Friday, 23 January 2009

A much needed review

So, I was scooting around the internet looking at other peoples blogs today- just catching up with friends, seeing what people are up to and having a think about what makes a good blog good.
Some of my favourite blogs are of course, the ones that concentrate on knitting most of all, but when I thought about my own blog I realised that I just am not able to do this. As much as I would like to be able to have a massive list of all the fabulous projects that I'm working on I just don't have the time to do the work. I just can't knit as much as I would like to.
So what does that leave me with? Well, I like to let people know how my other projects are going such as my garden and fun things I get to do at work. But after I'd considered that I started getting increasingly worried about content. Questions such as 'what is it that I actually do with my time?' started floating to the surface, along with the age old one of 'so why do I write a blog?'

Now I'm not sure that I have any answers as yet. It's something that I'm going to have to think about for a bit but I do know that the main reason I write my blog is because I enjoy it. I enjoy the process of writing and of keeping a log of my projects but I haven't ever really written for a specific audience or with any kind of aim in mind. Which might be why I feel as though it is lacking direction. This has also been happening with my knitting. I seem to have lots of projects on the go but I don't feel as though I am achieving anything. There is no forward progress in my skills, I haven't started writing up any patterns and I get the feeling that I am falling into the trap of making things just for the sake of having something to do. Not that there is anything wrong with doing this every now and again but I like to feel as though my projects have some purpose to them, that they are valuable in some way and right now I'm not sure that I feel that way about any of them.

Just recently I seem to have gotten myself involved in a lot of long running term projects which might account for some of these feelings but before I start making any major changes or getting too bogged down in existential questions I thought it would be a good idea to do a stock take of the 'knitting project store'. Maybe this will help me to get a bit of perspective on things and let me prioritise my projects so that I can stimulate a feeling of forward movement. If there is one thing that I have learned about me is that I need to have something to work towards. My whole life has been about hopping from one goal to the next and I find that without a goal I feel as though I am stagnating or that things are going wrong. So, seeing as how I know this then maybe I should work with that idea rather than fight it. Today's plan therefore, is to think about what projects I have on needles, what I have planned and what the purpose of the projects is. I'll make some notes and try and keep an active blog list as I go to help get myself organised. With luck this will help me find some of those answers for all these darn questions!

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy reading about bloggers projects but I also like hearing about things that happen in their lives. Sometimes I find some other shared interests with fellow bloggers.
    My posts are mostly project oriented.