After finishing my overview of the last decade of blogging, all kinds of questions came up.
Why do I do it? How is it that I’m still blogging without losing enthusiasm for it after all this time?
At it’s most basic, it’s a record of what I’ve made that I can refer back to. If I don’t write about it, it’s easy to forget how much I’ve done, or the process I went through.
Would I still blog if it was private, so nobody but me could see it?
Probably. I keep a writing diary, too, and nobody sees that. But I like being able to show people what I’ve made when I’m out and about just by picking up my phone and searching for a post, and that someone might read something I posted about and be inspired to create.
Is it extra wear and tear on my hands and back that I ought to avoid?
Not really. I don’t write overly long posts – at least not very often. Mostly they’re a few paragraphs and a picture.
What have I learned from a decade of blogging?
Don’t be opinionated online – keep that for friends in person.
That I didn’t try to get a couple of sock knitting designs published in a magazine.
On Craft and Art:
How does blogging change my attitude toward both?
It makes me accountable. If I write that I’m going to do something I’m more likely to do it – of if I fail, writing about it makes me consider what went wrong. Needing something to blog about can be the extra push I need to tackle or finish a project. I certainly need that when it comes to art!
What is more important to me: craft or art?
Art. Not that craft isn’t important, but I get a different kind of fulfilment from art that I think is more essential to my well being.
So why craft?
It’s stress-relief! And it gives me the satisfaction of finishing something when my art and writing projects take so long to complete.
Why tackle longer, more challenging craft projects then?
Because learning something new feels good and is good for my brain.
What have I learned from the last decade of craft and art?
Life’s too short for bad yarn!
That I stopped regular weekly sketching.
I was very interested to see that the signs of growing repetitive strain injuries were there early, but I didn’t recognise them. Now I know that breaks are essential, as is staying physically limber and strong, and varying the kinds of movements I do – which justifies being a creative fidget!
Something I’ve had to learn over the last ten years is to avoid spending more time looking at craft and art on the internet than actually doing it. And not letting the internet (ahem, Pinterest) tell me what and how to create. It’s better to go seek information when I want it than be passively fed a stream of what some company’s dodgy algorithm thinks I want to see.
Is there another ten years of blogging in me? At this moment, I can’t see why not. So long as I have craft and art in my life I’ll want to record and share it. Physical limitations brought on by age might slow me down, but I suspect I’ll have the urge to create for many years to come.