Thursday, April 10, 2008

So many reasons

I'm sure there's some central list somewhere of all the reasons bloggers slow down or take hiatuses (haiti?) from blogging. Not knowing where that list is (read: I'm too lazy to look for it), I feel I owe you at least one of the reasons I've been so out of the loop for the last few months. By the way? I know you will find this mind-blowingly fascinating.

At a minimum, I think it may serve as a nice reminder that a change to the smallest thing can cause rather big and unexpected changes to other things.

So, I think it all changed when I started working out in the mornings.

Why would this have anything to do with it? Have I become so athletic that I don't care for crafting anymore, you're wondering? Ha! Hilarious. Don't be silly.

This had been the series of events that would lead to blogging: I would take photos of a crafty item, upload the photos, maybe tweak the photos, write about the item (and/or the photo), and post to the blog. Done. A critical ingredient in there, though, was the light. Nice light? Nice photo.

The best light of the day is in the mornings, in my living room. However! Now that I'm out of the house during the Good Light, taking photos has slowed waaaay down. That, in turn, means no fodder for the hilarious commentary. Sure, I could've been giving you some photo-less Overheard posts, but there just haven't been any that are up to snuff. (This one was so great, I don't know if anything will ever rate again.) So there you go - no light, no photos, no blog fodder. Boo.

I'm not sure how to remedy this. Maybe I'll set up a light box. Maybe I'll go back to making drawings to augment the posts. (My wasband did just give me this awesome drawing tablet that is pretty great.) Something.

I know that when I was feeling bad about not posting, I also felt bad going to other blogs (this makes no sense whatsoever, but it's true). So no posting, very little reading, all around steeeenky situation. I really miss being active in the community of awesome crafters, I can tell you that much.

I'm trying to stay close to the Blogging Without Obligation ideas, because they made me really happy when I read them. For those of you who blog, how do you negotiate your blogging time? I'd be interested to hear. For those of you who don't, aren't you happy to be free of this little dilemma?

Thank you so much for all of your comments and help with my crafting-related troubles recently. You've been super helpful and have kept me feeling connected. So, really, thank you. If you're ever in town, I hope you'll allow me to repay you with a nice cup of iron-brewed coffee and sewing machine-made waffles. It would be my pleasure.


Christabel said...

First of all, I almost had a fit of laughter reading your eavesdropping post. You rock it so hard.
And second of all, the no-obligation thing is a pretty good ideal. Lord knows I don't need the pressure.
I just think your blog is hilarious, and it cheers me up whenever I read it. Maybe just blog when you're feeling it.

Christabel (sock seller--misanthrope--pottymouth)

Stacey said...

Blogging should be a pleasurable thing - no pressure, no obligation. Funny how a thing like light determines everything! It's hard for me as I'm up at 4:30am and don't get home until 7pm - especially winter! I rely a lot on tweaking pictures for brightness, etc. A light box is a great idea though....

Big Alice said...

When I first started to do the blog thing, I decided that angst over posting or not posting was a guilt trip I did not need, and decided I'd post whenever the hell I'd felt like it. Especially since it was a complete vanity project anyway.

Not that I'm not influenced by wanting to put out pretty pictures, or interesting words, making myself look good. That's important to me (IT IS ALL ABOUT ME OF COURSE). I just never wanted it all to feel like an obligation, so I don't feel bad about being somewhat, um, arbitrary about posting schedules. I also kick my Inner Perfectionist in the cojones when it keeps insisting I Must Have the Perfect Words/Pictures for My Post.

Big Alice said...

All that said, I meant to add, I enjoy reading your blog both when it comes with pictures and without.