or Why I Don't Show You Everything I Sew
I know I'm not alone when I say that I feel a certain amount of pressure associated with blogging. Sew something - take photos - edit photos - write blog post -->> repeat. The pressure to blog on a regular basis is all self imposed, though (for me, anyway). No one is twisting my arm, it's not a job. So why do I feel pressure?
There's a lot of advice floating around on how to make your blog stand out and be one of the best - regular posting, outstanding photos, great content, etc, etc, etc. And to strive for that would be a full time job with LONG hours.
I never intended to blog as a way of earning income. I'd just left the workforce after many years as a Primary School Teacher, and I viewed blogging as a way of redefining myself and learning new things. I can happily say that I have achieved my goals, learning SO much along the way.
I enjoy the actual blogging as much as the sewing, and I love the learning that's associated with continually trying to improve. If I'm going to do something, I like to do it well. However, blogging is not the only thing in my life.
Family is the most important thing in my life. Blogging goes straight out the window at the merest suggestion of time with any members of my family.
My sister took this photo when she visited last year. We went back to our old High School, after taking Mum out for her birthday. Ha, ha... it was a fun afternoon, just us and the cleaners. We probably shouldn't have been there, but we walked from one end to the other - remember when we... and the memories came flooding back.
Every now and then I'll show you a glimpse of my life outside blogging, but only when it suits me, and when I think you'll be interested.
Sometimes sewing projects just don't work out, for one reason or another. In an attempt to keep it real, I do try to post some of my failures, or not so good projects. Check out the creepy dolls I once made.
Sometimes, however, I don't feel like investing the time in editing photos and then writing up a post. Case in point, the ironing board cover. Yep, it's not quite wide enough and the underlay doesn't fit properly. I am keeping it as my ironing board cover for the time being, though. It's much better than the previous cover!!!
Sometimes it's just a matter of time, as with the zippered pouch. I love the end result of this bag - can't beat a black, white and red combo. I took lots of OK photos, but the post just didn't happen. Knowing I'd already shown you several QAYG zippered pouches, as well as a tutorial detailing how I make QAYG fabric, made it seem less important.
Sewing repairs are not my favourite sewing projects, but I do try to oblige when the family ask me... hems, seam rips, buttons, badges, etc. If I don't take photos along the way, the process is sped up considerably, and I'm more likely to do the repair in a timely manner. Having said that, there's a few pieces of clothing needing alterations, that having been waiting a long time!!!
Changing a scarf into an infinity scarf, for my daughter, was a quick and easy sew. I thought about taking photos of the process, but it was the time factor again that stopped me. Occasionally it feels good not to turn every project into a blog post. Much as I enjoy blogging, sometimes I just want to sew, and not record the process.
I fully intended to do a post on the kids sewing their own pillowcases. They've progressed from sitting on my knee, as they did for making teddy clothes and sewing up their painted cushions. They now sit at their own table. Mind you, I'm right there!!! They're not independent yet and need lots of reminders.
I forgot to take photos of the finished pillowcases at the time and the post didn't seem worthwhile without them. I could still take the photos, but this was so long ago now, I've lost my enthusiasm for that post.
I also don't want to annoy family members by continually taking photos. It's just not that important to me. They're obviously not as enthusiastic about my blog as I am.
And the main reason I don't blog as often as I otherwise might - my garden. I love to blog and sew, but I am even more passionate about my garden. If I were blogging to make money, I'd have to give up some of my time in the garden. It's probably time to do another garden post, but first I'll have to take some new photos. In the meantime, here's some older posts of my garden.
Yes, the pressure to blog more regularly will always be there, but as it's self imposed, I can take that pressure off. And that's by blogging when I feel like it.
Do you ever feel pressure with blogging?