When I started blogging in 2010, I never dreamed that it would become so important to me. I visited a research institute outside of Munich, Germany for a month so that I could work with collaborators on my thesis research. It was January, cold, snowy and I was a 30 min walk from a 20 min train ride to Munich, so I didn’t get out of the lab much. I brought a few knitting projects, but I was feeling a lack of creativity in my activities and surroundings. I missed my friends and family and I missed my hobbies. So, I started blogging.
I wrote about my trip and the things that I saw and did when I actually left the research campus (I was an Eintracht Frankfurt football hooligan for the night, but that’s a whole other story :). But, more importantly, I wrote about finding inspiration where I was and in what I was doing – and spending time thinking about what I could possibly share helped me to find the inspiration in what was around me.
I’ve certainly developed my style and narrowed my blog focus over the years. I went from writing about anything and everything related to creativity, inspiration, art, and DIY to mostly writing about sewing.
One thing that I have recently figured out is how important blogging is to me – not just being a member of a sewing community (I think that’s a whole other subject), but the actual act of photographing and writing about a finished project or process. I relish the time I get to spend collecting my thoughts after finishing a project and have found that thinking about writing a blog post while I’m working on a project helps me to approach the project in the most logical way. Knowing that I’ll be showing a finished project in all its guts and glory encourages me to complete it in the best way possible. Having a single space where all of my projects are recorded and collected allows me to reflect on my sewing history, tendencies, and patterns and learn from them through that reflection.
Is blogging important to you? How has blogging influenced your sewing?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.