the dangers of craft blogging
It's hard to believe, but this summer, I will have been blogging for eight years. Is that right? Yes, I think it is. When I started, things were different, and it was sometimes difficult to know what to write about. I even let the blog sit for long periods of time, because the timing wasn't right.
Then things changed. I turned the focus of this blog to crafting. It was a fit for me, but no one warned me about what could happen. The ideas started coming. And the need for ideas started coming. And the constant thoughts of craftiness continue to come.
Blank pages are my friend and foe, because it's not terribly difficult for me to get ideas down, but I'm also compelled to fill the pages with ideas.
I know what you're thinking. "Is she complaining about having ideas? What's wrong with her?" Well, I'm not really complaining...but having these thoughts and concepts and ideas does present a few problems.
1. There isn't enough time to do them all. Even if I weed out the dumb ideas, I'm still short on time, and that frustrates me.
2. In the middle of everything I'm supposed to be doing (sleep included!), I'm thinking about crafting new things. It has literally caused me to lose focus in the rest of my life.
It can put me into an anxious sort of mood, and that's just not helpful.
But you know what helps? Doing things. Setting aside the sketch book and actually putting the ideas in motion. It improves my spirits!
Of course, the doing things does often lead to more ideas...
It's probably more than a little ironic that as I've been writing this and thinking about this, I've also been exploring the thought of blogging just a little less often. Hmm...we'll see what happens!
By Mollie Johanson at Monday, April 02, 2012