I recently had one of those light bulb moments when I realized I’m a quilter who blogs, not a blogger who quilts.
Don’t get me wrong. I love blogging about my quilting. Like so many others, my blog is a journal where I can document my process of making and hopefully inspire many of you. However, I find it very freeing not to be beholden to any one else’s agenda or timetable when it comes to what I want to share. On occasion I like to support my friends and other business associates by promoting their things, too, but it’s so nice to do it on my terms.
Many of the quilts I’ve been able to make by spending more time sewing. 🙂
Just like in my quilting, it’s very freeing not to have to conform to someone else’s rules of what I should or shouldn’t write about, or how often that needs to be. Longtime blog readers will most likely notice that I’ve gone from writing about 5-6 times per week to 2-3 times per week. As my professional schedule has gotten busier, the lighter blogging load has allowed me to maintain balance while still being able to occasionally share what’s important.
And I love not having to stress over whether or not I’ve captured the perfect image. In fact, confession time here, I absolutely loathe photography. There’s something about setting up a shot, tweaking the lighting, or taking the time to make sure things are straight and even that drives me crazy. That’s one of the main reasons I like to create patterns for books and magazines – most publishers will do that part for me! 🙂
Being able to take pics on my phone has made social media doable for me. I still try to take the best picture I can, but honestly, all I do is crop them and lighten them up a bit and I’m good to go. Jason is really helpful, too. He’s certainly no skilled photographer either, but he will help me set up shots (with the real camera) when I need to take pattern covers or do photography for quilt show submissions.
A current magazine project that I can’t wait to show you next spring!
So realizing that I don’t have to make sure every word is optimized or every picture is perfect has allowed me the mental capacity to just go make stuff – and that makes me happy!