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One Year Later…

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 1:44 am on Sunday, April 23, 2006

I began blogging sometime in December of 2004, technically, but it was only an informational blog dedicated to news about my bead store. It was intended as a replacement, of sorts, for the newsletter I used to write for the store, and which we could no longer afford to publish.

On Easter Sunday, 2005, we closed that store forever. It was the end of March.

I floundered a bit trying to figure out what was next for me. The blog, “The Beading Life” (the same title as the newsletter), was no longer relevant to anything. Rather than keep it archived, I outright deleted it.

No great loss. The few posts were mostly “we’ve hired someone new” or some such. Still, I am left without anything to tell me the exact date that I first created a blog and wrote a post for it.

After deleting “The Beading Life,” I still felt I wanted to try blogging. Writing essays for the newsletter had always been one of my greatest joys at the store, and a blog would, I hoped, give me that outlet.

Folkcat’s Fiber Crafts” was next, and has the distinction of being my first personal blog. The very first post – the one I now count as the beginning of my blogging “career” – went up on April 23, 2005. Yes, one year ago today. It wasn’t anything great – just a simple administrative statement about what had happened to The Beading Life. A much better post to look at is my second one, not posted until about a month later, where I mused about the concept of blogging, what I hoped for from it, and what it meant to me at the time.

It took me a while to find my blogging rhythm. I went through a period of blogging explosion, as I created new blogs willy-nilly everytime I thought an interest deserved an individual focus. The high point saw 11 different blogs before I came to my senses and narrowed the field down to only a few in September 2005. The blogs that I retired at that time can still be found through my retired blogs archive.

Additionally, although I had already been posting “Extreme Knitting” photos in Folkcat’s Fiber Crafts, I finally formed my concept of Knitting Around – and thus found both a focus, and a name, for my newly created primary blog.

And so, although this exact blog that you are reading right now has only existed since September 2005, today marks the first anniversary of my personal blogging. It took me a while to get the concept down, but now it’s a regular part of my routine. Earlier this week, I passed the 200 post mark for this blog alone – and if you count all my blogs, this Blogiversary post is actually Number 546.

Wow. I am amazed that I’ve written that much. I’ve never been one who could sit and write in a diary, at least not a paper one. But somehow, this forum – and particularly, All Of YOU, the community who has come to cross my path here – have made the concept work for me.

I wish I could say there were a prize for each and every one of you, but if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you know how the budget is here at Chez Folkcat et Gryphon. Instead, let me just wish everyone of you all the happiness in the world. May your needles always be swift and sure. May your yarn never tangle. May all your WIPs work smoothly, and all your FOs come out exactly as you envisioned.

Thank You all for allowing me to be included in this World Wide Web of Knit Bloggers! A year ago, I could never have imagined what it was going to mean to me. And now, I can’t imagine what I would ever do without it!

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