Well hello, hello. Guess who’s back.
As you may (or may have not!) noticed I’ve been away from the Couture Academic for a while. Nothing serious, just felt I needed some distance to reassess why I do what I do.
After Project Blossom was completed, I felt I had to take a good hard look at why I blog. I began to notice myself checking how many new followers I had gotten, how many blog hits I had and how many comments I received on each post – and felt suitably disappointed when the numbers were low. I felt pressure to blog every weekend to maintain my site which I had worked so hard on – and blogging became a chore. Thus, photographing my sewing became a chore; thus, sewing became a chore.
Essentially I had put myself in a little box surrounded lovingly by all the rules I had made for myself and gleaned from various “How to get more followers on your WordPress site” articles (of which there are many, let me tell you). I would compare my blog to other blogs more organized and more followed than I, and feel a little inadequate. So I started “Technique of the Week” and “Couture Dress of the Week” to try and keep up. This only served to put more boxes around what I did and thus the pressure increased.
My blog became more about me and my ‘brand’ and less about you; and this was not cool. That’s when I had to stop and ask myself why. And to ask why, you often need a certain distance from the object of your inquiry.
So I took some time off. I still sewed (lots), but I needed to reassess the blog.
During this time I got the answer I was looking for…not from me, but from you (surprise surprise). The answer came from your lovely comments that kept coming despite my absence. I got comments from folks that were happy they found my blog because it helped them figure out a tricky bit in a pattern or they learned a way to do something they hadn’t considered before, or my blog offered some sewing inspiration.
This was the answer. This is why I blogged.
I blog because I love sewing and I want to share that love, passion and enthusiasm with others. I blog so my learning may help my fellow sewers with theirs; thus experiencing the frustrations, joys, and beauty of sewing together.
That’s a sort of mission statement for me. And now that I have it, I have something to focus on when I get sidetracked by all the little things that don’t really matter.
I’m not a sewing expert like Susan Khalje or Claire Schaffer or Kenneth D. King. I’m still learning the finer points and practising, practising, practising. Thus, I don’t feel comfortable having this as a teaching blog, as I’m not ready to teach…yet. I want to wait until I have a large enough body of knowledge and *experience* before I do that. I want to be able to really deliver value to my students, not by being perfect, but being well seasoned and experienced. I realize I’ll always be on that road, but I also believe you must reach a certain point before your expertise can be called upon and you develop a certain level of credibility in the community.
So, I don’t claim this blog to be anything more than it is…a sharepoint for those who love to sew.
Do you have a ‘mission statement’ for your sewing? A reason for why you do what you do? I’d love to hear why you love sewing and why/if you feel it’s important to share it.
I hope you continue to share with me.
Relax and Enjoy,