I have been really lousy at blogging ever since Theo was born. First it was because I was totally overwhelmed about everything that had changed in my life, then life itself got in the way. I was often too tired in the evenings to even open my laptop and rather spent the little spare time I had knitting than writing about knitting.
After a while I felt like I had outgrown my old blog. It just didn’t feel like me anymore. Or I didn’t feel like the person who wrote that blog. Writing didn’t come naturally to me, and I felt like I kept blogging for the wrong reasons. I wanted to keep the contents of the blog light and happy, but my absence was hard to explain without opening about my personal life. I didn’t know how to handle this conflict.
I wanted to keep the contents of the blog light and happy, but my absence was hard to explain without opening about my personal life. I didn’t know how to handle this conflict.
I thought long and hard what to do, took a six month long break from the whole blog, tried to change the look and layout of it, and even considered giving up blogging alltogether, before finally deciding to start all over. (The old blog is still active and I will keep posting the same posts both here and there for a while.)
I’ve always thought of my blog more as a personal space rather than a public one. My main focus was always writing things down for myself to remember, and if someone else enjoyed my little jottings and knitting updates then fine. I never advertised my blog in any way and many people around me probably never even knew it excisted. (You didn’t miss much let me assure you!)
Maybe just this personal aspect of my previous blog was the reason I outgrew it. Because I’m no longer the same person I was when I created it. And because the line between writing about my life and sharing things that are too personal is very thin.
I still want my blog to be a journal of everything I’m knitting and creating, and I want to be able to show my personality, but the main change from my previous blog is that I’m no longer just knitting for a hobby. I’ve taken it a step further and started to design and sell knitting patterns – and even if I still don’t want to call myself professional or a designer – I need my website and blog to play the part. I might not be blogging super often or frequently (or then again, I might just do that, I’m trying not to put any pressure on myself), but I’m trying to aim for quality over quantity.
Welcome aboard, let’s see where this is taking us!