HST Scraps

September 21, 2012 § 32 Comments

I’m not sure what I want to say today or how to say it.

I finally finished this quilt.  It was the one that I started quilting on the rental mid-arm and then ripped it out because the thread kept breaking.  I ended up quilting it on my home machine. Not quite as fast, but now it is done. Yay!

Saying HST Scraps makes me think of the names of ships. Like HMS Pinafore or something.  His Majesty’s Ship the Pinafore.  I don’t know why that image is in my head. But it is.

A friend and I were talking about blogging.  I go through phases where I just don’t have any energy to blog at all. Then I get a new burst of enthusiasm. Blog a little. And then the whole cycle repeats itself again.  I’ve been blogging for a long time.  At the very beginning it wasn’t about quilting. It was just because blogging was a new thing. And we could.  So I often wonder if it hasn’t been long enough.  But every time I mention that I’m thinking about quitting blogging a friend says to me… “NO, you can’t stop blogging!”  So then I just keep on doing it.  But I wonder… what is the life expectancy of a blog?  (No, I’m not going to quit just yet. I just started another quilt-along!) When should someone quit blogging?  And why do you or why do I visit blogs?  Everyone will have a different answer, I’m sure.

A friend of this friend I was talking too said something like…  when a blogger keeps blogging without really saying anything she calls it “blog litter.”  I love it!  She’s so right.  It seems like our world is filled with a lot of litter these days. Political litter. Advertising litter.  Email litter.  Even blogging litter. So…  when is enough enough?

I like the aspects of my blog that are more of a “teaching” type focus. Even quilt-alongs can be teaching tools.  Not just a tutorial, but it also can be the whys of the method of choice. I like it when I can learn something or someone can learn something from me. I love to see folks learn more about quilting and appreciate the art of quilting, no  matter what style it is. Modern. Traditional. Contemporary. Historical. It’s all good.  But that type of blogging takes time and effort that isn’t always available. So I have to fill in the gaps with lighter stuff. Or else I think I might explode.

So…  where do you think blogland is going to go from here? Are you finding more blog litter? (If so, please be kind in your comments) What is it that you like about the blogs that you do read?  I’m just curious to know what you think.  I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer.  And everyone will see things a little differently.  But I often wonder how much longer I could or should be doing this blogging thing.  Ya know?

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