I have been appraising the blog situation. I started Needles of Iron in January of 2008, and went along quite merrily and steadily for 4-ish years, before beginning to sputter towards the end of last year.
I have asked myself some questions trying to determine the cause of sputtering, if there is a motivation that can spur me on, is there a need to continue, why do I write in this form after all, and do I have something to say.
These are hard questions and not easy for me to answer. I believe come to this.
Why do I share what I share, and why is it important?
I would like to think I have Important Content, but really? I don’t. I would like to think I am amusing and humorous but really? There are those bloggers out there that one should read for that sort of thing. I don’t have any great insight on knitting techniques. I just do my thing my way and as for free knitting patterns? Well, I can only point the direction to those patterns I use. I can offer some vacation photos taken at really fun places, but these, too, are strictly amateurish!
There have been posts that offer my insights on life and my experiences, and I liked those, but my opinions and experiences are really my own, and other’s mileage may vary. Other’s mileage undoubtedly varies, and everyone is entitled to their own. Mostly.
One thing I truly appreciated about blogging is the interaction with other bloggers, and getting to know my internet peeps. But I noticed this past fall, when I lost the opportunity to comment on other’s blog, that little perk fell by the wayside for the most part, which saddened me, but what the heck. It happened, and the people in our lives come and go.
My blog has been really great in letting my family know what I am doing to stay busy, and also in making sure they have enough fodder for keeping me humble. After all, what are siblings for? I am so pleased that my family takes the time to read my ramblings. On the other hand, I will say because my family reads, I censor myself! Maybe that’s a good thing.
So where am I going with this? What am I doing and why, and am I going to keep going and how?
I am back to where I started…writing for me, about what I want and what I do, but now I am also letting my family know what I am up to. With some photos thrown in.No other pretensions.