No longer a lurker on people’s blogs, I have come out of the closet and am commenting left, right and centre! I am 2/3rds of the way through my 300 blog comments in 30 days. I’ve just written my 200th comment! Here are some of my thoughts so far:
I have left lurkdom behind! In the past, I did not comment on many blogs that I visited. I hardly ever commented on sewing blogs, especially the more well known ones. I guess I didn’t feel confident to comment, not worthy of their greatness in the online sewing community, and anyway they already got loads of comments! Since I plucked up the courage to comment (and subscribe to their comments), some of them have commented on my comment, ie communicated with me! Not only that but lots of people I’ve left comments for have been back to visit me! It’s a two-way communication, and that makes me very happy. No more lurking for me!
I’ve found lots of new-to-me blogs that I will go back to have a longer look. I’ve mostly found them through blogs I know, for example, Julia’s Stamping Ground WOYWW. I took part in an online blogging course some years ago, and have followed a few of fellow participants through the years. Now I have connected with the others in that little community.
Through Sandie’s blog I have found 30 days of blogging challenge. I have signed up for the 30 daily emails. I can see that it is aimed at businesses, but am hopeful that I can use some of the ideas for my photo blog, as well as my Etsy business SewLindyLou. That will be November’s challenge!
I have realised what I like in a blog post. Not too long (some of the sewing blog posts are really long when they write about a particular pattern and how they made it up.) I really like crafting blogs. I’ve looked at some gardening blogs, but I don’t find them as compelling as paper crafting or sewing. I also like to get to know the blogger, so a few personal details and what they’ve been doing is great. I particularly love the memes like ‘Pairs’ on Helena’s blog and Me on a Monday on Sian’s blog. Watch out! I’ll be joining in next month!
There is some fabulous inspiration out there! I have noted some dressmaking patterns and fabrics that I would like. There are some great sites with sketches and inspiration for my scrapbooking. I have discovered some wonderful art journallers (through WOYWW) and really want to try it out for myself. I am thinking of including it in my goals for next year, and maybe do an online course.
Now for the negatives:
Boy, does this take up a lot of time on the computer!!! I have followed my usual blogs a lot of the time rather than always finding new blogs, as this has saved me time. When I visit a new blog, I like to take some time to look around and read a few blog posts. Sometimes I haven’t commented, for example, if the blogger hasn’t blogged for a while. 300 blogs in 30 days is 10 blogs per day, and there have been many days when I haven’t commented at all, especially at the weekend.
This means that I have been feeling behind all the time! Even now, it’s the 22nd and I have only made 209 comments. So even today I am 11 behind! And feeling behind is stressful!
Consequently I haven’t done many of my own blog entries! I did a post about my quilts on SewLindyLou because I was leaving comments on quilting blogs, and a post about Barney to keep my photo blog going. I’m hoping to rectify this and start to blog much more regularly from next month on, especially with my 30 days of blogging challenge.
I need to find a way for people to follow me! Somebody asked me how they could follow me, but I don’t know! I think I will have to look into Bloglovin’, in fact I think I did register on there a while ago. I am a little bit lazy when it comes to technology. Something to put on my to-do list, along with learning about the statistics available.
It just remains for me to say ‘thank you’ for all the return comments you have made on my blogs, and I hope that we can continue communicating. That’s what makes me happy!