Friday, May 09, 2008

Q: Why Do U

Blog??

What was your original intent in starting to blog and has that changed?

And for those who don't blog - why not?
In lurking on blogs what is it that you like about reading blogs?

I am sure you have answered this for others many times before
But really....I want to know!
Please be sure to leave your thoughts/responses! Thx! :o)

33 Comments:

  1. Adrienne said...
    @Don....I'm first today :-)

    I have no clue why I started blogging, way back when lol, but now it's a great way to keep track of what I'm doing, meeting new and like minded (most of the time) individuals. It's also a great way to share and it's cheaper than therapy! LOL
    Emily said...
    Hmm, I started my blog after a few months of dedicated lurking on other blogs, so I guess my original intent was to have fun with having a blog! I knew I wanted to log and share my knitting.... now, I think my motivation is pretty much the same =) I really enjoy the time and effort I put in, and I love the returns of the comments and connections I've made with others and neat things I've found on the web.
    Knitaholictoo said...
    I started to blog to chat it up with other knitters, now it's expanded to other areas. I like sharing ideas, techniques and information. Some funny blogs brighten my day. I also like to see what others are doing creatively.
    Cas... said...
    I started my blog to help with my writing and to have a place to showcase my crafts and share with other people.
    gold said...
    I started blogging when I join Pattern Review.A lot of the people on PR had a blog to show their sewing projects.I was a lurker for some months before I started my own blog.I love looking at all the crafters projects and getting to know people that I would have never got to know if it wasn't for blogging.
    peacockchic said...
    I started blogging in 2005 as a diary of my creative work and to find a community of people who were interested in the same thing. Kinda like the Church of Craft. Each one teach one, community support, encourangement, and a forum to share your accomplishments without people looking at you like you are crazy. Blogging rocks!
    chanknits said...
    I think you know this, but I started blogging SOLELY to participate in a swap. Then, to keep track of my knitting projects, and now, because it seems as natural as breathing.
    Lashell said...
    I starting blogging because I wanted to share my sewing adventure with people who would actually care and understood instead of the ones who look at me like I'm crazy and find sewing old fashion.
    melissaknits said...
    I started my blog because my friend Tammy, who was blogless at the time insisted it would be a great idea for me to do so. That really means "You go first, I'll watch." So I did. I had this super stripped down boring blog. She read it, got her own, and 24 hours later had this amazing layout designed and up and running. She later helped me build mine up.
    Connie said...
    I started blogging because I learned to knit on looms in 2005 and began designing patterns for the boards and loom. Blogging was a way to interact with customers who purchased my designs.

    Since then I have learned to needle knit and my blog has morphed into a blog not only about knitting with needles and or looms, but crochet as well.

    Since Ravelry I have neglected my blog and keep up more with my projects via Ravelry. I have to get better about that. I don't see me ever giving up my blog though as I foresee me always loving fiber related crafts!
    tiennie said...
    Mainly I started b/c I loved reading knit blogs and when I left comments, I didn't have a site for other people to visit so I thought I'd start one in order to join the community and to also keep track of my projects!
    jet said...
    I did LJ for while as a way to keep up with friends, then I found ravelry. But each of those left someone out! So I wanted to create a forum, mainly for fiber arts but also about my life, that all my various friends and communities could access without having to join anything... that was the main reason.
    Pajnstl said...
    you already know WHY i started blogging! LOL I continue to blog because of all the cool ass people i've *met who share the same interest as me.
    Jeanine said...
    It's about camaraderie and being part of a collective community. I used to be a member of a knitting group, but then I moved. If I had not started blogging, I would have been knitting solo.
    Deb-VA said...
    Started my cross stitch blog to document my projects & meet other stitchers. Then I figured my stitcher buddies didn't want to read about my knitting adventures so I started my knitting blog (Did I mention I have crafting-ADD?). Now I have 2 blogs & Ravelry - a perfect world - my joy comes from seeing other folks WIPs & FOs.
    Nettie said...
    I started blogging after discovering other knitblogs. I was trying to teach myself to purl. I googled knitting and the rest is history. I lurked for a while and then started to comment and eventually gave in and started my blog. Actually, I had one false start where I deleted the blog after a few entries.

    My main reason for starting was the hope that I would make crafty friends. No one I know personally (aside from my grandma) did crafts. While I haven't found a local friend I have made online friends.
    Roddykat said...
    I started blogging because I figured, "Hey, I come across stuff on the net that somebody might be interested in, why not put it out there." Plus, it's easier than emailing links of interest to people and them emailing me back asking what it was about, which I was doing prior to blogging. :)

    I continue to do so for that reason plus, like Pajnstl, the people I've met along the way makes it so worth it. :) (*waves @ Stacey & Paj*)
    Kamika said...
    I started blogging for a number of reasons. I wanted to meet like minded people who enjoyed my hobbies. Folks in IR think knitting, crochet, and jewelry making are things women of color shouldn't do.

    I also wanted a place to vent, a place to teach, and a place to share what I was learning. I wanted a place to talk about natural hair without dogma. I wanted a sense of community that I was lacking.
    Mikaela said...
    I fall into the non-blogging lurker category.

    I don't blog because, well I think I'd start out with good intentions, blogging often. But I'm not sure I'd be able to sustain the enthusiasm for it. I never could keep a diary for long!

    I read blogs (far far too many of them probably) because blogs and ravelry provide more inspiration for me than books and magazines ever could. And altho I really just lurk, I do enjoy the community feeling of all this shared information.
    Batty said...
    I'm nosy. I like to see what other people with interests similar to mine are doing. I also like to see what people with different interests and opinions are doing. I guess I just find people interesting -- that's why I read other people's blogs.

    I like blogging because my family would probably get sick of the yarn talk if all of it were directed at them, exclusively. I pick up knitters everywhere I go -- church, school, work... it spreads. I love knitters. There are the occasional unpleasant people there as well, but for the most part, they've been a lovely bunch. Blogging is one way to share what I'm doing with people who have been kind enough to share what they're doing... and meet some new knitters along the way.

    Or librarians. Or other gothic types who actually go to church on a regular basis. Or other feminists. The list goes on and on.
    CiCi and CAJtalk said...
    @adrienne, you're most of the time first.
    I originally started a blog, because my sister said we needed it to sign up for Ravelry. I read blogs to see what projects others are working on and to feel the connection of the knitting community. I am so happy that I did it, although sometimes it cuts into my knitting time.:D
    Valencia said...
    Kamika's comment is spot on in my case. I've been told that I am just a cat away from becoming an old woman because of my hobbies and interests. ::rolls eyes::

    Blogging chronicles my hobbies and interests. I also become a part of a vibrant community that I enjoy!
    muchadored said...
    I think I started blogging to become more a part of the community. I was a lonely, newbie knitter, self-taught and with no friends who knit or wanted to learn. It helped me feel like I had a support network and friends with a shared interest.

    A little over a year later, I don't post too too regularly, but I really do love it.
    Zhenya said...
    I felt like I was getting in a rut with my academic writing and wanted a forum to relax my style again. I'd been so inspired by the other blogs I was reading, and I love fiber arts, so I had no question what I'd blog about!
    Willemtje said...
    I am Dutch and a retired (English) teacher. I picked up my old hobby, knitting, after many years of being too busy. I came across a few (mainly American) blogs quite by chance when I googled for something.
    I really love reading your blogs because I learn so much from them and it gives me a lot of inspiration. For instance: I had never knitted a shawl in my whole life and now I have knitted several, all from American patterns. I also find it quite interesting to read about the way you live.
    I have often thought about starting a blog myself, but I would have to take up photography to make it interesting enough. Who knows, maybe one day I will!
    bravebird said...
    I started blogging after I read yours. I didn't know that knitting blogs existed till around the time we met. So, I get to blame you LOL! I'm still learning how to do things with the blog but I'm enjoying it. It's a great way to meet friends and "log" what's going on with you at a particular time in your life.
    Wendy said...
    I orginally started blogging over the summer because Honey was home from traveling for work and not on a project. With the two of us in the house all day and night together we were starting to get on each nerves just a little. I started reading other knitting blogs and since my knitting sensay had a blog I thought I'd give it a try. Now it's a way to share my knitting and keep me motivated to try new things and meet new people.
    Anonymous said...
    Stacy.

    RE: your blog entry today Sunday,

    I know that your mother would be so proud to know what a wonderful, gracious and kind woman you have become. I know she must have been a very special woman!
    Take care,
    Debra
    Eb the Celeb said...
    I started my music blog first and my intent was to help promote music. I was in grad school for music business and the whole business was really starting to depress me with the way things had been going... so I wanted to have my own little voice.

    Then I got addicted and started RBW as a public diary

    and I love sports so I used that as a platform to talk about that.

    Ultimately its a way for me to get things off my chest when no one in the real world will listen
    rubysnpurls said...
    I was too busy to answer the other day, but... I started blogging to meet more knitters! I started out by lurking on tons of blogs, but eventually decided to take the plunge. I was scared at first, but once I got my feet wet it wasn't too bad! LOL

    Now I read tons of blogs on all kinds of subjects and I love it. I totally agree with Adrienne, it's much cheaper than therapy!! LOL
    moo said...
    I started to blog because I am a frustrated writer and I actually have alot of time on my hands. Well, at the time I started, about a year and a half ago I had a lot of time, but it seems like I have less now. It totally amazes me how much knitting and blogging people get done! I have learned alot in this season of my life and met a whole new set of friends from different parts of the country. It is an exciting adventure, especially at my age! I still remember 8 trac tapes!
    QueenDBW said...
    Let's see...I started blogging because I met up with these FABULOUS sistahs who all knit (like me) and they all had blogs...I'd (gasp) never even read one...

    Then you sent out the email about the EE meet up with a link to your blog. So...it's your fault. I know I don't write well (yet), but you (and all the other blogs I respond to, lurk on) have inspired me to document my love of my craft.
    Don said...
    @ adrienne: lmao. that's what i'm talking about. reclaim your top spot. i swear i am so used to seeing your face, first, that no one else looks right being first anymore.

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