Saturday, 1 February 2014


I am feeling unsure. Where to begin? Do I write a post about a project and pretend I didn't just have 3 whole months without a post? Do I write a post about why I haven't blogged for 3 months? Should I show you everything I have made in those 3 months? I may not have blogged, but I have certainly not stopped crafting!

Just a little peek at what I have been up to! Can't write a blog post without some pictures!!

Blogging is something that really appeals to me, I love to read other peoples blogs, I love the online community that they create. But I don't feel that I really found my feet with my blog before. It never looked the way I imagined it would, and I was never able to write on it the way I thought I would. I don't feel that I was able to express my enthusiasm about what I'm doing, I felt pressured to blog and then didn't enjoy it. And that's not what blogging should be like! It's about a shared interest, a shared passion. And I certainly have a lot of interests and passions to share!

I wasn't really happy with my style. I read a lot of blogs, and I have definite favourites, and I think that it mostly driven by the writing style, not the crafty content. I'm happy to look at and read about most crafts, but it's the warm welcoming feeling that some special blogs provide that appeals to me. My lovely friend Julie is a good example. I was lucky (very lucky!) to find an amazing knitting group in my local area, and Julie was/is one of the members. So I knew her before I read her blog, button-button. It is the style of her blog that I love. She chats. I can hear her voice as I read her blog, she writes like we are having a chat in the pub, easy, comfortable, full of enthusiasm for her crafts. Yarn Harlot makes me feel this way too, and I've never met her! So this is me trying to be more relaxed, to not worry what you might think of my writing. This is me trying to find my style, me, not what I think you want me to be but what I am.

The blog is going to need an overhaul. Some maintenance. And that worries me. It took bloody ages to get it set up in a way I'm not happy with, how long will it take me to get it right? Will this be another false start? I'm hoping that my photo issue (which, let's be honest is just a laziness issue) will be solved by the addition of an iPad in my life. Camera and internet all in the same place, no more plugging the camera in and downloading photos! I've got on really well with Instagram, perfect quick sharing for lazy me!

So watch this space. I'll be back. Probably with a quilt. Or some knitting.


  1. I like your blog style, I don't like over familiar "look at me" blogs, some are too prissy, some too wordy. When a post by you comes up on my sidebar I read it. Like porridge yours is just right. Those projects you have been working on are amazing! I am especially intrigued by what looks like a yoke bottom right, gorgeous. Come back soon, and all normal people are the same, great long gaps and then a burst of enthusiasm for blogging, do what you want not what you feel others want. It's your blog! Fiona x

  2. Hi Karen, I'm a newby follower to your blog and I know exactly how you feel as I have had exactly the same doubts and thoughts. I think the blogging experience changes and evolves for everyone. Looking forward to seeing your projects :-) x

  3. I'd like to second that. Your blog is great, otherwise I'd not read it. Sometimes I don't have the time to comment on all blogs and struggle to find what to write myself; please continue.
    S xx

  4. Thank you for your lovely comments ladies, just what I needed! I have another post nearly ready to go already! xxx

  5. Hey, I was so glad to see you back! I know what you mean. I spend so much time planning my blog but then real life gets in the way! I enjoy reading what you're up to. x

  6. Oh! That's the loveliest thing ever! Thank you, my dear, for such a wonderful complement, it really means a lot to me! Especially because, way back when I first started writing on Button Button, I felt *exactly* like you describe here. I felt like I should have a blog, and then it felt forced, not at all like me, and then I went through a patch where I didn't post for ages because my heart just wasn't in it -- and if you were to dig through my archives, I guarantee you'd find a post that says all the things you said in this post.

    I think this may be something everything who starts a blog - and ends up sticking with it - has to go through. Taking the time to find your blogging style that feels like you and gives you what you want out of it, too. I had the same when I wrote a music blog forever ago - it took a while to feel like anything I wrote actually sounded like me. So don't feel pressured and just go with it, and it'll totally happen naturally. :)


  7. I'm so glad you're back. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog posts. I do know what you mean, I am always comparing my blog to my the content good enough...will people like what I make and what I have to say????? I have however come to the conclusion that I can only be me and it is a lovely way to look back at weekends out and reviewing what I have made etc So I guess in my usual rambling way, I'm saying just enjoy doing it! Sarah xo


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