Friday, May 22, 2009

Get out your thinking caps

Boy, ya'll really want me to get in trouble, don't you? I mean, my sister-in-law can suck it - I don't actually care what she thinks. But my mother-in-law? She will make my life a living hell if I cross her. The woman already carries around a huge chip on her shoulder, and she's always looking for more reasons to be the aggrieved party. And as much as I'd like to stick it to my SIL, I do not have the balls to piss off my mother-in-law. That woman is nuts.

Anyhoodle, I've been thinking for some time now about writing an article on quilting bloggers and shopping it around to some quilting mags, and I'd love it if some of you would help me out. Any good article needs sources, and what better sources than all of you who read and write quilting blogs? Below you will find a list of questions - if you'd like to participate, you can answer any or all of them in the comments or in a private email to me (harperland at mac dot com). If I decide to use one or more of your answers in the article, I will contact you directly to get a little more info from you. Hey, who doesn't love a little blog publicity, right?


1. What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?


Okay, I think that's enough for now. Thanks for helping!

10 comments:

wendylee said...

Oh Megan, I want to help! I'm starting a quilting blog this month, and I've been thinking about all these things! I'll e-mail you when the babies take a nap this afternoon.

Laurel said...

1. What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?

Somehow I stumbled across Crazy Mom Quilts. I saw her blog (I vaguely knew what a blog was, but hadn't considered that everyday people could have one) and was hooked. I looked somemore and decided if all those people can do it, then so can I.

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?

55 - nearly every day.

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?

The guilt that if I don't keep posting, no one will look when I do. Plus I like to show off when I do have something accomplished.

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?

It has provided me a brand new community that didn't exist when I started quilting 25 years ago. I love seeing what others are doing, that helps get the ideas flowing. With few quilt shops in the area, blogging and the internet have really opened me up to the rest of the quilting world.

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?

It has given me confidence to try new things, and to show what I'm working on.

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?
Crazy Mom Quilts - cause she just keeps pumping 'em out.
Amy's Passions - she's very inventive
Taniwa - she lives in Japan and I find the cultural differences very interesting and exciting.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I hope they don't read your blog!

Liz Schaffner said...

Megan, are a smart woman!
NEVER mess around with MIL's!! LOL
Liz

Mimi said...

Thanks for the opportunity to answer your questions!

1. What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?

I have wanted to journal for years, however my pen and paper skills are no comparison to my typing skills.

My daughter has blogged for sometime now and I always read her quilt. Then, one day while browsing, I spotted a blog done by my 80+ year old neighbor lady. That did it! If she can do it, I can do it. Her blog lead me to a quilting blog and then it was done...I was hooked!

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?

I read about 20 daily.

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?

Just the need to document keeps me going. Also, I like to share what I do with those who share with me.

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?

I don't have a circle of quilters around me, so blogging has really helped me keep in touch with others and their ideas. I feel like I know these people. I would really like to meet them face to face and get to know them on a deeper level.

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?

Blogging, reading other folks' blogs has allowed me to be even more creative. I've tried some new things I had never considered before! What fun!

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?

Blogging, Near Philadelphia was my first and is still one of my most read. Taniwa always has wonderful things to share, whether quilting or life in Japan. Living Life at LeeHaven, as Karen always has so much to share. Needled Mom has good stuff, too! Hard to choose only 2 or 3 favorites.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

1. No particular blog inspired me, I started blogging because as I became more and more excited about quilting and trying new things, I realized my family, except my mom, was less and less interested in it. I needed to have a place to say what I wanted to say when I wanted to say it.

2. Hmm, it's been increasing but I'd say I have about 3 I follow regularly and about 20+ I keep an eye on.

3. The ability to feel like I'm bragging without really bragging keeps the blog going. I'm proud of what I do but know it's far from what would be called professional skills. I like the relative obscurity of blogging.
What motivates you to keep posting? This sort of contradicts my last statement, I'm motivated by the idea that someone, somewhere will happen across my blog, find the amusement in my day that I found, or in myself, or see that quilting really is for everyone of every skill level. That one can celebrate the successes and at the same time lament the failed attempts at something new.

4. I have gained confidence with my blogging and I've found I can KEEP laughing at myself and my quilt attempts. Not just blogging but even in other online quilt communities. It's like I have a virtual quilting guild b/c life is just too crazy for me to be able to participate in a real-life guild. I've also found it's a nice release to talk about other things happening with me, which family can see or I can just blab about. In other words, my blogging has become more than JUST about quilting. While quilting is the primary focus, when I haven't completed a project, I want and need to fill the online silence with something else so I talk about other life happenings.

5. I'd say improved it (again with the online quilt communities) by challenging me to try new things and keeping me motivated to finish projects b/c I have somewhere to show them off.

6. Honestly? The Bitchy Stitcher. I share your humor, lady and love reading your comments. Hmm, others? Moda Bake Shop with their great small projects. Crazy Mom Quilts, with her fun blogs and Quilt Nut Creations, with her very simple, quick posts.

I'm an open book, ask away for your own research, even if you don't quote me directly.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

ps - I forgot to say, I LOVE reading comments to a blog post and linking to all the other ladies and gents I wouldn't have otherwise found. It's an endless source of 'something new'

Cindy said...

1. What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?
I started blogging a long time ago, as a way for my extended family to see what I was up to in the craft world. I started a new blog at the end of 2008. Not sure they read it anyway LOL

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?
regularly? 5 but I'm a blog hopper, I bookmark the ones I find interesting.

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?
I put it out there, pictures of things I'm doing, mostly for my self, to prove I'm not just staring into space LOL

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?
Oh I'm not sure bloggings done a thing for me, except pushed me to take pictures of things I make.

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?
nothing, I still quilt the way I did 25 years ago just a different machine

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?
The bitchy stitcher of course, the name caught my eye and the humor keeps me coming back for more.
Crazy Mom Quilts, ummm this one because thats the name I tried to name my blog and it wouldn't let me LOL! So I had to go check it out!!
I read others too like Sew Mama Sew, Sew me something good, sew on.

Vicki W said...

What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?

I started reading blogs simply because I am addicted to the internet. I am also a little restricted in my ability to go places and meet other people because of my allergies. As I told my husband when he didn't understand my blog addiction, I am not allergic on the internet.

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?

I have almost 500 blogs in my reader. All but about 20 of them are quilting or craft related.

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?

It's the blog that keeps me going. I started it as a diary for myself. I had no idea of what it would eventualy become. Using the blog helps me keep focused and productive. I feel like I "need" to post so I must do somethgn post-worthy.

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?

More than I ever imagined. I am more productive because of the blog. I have branched out into new skill areas because of things I have seen on other blogs. I have taken online classes because of reading blogs. I absolutely have new "real" friends that I have met through blogs. Several of them I have met in person, visited or have visited me. It's also the blog that has led me into pursuing business opportunities with my creative pursuits.

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?

Blogging has vastly improved my skills with what I have learned and by challenging myself to work harder to learn to match the skills of others.

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?

Judy Laquidara's Patchwork Times (patchworktimes.com). I love her patterns and her on line shared quilting projects.

Sue Bleiweiss' blog (suebleiweiss.com) because I learned a lot of new mixed media techniques from classes. she has also become a close persona friend.

Summerset Banks' art garment blog (scpbanks.blogspot.com) because her work is so incredibly detailed and she shares everything about her projects. Summerset has also become a close personal friend and her family visits me each summer now.

GARI said...

1. What influenced you to start blogging? Was there a particular blog that inspired you?

I started reading quilt blogs when I saw a URL at the end of a post in a yahoo quilt list. I loved the personal and quilting content, getting to know about a person much more than I do at a guild meeting. I started mine as a way to show off my quilts and to talk about the process with people who know, understand and are interested.

2. How many quilting blogs do you regularly read?

I read between 30 - 40 a day, but I subscribe to about 90. Since most don't post every day, the reading time is shorter than it could be.

3. What keeps your blog going? What motivates you to keep posting?

Since I am always sewing, I usually have something to show. Also, I have been able to show family photos and some shots of nature that I find interesting. Even though I am fairly shy/solitary, this is a way of being able to communicate who I am.

4. What, if anything, has blogging done for you personally? Have you gained friends, a sense of community, increased your self-confidence?

I am pretty self confident but I tend to be self contained. Blogging has allowed me to let myself be known without me having to go into groups too much.

5. What, if anything, has blogging done for your quilting?

I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs and I love the positive comments I get on my work which inspires me to try more and different things.

6. What are 2 or 3 of your favorite quilting blogs, and why?

That is more difficult, I am not good with favorites. This is the first time I have seen your blog and I love your humor so I am sure it will become a favoite. I also love the sharing of Quiltville and Patchwork Times.