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the dangers of craft blogging

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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.

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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.

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ideas

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.

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ideas

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...

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!

10 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you are talking about! I have been blogging for only a year now, and never have I had so many idea's in my head that I wanted to make in real life. You get so much inspiration from every where and from other blogs and as you say; time is not you friend then. But you have to think about yourself and try not to want to much. Blogging is fun, real fun! but don't let it control your life too much. We will all be happy with what you show and what you write, also is it going to be less than what you do now. Love you blog.

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  2. Mollie, do what you can do...balance is the key. The blog has to be for you, an outlet for you, not us-your audience. I know that some days the pressure of blogging makes me anxious instead of happy and blogging about that is only good for one post. Sometimes life just needs to be lived for your ownself. Do what you can do.

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  3. Mollie,
    I just began a craft blog to give some focus and validation to what I would really like to be doing, being an artist and crafter. There are so many craft blogs out there, I struggle with the idea of it just being "for me". I have decided to stick with it and for now will utilize a daily theme (WIP Wednesdays,Foodie Fridays, Sewinf Saturdays, etc.) to keep my interest. My sincere hope is that the blog will help me to reconcile with the fact that I have been an artist all along. Your blog is one of my favorites and your tiny owls are actually in my WIP section. Thank you for helping to inspire others.

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  4. Ah! I really know what you are talking about! I have the same "problem". When I wake up in the morning a can't sleep anymore because I've got the feeling, that time is running away. And I've got so, so many ideas in my head. I should stop working so that I'd had enough time, but than I wouldn't earn money anymore. My other problem is that I have not enough space to spread out my creativity and I'm a perfectionist.
    You are really inspire me with you work! I love your block and I would be sad if you'll blog less. But you need to decide what's best for you!
    Greetings
    Mona

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  5. I just started my blog, about a month ago, and already know what you mean! I think balance is the key, and doing what God has called you to do! You have been an inspiration, and will continue to be one, even if you have to blog a little less! Have a blessed week Mollie! xo Heather

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  6. I know what you mean. It's frustrating to have so many ideas and not be able to crank them out as quickly as you'd like. You do better than I do. I wish I could quit my job and just concentrate on my craft and home schooling. I'm a home body and not the corporate type. Dare to dream.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  7. Congratulations on eight years of blogging! Wow. Your experience definitely shows in your writing, pictures, design, well... everything really :).

    I'm always wishing for more time to explore my crafty endeavors. That said, sometimes having too much time can be stifling too. I love the saying, "If you want something done, ask a busy person!" I think there is a lot of truth to that :).

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  8. I know exactly where you're at. I have a list of ideas that I want to work on but I seem to always start other ideas before I remember that I even have a list. Now Im working on cutting out all/most of my WIPs. Speaking of, Im off to the garage to work on a media cabinet I started two weeks ago.

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  9. I haven't been blogging nowhere near as long as you have, but I can understand! its evolved into something different since day 1.. but its all about balance and not losing yourself in what you think others what your blog should be, how do you keep yourself from doing that?? well, I love coming by your little place, its like visiting with an old friend!

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  10. I'm with you! I can hardly even visit the thrift store because I see so many things that give me makeover ideas, but I have a roomful of projects already waiting for me. It's a blessing and a curse!

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