30 May 2015

To blog or not to blog

That is the question, and one that has been on my mind for quite a long time now.  When I started blogging about quilting and my life here in the Czech Republic just over 4 years ago, I'm not sure what I was expecting from it.  The need to be part of something? A way of "meeting" people with a similar interest? Lots of followers? A place share my sewing and life in general with others?  I was never sure either, whether I was writing for me or for my followers.

Certainly I've got to know some lovely people, all over the world, who "get it" when many friends and family don't.  I've learnt loads from all the generous people who share their tutorials, experiences and tips.  Blogging was just what I needed when I was feeling a little isolated over here, and maybe not fitting in anywhere, either here or in England.  It is also a brilliant was of documenting all the quilts that you make, and I get a lot of pleasure from looking back over previous makes. I've also improved my photography skills (in my humble opinion!)

But for a year or so now, I haven't been able to drum up the enthusiasm for blogging - it takes quite a while to decide on a topic, sort and edit photos, then write it all up, then having spent all that time, the number of readers and commenters gets less and less.  I can't really complain about that, because I'm as bad - I read fewer blogs, and comment on even less.  Maybe blogging has passed it's prime, and we are all moving on to Instagram?

So rather than drag on for ages writing a post here and there (which has always annoyed me when others do it!), I've decided to give it up altogether.  I'm going to have to find another way of documenting my quilts - maybe a photo album or scrap album that is a physical thing I can pass down through the family.

I will be carrying on with Instagram, in fact I'll probably using it more, so please, if you don't follow me already on instagram,( @quiltova), come and join me there.  And for those of you that don't use Instagram (I'm thinking particularly of Helen and Rosemary here) now's a good time to start!!!

So thank you all of my loyal followers over the years - I know we will keep in touch, maybe meet up in swaps and bees, or quilt retreats.

Take care everyone!