I’ve just checked and my last blog post was on April 28th, 2019 which is 1 year, 2 months and just over 1 week ago which makes me wonder whether I truly want to keep writing this blog, what and who is it for? Especially as I’ve just paid £100 to renew my hosting after my account got suspended because my card had expired and I was putting off dealing with the reminder emails.
It’s not like I haven’t been sewing in that time. I’ve made several masks, a t-shirt, boxed piped cushion covers for a campervan, a bag, a pom-pom centrepiece and nearly finished the picnic blanket.
Why did I start writing this blog?
I was excited about getting back into sewing (I seem to be an intermittent hobbyist in this regard although it’s something I’ve been interested in since childhood) and I had recently discovered and begun to connect with the online world of sewists on Instagram and through reading their blogs.
I also really enjoy writing, especially creatively, and I firmly believe that the only way to get better at something is to practice it. I get to work with words all the time in my job as a lawyer and in running the marketing and advertising for the firm but writing creatively is a lot more fun obviously.
I did find, however, that I was completing a sewing project and then spending a lot of time trying to get it up on the blog and on to Instagram and I often get into the ‘it all must be done now’ mindset, which can feel intense and take some of the pleasure out of it.
I think that I had lacked a sense of purpose with why I was writing my blog posts. While trying to capture photographs of the projects during sewing I felt like I was trying to capture moments that would be relevant to a tutorial on the techniques involved. This often seemed absurd to me as I am generally doing things for the first time (or the first time in a very long time after doing a sample many years ago) and therefore was being somewhat pretentious.
If I had to pick a favourite sewing blog I follow it would definitely be Sew Andrew . I like everything about his blog from the sense of his personality that comes through but in particular how he tells the story of his projects and the ‘lessons learned’ at the end of the posts. From memory, I think he started his blog as place for him to reflect on his journey in the sewing world and to help embed the lessons learned from each project to help him in the future. Or at least I’ve invented that backstory on his behalf, I can’t find an about page on his site.
Who is this blog for?
I can’t write just for myself, I’m always thinking about audience. I know that journaling is supposed to be a very powerful tool in a wide range of situations both creatively and therapeutically but I cannot help but consider the reader when I’m writing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this position though. Writing is a medium of communication above all.
Even as a child if I started a ‘secret diary’ (I never kept them up more than a day or so) I still had my mind on future readers uncovering them as relics of my past, or worse my parents discovering my inner thoughts and feelings!
I read sewing blogs because I find them inspirational, educational and entertaining. Sometimes (who am I kidding, oftentimes) I want to immerse myself mentally in the world of sewing when I can’t do it physically. When I made my kimono-style garment I had read a blog by someone who had used the pattern previously, or at least a review of it. I have just ordered the Fairfield Men’s Shirt pattern from Thread Theory (being printed by NetPrinter) which I’m going to use to make my first ever shirt and I’m enjoying reading blogs on shirt making and this pattern in particular in preparation for that.
I’m aware I could navel-gaze on this point interminably and I’m fairly sure it will come as no surprise that writing the above has made me feel like blogging is something that I would like to continue with but perhaps with a few ‘lessons learnt’.
- I like blogs that tell the ‘story’ of the project and reflect on the lessons learned, try to write in this style.
- The blog doesn’t need to go up immediately. The most polished blogs have the ‘modelled’ shots done and are the whole package. Instagram can have the little updates along the way.
- Clear photos make for better blogs. Photograph the important stuff but photograph it well – this requires light!
- Enjoy the process, remember it takes at least an hour so schedule it when I would otherwise just be watching TV or chilling out.