I love craft blogs. I love reading them and taking a tiny peek into the lives of other crafty souls - their passions, projects and sewing spaces. I love the way in which people share information, the way they spread inspiration and are so very generous with their hints, tips and ideas. Just lately though I've been thinking... (My husband hates it when I say that - he thinks that I'm going to suggest a renovation project or initiate one of 'those 'relationship talks.) What's this blogging business about anyway?
For me, blogging is about trying to make crafting connections and friendships beyond the people that I come across in my day to day existence. It's for this reason I love it when people make blog comments - especially ones that initiate a conversation or a dialogue. While it's lovely when people say 'Wow that's amazing' or 'I love it', ultimately it's constructive criticism and questions that really make me think and make me happy. Craft and creative projects are all about aesthetics. What you find aesthetically pleasing is just that... what YOU find pleasing. Chances are, it won't be someone else's cup of tea and that's ok. If you're only after positive comments to boost your creative ego, then blogging probably isn't the right crafting zone for you
Funnily enough, Pinterest has taught me something pretty important about blogging and blog comments - just because people don't comment on a project, it doesn't mean they don't like it. Maryanne and I have many, many, many posts that haven't initiated any comments, and that's OK. But a brief check on Pinterest (is searching your blog on Pinterest weird? Probably, but that's beside the point...) reveals that tonnes of people have pinned the said commentless post or project. Hey - who am I to complain? It's great that they like it and it's not like I make a comment on every single thing I pin. It has inspired me to be a lot more diligent with commenting on other people's posts and ideas, though, especially those that I have pinned.
Since we finished up on Project Run and Play, Maryanne and I have been thinking a lot about our blog and the direction we want to take it. We haven't really firmed up any answers yet other than the fact that we love to sew and craft and that we love to connect with other crafty souls and maybe that's enough.
What kind of commenter are you? What kind of comments do you love? I'd love to have a chat to you about it!