To Blog or Not to Blog?

I’ve been lagging in posting about my knitting FOs these past few months, mostly because I’ve been thinking about whether I really want to continue blogging. When I started back in 2005, I had two reasons for blogging: to connect with a great knitting community, and to document my knitting. Well, things have changed a lot in five years. It seems to me that knitters don’t interact as much on blogs anymore, but are much more connected on Ravelry/Facebook/Twitter/Flickr. And with Ravelry, I already have a place to document and share my projects, so what purpose does the blog serve? I’m in this in-between place where I don’t see the point anymore, but I’m also not quite ready to let go yet. What are your thoughts on knitblogging?

Since I’ve decided to stay here for now, I figured I would do a series of posts to catch up on talking about my projects. I started writing about these socks on September 10, but didn’t get around to taking the photo until November 4! I’ve worn them a couple of times already and I love them. Madelinetosh sock yarn feels really comfy and sturdy, and brown and blue are one of my favorite color combos.

Robins Nest Socks

Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock Yarn, Robin’s Nest, 1 skein
Pattern: My generic 56 stitch top-down sock with 30-row slip stitch heel
Needles: US #1 / 32 inch

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13 Comments on “To Blog or Not to Blog?”

  1. Peacock Chic says:

    I hear ya. I have been lax in the blogging department too. But post like these are exactly why I continue to blog. They have so much more than just info (Ravelry) or pictures (Flickr) or short blurbs (Twitter) or the gazillion friends you don’t even know that may or may not know you because you know other people (Facebook). Blogs to me are a place to share all these things at once with a community that actually cares deeply about what you do. Also a great forum to share useful info. I hope you continue to enjoy blogging, but if you decide to move on I totally hear ya.

  2. jen says:

    I agree with Peacock Chic…I know what you mean about Ravelry/Flickr/Twitter filling in so many gaps that blogs used to fill… however I still love blogs! I don’t know you on Ravelry, or Flickr, but I know you here and I like to read the little stories that go along with people’s projects, etc. But ya, if you stopped blogging, I would totally understand!

  3. mintyfresh says:

    I just (as in two days ago) cleaned up my Google Reader, ridding it of people I couldn’t remember and generally reinvesting myself in reading blogs and blogging myself. Because I post to flickr daily, blogging really has fallen by the wayside, but I try, if only because it’s a nice written record for myself.

    I’m glad I saw this! I don’t think I read a single blog off my Reader (that is, if someone didn’t directly tell me to look at it) in all of 09.

  4. Jillian says:

    I know what you mean. I’ve really been struggling with blogging lately and the decision whether to keep going or stop. I have found that as more people in my non-internet life find my blog, I become hesitant to post anything personal. Right now it just feels like an archive of projects I’ve finished with no personal content which I don’t really like. It’s a tough call. I love having an archive of everything I make and I like having my sewing stuff and knitting stuff in one place but at the same time, I don’t have any drive to improve my blog. I know the photos won’t get better and that I’m not going to start posting tutorials so I question if it’s really worth the effort. We’ll see what the new year brings.

  5. mari says:

    I fifth everyone’s feelings! Blogging started out as an experiment that somehow blossomed into meeting a wonderful knitting community. But a couple of years ago I felt really stressed out about blogging all of the time. I took a step back and decided to just blog about what I want to. It didn’t have to be about crafting all of the time. And if no one comments – who CARES!?!?!?! For me, it’s a wonderful record of our lives… one that can’t be replicated by Ravelry or Flickr or Facebook. There are somethings in retrospect that I am so happy I blogged about – be it our Japan trip or some crafting project. I guess, in conclusion, just blog for yourself! Figure out what works for you, and maybe your blog just might fade away… which is totally fine!

  6. Brooke says:

    Aw, I completely understand your feelings. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. It’s so time consuming sometimes, and it’s hard to know whether it’s really worth it. But I love your blog! I think you should keep it up. There’s still a community out there. And I really believe that they are so much more personal than any of the other forms of communication. It forces you to think more about it, create a story to go along side each project. We all appreciate that, I think. so keep it up, I say!

  7. mrspao says:

    I’ve only just started reading your blog but I quite like the mix of different things you are interested in. I do agree that Ravelry does provide a place to share ideas but I do like the personal touch that blogs provide. I have enjoyed looking at your recipes and sewing so I’d be sad to give up reading your blog as I’ve only just found you.

  8. Beth says:

    I’ve thought about this, too. During my summer/fall blog break I was on Facebook quite a bit. Now that I’ve started blogging more I don’t have time to be on Facebook. I have a Twitter account but hardly ever update.

    To me Ravelry is a place to log my projects, queue the things I’d like to knit, etc. I do interact with people there but it’s more of a database for me. Facebook is mostly for interacting with my old friends and I don’t usually share many knitting projects. Knitblogging allows me to interact with people who have similar interests. Maybe I need a good mix of the three.

    It seems like less people comment on my blog posts than before I took my break. However, I’ve had lots more new commentors lately. It’s kind of sad to think that knitblogging may be on the way out.

  9. Oiyi says:

    So glad that you checked in! I was worried since you haven’t blogged in so long. I always loved to read your blog for the food, knitting, sewing, and other crafty content. I hope you keep it up. There are times when I lack the motivation and time to blog, so I let it slide and try not to let it bother me.

  10. ruth says:

    hey hey! you aren’t the only one that disappeared off of blogland for awhile. 🙂 and i agree, with facebook/rav/twitter/everything else, people keep in contact less so with blogs/project websites. but for some odd reason, even though i have all those avenues to express myself, i still need to blog. not sure why. maybe because i like journaling so much, so this is sort of my knitting notebook, so to speak. 🙂

    on a side note, i feel like we haven’t talked in ages. well, it’s understandable. i haven’t talked or seen a lot of people in awhile. i’m guessing i won’t have a semblence of a “normal” social life until the winter season is over. nate, as cute as he is, is not one of those super easy laidback babies. he’s quite a challenge, to say the least. sigh.

    miss ya! hope you and todd are doing well! happy new year! 🙂

  11. kitkatknit says:

    Thanks for sticking around. I still value blogs and enjoy them much more than Ravely/Facebook etc. Blogs are more intimate. Yes, they in are accessible to everyone unless you go through the trouble of making it private. but bloggers are story tellers and it’s a medium I enjoy. I’ve been blogging since 2000 and blogging about my knitting since 2003. And I’ve been a follower of Knitter in the Kitchen since probably 2005 when you started. Back when you were more knitter than kitchen! I may not comment much but I do read you. So again thanks for being here.

  12. Stephanie says:

    I’ve struggled too, but I’ve decided that I will put the time and effort into my blog rather than facebook. I like Twitter because it’s more like texting and there isn’t as big a time commitment. I have been trying to keep up with Ravelry because I get great ideas from everyone there, but I think blogs give a more intimate or personal look into someone’s personality and it allows more flexibility in what you talk about. I still feel guilty when I neglect my blog for weeks (or months), but I’ve decided that I need to get to a point where I’m ok with that. I’ve also decided that I’m not going to limit what I post. I’m starting a photography hobby and I’m going to be ok with posting lots of pictures of random things. Like another commenter said, my blog is ultimately for me, so I need to be ok with it and if other people like it too – bonus.

    Happy New Year. LOVE the socks!

  13. Jodi says:

    Cute socks! Now that we have Ravelry, I feel less compelled to document everything on my blog, but I still enjoy having a space of my own to do whatever I want, unconstrained by ravelry entry fields or Twitter word limits. It’s more like a scrapbook to me.

    Hope you figure out what works best for you! I’ve always enjoyed your blog.