Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blogging: Dead or Alive? (And a New Linky)

From the archives: My lumpy Rubik’s cube (2014)

I’ve been blogging about quilting for over four years. In that time, I’ve shared dozens of quilts, bags, and pillows (plus the odd Rubik’s Cube Christmas ornament). I have to admit it: I’m losing steam. Although I love sewing and quilting and writing, photographing my projects is a drag. And every minute I spend composing at the keyboard or fiddling with my husband’s fancy-pants camera is one fewer minute I have at my sewing machine.

From the archives: A Sew Together Bag (2015)

But here’s the thing: I believe in words! Sure, I use Instagram—it’s an especially good platform for sharing sewing projects—but it’s not the same as reading a well-composed blog post. So I’m still chugging away at From Bolt to Beauty, even if I’m not posting as frequently as I did when I first started blogging.

New Linky on Fridays

If you’re a regular quilt-blog reader, you’ve probably heard that Amanda Jean, of Crazy Mom Quilts, has decided to rein in her weekly Finish It Up Friday linky. And with good reason! She’s been at it for years. For the foreseeable future, she’ll be posting her linky once a month, on the first Friday of the month. She has announced that Friday, November 7 will be her last linky post.

From the archives: Chelsea’s Giraffe Quilt (2016)

I understand her decision. I get a lot of traffic through Finish It Up Friday, though, and knowing that people are reading my posts and commenting on them helps me forge ahead. So I’m going to start a new linky—called the Brag About Your Beauties Pageant—to run every Friday. except the first Friday of the month.

From the archives: My pin cushion production line (2017)

Prizes? Yes, Please

To stir up some excitement for the new linky, I’ll be posting a giveaway, open internationally, each of the next three Fridays: September 14 (tomorrow!), September 21, and September 28.

From the archives: Little Man in Blue and Brown (2018)

So if you’re with me and still love words and blogs and reading complete sentences, stop by tomorrow to enter that first giveaway. And if you’re a quilt blogger, stop by tomorrow to enter the giveaway and post your link.

Now, let’s hear it for blogging. Yahoo!

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  1. Yahoo for blogging indeed! I have a finish tomorrow to share and I'll be back. :)

  2. Yay! So glad you are doing this! It's going to be awesome!

  3. Great idea Michelle. I know that blogging isn't what it once was but I do love it so I am happy to join in when I can. Thanks for doing this!!!

  4. Oh man, I totally know how you feel. Thanks for setting this up!

  5. I love Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Fridays, and am so glad you decided to pick up the reins. You'll make lots of blog readers happy!

  6. Such a great initiative! I’m a quilter blogger for 11 years now and the inspiration to blog and to read blogs has diminished so much!

  7. I enjoy your words and sentences, Michelle! 😊 I’m glad you plan to continue blogging- I like to hear the story behind the quilts and making!

  8. Hi again! I'm thrilled that you are doing this. Woohoo! I love your rubric cube ornament - I'll have to go read that post. I like IG too but it's not the same as reading about the project from start to finish, along with the extra tips or comments. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Yay for blogging! Thanks for the new linky party. I'll be linking for sure (as soon as I have a finish, lol) :)

  10. I can totally understand. Writing a blog post is time consuming - very much so. Additionally I also see it as my own "diary". But I am not regular post-er for exactly the time factor. Love you new link-up idea. Maybe I can manage some time :)

  11. Good for you! I understand how blogging can really take up your time. It's happened to me and no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to blog like I did 4 years ago either. Even keeping up with the blogs I like has become difficult.I haven't given up on it yet, but I've learned to not let it get me down for not staying on top of it.

  12. Yay! Glad someone stepped up to fill in the Friday finishes. My blogging slowed down when I hit a certain number of readers and I got self conscious. Not sure how to get past that or work around it.

  13. I hope your linkups are successful because the Crazy Mom Quilts Blog was how I started to get noticed. Otherwise my only readers were close family and friends, who are greatly appreciated!

  14. I started my patchwork quilting blog around four years ago too :-) I know what you mean about editing photos. It takes me several hours of work to produce a blog post. I do sometimes wonder why I'm doing it but know I'd really miss writing about patchwork quilting, so I carry on! Great idea to start a new linky - they are the best way to make and keep contacts in the on-line quilting community.


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