Blogging it Slower


Sometimes all these colors feel like too much. I want to pick just. one.

I have been blogging in this space for almost 8 years. Eight years. That is actually the longest I’ve ever stuck with any type of journal-keeping of any type. Now, of course, it has all changed quite a bit since I started. Back then it seemed like there was only a handful of us. I knew nothing about google reader. I checked blogs the prehistoric way, by clicking on a saved bookmark. I didn’t have a smartphone, there were no Ipads, If a blog wasn’t updated, I’d just check back later. On my computer.
Reading blogs and making friends with bloggers was an social outlet for me. I was at home with small kids all day, some days feeling lonely and other days a little nuts. It was sanity-saving. I was thrilled to be a part of it.
But over time I realized my own blogging changed. As an example, for a while I experiemented with advertising on the blog. While overall it was a good experience, ultimately it wasn’t for me.Once (or maybe more than once) I nearly stopped blogging altogether. Had I said all I wanted to say? Had it all run it’s course? Are blogs relevant. For some reason I didn’t stop, but I never really answered my own questions.
I’ve felt disheartened towards blogging in 2012. Maybe you’ve noticed it? Things online seem to swirl at a speed that no one person can possibly keep up with. If this is what a blog needed to do, did I want to do it? My love hate relationship with Pinterest is the perfect example. It’s my “5 minutes to kill” eye candy, purely because it all comes at me so quickly. I love getting inspired by Pinterest, but funny thing is, there is a tiny percentage of pins I have ever actually looked at. Many blogs I click on to sparkle with rotating content, clickable this, downloadable that. It was an inevitability that blogs would make this jump and I don’t pass judgement on anyone who runs a blog like this (I read some of them). In this day and age, blogging is done with a lot of gusto and energy.
Over the holiday break I thought about all this, and what I want from this space. I asked myself some hard questions. Some I still haven’t answered. Here’s what I know:
What do I want my blog to be? I want my blog to be an expression of me and what I do. Blogging in my own way is important to me.
What is my blog about? With the support out there from you, blogging has made me realize I am an artist. I want my blog to be about what I make and my creative life.
And all this thinking brought me around to the book I’m working on. Based on the lightening speed of the internet content, sometimes I’ve wondered, why bother? I get discouraged some days (which is all a part of the creative process, but it still sucks). Do people read craft books anymore? Thinking thoughts like this have brought me to tears more than once. Work on a book, as many of you know, is a long and sometimes grueling process. By the time my book is done, it will most certainly feel like some sort of birth.
Where am I going with all this?
Today, I felt overwhelmed by the many things I needed to get done, I am worried about money (being two self-employed people, let’s face it, when are we NOT worried about money), health insurance costs rising, you name it. I needed an escape. Not just for a minute or two, but a real escape. And I realized that two specific things felt really right at that moment.
1- Curling up with a stack of books. With beautiful pictures to give me ideas about how to freshen up our very beige hallway. With beautiful, inspiring text to read. To flip through and read at my own leisure. I get what I missed about printed pages more than ever.
2- Writing this post to you. Just sitting down and writing a blog post about my true feelings around this whole crazy online world and my feelings towards it. It feels incredibly good to write all of this out to you this way.
There has been talk online from others about savoring time, Erin wrote brilliantly about the idea of slow blogging, and consciously relaxing in the new year. Apparently alot of us are thinking about it in some way. I, myself don’t quite know where this talk is leading in my mind. Except to say that I am excited and giddy about the book I’m writing all over again. And that feels really good!
And I realized that I have new energy for the blog. In some form.
If you’ve read this far, you deserve a gold star sent to you.
Snail mail, of course.
Thank you for being out there,

  • melissa

    January 9, 2013 at 5:35 am

    yes, yes, and yes. I want to spend less time online, more in real life (and in my sketchbook, studio, on the sofa with a real book) and I want my online activity to reflect my creative pursuits. I want to be here less, but to be more significan (? concrete?) when I am here. good post. off to read erin’s.

  • Carol K

    January 9, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Thank you for sharing on your blog. I have been reading blogs since 2005; yours was one of the first. I like to make things with fabric and with beads; I love craft books and magazines and blogs. I hardly ever comment. I do not blog; I have never used a reader to keep track of blogs; my phone is smarter than I. I am not good at the process part of making for myself, but that is part of what I love reading about on blogs.
    I hope you keep blogging; I can’t wait to see your book. I am a fan.

  • rachel | buttons magee

    January 9, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I am right there with you Blair. I can’t seem to completely quit. It feels good to go back to just writing when I want about what I want.

  • susan

    January 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

    spot on Blair! I am not quitting but just weaving it into my life in a different fashion. when the mood strikes, when realtime life has a natural pause for sharing. nice to read this here today! thank you.

  • Julia

    January 9, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Amen, Blair!

  • Betz

    January 9, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Can I copy and paste this post onto my blog? Because I feel the same way! I want to love my blog the way I used to. But I know everything is different now. I miss the days of simply making stuff and posting it. And now I am working on my third book and wondering the same thing you are. Once I get through this book (ahem) I’m going to make stuff and post it. Just because. No agenda. Because we all need that.

  • Bonney

    January 9, 2013 at 6:17 am

    You write one of my favorite blogs and I’ll be here no matter what form you choose to offer us!

  • Ali

    January 9, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Oh yes – can I add another ‘me too’? I’m not ready to let my blog go, but I feel like a bit of a dinosaur in the brave new internet world. Then it occurred to me – I don’t have to strive to compete – blogging can happily be my own personal backwater. Here’s to meandering in our own ways.

  • mims

    January 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I would always love to see what random bottle with a note drifted by from you…..
    peace out

  • Lisa Clarke

    January 9, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Creative blogging has certainly changed over the years, you are right about that. There’s a “slick” feeling to a lot of them that didn’t used to be there. I’m still drawn to the blogs that feel more like a personal narrative of a creative life, especially those that share a little of the imperfectness of it all.
    I think it’s natural, this process of questioning, and slowly finding answers. Here’s to a satisfying and fulfilling blog experience in 2013, in whatever form that may take!

  • amisha

    January 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

    beautifully said, blair. much of what you have written here resonates with me as i think through all my own online activities, re-evaluating for the new year. thank you. xo

  • Stacy

    January 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    What I love about your blog is the way it is written. It feels like a moment shared between friends, not a shouting from the rooftops how awesome you are. (which you are!) I have been wanting to start a blog but always stop short because I feel like I just couldn’t keep up or add anything new to the blog world. Your post has inspired me to go ahead and do it… but to not worry and compare…just do it for me and anyone with a like mind. As always, thank you for the inspiration.
    p.s. there is nothing like a book. I cherish my craft books and look forward to adding a new one to the collection!

  • Autum

    January 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Blair, yours was one of the first blogs I read. Let me add my voice to the choir singing me too and amen! I can’t seem to walk away from my blog, but I just don’t have the same love. It is so hard not to feel left behind in this new world of slick blogs, but at the same time that’s not what I aspire to be. I think Betz said above, I miss just making stuff and posting it. Here’s to hanging in there in 2013.

  • margie

    January 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

    As a blog reader, not writer, I like things slow. I’m not on pintrest, Facebook or twitter (gasp!). I like people’s honesty and to see what they are making. It’s inspiring. As for craft books, there oxygen, a visual treat. I like flipping the pages and contemplating ideas …. I just don’t get the same feeling from my iPad.
    I enjoy your blog the way it is. But it’s YOUR blog. You do it your way, which will be the right way.

  • Heather

    January 9, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Exactly! I have found the last few months to be glorious as I have stepped away to focus more on the here and now. I still feel drawn to this space though. Just trying to find the balance and determine the need.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    January 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    you, my friend, have hit it on the nose.
    i admire you so much for continuing to blog while working on your book. that takes dedication and determination – don’t undermine it! i have found myself asking some of the same questions in the last year – why do i blog? what do i want it to be? etc. i am not ready to give it up, but i think the last year has taught me that my blog is going to be a reflection of where i am in the moment. if i am making, then i’m posting. if i’m not, well, then the blog gets neglected. i feel so blessed and incredibly lucky to have made good, real life friends through the blog not to mention the opportunities that it has given me. i’m just going to take it at my own pace and do what feels right. sounds like you and i are on the same page. xo.

  • allbuttonedup

    January 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

    you guys are one of the very best things about my own blogging (along with the other usual suspects). and i’m glad you all are catching on to this SLOW thing that i’ve been doing for YEARS (totally purposefully, i might add, and not driven by my insane household situation) and just waiting for it to catch on. sheesh. it’s about time.

  • Michele H.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    “blog it slower!” Yes, Yes, Yes!
    i started to feel this same exact way 1/2 way through last year. like many others, i have yet to give it up. sharing stories (and some obligations) have kept me there. and truth be told, i love the connection. thank you for sharing what so many of us feel. i enjoy visiting your space and am definitely excited about your new book;)

  • Janice

    January 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

    slow. i like that.
    i often wish i blogged more, simply because i find i have a lot of ideas i’d like to share and that excites me. the creative part is always exciting + thrilling. but i am going to share this in a different way this year i think. i am letting my blog “just sit” for January. the ideas are there, but the enthusiasm is lacking. and i like to blog only when i feel like it–so time/energy/creative projects have to line up all at the same time for this to happen. that said, i do enjoy blogging.
    yet. it is also time consuming. sometimes i wonder if people are reading or just skimming. and clicking. and pinterest”ing”. am i just blogging so people can “pin it”? i often wonder. seems like a lot of effort on a blogger’s part for 10 seconds of stimulation for a pinterest board. and just earlier this morning i was thinking…is it me or are the same images bombarding me every day? there is a sameness to Pinterest that is not stimulating me creatively.
    i love the points and thoughts that you have shared Blair. there are blogs that i read everyday. and i do it the old fashioned way. with a bookmark from my favorites list. it makes me more mindful to choose what i read every morning.
    it is nice to have you as part of this daily ritual.

  • Sharon

    January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thank you, Blair. I’ve been reading this space for many years now, always appreciating what you share with us. Looking forward to seeing what’s next (including your book!). Slow blogs are awesome!

  • Kate Lantry

    January 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    What wise sentiment! It seems to be the same on all the blogs I read: back to simplicity, back to blogging about what you love, gratitude. These are themes all over the blogworld right now.
    I’m an old fashioned girl. I have a blog but don’t really understand how it works, I don’t have a smartphone or a Facebook or Twitter account. And, although I own a Kindle, I still prefer curling up with a real book.
    Good luck with your goals and your new book!

  • lisa s

    January 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    it’s so funny. here we are again at this corner. and of course i agree.
    and YES book writing. in the midst of mine i thought REALLY why? but then in the end i was glad.
    yay for you for voicing your opinion and sticking to your guns and then remolding those guns when needed.
    i am always glad to see you in this space – whatever form…

  • Kristina

    January 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I love your description of the early blogging years…when the kids were little, we were home alone but had each other 😉 So true…all of it.
    I’ve had the same questions running through my mind over and over through the years!
    I don’t know when or how I’ll figure out what to do with ‘my space’ online…
    But what I DO know is that books are still the best! Gotta have books 😉
    Good luck!

  • sarah b.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’ve been reading a lot about the Slow Web Movement (you can see an article about it here thanks to a co-worker, and have been myself trying to savor the places I love on the internet, while still enjoying the quick fix locations now and then 🙂 I think there’s definitely a place for all of it!

  • Lecia

    January 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I had a similar realization when the school year started. Well said.

  • Jessica

    January 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Blogs do feel more “slick” these days and I’m not into it. I suspect there is a large population who aren’t. It feels forced, like when someone says, ” i like your shoes” just to have something to talk about. The appeal of blogs such as yours, Alicia’s (of posy gets cozy) and a few others is that they are genuine. I’ve been reading yours for the past 8 years and its so…real. Quality, not quantity.
    Point being, you’re appreciated. This blog and this post are what I loved about the blogging world to begin with; a place to express creativity and be inspired and to remember we’re all making our own way.

  • Melissa Crowe

    January 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Gold star me. 😉
    I’ve been thinking about the writing on my own blog–when I began several years ago, I felt like I wanted to _say_ things; then it began to seem like people might not be willing to _read_ anything over a few sentences, and I scaled back. (I also had to go back to work and suddenly had far less time to write.) I’ve been thinking about about how there _are_ things I want to say–about family life and consumerism and being a woman in her late thirties… I want to believe in the notion that “if you build it, they will come,” so once I get the time an energy, I would like to return to more copy on deeper subjects… feels like a risk now, though, right?

  • Kelly (everkelly)

    January 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Blair, thank you so much for saying this! I know, for me, as a long time reader of your blog – I come here to see what YOU are doing — because your point of view, your eye, your artistic projects are inspiring to me. I don’t expect or want you to be a “fast” blogger — because then it wouldn’t be you anymore, right? I am also a newbie on the book path — and I had a very similar feeling some days. Like why am I making all of these things in secret and then sitting on them for 2+ years while everyone else is lapping me on pinterest + blogs? Well, now that it’s all turned in, I can say that the ideas in book form are better polished, edited, and have more heart than anything else I’ve done because of the time + love poured in. I know as a reader those are things I value, and I hope there are others out there who feel the same. I know for me I am looking forward to curling up in a comfy chair with yours.

  • readingismyhustle

    January 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Does anyone even read craft books any more? Yes. Yes. YES.
    I so appreciate this space and am glad to hear you will keep blogging.
    Many thanks, Blair! <3

  • Megan

    January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    It’s what blogs are best at, what I have been trying to do too, though with much self-doubt and many fits and starts. Wishing you all the best for your journey, and look forward to reading about it too.
    I definitely still read craft books. Most definitely.

  • Di

    January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Can I say how lovely it is to know that there are other creative bloggers out there who are oh the same wavelength as me?!
    A wonderfully clear & honest post that I totally get and support.
    Best wishes for the blogging and making and writing journey ahead.

  • robyn

    January 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m glad that you are taking time to think about it from all sorts of angles and deciding what is most important is to stay true to yourself. It makes me so sad to see long time bloggers putting themselves up against some of the “successful” blogs, comparing apples to oranges and then deciding to throw in the towel. What?! I read your blog because of who you are not because of who sponsors your posts or sends you free things to do reviews of.
    Also, I wanted to thank you because your first paragraph brought something to light for me. I often get down on myself for not posting often enough, for not writing in my own handwritten journal enough or even being able to commit to regularly using my line-a-day journal. BUT, your words made me realize that I have committed and been successful at something. I have been blogging for 8 years, 6 years on my current blog (the previous one was deleted when the company was going to start charging me to use it).
    It’s not about how many times I post or write, but that I stick with it and keep going. This is something that I have wished I could share with those few bloggers that have decided to quit after so long. And something I will try and remember when I start to get down on myself for not remembering to write in my journal for 4 months.

  • Susan

    January 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Blair, this post really resonates with me. Honestly the blogs I keep coming back to day after day are of the ‘slow’ variety. I don’t want to be bombarded with masses of impersonal magazine style content. I really hope you don’t stop blogging. Recently it seems so many of my favourite bloggers have become disillusioned and given up. I thoroughly enjoy this space and peeking into your creative mind!

  • emily

    January 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    i’m so glad you’re here. and that i know you. and that i read this. all of it. thank you, blair. xo.

  • Jeanell

    January 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    YES!!! I read craft books and I enjoy reading blogs, but some things you just need in hard copy. Looking forward to the book.

  • alison

    January 10, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Blair – I just want to add my voice to the chorus that says there are folks out there who read books as well as blogs. I don’t have any fancy techno-gadgets, never have managed to get the hang of “following” (so I still read blogs by clicking on bookmarks in my oh so unfashionable desktop computer) but I do read blogs that are an expression of that particular person, and track down their books at the library to get deeper into whatever their story is, whether it is about things to make or ideas to mull over.
    As an artist, I spend a lot of time alone, and reading blogs is a way to know that there are other folks out there also making things, and figuring out how to integrate that into their lives. I do not want to read slick blogs about products, or blogs that mostly consist of re-linking to other peoples content. I do have a pinterest account, because it is a visual bookmarking system, and I find it easier to navigate than my cluttered bookmark menu
    I keep my blog for myself primarily, it is my journal about my life and activity and challenge and creative endeavors, and I find it has become an invaluable part of my life, whether or not anyone else reads it. I look forward to your book as well

  • Sarah

    January 10, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Well said!

  • Paige

    January 10, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Bravo Blair!
    Reading this post, I am now a bigger fan!
    I’m excited for your book.
    You can keep the gold star, this post was encouragement enough.
    Congratulations, these realizations in the process are huge!

  • beki

    January 10, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Oh Blair, you’ve certainly stuck a chord with all of us! I think a lot of us have come to the same conclusion. Thanks for still being here. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

  • lindaroo

    January 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for reflecting, and for inviting us in…

  • Angel Jem

    January 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Craft books and good cookery books. You have to have real books for those. And keep blogging. Blogging is such a good way to connect.

  • Marisa

    January 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    This was exactly what I needed yesterday. You hit the nail on the head.

  • Carla

    January 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Blair-
    I have been reading your blog for a long time and I love popping in and seeing what you are up to, what you are creating, what is inspiring you. I have been very inspired by you on several occasions and have been pushed creatively by you. I also have a special love of your home city, Seattle, as I was lucky enough to live there for a few years in the late 90’s.
    You are inspiring, kind, a lovely mother, and a creative light in my everyday life.

  • Rose

    January 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I check on blogs with bookmarks, and check back again if they aren’t updated. I like your blog as it is.

  • Grace

    January 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love your blog Blair!, and yes.. Real Life is the Most Important 🙂 One day at a time. If it becomes too much pressure it isn’t fun anymore. Have a great weekend!
    And thanks for the “Gold” Star 😉

  • Alison Marra

    January 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I feel like a weight has been lifted off me. I’m going to have to think on all this for a while (this post, and The Slow Web linked to by Sarah B above) but it feels like this is something I’ve been looking for without even knowing I was looking. Back in the old days (ha!) of blogs that you described, I was a reader, not a blogger. I ate up every word of what you and Alicia and Amy Karol and Amanda Soule and the Congdon sisters and a few others wrote, and felt a wonderful sense of community on the internet that I had no access to in my real life. It was a huge gift to my creativity. Fast forward 8 years and I now have two daughters, a (part-time) career as a painter and muralist and teacher, and – of course – a blog. Which I love writing a lot of the time. But between pinning and tweeting and facebooking and instagramming it, plus feeling like I have to stay abreast of what everyone else is doing all the time – and not just in the crafty corner of the internet but all the food blogs, style blogs, shelter blogs and entrepreneur empowerment blogs… I spend more time striving for MORE, FASTER on my phone and computer than I do with an actual brush in my hand. I’ve been lamenting for the past few months that I didn’t start the blog in 2004/5 when I “should” have in order to be successful. And in order to have that feeling of peace it seems I missed out on. But that’s such BS. Yes, things have changed, but I don’t have to keep up. This post and the comments here have reminded me of that. There is more to say but I don’t have it all figured out yet – going to ruminate, SLOWLY, on what I want for my blog – except for this: thank you. xo

  • Katie

    January 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Books like blogging are a slow and almost painful process at times. When I illustrated the only book I’ve helped to publish it was long, tiresome, and took almost a year to do it. You just like in life have to keep chugging along and pick out pieces and collage them together to find what works.

  • Juliette

    January 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    DITTO. In 2012 there were a total of about 10 weeks when I was totally offline due to travels (we committed to being offline then) and I noticed a few things: 1) The only thing I missed was being able to post a picture of current travel adventures to show family and friends on FB -without needing a response, it was the idea of simply sharing what we were doing. 2)I was so inspired from being offline and away from the can’t-keep-up-with-the-Jones’ of the internet. 3) I actually didn’t want to get back online very much…except when I suddenly DID, but then it was so much easier to step away from it.
    I find myself questioning where I want to take my own blog this year. I think I’m just going to work it out via posts and see which readers hang on. I’m ok with that. I have a small blog and it’s my hobby and that’s a good thing right now. =)

  • Rebecca B

    January 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve read your blog for 5 years or so and have never commented (shame on me). This year I committed to less web-voyeurism and more true interaction. I always come here when I need some inspiration, real inspiration and not flashy pinterest inspiration. Your quilts inspired me to work on some wonky log cabins and a red and white Ohio star. You also inspired me (way back in the very beginning of my homemaking) to just suck it up and machine stitch my own quilts. It was the block I kept coming up against when I wanted to sew. I saw you plugging away on your machine and thought, I can do this. And so I did.
    I will not weigh in on whether or not you should quit blogging, but will say that I took a step back from my blogging last year and very much missed it. But I missed the writing, and not really the expectations of a blog. Throwing words on the internet creates a different expectation from the audience than just writing and publishing and being released from interacting with readers.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you Melissa. Yes, posting to just put words out there, and using our blogs as an added stress or time suck to what we “want” to do with our creative time just to fill space doesn’t feel right. Significant. If I were choosing a 2013 word, that should be it.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Carol, thank you so much for sharing this space with me for so long. Your comment made me smile. Nice to know there are others out there who desire to slow it all down a bit, yet still staying inspired.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    How many times have we tried to talk this through? I think taking the pressure to put something out there according to a schedule (whether real or imagined) makes it all seem much more appealing to me. xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I like the way you say that Susa, weaving it into life in a different fashion. Yes! Everything has sped up, but I like that so many of us are okay slowing the pace down a little. Thank you.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I want that first date love too! And congratulations on your 3rd book! I wanna hear about it!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much Bonney, that is so nice to hear.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    After reading all the comments, I’m wondering if it’s good for there to be dinosaurs like me out there?

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you so much Mims! I’m so glad you’re out there.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Slick is the perfect word. And when I hear that word I realize it doesn’t reflect my life at all.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    It’s a good time to re-evaluate. So glad you are out there! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you so much Stacy, your comment made me happy when I read it. My blog has only ever been just little ole me, and all the trials and tribulations. After reading these comments I’m realizing more than ever when I was feeling. A blog doesn’t have to be so slick, so polished. Hope you decide to start your blog!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Autum, I remember when you started yours! I think it’s all evolving. It really has too, it just can’t stay the same. But change always makes me uncomfortable, so thank you for adding your voice to this. Happy 2013! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I’m so glad you are out there Margie, reading and enjoying the slowness. Thank you!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I think we need to give ourselves permission to step away for a while. I think when I feel I can’t step away it feels like too much of a job (and I am imposing that stress on myself, no one else is). Interesting realization.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Erin, I love the way you’ve decided to blog when it feels right to blog, and step away when life pulls you away. I think I’ve struggled what I want to write about on the blog… only making, or making plus family stuff. Maybe I just need to do as you are doing on Flickr, journaling with a photo each day. (I know I enjoy reading them).xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Me too Michele, the connections have been life changing. Friends I’ll have for the rest of my life. So glad you stop by here.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you Janice. You are absolutely right… a lot of blogging for 10 seconds of pinning it. Yes! I can’t believe the manic pinning will sustain us all, and I hope we all slow it down in 2013 a bit and enjoy it all more. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your voice on this post!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you so much Sharon!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much Kate! I like the idea that so many of us are desiring “blog” simplicity these days. I know I am.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    How many discussions!? It’s nice to hear you asked yourself the same questions when you were writing your book (I actually had a friend ask me today, why not all electronic, why do you want a physically published book?) Thank you for being out there, I am so glad you are! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you dear old blogging friend!

  • Robin Gadient

    January 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Wow. I loved reading this.
    Here’s some of my impressions. Oh, oh, wait I am still accessing and reading my blogs like that. Darn it. How do I use that Google Reader? I’m stuck in the past!!!! Wait, wait, wait is she leading up to telling us she’s stopping her blog? NO! No no no no. I hope not. I love this blog. I go to it regularly, the old fashioned way. Ha. With a bookmark. This is one of only the few blogs I read regularly. I love her. Oh. Oh. Oh. Curl up with a book? Sound great. And and write this post? Now she feels better! Awesome. Yay yay yay yay yay. Slow blogging? I could get behind that. That’s just my style.
    Much love. So glad you’re here, doing your creative thing.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    January 13, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Thanks, Blair. That is such a nice compliment. I think, like everything else, it's about balance. And while it is so hard to achieve, I'm trying. xo.

  • Wendy

    January 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I’ve only recently started my own blog after following just a few blogs for many years – your blog being one of them. I would never comment and would only follow the blogs from my ‘favourites’ on the computer. I started reading them for inspiration for my own crafting (sewing/knitting). Now there’s so much information in blogs through links that if I’m not careful, I can easily waste a few precious hours on the internet when I could’ve been happily creating something myself! The more I read online, the less creative I become myself. I have to remind myself of this regularly (maybe I should stitch that reminder into a little wall hanging!). I still LOVE buying a new craft book, however, as it’s right there on your coffee table for inspiration!

  • Karen

    January 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

    What can I say, I didn’t even know there was a quicker or different way to doing things than bookmark or favourites. Ho Hum. I don’t blog or even journal these days but I do read blogs and yours is one I’ve read since I first stumbled on blogging. In the past year to two years I’ve been aware of how much more there seems out there and that I must be missing something if I don’t try to access it all. But oh, that is exhausting. And what’s more, it’s watered down. More recently I have deleted any files I don’t regularly read, ones I saved because they were linked to another blog, but have found that I’m still drawn to the original ones I was attracted to. All this reminds me of a quote I learned at school – way back when, and from a book, or perhaps even from my teacher, yes in person!
    Make new friends but don’t forget the old
    For the new are silver but the old are gold
    On reflection reading your post and thinking about it, I’ve felt very scattered. It’s good to get inspiration and see and hear and experience new things but not 24/7!! My intention for this year is to try and get more grounded and get some deeper connection with what I’m exposing myself to. Take the time to savour it. Love this post. Thank you.

  • Redhedhels

    January 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I don’t have a blog, but I read a few. There has been more than one post over the last few weeks about slowing down, not trying to be perfect, stopping to enjoy the real world rather than just doing things that will make good blog posts. And I say hurrah! Surely a blog like this should be a reflection of how you like to fill your time, not your life a reflection of what you think people want to read about?
    I’ve stopped reading some really popular blogs that I was enjoying, simply because I can’t keep up with the pace of their posting. I don’t want to come into my reader and find I’ve got a thousand unread posts – it fills me with guilt (I know it shouldn’t, but it does). For me, reading blogs is supposed to be about finding inspiration to create, and working up the guts to start selling what I create, not a chore that steals all my creative time and energy.

  • andrea

    January 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

    oh blair. so much of this resonates with me! and so many similarities! it will be eight years of blogging for me in march and, like you, in the beginning, it really was sort of a lifesaver for me. at home with two young kids (babies, really), I was able to carve out a space that really felt like my own, was able to find an amazing community of artists and mothers. so grateful for those early, early blogging days for so many reasons. I’ve often wondered what blogging would look like several years down the road, couldn’t even really imagine blogging in 8-10 years! well, here we are. I have evaluated (and re-evaluated) my own blog this past year, have looked at my motivation, why I share what I share, the amount time of I invest, have examined (and re-examined) the relevance. I am so right there with you. but relevant or not, it remains a space that is my own. my very own. and while it’s changed and evolved over the years, it’s still a place where I share things that make me happy, that inspire me, a place where I share my work, my personal creative projects. and where I occasionally share a little more, make myself a little more vulnerable and share more personal (sometimes difficult) things. relevant or not, I’ve decided I’m not going anywhere, not anytime soon. I think there’s an enormous push (a temptation, if you will) to get swept up in the current breakneck speed of the internet, to always have something new and exciting to add to the often deafening online conversation. obviously, the trick is in finding balance. and I think you’ve done just that. thanks so much for sharing this with us. so much inspiration in your space here, always. xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    You said it perfectly Andrea! Yes, this space allows me to push myself a little, feel a little vunerable, and conduct things the way they feel right. Thank you so much for chiming in! xo

  • Jenni Bailey

    January 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I love this so much. I, too, want to blog and create community and still have time to curl up with (and WRITE!) books. I just wrote a post on my own blog about de-pinteresting my brain and making it okay for myself to just kind of do me. Sounds easier than it is sometimes. 😉

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    And Melissa, well, I have learned many many things from you. I should have caught on to the slow blogging thing you were doing long before now ; D

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you again for posting that great link!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Lecia!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you so much Jessica. I appreciate you guys out there too, knowing you’re out there is why I keep giving it a go.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Good points. I think we all starting thinking that maybe we were being too wordy, comparing our blogs to the ones that seemed to spill over with snippets of info over and over again. I like that we are realizing that we need to pave our own way. And yes, take risks like going deeper (imagine!). Thank you Melissa!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Kelly, congratulations on your book!!! It’s interesting that writing a book can stir up so many feelings and questions, it’s such a process (and I value how it’s pushing me). I am looking forward to yours too!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for reading! And commenting!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you dear blogging friend!!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I think we’re on the edge of our own slow movement Di! Thank you for chiming in!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Robyn. It’s true, I’ve been very unsuccessful at all kinds of journalling, but it’s interesting to me that people like you or me are able to keep at blogging. There’s definitely something in it for me.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Susan. Yes, I am here to stay for now. Thank you for reading my slowness 😀

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I’m glad you’re there too! You guys are the best part of this whole blogging journey. xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you Jeanell!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much Allison, I loved reading your thoughts on this whole topic.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Sarah!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Paige!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you, I’m so glad you’re still out there too!

  • Katie

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I just came over because I saw a link to this post over on Elsie Marley. And I’m so glad I did. I’ve been working on a craft book of my own for the past year (and am nowhere close to being ready to submit or do anything worthwhile with it) and so much of what you wrote here hit home for me. Right in my heart. I sooo understand. And I’ve made goals about blogging slower, better, and more deliberately this year too. Thank goodness slight, purposeful changes can, as you said, bring new energy to old loves like blogging. Just when I begin to think I don’t need it anymore (and maybe that it doesn’t need me?) I’m back to feeling like it’s the push behind so much of my creativity. Book writing is so lonely sometimes. Thanks so much for your true and understanding words.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for being out there.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you Marisa!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much Carla, I am so happy you are out there and reading!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you Rose!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you Grace!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you so much Allison. You describe all this so well.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I have never experienced anything like writing this book, and it’s not over. Longer than a pregnancy and just as zany.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for commenting Juliette. You’re right, being offline makes it tough to get back online (which isn’t bad necessarily) and being on too much makes it hard to step away. Always striving for balance.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you so much Rebecca, I am so happy that I inspired you in some way to leap into quilts. They are my first love!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you, thank you Robin. I am so glad you are out there.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you so much Wendy!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you Karen, I think you’re accessing and reading your blog just the right way ;D

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you so much for commenting (and I know exactly what you experience with a full feed reader).

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Great new word for me, DE-pinterest. Thank you Jenni!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you Katie! Good luck with your writing, and thank you for being out there.

  • Blogless Anna

    January 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    It’s so easy to be sucked into screen time. I find it hard to get the balance between being inspired by others, finding time to create myself and documenting what I do on my blog. I’m newish to this blogging thing so it’s nice to hear a perspective of someone with loads of blogging experience. I like the blog slow idea.

  • Jen

    January 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I have felt the exact same way, there is peace in a slower life. Excited for your new journey and the beautiful genuine creativity it will inspire!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Jen!!

  • CathyT

    January 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I love what you posted. I sometimes feel as if I am addicted to the Internet and I am working to ensure that this isn’t the case. I love reading what others have posted on their blogs, looking at Pinterest and Houzz for ideas and sometimes following links, sometimes just looking. I do love books too and sitting and looking, reading, and exploring what they offer. I am happy when life does not overwhelm me and feels natural. Reading your thoughts aobut blogging is calming as I wonder how people can write something inspiring and interesting so very often. I feel that is just can’t be so, how do they do it all and have a life of their own? Do what I right for you and it will be right for your family. Keep calm and craft on! And I will be watching for your book to cuddle up with.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you so much Cathy!

  • Grace

    January 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Wow, I feel exactly the same. I couldn’t have said it better than you, or Erin.

  • Chrissy @ Muse of the Morning

    January 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    That was so beautifully said Blair! I have the same goals for my blog as well- instead of pushing forward to get a ton more followers, instead of doing every new trick or beating myself up because I’m not posting enough, I’m going to simply post better posts when I can and when I feel like it. I do believe that many blogs that post more and more are decreasing in quality. I love to be inspired, but I need time to use that inspiration as well.
    I think there are a lot of bloggers out there who feel the same way and we all need to support each other in taking a step back and breathing. It’s ok.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Thank you so much for your thoughts Chrissy. I am actually relieved to hear that so many of us want slower, better for our blogs, rather than going in the opposite direction.

  • Chara Michele

    February 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Oh Blair I love this post… It sums up some of my own thoughts on blogging… I think your blog was one of the first ones I started reading when I started blogging (a long time ago…). It does seem like the newer blogs are so “quick” & sometimes just so unattainable… How can a person possibly blog daily, create, work, and live their life… I at least need to approach it a bit more slowly… I had almost given up on blogging last year, but I took a step back & realized I should be doing this for myself & not for anyone else. Once I realized that I didn’t have to live up to anyone else’s expectations only my own, it was like I had a new love for blogging all over again…. So thanks for your wonderful thoughts & insight…

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thank you so much for chiming in Chara! I agree with you, we need to only blog for ourselves, much as we did in those early days when there was no "fast" or perceived way to do… we just did it!

  • Ingrid

    February 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Well, I deserve that gold star, you mentioned in the end of your story. ‘Cause that what it is, a story! And I loved it, every word of it. Makes me “think” about my own blogging and I’m going to keep this post (some how) to read it over again when I ask myself why I blog.
    Thanks for being so open with us. I recognize your feeling about the internet going so fast, sometimes it hits me too, all that information, so many inspiration, so many things I have to read/see, ’cause I do not want to miss anything… And that’s why I love craft books, I couldn’t do without them… I collect them! And when I want to indulge myself I cuddle up on the couche with one or two books, a cup of coffee or tea and some kind of handicraft. That’s the best! So please go on with your own book, I’m sure it will be beautiful and it will give you so much satisfaction and other people so much joy. And please go on blogging too 😉
    Hugs Ing

  • riabstyle

    June 5, 2013 at 6:13 am

    So please send me the gold star, not for reading the post to his end, but for loving your thoughts!
    I wish you all the best for your book journey.
    x, Ria

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