Thursday 17 August 2017

Cleaning my blog list

I'm sitting here today thinking that it's been a while since I updated my blog list. I've been going through it and realising I still follow hundreds of blogs that haven't posted anything for 1000 days.  That is almost 3 years ... all they're doing is clogging up my feed.

I have noticed the cross stitch blogs I used to follow a lot have died down. Some of the people I still follow via Facebook or instagram, they just don't blog anymore, and some just fell off entirely and I assume life just got to crazy to share anymore for whatever reason.

It is refreshing just cleaning everything out and having an up to date list in my feedly. But it's also had me thinking about why I blog. It started as just a way to share my projects and stay a little bit accountable to someone other than me. Then I found that as time went on I had something to share and things to teach others. I am self taught with some skills but also collect information on many crafts.

I was doing only cross stitch and it's become about every craft that I do with a couple of random life stuff thrown in. For those still following me I hope this is alright as it really isn't going to change anytime soon. I love all crafts and as life happens I change what I work on at that time.

Recently (in the last year) I have gone back to university so time is limited and often my crafting time is actually sitting in lectures so my projects are often small and easy to work on. I also consider how relevant that project is and whether the time I spend on it is worth it. So knitted and sewing items for work get priority over something made just because. It's the problem with multiple crafts they all pull at me and something ends up suffering.

I often use instagram to share as it's so much quicker but then again blogging allows me to tell more of the story and to collate it all together better than instagram does. Also as much as everything gets shared to my Facebook page it's not my favourite way to communicate. Very like instagram in that it's only small comments.

Now what is the purpose of this post? Well I'm spring cleaning and this caused thoughts to go around in my head.  But in the end I came to the conclusion that I'm going to continue to blog and share my thoughts and trials as I learn. I'm not perfect or an expert on everything but I'm willing to teach and share what I do know.  I have something to offer and still feel that this is the best way to do it.

Now I need to work out what projects I still need to share here and expect some photos soon.

Happy stitching,


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  2. I started doing something similar, since blogger changed the dashboard format I found I didn't check up on blogs as much as I would like so I set up a Feedly account. This means that I can trim down my blog list a bit. I love when people share lots of different things. I'm the same, I love so many crafts & try out a variety of projects. I really enjoy sharing all the different thing I do in my blog. I also enjoy sharing the mistakes. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to continuing to learn from you 😊

  3. I know how you feel, but I feel guilty doing this too! I go through phases with my stitching, it comes and goes and I'd like to think others are the same with blogging.

  4. Glad you're going to continue to blog! There never seems to be enough time to do all the crafts that we want to....I can't imagine how it is for you with university lectures to contend with too. Sharing small projects is wonderful, nothing says that we can only share big whatever makes you happy :)

    1. I often work through lectures so I can concentrate on the lecture. I struggle with auditory learning when I am only sitting there listening. I need to have something in my hand.

  5. Glad you've decided to keep blogging Caitlin. I enjoy reading it.


  6. Well I for one love to follow your blog so I am happy you will continue here.

  7. Yes, continue blogging! I've been trying to catch up on my blog reading AND stay caught up, we'll see how that goes.

  8. Please continue blogging. I enjoy reading your blog. I have been sporadic with my blog posts in the past but I have been more up to date recently.


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