I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about blogging a lot, but not actually finding time to do it. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about various different projects and yet not quite getting round to making progress or starting any of them…
At the risk of sounding totally naive, I think the biggest learning curve for me after having B has really been how much I’ve had to scale back my expectations on what I can achieve on any given day. Which sounds ridiculous, I know. That probably should have been obvious. But it’s taken a real shift for me to be comfortable with abandoning to-do list churn and being more realistic about what I can get done.
And you know what, it’s no sacrifice. Because I get to spend my days with this cheeky guy and I couldn’t be more thankful or feel more lucky.
That’s not to say it’s easy and doesn’t involve hard work, because it isn’t and it does. But it’s so, so worth it. The best thing we’ve done by miles.
But in amongst all the scaling back and readjusting, I’ve been giving serious thought to why I blog. This beautifully written post by Erin came at just the right time, it’s definitely worth a read if you already blog or are tempted to start. I’m in awe of her blogging pedigree and love the consideration she’s given to how it’s complemented or driven different phases of her life.
And whilst I haven’t got many blogging miles on the clock yet (a couple of years is a drop in the ocean, right?!) I do think I’ve learnt a lot since I began.
I started blogging because I wanted a space to document my craft projects and in doing so, I really hoped to find motivation to up my output and improve my crafting stamina when it came to the longer-haul stuff. I also hoped I might connect with other crafters and share experiences along the way. I honestly didn’t realise how much I’d enjoy it… but I also didn’t realise how much time and effort it involves to do it well.
I have no way of knowing if I’ve produced more over the past two years because of blogging, but I do know I’ve definitely enjoyed the act of creating stuff more as a result of the blogging about it. Making connections to other crafters and bloggers turned out to be harder than I thought it might be — having been an avid reader and comment-lurker on other blogs for years, actually starting to frequently comment was surprisingly hard! But I’m getting there. And the people I’ve met and connections I’ve made along the way have been all the sweeter because they haven’t necessarily come easy for me.
This space has also taken me in other unexpected directions… I’ve discovered how much I love to take and share photos – not just of crafting projects, but of random stuff. Everyday stuff. I’ve discovered that it’s fun to share Etsy finds. And different knitting patterns. And other, inspiring bloggers and makers. I’ve realised I want to do more of my own ‘from scratch’ creating and follow through some of my own ideas, rather than always following existing patterns and tutorials.
Ultimately, I think I’ve realised this space is a work-in-progress and will change and grow as I do. To that end, I’m going to be making some tweaks over the next couple of weeks (well – that’s the loose goal!) and I have some exciting plans for December. I’m slightly obsessed about Christmas, so have lots of ideas bubbling up! Although the most important thing I’m keeping in mind is not to beat myself up if I don’t quite achieve what’s spinning round in my head. As long as I’m enjoying it, that’s the main thing – isn’t it?
How has your attitude to blogging changed over the years? I’d love to hear any thoughts, stories or advice! I can honestly say that BrambleBird has meant so much more to me than I originally thought it might and I’m excited about what’s to come. Thank you for reading so far!