Friday 5 June 2015

Reading too much Blogging advice

I think it is possible to read too much of certain subjects. Fiction, too much? Never. Self-help, yeah, too much can convince you you'll never be what you should be. But I think business books must be the worst. There is sooo much information on how to make it all work. It's overwhelming. And what does overwhelm usually lead to? Chocolate, cookies, wine and not writing the blog.

Blog advice I have read recently:

1. Be useful. So what is useful? Does that mean only technical advice on techniques? Help with getting difficult parts of your knitting figured out? Sometimes a good laugh is really useful. Or feeling like you are not alone in not finishing the 13 projects you have started. Or that you are not the only one struggling to sew on those damn buttons an hour before you want to wear your sweater even though it sat there without buttons for 6 months.

2.  Show videos. But it's also not advisable to send people to other sites because they may not come back. Hello, hello, anybody there? So do your own videos because videos are so easy to dash off in 1 or 2, 3, 4 or more likely 5 hours, to professional standards, of course. And that's after getting a manicure and elocution lessons, learning to handle your camera and keeping your hands in the assigned area that the camera can record (that's the really, really hard part because who can talk without using your hands even when they have knitting needles in them).

3.  Speak in your own voice. Obviously mine is a little cranky today but hey, we all have cranky days. But I should put my big girl pants on and say something nice about all the information I have gained reading how to have a great blog. Not.

So I'm adding new advice. Note to self: Just write your blog. Mine will be part diary of my knitting, part advice and technical help, part whatever else is on my mind, usually about knitting. I'm burning all these blog advice books. No, no, burning books is wrong! I'm taking them to the free bin at the library where they can cause someone else grief many hours of reading pleasure.

After taking a month off, I'M BACK.


  1. 'Bout time too. I missed you. Doesn't matter what you go on about, I'll still read & comment. I mean, have you read MY BLOG?? I'm often NOT in a good mood, I RANT at the stupidities of life & FORGET to take pictures of my projects. So why are YOU any different???? Keep on Knitting, Baby.

  2. How boring and bland the blogs would be if we all read those books and all followed their advice. It's the personality that makes the difference

  3. Missed ya. Yours is one of the blogs I ALWAYS read, so keep going! A slick blog isn't necessarily the most interesting. Yours has content, and that's what I care about.

  4. Deb, your rant is hilarious. All it needs is Rick Mercer walking down his alley in Toronto :-). Peggy


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