at all.

Now, I don't really worry about who reads my blog so much any longer. I get an average of 20 reader visits per post. Sometimes a little more, sometimes less. it's funny, because Bloglovin' tell me I have over 200 subscribers, so does that mean my readers have given up on blogs?
Maybe. I have often been amazed when someone I follow doesn't post for months, or longer, and then they do and they get loads of comments, as if they have never been gone from blogging. I have never had that kind of response. Ever. The best I ever did was when I used to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts and some of the other Friday link ups. But then we all went round to the link ups and commented more, didn't we?

I still plan to keep blogging, as much or as little as I feel like. I know I will still have followers who drop by, and most don't comment, although if I'm honest, I don't comment as much as I used to. One thing I used to do was to reply to all the comments, which came into my email. I have been thinking about that and I realize that visitors to the blog cannot see whether I have replied, unless I do on the blog itself. So going forward, I plan to do that, instead of the individual reply as I was doing. It's easier for one thing. And others can follow the conversation. Just my thoughts.
If you drop by, say hello if you wish, or not. I will be here when I have something to share. I hope you have a wonderful day.

8 comments:

  1. I don't comment enough either but I do read your blog

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  2. Hello! Blogging and blog reading isn't as popular as it once was. Facebook and Instagram are all the rage. I use them both for my small quilt pattern business but prefer blogging. Hubby says that's a sign that I'm getting old and set in my ways.

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  3. I read your blog and really enjoy it, but I rarely comment. I also follow you on Instagram. I still like to read blogs.

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  4. Blogger guilt is definitely a thing. I haven't blogged in over 12 months as I now share my progress with my smaller circle via a closed FB album.

    I've worked out why I don't comment as much either, I read through Bloglovin, so the comment box isn't just there to comment on, it an extra step, that sometimes seems a step too far. Lazy I know.

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  5. I completely understand Debra. Nice to hear from you.

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