My next post will be a pattern (there’s a sneak peek in the picture above), but today I’m celebrating. This blog has officially been going for a whopping one year! This is so exciting (and kind of shocking) to me, and I’ll tell ya why. When I started my wee blog, I thought it would be a nice way to keep track of my projects and potentially share with others. I think I wrote about this in another post, but my brother and his hip friends encouraged me to do my best because maybe more than just my mom and brother would read it. Well, I figured I didn’t want to be embarrassed with how it looks if people would actually use my patterns. Starting then, I wanted to post what I create while making it as “good” (visually and content wise) as I could.
So, in order to make it “good”, I started trying to “google” how to have a blog. The amount of information made me want to curl up into the fetal position next to my laptop. One site said only something like 15% of blogs that are started are still going a year later. I guess people get tired of posting, writing, picture taking, project making. I looked at that statistic and realized that most likely I too wouldn’t have a blog within a year. Between kids, schedules, husband’s eye rolls (about crazy yarn purchases of course), and life, maybe it’s too hard to run a blog and enjoy my knitting and crocheting at the same time. I read about how bloggers have Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Twitter scared me and still kind of does! I didn’t really know what Instagram was. Hashtags – what? Should I even have a blog?
Then I stepped back. Stepped WAY back. No. This hobby is a passion of mine. This knitting, crocheting, designing, creating, sharing easy patterns is a passion. An aspect of my life. Maybe I don’t know everything about what these google searches are telling me to do. I am just going to do what I enjoy. Maybe it’s the right thing, maybe it’s not. I will do what I love, share it with others, and see if it’s fun.
Oh, it’s fun friends. And it’s fun because of you. It’s fun because I love knitting and crocheting and coming up with designs. It’s fun because of all of the great people, readers and bloggers that I’ve met, read comments from, read emails from, seen pictures from. It’s fun because I get to share this cool yarn hobby that we have. Is it work? Sometimes. If I was just making my projects and not blogging them, I might get to bed before 1 AM most nights. I take an insane amount of time taking and editing photos, writing about them, and fixing things on the blog. But it’s fun work. And if work is fun, is it really work at all? Ahh – philosophy! For my second year of blogging I am hoping to find a better balance. I’d also love to do more with charity, and hopefully get a page up where I can finally post YOUR pictures of finished projects.
My little blog now has 4800 Facebook page fans, 2000 Pinterest followers, 1100, Instagram followers and I even have some twitter followers. My subscribers are also in the thousands. It was all fine and dandy to hit the “PUBLISH” button when just my mom read the blog. Now I get a little nervous each time I hit that button! There are over 1200 comments on the blog. WHAT?! Yes. I’ve tried to respond to all of you, because it’s my favorite part of this whole thing. You all have been so kind. It even seems as though I’ve gotten to know some of you, and that’s the best! You have inspired me with your pictures, visits and comments and pattern requests. Even if I haven’t heard from you, I see how many of you stop by through my little “stats page” and it means a lot to me. I am so very grateful for the encouragement along the way. Encouragement from you, fellow bloggers, and even amazing yarn companies like Lion Brand, who shared some of my very first projects to my utter surprise. I’ve had projects printed in magazines, shared on several large websites and blogs, even had published patterns.
All this, from a little thought of tracking my projects and sharing with others on a blog. This blog, to my surprise, is here. A year later, and hopefully for years and years to come – and as long as it’s fun. This mama in a stitch is still stitch’n! Thank YOU for being a part of it!
I love hearing what patterns you have liked, or what you want to see more of this second year of blogging.
Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Remember, I love hearing from you. 🙂