Friday, April 12, 2013

Diary of a Mad Blog Woman

Has it been over a week since my last post? I feel like I'm blogging all the time, and yet this poor, sweet blog has been neglected. And yet, I am only one person, so I'm pretty okay with this. :)

To me, blogging is part of the art I create. Since I started my first blog at age 15, I've had a little love affair with HTML, tweaking the look of a website or blog post. Although my interests have changed (my first blog was all about finding free stuff online!), I'm still just as nerdy when it comes to my blogs.


It may seem a little funny that I spend more time each week blogging about crafts than actually crafting. But as I've transitioned from working full-time in a corporate job to freelancing, I feel so thankful to have these outlets!

Craftsy

Most recently, I started writing for Craftsy's quilting blog! I am very excited to be posting there regularly to share quilt pattern round-ups, tips and tricks as well as some tutorials. Here are a few of my recent posts at Craftsy:



When I started my Lindsay Sews blog in 2008, I had no idea that it would lead me to opportunities like blogging for others, writing a book or contributing to magazines.


I didn't know I would design sewing patterns or host a sew along for people I've never met in real life. And then that one day we would meet in real life. :)


I also didn't know that Facebook would turn into such a huge platform for businesses and that we'd all be Pinning and Instragramming our creative lives.


I didn't know any of this! And I think that's the beauty of stepping out into your creativity. To walk toward something that might even scare you. Because even with the fear and/or anxiety that comes with blogging (putting yourself out there), I really firmly believe that creativity is meant to be shared. We are all in this together, right?


CraftFoxes

As some of you know, I've also been an editor over at CraftFoxes for the last year. Time flies! Though I don't always write a lot of posts, I do much of the work behind the scenes like monitoring traffic, SEO, member submissions and more.

Did you know that you can share your projects and how-tos at CraftFoxes? This is great for crafters who haven't made the leap (or don't have time) to blog. But on the flip side, it's a great place to promote projects on your own blog. You can upload your crafts and link back to your own tutorial.


Even with these great outlets, I'm so thankful to have this little blog and am ever so grateful for the friendships that have started here. 

I love to spin through Google Reader (I still haven't come to terms with it going away) and see what you've been sewing. I love knowing that a quilt block from my sewing table is at the post office right now, headed to join 11 others for a charity project.

Our sewing connect us, even if we haven't met. And that is why I love blogging. :)

What about you? Do you feel like having a blog has enhanced your creativity?  Or perhaps keeping up with your blog has taken away from your crafting time and energy. I'd love to hear what you think.



6 comments:

  1. Writing blog posts about crafting more than actually crafting is WAY better than reading blog posts about crafting more than actually crafting. Seriously, though -- wait, that was serious too -- but I do read blogs for skill and creativity. I'm glad I took an in-person beginning quilting course, but you can find out ANYTHING on the internet.

    You go on and continue building your empire. I'll just be over here not-crafting. (Which is why I cannot have a blog, and I'm not on Facebook or Twitter, or Instagram.)

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    1. I really appreciate your comment, Jenny. Blogging is not actually practical! And sometimes crafting for that matter... there's not always a lot of time.

      I've never taken an in-person sewing class, so I think that's why I also really appreciate the willingness people have to share their tutorials online.

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  2. Heh, I looked at the title and thought, oh, that's me, but then I thought perhaps I'd be better rearranging it to Blog Diary Of A Mad Woman ;o)

    Anywhodle, it's fabulous how you've grown since you've started, especially since you went freelance, congrats!

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  3. Hi Lindsay, although I wish I had more time to sew and I spent less time on the computer - I do love it! I love meeting new people with the same things in common as me. Blogging has made me more creative, but I just wish I was better at it. I don't think writing comes very natural to me, so perhaps I need to learn a bit more. Reading other blogs has helped me with my writing and also shown me that's it's okay to make mistakes and not have perfect grammer (hee).

    I was just looking at Craft foxes last night and saw your name and bio on there. Good for you! I was pleased to see Rachel as well. And writing for Craftsy too, I had no idea. That's fantastic! I really don't know how you balance it all.

    Contributing to a book or a magazine is something I have been pondering for a while. I keep thinking about it, so it must be something I should pursue. I don't think I'd be able to write a whole book, but I definitely have some submission ideas. You are inspiring me to go for it! Thank you!! Janelle

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  4. Interesting topic, Lindsay! I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I love reading other peoples' blogs and being inspired by their creativity and I have fun blogging when I do actually make myself sit down at the computer. But right now, with what little free time I have, I find that I would rather be sewing than typing. Instagram definitely helps fill the need to be social and get feedback on a project which are the major reasons I blog, but it still isn't quite the same.

    Anyway...Congratulations on all of your writing gigs! I know that I see your name around a lot, but I didn't realize you were everywhere!

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