Monday, January 13, 2014

Better Late than Never…

I'm way over due wishing you all a very Happy New Year or even doing a recap of the finishes from 2013, but real life has taken over and it's all been go go go since before Christmas. Work has picked up and I'm now running two classes at the adult education centre and I've agreed to take on the afterschool sewing club which runs twice a week at my daughter’s school so I’ve been busy planning and reacquainting myself with felt!  I'm really looking forward to the challenge of sewing with 8 – 11 year olds and have my first session this afternoon. If it is successful I'll let you know and share our progress... If it's not, I probably won't mention it again lol :o)

So with 12 quilts made and a several small projects, 2013 was a pretty good year.  The most popular post of 2013 with over 7000 page views and the one I still get emails for is the Migrating Geese Tutorial I did back in June.  Tutorials are still very popular so I hope I can do a few more of those in the coming months.

Another reason for my delay in posting is that I've been rather disheartened with blogging at the moment. Comments are at an all time low and I can't help but wonder if blogging is on the decline.  When I started blogging in 2006 my favourite part was the dialogue I had with those that visited and the friendships that were made through the exchange of emails.  Some of those friends made some of the more challenging times in the past easier to cope with and made me feel less alone.

With many using tablets to read blogs, the ease of leaving comments isn’t streamlined and it often means leaving the app you are using to go to the blog in a browser to wait until it loads before you can comment.  Even I know I don’t leave as many comments as I used to….so with all that playing in my mind there was a part of me that was contemplating an ending post and moving on with the times to instagram or the like, but that didn't feel like it would be the right direction for me personally.  I like the blogging format…so instead of giving it up completely I’ve made sure there are other ways we can keep in touch. 

So if you like to follow using Facebook…I have a page HERE
If you prefer Google+ I’m HERE
Oh and I’m on Pinterest HERE

I’m not on instagram, I’ve looked at it, but I’m not sure it’s for me… though I’d love to know what you think!

Until next time...♥

26 comments:

Janet said...

Happy 2014 too you too! I'm sorry you are disappointed with blogging lately. I have always enjoyed your blog very much. I hope you won't give it up completely. Good luck with the 8 - 11 year olds :0)

Ellyn said...

I do enjoy instagram but still love blogging too and your blog! don't give up! teaching young people to sew has been sew rewarding for me, I know you'll love it too and they will be hugely successful! keep us posted

Thimbleanna said...

Happy New Year Jane! I do hope you won't give up your blog.

I LOATHE facebook. I can't even tell you how much it annoys me. The messy format, the ads, the fact that no matter how many times I hit "most recent" it still feeds me posts from others in some stupid random format.

Instagram is ok but it will never replace the blog for me. Someone told me Instagram was just easier for commenting so now I call it the Lazy Blogger's platform LOL. Plus, I just don't have the time to check it constantly, so I feel like I can't follow very many people because it will only show you so much history and I don't want to miss posts from those I follow (if that makes any sense at all.)

Anyway, it's true. Blogs are falling by the wayside but I don't care. It will always be my favorite platform!

Jill said...

I love reading your blog! Sorry I haven't commented before now. I'm looking forward to hearing about your sewing classes with the 8 to 11 year olds. I once helped with a 4H class called Decorate Your Duds. An interesting experience as it wasn't technically sewing but more embellishment. (I'm not rely keen on fabric paint and bedazzles.) I think the girls were a bit older, maybe 10 to 13 or 14. I'm interested to read about what you'll teach your class and how. I have a niece that's interested in hand work.
Please don't give up on the blog!

Terry said...

I loved your migrating geese! I don't leave as many comments as I used to, but it's still my only real source of sewing inspiration. I'm only on Facebook for family stuff, and I don't do pinterest at all. I've always enjoyed your blog so I hope you stick around for a long time! :0)

imquilternity said...

I look forward to your posts and will continue to read your blog for as long as you are willing to write. I will always love blogs as my favorite platform from which to make friends and get inspiration.

I don't "do" Facebook, other than to keep track of family and old friends.

I do love Pinterest and just became a follower of yours.

Instagram? It's ok, but not nearly as good as a beautiful blog!

anne bebbington said...

I'm finding similar regarding the paucity of comments but I put it down to the fact I had really drifted off the posting scene and thought people had lost interest in my blog due to inactivity

Bekah said...

I love your blog - your photos are always so lovely! :)
By the other comments I'd say you'd be sorely missed in the blogging world if you gave it up!

Chris said...

I'm hopeless at leaving comments - one of my hopes for 2014 is to do better!

Tammy said...

Hi Jane, I really enjoy reading your blog. Your photos are fantastic. Have fun kids' sewing classes. There are some excellent free projects for kids on the net. This polar fleece owl http://tammyscraftemporium.blogspot.ca/2013/11/polar-fleece-owl-sewing-with-children.html was the project my kids liked the best. Even though they were horrified when I showed them my owl could be used for a pin cushion.

Cathi said...

Happy New Year! I know exactly what you mean about comments being at an all-time low and I think you have nailed it as to why.
Like some of the other commenters, I am not a Facebook fan -- it's just not the same and there are far too many ads, not to mention that it's seemingly meant for the texting generation who want to leave short messages.
I've not tried Instagram, as there are only so many platforms I want to try to keep track of.
Blogs may be becoming less popular, but they are still my preferred platform!
I look forward to more of your stunning photography this year.

sewkalico said...

I know I comment less due to using my tablet whuchbis not comment friendly. I also get less comments, but I like to blog mainly for myself so I don't worry about that too much. Just keep on blogging, I always read yours when I can!!

audrey said...

I'm glad to hear you'll keep blogging! Love to see your gorgeous pics of what you're working on. I'm not a Facebook fan either. Blogging is the platform that seems so much more personal. Great tutorial by the way! I had to pin it so I could come back to it.:)

Lainee said...

On some blogs, I've had a very difficult time leaving comments and I cut down on my number of comments (not a huge commentor to begin with) because of it.

Maybe that's why my blog rarely got comment (when I was posting).

I don't care for Facebook either.

Jackie said...

Holy Moly! 7000 page views is a LOT!

I've noticed a decline in page visits and comments on my blog too. It started around the retirement of Google Reader. I know I lost quite a few blog links when I migrated over to Feedly. Add the ease of Instagram and I can see it's appeal. BUT I've also seen a lot of bloggers dusting off their blogs too. Who knows what will happen. I know I think I don't blog for anyone but me but the interaction is the best part of it!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Your blog is one of my favourites and I always look forward to reading your posts and seeing what you and your girls have been up to. Your pictures are amazing! I don't get very many comments on my blog either but several members of the guilds that I belong to often comment that they have read or seen something on my blog that they like. I, like you, like to read what others think of my projects and pictures. Mostly, I consider my blog to be a diary of my quilts. It is fun to go back and see what I was working on a year or more ago. Please keep blogging--it is a great way to keep in touch!

Sheilaf said...

I love your Blog Jane, please do not give up. It keeps me in touch with Jolly Old England as well as what you do.
Happy New Year, and I will try an do better at commenting.
Sheila (in Florida)

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Jane, You have certainly hit thenail on the head with blogging. I still read everyone's blog but usually on my iPad and it has become a bit of a pain leaving comments, especially with Verification" and "autocorrect". I have decided to keep my blog going because it is also a personal documentation of my quilting life and even though you may not get many comments, I'm sure lots of peoople like me are still enjoying reading it. I have just started playing with Instagram and I love it! I think I like it because you can put a photo up, people can comment, and then you can move on to the next pic. I have started to build friendships with it, although not nearly as personal as blogging.

OMG this is a long comment from me!

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, happy new year. I think lots of people still read blogs but if they are like me and use an ipad leaving comments proves tricky when the comments box freezes and the only way to get it going again is to go back and open the blog page again. Keep thinking I must be doing something wrong and I give up but, I DO read them. The children's classes sound great. I had a fabulous needlework teacher at school named Mrs. Swift who really gave me a love of sewing. I liked doing it anyway but she taught me how to actually sew. You may be kickstarting a lifetime of pleasure for someone and that has to be a good thing. Well done. Please don't give up blogging. A tiny bit is better than none.xx

Chookyblue...... said...

blogging ure has changed........but stick with it........i'm not changing or adding another platform..........this is all i need............people who do more then one don't do any ell then..........

Sarah said...

Hi Jane! I understand all that you've said about blogging and the demise of commenting because I am one who comments less frequently than I used to. I read your posts all the time still, but since the cull of Google Reader and my move to bloglovin there are a handful of blogs I used to regularly comment on that are no longer a one-click comment job. I thought it was solely my use of the ipad that was the culprit as others above have suggested but it seems bloglovin won't let me comment on some blogs even from a laptop. It's very frustrating and so hard to do what I'm doing today which is remember to login via a laptop or Pc on a generic search for your blog itself. I know it's not the same as without the "conversation" of regular commenting, but if it helps I am another person still reading.

BTW - absolutely adore that wee bunny your daughter has knit for you o today's post.

Katherine said...

Happy New Year, Jane!
Blogging is my favourite platform too, even though I'm on Facebook I don't really bother with it and I'm not interested in Instagram. Sometimes its just overwhelming trying to keep up with it all, but know that even though I don't always comment I do pop in to read and enjoy what you share. I shall make more of an effort to at least say "hi" - would be a shame to lose you from blogland.

Quilter Kathy said...

I do find that the volume of blogs has increased so much that I have difficulty keeping up with everyone I want to visit ;) We have to find what is the right balance for us I guess. So glad you are continuing to blog as I have always enjoyed visiting!

Tanya said...

So many things get in the way... I know that I seem to do my blog visiting in bulk these days... I have you on Bloglovin' but I find Bloglovin' harder to use than whatever I used to have. I have never heard of instagram and I don't like Facebook. I too have felt that blogging is becoming passe but it works for me! Your photos are ALWAYS an inspiration for me. PLEASE DON'T STOP BLOGGING!

Chloe Emmott said...

leaving a comment on a blog is not something every one does. Which is a bit selfish as so much effort goes into them. Rest assured your blog is read and enjoyed, and maybe after this I will comment on blogs more often. You have taught me they are all about communication not just read and enjoy.

Sarah said...

I've just joined Instagram this year. Blogs are still my favourite for catching up with what people are doing though. They give me more of an insight into people's lives through their writing. I comment on blogs often, but it really irritates me when bloggers don't write back, so I stopped commenting on the non returners blogs! I don't blog myself, due to time constraints, so I understand how time consuming it is for those of you who do. If you really love keeping a blog you will keep going with it. I did love your migrating geese quilt!