Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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Filed under: Announcements,Blog Admin,Blogfriends,Books — folkcat at 4:33 pm on Monday, November 26, 2007

First things first – I’ve posted a review of the new Potter Craft Book, The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand Dyeing, over at Shopping Jen. Do go read it – there were some, um, interesting developments in the process of examining this title.

Second – over the Thanksgiving break, I’ve had a chance to think about the place that blogging holds in my life. I originally created my blogs with the intent that they would support, and help me to explore, my crafting.

I have generally really enjoyed the process, writing blog posts, making connections with so many people who have become friends. Which is why I was really surprised to find last week that I felt relieved not to have to blog. That had never happened when I’ve taken breaks before.

I had plenty of time to think about the why and wherefore of that discovery. The conclusion I came to was that the blog was no longer being driven by the crafting – the crafting was being driven by the blog. I had reached a space where I would alter my crafting choices so I had something to blog about, make myself work on projects when I didn’t feel like it, and more.

I had become a blogger, not a crafter. And Crafting Jen is supposed to be about my development as a person who crafts. Not as a blogger.

Clearly, the blog has started to get in the way of me doing what I really want to be doing. It makes sense, then, to change that.

I’m not saying I’ll never blog again. But it will only be when something really noteworthy happens, like whenever we finally get a new pair of Rattie babies to add to the family.

As for Shopping Jen, I had already pulled that back to a “when I have something to review” basis, and I think I’ll leave it there. So it won’t go away, either.

I realize this choice will make it difficult for my readers who don’t use a news aggregator like Bloglines or Newsgator to read. I’ll understand if you can’t keep checking back to see if I’ve posted something new. But I have to do what I have to do.

As a corollary to the above, I’m also going to stop reading the vast majority of the fiber blogs I follow. There are some that are genuinely entertaining that I will continue reading. And of course, there are some of you that I feel a special connection to whose blogs will stay on my roll as well.

If I am known to have read your blog in the past, and I disappear, please know that it’s not you. I just can’t keep reading all the blogs that I do, and writing a blog daily, and continue to pursue my crafting in a way that is meaningful to me.

Freebie Fridays will also disappear, though I may offer a freebie on random occasions where I come across something to good not to give away. I won’t promise anything – we’ll just have to see what develops.

It’s been a long, strange ride, and I’ve learned a lot from my blogging, and from all of you. Maybe I’ll come back to this one day, maybe not. Meanwhile, I’m leaving the blog up so the information it offers will still be available to all who want it.

Thank you to all my friends and readers, and have a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Comment by Carrie K

November 26, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

It’s interesting to me read about how many people feel compelled by blogs. To post more often, more entertainingly, to tailor each blog for one specific purpose, to comment, all part of a brave new world here, eh? Kind of fun to discover what drives us.

Comment by Christina

November 26, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

Hi Jen, just want to let you know you’ll be missed. I just recently discovered your blog and think you’re great! Have a good long hiatus and enjoy crafting just for the sake of crafting!

Comment by Carol

November 26, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

Blogging is supposed to be fun. Just like crafting is supposed to be fun. The blog is supposed to be about the excitment of the craft. The sharing of the joy you have when you figure out something new. The pleasure an fo gives you.

It’s about connecting with other people who also enjoy crafting and get excited with you. (not like my husband. who says,”how much is that worth?”)

Post about what you want. Be it Ratties or knitting or beading or paint splatting your walls. So long as it is something that excites you.

And I promise to do the same.

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

November 27, 2007 @ 12:41 am

I have been dealing with this issue too a bit. I have added lots of activities to my life, and squeezing blogging in is challenging. I’ve cut back to once a week and I did lose some readers. But that’s okay. As Carol says, this is all supposed to be fun — and we will still love you and come back to see what you have to say, even if it’s intermittent. Hey, some of us don’t have time to READ blogs every day either!

Comment by Elspeth

November 28, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

I agree, and we’ll be here when you come back. Enjoy the crafting!

Comment by FemaleWriter

December 3, 2007 @ 2:02 am

I will miss you and will check on this site from time to time. I hope you have a great holiday season and new year.

Take Care!


Comment by Sarah O G

December 3, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

I’m going to keep tabs on you but will definately miss your blogging. You were one of the few that I kept up on a fairly regular basis. Hope you find what you’re looking for, I’ll be here when you get back. Happy Holidays!


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