Sunday, August 30, 2015

To Blog, or Not to Blog

Hello friends. I know it has been a long time. I am much improved and actually hoping to return to work in a few weeks. I have had my chemo and my surgery and am getting read to start radiation treatments this week.  I have not been sewing for the past 2 1/2 months. I have had no energy for it, and now that I do have a bit of energy, the neuropathy in my fingers makes it difficult.

What does that have to do with blogging you might ask. Well, this is the thing: I read blogs for awhile, until the fatigue became too much. I had nothing much to say so I just read. I had no idea that this whole process would take away my creativity as well as my desire to create or blog.  Now that things are beginning to return to normal, sort of, I can't decide if I want to continue blogging.

When I first discovered blogs, it was exciting and fun and fueled my creativity so much. People shared pictures of their projects and tutorials of how to make things. The blogs I read and loved so much have changed. Some seldom post any longer, some have changed direction, which is certainly their choice. But I miss the way it used to be. What I see now doesn't inspire me much, with a few exceptions.  Is it just me? Maybe it is. Maybe I am just looking at the wrong blogs, for me.

I would love it if you are a blog reader, if you would please weigh in on this. If you have blog suggestions, I would love those too.

Thanks. Hope to see you again soon.


NorahS said...

I love to read blogs! If blogs change to a format I don't like, or if they change from a fun, hobby blog to a business buy-my-patterns! blog, or if they go off in a direction I am not interested in, I take them off of my reading list. I have found lots of new-to-me blogs from looking at other people's reading lists on their side bars, or on link up parties like crazy mom quilts' Finish Up Friday. I have enjoyed your blog. I hope you find what works for you. Hope you feel better soon!

Createology said...

You have no idea how happy I am to see you post on your blog! I think of you everyday and continue my prayers for your complete recovery. As for blogging I too see lots of people quittng or lagging because they are doing the faster FaceBook or Instagram postings. I am old fashioned and still love blogging and the sharing of like-minded creative souls. Healing Energy Grammie Q...

Cindy said...

I too miss the way blogs used to be. Excited quilters sharing what they tried, what worked for them and how they did it. No advertising, tutorials for free instead of patterns to buy. Quilt alongs where you didn't have to buy their pattern to participate. Sometimes showing their fails and letting us learn from them, instead of having to be perfect because of the business aspects. I read less and less because of this. It used to be a group of friends and now its a business. I understand making a living, but does it have to be all so business oriented? Cdahlgren at live dot com

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

I love reading blogs. I love the chattyness of blogs compared to the hurriedness of Facebook or Instagram (I still haven't quilt got my mind around that one),

I know blogging takes time, my own blog has taken a back seat as I am barely having time to sew at the moment, let alone blog.

Find blogs you enjoy. Don't feel burdened to post if you don't want to, and don't be scared to stop reading the ones that no longer interest you.

Enjoy whatever path you choose.

Melody A. said...

I LOVE BLOGS, as people write about their lives in general and specific interests like quilting etc. and it turns out there are other women that think just as I do about many of life's trials. So I would encourage you to still write if you feel that would serve you well, It wouldn't be worth doing if it doesn't give you joy !! Hugs to you dear and I pray for a complete recovery and good health.

Bobbie said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better. I love blogs and I love instagram - IG is great when you don't have time or energy to read the blogs but you can still see great quilts and fabrics - then if you want you can visit their blog too. I will be praying for your continued strength and healing. Hopefully you can sew a bit soon!

Shauna said...

I love to read blogs. I love instagram too, but you don't get the story behind the photos only the photos. I think all blogs...aka blog writers go through seasons where they write more and write less. I have found some blogs I love just drift away and it makes me sad. Another others stop and then come back, which makes me happy. I think that writing a blog is a lot like anything else creative you do, if you "feel" it you will do it, and if you don't forcing yourself just makes you miserable.

I hope as you find yourself feeling better your creativity returns full force and you blog again, because I enjoy your blog. But I totally understand it your creativity takes you in a different direction.

Shannon said...

First off on feeling better. I know how hard this road is that you are on. It is not easy. It is hard to be sick and see your life that you knew disappear. Then it is even harder to find a new middle. Just keep moving forward. Things will get to a new middle and you will find new things to entertain you.

Second, I am like you. I blog sometimes. I used to blog all the time. I miss it. I just am more busy than I used to be, so it has taken a back seat. It is ok. As we move from one spot in our lives to another, things change. You need to do what is best for you. Maybe don't give up totally on blogging. What until you are almost back to 100%. Or as my doctor calls it, "MY new 100%". During this time of learning your new body it is ok that things drop off the radar. When you have figured out your new middle you can start adding back things to see if they still fit.

I have always enjoyed your blog. If you decide to stop I will miss your posts, but life changes. Hang in there. I will keep you in my prayers!!

Josie McRazie said...

I have some blogs I read because of the person who writes it and some I read because of the content on it. I find I can give up the 'content' ones more easily because they are not as personal!! I don't read them every morning like I used to. Sometimes it is a week or two and then I play catch up!!
I also don't blog as I used to! I just have so much going on and my readership is next to nothing. When I do blog it is more for me and a way to keep my thoughts straight!
I hope you are feeling better and getting stronger with each passing day!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!