Two years ago, I jumped from print to Internet publishing with a new job that combined both print and online elements. To get ahead, I enrolled in both a Mediabistro blogging class and subsequently a crafts-blogging tutorial, taught by Sister Diane on CraftyPod. Suddenly, my cloistered world opened to HTML and CSS; web hosting; the esoteric art of SEO…Oh yes, and marathon training-like time-management in a big hurry!
Thankfully, I already had a topic–a blog about making things by hand. This would connect my knitting/sewing/cooking hobby with my interest in graphic design, as well as my more pressing need to achieve even a novice’s fluency of online publishing.
But, my beloved blog has bloomed into so much more. Since starting it, I have never been so inspired or learned so much. The Stitcherati has become my engine (and inner-voice), motivating me to overcome my tendency toward procrastination and follow through on projects I likely would never have undertaken, so much as completed.
Also, my discovery of other bloggers has pushed me to try new things. Today, I follow over 60 blogs. Without their inspiration, I never would have created a raven stencil and painted it on a mug. Or attempt to bake with fondant. Or make a desert planter that reminded me of my childhood.
And of course, there are the readers. Outside family, I don’t know many with whom I can share my crafting passion. But, the craft-blogging world is ginormous and even I have managed a following! These people get it! They get the long, painstaking road to complete a project. They get what it takes to make something look good! They get a part of me.
That old saying rings true – the one about the journey meaning more than the destination. It bookends neatly with my blog’s theme– the process of making things, from beginning to end, from the challenges faced to the solutions attained. To the people I learned from along the way. The experience has changed my life. And I love it! Here’s to Year Two. Thank you!