Thursday, April 30, 2009

Talk Back Thursday

Thank you so much to Kathy, Cindy, Beth Conky, Eword10, Webfrau, Faye Lewis, Gwen, Vicki, Amelia, and Lindsay T for talking back to my confession last Friday! I confessed that I have been struggling a bit with my motivation to keep blogging...

Most people talked about why they blog. The single most frequently called out reason to blog is to share pictures and stories with family, friends and the virtual sewing community. This makes a lot of sense - there's research out there that shows that having strong personal relationships and a social support network are key factors in both a happy life and a healthy one! (For example, click here.)

In addition to the general benefits of sharing, a couple of specific benefits to being a member of a community were called out, including getting help with sewing problems and promoting a sewing business.

Other people talked about blogging as a way to motivate themselves to sew, keep themselves accountable to their sewing goals, keep a record of their sewing efforts and/or schedule some "dedicated me" time into their lives.

A few people talked about reading blogs (as compared to writing one), and they generally referred to receiving educational and inspirational benefits.

Lindsay specifically addressed the topic of waning enthusiasm, and suggested that it's not unusual to go through cycles of being first more and then less gung-ho on blogging. She recharges by taking breaks periodically and keeps a stash of around 10 draft post ideas ready to go at any time!

A couple of people specifically talked about having a regularly scheduled system of posting. I think it's both a blessing and a curse - I started my system because I figured that I wouldn't keep up my blogging without one, but sometimes it feels more like a master than a servant... ;)

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on blogging! You've definitely given me a lot to think about, as always! :)

Photo credit: freeparking


Zep said...

It was a good question - thank you for asking all of us. I enjoyed reading the answers.
Enjoy your moments ~