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I Am a Blogger

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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.

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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?

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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.

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  1. Your comment about how blogging helps you to approach a project in a logical way reminds me of a quote on the walls of the Library of Congress in DC. “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing, an exact man.” There is something about the act of writing, especially for others, that leads to greater clarity in one’s thought processes. I feel motivated to write more often!

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  2. I just started blogging a year ago and I find that I enjoy the cataloging of my projects as well sharing my explorations of my city Los Angeles. I don’t have many blog readers, but I hear back from some about how they enjoy it. I too enjoy the organization of a post, I tend to post a lot of pictures and not a lot of writing, I know I get bored if a blog post is too long. This has really forced me to get to know my camera better and to really learn what photography is all about – that has been the best bonus of this first year.

  3. I started a blog in January, and already it’s changing the way I approach projects, particularly ones plagued with setbacks or unsatisfactory results. Instead of seeing them as failures, I’m coming to accept these difficulties as part of the process. Not in the typical “you have to fail to learn” way, but in the sense that where I used to stitch up the last seam or bind off the last row, consider my finished work, and then judge whether I’m happy with it, I’m starting to see projects as not finished until I’m happy with them. Instead of thinking, “It’s done, and it’s a wadder,” I think, “Well, this wasn’t what I expected. Let’s snap some photos and write down what went wrong before taking it apart and trying again.” Remaking is as much as part of the process as making now. (Which shouldn’t be a surprise to me, since I love to write, and revising is so often as important as writing. That it should be the same with craft? Go figure.) My husband said this to me the other day, and I think he summed it up best: “When you have a blog, there’s no such thing as failure, only more content.”

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      Oh that’s a great line from your husband! And it’s a pretty helpful thing to keep in mind, because not every project is a wonderful success but thinking of a flop as “content” definitely puts a silver lining on it!

  4. I started my blog about 4 months after I started sewing. It has evolved, but its main purpose remains to be documenting my projects and process. I’m currently thinking about a blog redesign, and maybe a logo redesign … and I wonder what your process was for developing your logo? Blogging is important to me, but it will always be a hobby, not a profession … should my “brand” reflect that? These are some of the questions I struggle with!

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      Those are some pretty big questions that I think most bloggers struggle with at some point! I have re-logoed and re-branded my blog several times over the years and each time it has reflected my changing thoughts on the purpose of my blog. I don’t think there is a “right” answer about when and why you should brand your blog, but I do think it’s something you should do if you want to and not if you feel like you should. I invested successively more time and money into my logo and website (I hired designers for my current logo and for the previous iteration of my website) as I worked towards making SeamstressErin Designs a business.

  5. You know, I haven’t been able to blog lately and it made me realize that its because I felt compelled to only do perfect photo shoots and only talk about sewing. Lately I’ve been wanting it to be more personal and things of interest. I love researching the technological and social history of sewing. I’m a bit inspired to just do what I want.

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