Why do I blog?

Sometimes I wonder why I blog. There are so many bloggers on so many topics out there already…does the world really need another one? Probably not. But the fact is that I LOVE blogging! ) I love putting my photos and projects out there for people to see. Because I love looking at other people’s photos and projects too! I think I have become a blog addict! I am signed up to receive many different blogs, and reading them, to me, is like opening a good book and enjoying  a few moments of inspiration and camaraderie.

What is a BLOG exactly? Here is one definition that I found:

“”Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order.”

When I first started blogging I would read advice on how to run a successful  blog. One of those pieces of advice was to always blog regularly and to publish at the same time and day every week. I tried doing that. I found it was not my thing. I want to write when I am inspired to, not because a date on the calendar tells me to. One of my all-time favorite bloggers is a lady in England who is a quilter. She blogs very irregularly…sometimes months go by and we don’t hear a word from her. But when one of her blog posts finally lands in my inbox, I get so excited! It’s like receiving a letter from a friend, even though we have never met. I will make myself a cup of tea ( seems appropriate somehow 😉 ), and then I will savor reading her post ( which is always filled with beautiful photos). As a blogger you are warned that if you don’t publish regularly, your readers will forget you and unsubscribe. I can tell you that I would rather wait months for one beautiful and inspiring blog post, than to receive one every week that just pushes products and really contains nothing to inspire me.

 

More Bee Happy blocksAnother piece of advice I read was that you have to stay ON TOPIC. Someone actually said NOT to go on about your kids or other OFF topics because no one would care. When I started my blog I wanted to write about my quilting. As a quilter it is super difficult to have a new project to share every single time. Quilting is not a fast process and projects can take months or years to complete. It seems silly to rush through projects, or to start a gazillion new ones, just because you must have something to blog about. And although quilting is a huge passion obviously, for me my family always comes first. our familySo sometimes there will be blog posts about family outings or important milestones or just about things that are affecting my life. So yes, you are going to see pretty pictures of the quilts I am trying to work on, but you might also see pictures of home renovation projects, and beloved pets that touch my life. Those things are all part of me and my life, and I can’t compartmentalize them and keep them separated. Those things are ALL part of ME. And so I will write about all of it. Some people get upset if a post is not all about quilting or quilting related somehow. Personally I love getting glimpses into bloggers’ personal lives now and again. ( I don’t want to know all the nitty-gritty, but it makes people more real somehow to know about their problems/issues/stresses/deadlines). Before you start thinking that someone complained to me about my posts, that is not the case at all! But I do have a large number of  new subscribers ( thank you!) and I want to be honest with you about what to expect.

There are bloggers out there that are great about sharing their projects and products in pretty pictures and they can write about just that. That is just not me. When you come here, you are just as likely to see a photo of a nest of baby bunnies as you are to see some sweet fabric that I bought. Or maybe you will see a photo of one of our kids in their graduation outfit because I am a proud momma.

If that is not your thing, it’s just fine. No hard feelings. Over the years I have subscribed and unsubscribed from blogs because they just weren’t a “good fit” anymore. As we grow older, it is inevitable that we change and that our interests change too. Do you remember any fabrics  that you just loved when you first started quilting and now you just don’t care for those patterns/prints/colors anymore? I do. And I think blogs are the same way.

So there you have it. This is my blog and I am going to write about things that are happening in my life, whether it’s quilting, family, decorating, or whatever the case may be. To pretend that those other things don’t exist and affect us all seems silly and phony to me. Here’s to being “real”.

Until next time~Happy creating!

Monique

34 thoughts on “Why do I blog?

  1. Hi Monique….for me you have hit the nail on the head. Diversity in the blog is what I enjoy. We can’t do it all so too many projects at a time will make me feel unworthy of being a quilter. I bake, cook enjoy other people’s pets etc so please keep this blog about your best self. I already enjoy your sharing creative spirit.

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  2. Oh my, someone is out in left field! I LOVE hearing about the lives of the quilters I follow. They are my friends and we have so much in common. Continue on!!!

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  3. I enjoy your blogs because it is like sitting down with a good friend and get to hear what is going on with you. As much as I like the blogs that are “business like” I have a tendency to skim them and not enjoy as much as the ones that are friendly and homey. Thank you for inviting us into your world and what is going on with you.

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  4. Good Morning from my home in Auckland New Zealand on this cool Autumn morning. I love reading and seeing photos’ on your blog whether it be quilt related or ither parts of your life.

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  5. Hi Sweetie, I adore your blog and have always looked forward to it. I love that you put your heart into it and that we always get a glimpse of a Mum, wife, daughter etc., wonderful quilter and a generous soul. So please keep doing what you do, its a bright day for me to read your blog, I get inspired to make something (even if its not quilty related). Take care.

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  6. Monique, I recently went through the list of blogs I had subscribed to because it was overwhelming each day and I felt obligated to read them all. The ones I unsubscribed to were ones I had never felt I had gotten to know who the blogger was as a person. The few I still get are written by people like you, who want to share who they are besides a quilter and invite you care like a friend. It is what I strive for in my blog and facebook – a real person who happens to love quilting. So, my friend, just be you and many will continue to enjoy your blog.

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  7. I enjoy your blog and am in agreement with your thoughts on blogging. Write when you have time and are inspired- I will be looking forward to reading about your quilts, your family and anything you wish to share. Thank you.

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  8. Monique, to me you have described the kind of blog that I love to read. As you say quilting takes time so posting about new projects isn’t going to happen all the time but it’s lovely to hear about your life happenings. It feels like I get to know more about you and what is happening in your life-and this makes the blog feel like I am catching up with a good friend about life stuff as well as quilting stuff.
    Keep blogging Monique-it’s great to feel like there is a good friend’s news to catch up with from the other side of the world!

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  9. Hi Monique,
    Seeing your latest blog post in my inbox always makes me happy! Your projects and photos inspire me, and your posts on family life make me feel like I’m sitting down with an old friend, sharing a pot of tea, and catching up. I like how you keep it real. Thanks for sharing your creativity as well as your heart.
    Diane

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  10. Monique, I enjoy hearing about more than just quilting. Reading about other events in your life, make your blog much more enjoyable. Like mentioned earlier, it seems like visiting with a friend. Keep up the good work.

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