May Britt at Abyquilt has been asked to write an article in the Norwegian Quilt Association magazine about blogging. If you'd like to help her out and give her input go check out her post dated, August 24th and leave a comment. I had a wonderful time reading the responses she's gotten so far. In fact as I was posting my comment I decided maybe it was worthy of a post all it's own so here it is (with a little extra added) Heck it's my blog I can ramble if I want. LOL!
Why do I blog? I've always wanted to keep a quilt journal but I just never seemed to get around to it. Then Bonnie Hunter started her blog and I thought to myself, you can do that too! So I did. :-)
Sometimes I wonder just how many people started blogging because of Bonnie. I know when I first started blogging about a year ago there were very few traditional quilt bloggers out there. There were TONS of art quilt blogs but art quilting just ain't my thing so there really wasn't a forum for the rest of us. Then Bonnie started the Mavericks and it fit my quilting style better but not really. Because I'm not a maverick quilter. I'm a traditional, scrap quilter who occasionally likes to color outside the lines. Then Judy started the Stash Quilts ring and I found a home that fit me just right. And in the last year I've seen more and more quilt blogs started that focus on traditional quilting. And there are probably a lot of new art quilt blogs too but I follow very few of them so I only know about the ones I come into contact with. Mostly one's who've left a comment on my blog so I've gone to check theirs out. But in general I don't normally follow the art quilt rings. Just not enough time to keep up with everyone!
Okay back to today's topic. :-)
Blogging lets me chronical not just my quilting activities but little bits about my life at the time. I've belonged to different internet groups over the years but with the exception of one small private one I belong to I just don't get the same satisfaction from them that I do from blogging. Here I can say whatever I want without having to worry about following someone else's rules. There ARE no rules on my blog! With groups I tend to lurk. Here I let it all hang out. LOL!
I love the people I've met thru my blog. From all over the world. And I love reading their blogs and seeing not just what they're working on but the little glimpses they show about their daily lives. I've been on vacation with them and on quilt retreats but I've also shared their hard times too. You feel like you really get to know someone as a whole person not just a quilter.
I'm a VERY shy, introverted person in real life. But for some reason that doesn't come thru in my blog. I do find it amazing that anyone wants to read what I have to say and was just blown away a few days ago when I checked my own blog on bloglines and realized that over 50 people have added me to their bloglines. How cool is that!
I love that I've re-connected with my sister after many years. Not that we've been estanged but just when we each married and she had children and we had different interests and we've lived many miles apart for many years we just lost that closeness we had as children. And now thru my blog she's started quilting and has her own blog now and it just seems that we're maybe not so far away from each other after all.
The negative - same as everyone else. Too much time on the computer, not enough spent stitching. BUT to be honest I really didn't stitch any more before. In fact blogging has me stitching more. Because I want to have something to show. Because I get so inspired by everyone else. And to be honest I spent just as much time on the computer before. Just before it was spent playing mindless computer games. Now it's spent connecting to friends all around the world. So I guess there really ISN'T a negative to blogging for me. :-)