Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ninth Blogaversary

The start date was 8/26/08.    To celebrate, I'll be giving away a grab bag of 21 charts that reflect my rather eclectic tastes, including charts from Bent Creek, Calico Crossroads, Homespun Elegance, Mill Hill, Prairie Schooler. Primitive Needle, Rosewood Manor, Victoria Sampler, Whispered by the Wind, and Workbasket.  To be included in the drawing, just answer the quiz below in the comments section and include an e-mail address at which I can reach you.  The drawing will take place on the actual anniversary.

I have been blogging for 9 years now and thoroughly enjoy the process of writing what is essentially a stitching journal, with the rare side trip into real life.  Writing about stitching is very nearly as relaxing as stitching itself.

I have the mind of a statistician and it seems very natural to take stock of what's been happening on this blog.

So, I find it interesting that during the past 9 years:
I have written 1367 posts.  
Blogger has recorded 371,267 Pageviews.
Readers have left 4,920 Comments.
I have 224 followers.



What I'd like to do this year is ask nine questions about blogging, one for each year I have been writing.

1. Do you prefer a blog that is
      a] 90% stitching and 10% personal, roughly what my blog is .
      b] 100% stitching and no personal stuff at all
      c] 50% stitching and 50% personal chat

2.  Whatever the preference selected above, what are your reasons for the preference?

3.  When reading blogs, be honest, do you just look at the photos and skip the prose?

4.  When reading a particular blog, do you enjoy tracking the progress of a specific project?

5.  How many blogs do you read on a regular basis? [Regular basis being defined as once weekly]
     a] 1-25
     b] 26-50
     c] 51-100
     d] over 100

6.  What sort of things do you expect to find on a blog, things that will keep you coming back to read?

7.  What do you like about my blog?  


8. What don't you like about my blog?

9. Do you blog?  If yes, provide a link to your blog.

11 comments:

Marilyn said...

1. A, 90% stitching.
2. I love to see a person's finishes, it inspires.
3. No, I read the posts also.
4. Yes!
5. A
6. Different kinds of finishes or changes to a design.
7. Your selection of different types of designs.
8. Can't think of anything.
9. I do not blog, I am on FB.
Thanks!
flyingpigsinthe sky1@gmail.com

Marilyn

Sandy said...

1) 90-10 - but honestly I would say 75% stitching to 25% personal
2) I love to see the stitchings and finishes
3) No. I read the posts too and react to them!
4) Yes.
5) A
6) Stitching and information on the designs, finishes, and changes.
7) Photos of stitching and personal goings-on. Enjoy hearing about your activities!
8) No.
9) No blog.

Sandy
sewgently@yahoo.com

Thank you for having this give-away! And congratulations on 9 years!!

MelissaD said...

Thanks for sharing!
1c - it's interesting to see what's going on elsewhere
2 - see 1
3 - I read everything
4 - yes
5b - I use a blog reader
6 - different changes and finishes, creative use of stitching
7 - variety
8 - can I read blogs and stitch at the same time?
9 - sorry no, no time to blog
mdunajski@gmail.com

Laura said...

1. A
2. I want to see stitching and stash but also like to know about the blogger. I think sometimes too much info pushes the stitching to the side.
3. I read and look at the photos.
4. I love tracking projects and seeing them develop.
5.A
6.I like to see progress photos, new stash, cute ideas for finishing.
7. I love all the projects you share and that you update regularly.
8.There isn't anything I don't like about your blog.
9.My blog is https://mysouthernporch.blogspot.com
I am getting ready to have my first blogaversary and it is the same day as yours-August 26.
Laura
laura.leahj@gmail dot com

tr said...

1. Do you prefer a blog that is
c] 50% stitching and 50% personal chat

2. Whatever the preference selected above, what are your reasons for the preference?
I love to see the progress on your stitching and hear about how you picked the piece and how you do finishes and also how your life is going

3. When reading blogs, be honest, do you just look at the photos and skip the prose?
Nope I read the blogs and look at photos. If I skip reading them then I would miss out on the story about how they picked that pattern and maybe stitching tips they have

4. When reading a particular blog, do you enjoy tracking the progress of a specific project?
yes I do it encourages me to keep going when I am working on a large project and losing interest it in

5. How many blogs do you read on a regular basis? [Regular basis being defined as once weekly]
a] 1-25

6. What sort of things do you expect to find on a blog, things that will keep you coming back to read?
pics of progress, tips and tricks, finishing, and maybe follow them if they are on youtube
7. What do you like about my blog?
I love the pics of your progress on your stitching. Your life and ideas on different patterns I had never thought of stitching

8. What don't you like about my blog?
Nothing I love everything on your blog

9. Do you blog? If yes, provide a link to your blog.

Yes https://tweetylovesstitching.blogspot.com

Bette said...

1). 50% stitching 50% personal
2). I love reading about people's stitching but I also love to read about what life is like for others around the world.
3). I read all the prose as well as look at the pictures.
4). Sometimes.
5). 1-25
6). finishing tips, seeing what others are stitching, tips for stitching
7). I enjoy seeing what you're stitching. We have different tastes but that's good cause I often see things that I had never seen before and might enjoy stitching in the future.
8). Can't think of anything
9). Yes, http://azstitcher.blogspot.com/

azxser@aol.com

Bette

Ann said...

Blog survey:

1. A--90% stitching, 10% personal

2. I mainly read blogs to see what other people are stitching and to share triumphs and problems with the process. The little bit of personal info helps to give each blog its own special flavor so it's easier to visualize the stitcher.

3. I read the words and look at the pictures. I do enjoy well-written prose, and yours is well-written.

4. I do like tracking progress, especially on long-term projects. Makes me feel I'm not alone in taking quite some time for those bigger pieces!

5. regular basis? Hmmm, depends on the frequency of the blog posts. If everyone I once read were still blogging, it would be close to 100. Now it's closer to 1 - 25.

6. I come back to blogs that have unique voices, not just lists of projects and goals.

7. You're one of the ones with a unique voice! and a dry, wry wit, which I enjoy.

8. I wish you blogged more frequently. I missed you when you were recovering.

9. Yes stitchingfoolishness.blogspot.com


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

1. a] 90% stitching and 10% personal, roughly what my blog is .

2. I am interested in sharing our hobby and a little bit of personal stuff.

3. Always read the prose, I want the details on the fabric, the thread choices, any changes etc.

4. Yes. I like before and after photos, or an easy way to find previous photos. I like a blog with labels.

5. d] over 100

6. Things in common, similar tastes, stunning designs I haven't stitched myself, contact with the blogger via comments on my blog and replies to my comments (if applicable). A survey or questions. I do love to give my opinions!

7. The designs you choose, your sense of humour, it seems very British in some ways!

8. That you've been away for a while!

9. Yes! http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk/

You have my email :-)

Stitchinowl said...

Happy 9th blogaversary!

1. a] 90% stitching and 10% personal, roughly what my blog is .

2. I like some personal updates in a stitching blog because it helps me get to know the person, as opposed to just seeing their stash, WIP's, and finishes. Still, I mainly like to see what they purchased, the fabric they used for a certain project, etc.

3. I definitely don't skip the prose! I like the backstory behind a project - if the stitcher made any thread or fabric changes, if it was a difficult piece, if they prefer certain subjects or designers, etc. Personally, I like the extra analysis.

4. I like tracking the progress of a blogger's project, to an extent. I do get bored if there are too many minor updates.

5. I used to read 26-50. Now it's a) 1-25, since many stitchers stopped blogging and are now showing their stash and projects on Flosstube (youtube) and Instagram.

6. Photos of finishes, stash haul, visits to shops, floss and/or fabric choices, accessories (I love seeing stitchers' project bags!), comments about useful accessories, finishing tips, the list goes on and on.

7. I particularly like that you make stitching goals and track statistics on various things.

8. I wish you blogged more often. Sometimes there will be a long gap between posts and I wonder what happened to you. Also, when you post regularly, I am more likely to check your blog more often.

9. No.

Carolyn

Stitchinowl said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my email...sorry about that.
rcscg at aol dot com
Carolyn

Ariadne said...

1.c 50%-50%
2. I love seeing/reading what other people-stitchers do.We are not 100% in our lives cross stitching right?
3. I definitely read the text too.
4. Yes if it a project I like.
5. c. About 80 blogs.
6. After reading some blogs for some years the writer of the blog is a friend for me,someone I know quite well.So I come back to see how she is and what she is up yo.
7. The diversity and difficulty of your projects, they are so different from mine.
8. I'd prefer more photos, bigger ones that I won't need to ope to see better. And bigger letters.I think it is my eyes that demand this.
9. Yes my blog is http://www.AriadnefromGreece.blogspot.gr
My e-mail is ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com