I've been blogging for getting on for 5 years now and have had periods when I've had blog posts coming out of my ears and other periods when it's been a month or more between posts. During my first (obviously eager) six months of blogging I posted more than I did in the whole of last year.
|My original blog name and header!|
The main reason for my lack of posts during the first half of last year was struggles with my mental health. It was too hard to get excited about making anything sometimes, let alone getting dressed up in it and taking photos once I'd made it and then writing about it and sharing the photos. Things got better around the end of summer though and I started to get enthusiastic about blogging again.
|My first Stitched Up by Samantha header.|
I made myself a plan; I gave the look of the blog a little makeover, I was going to post every Friday, and I'd have a different topic every week, so people knew what to expect when. I wanted to try and make things appear more professional as my aim was to build up a business teaching sewing that I could hopefully turn into my main source of income over the next few years. The dream was to give up the day job!
|One of my favourite free motion embroideries.|
Since Christmas I've actively pencilled in "me time" and am not committing to anything like the number of projects and classes I was towards the end of last year. In fact the thought of doing as much as I was scares me now because I know how awful it made me feel, even though I thought I was doing something I loved and wanted to do.
|Students amazing free motion embroidery pieces.|
All this makes me wonder where to go from here, with this blog. As I said at the start, I find this blogging lark hard. I do enjoy it, but it's difficult as well. I hate taking photos for the posts. I envy those bloggers who's photos look like they've been pulled from the pages of a high fashion magazine, when mine are taken in the corner of the spare bedroom against a woodchip wall on a camera with a self timer.
What I'm really getting to is a favour. I'd love your opinion on what I do, what I write, what I share and so I'm asking you - ever so nicely I hope - if you have a couple of minutes to spare taking this survey.
If you'd rather not do the survey, I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment below telling me what you'd like to see more of here...
Thank you ever so much. As the post title says, your opinion is important!