If all the women in the crafty blogosphere are wearing adorable, handmade, vintage fabric dresses, where are they in real life?
Remember when Martha Stewart hit the scene? Once the sense of awe wore thin, there was much scoffing that no modern woman could stand up to that level of over-achievement. And yet, it seems everyone is out there trying. The internet has spawned millions of mini-Martha’s who cook and sew, craft and decorate and put it all out there for our mutual admiration.
Yeah, I know, I have a blog. I almost took it down this month, I mean, you see how much use I’m getting out of it. I started the blog because everyone I know and respect in the knitting industry encouraged me to start one. I’m not always so easily influenced, or at least I hope I’m not, but I’m talking everyone said, “You must have a blog!” So, I started one and promptly found myself doing something I wasn’t entirely comfortable with.
There seem to be two rules for a good blog, 1. Make it pretty, with lots of highly styled photos. And 2. Be authentic. What? If I’m utterly uncomfortable with the idea of documenting my design process or talking about my life, then how authentic can I be?
Let’s talk about Rule #1. I’m a crappy photographer and I have little interest in getting any better. When you’re new or small (I’m no longer new, but I am still small) you have to wear a lot of hats. But I don’t want to be a photographer and I happily farmed out the photography for Dolce Handknits as soon as I was able. Nor is it realistic to have a photographer waiting in the wings to capture every project I take on. And here’s the other thing, it’s hard enough to get started on a new project and once I do, I put my head down and work like a madwoman. Heck, when I’m working I barely think about eating and resent having to get up to pee, so there is no way I’m going to stop to style my workspace and take pictures. Not gonna happen. So, if I continue to blog, and the jury is still out, you might want to keep in mind that it may not be pretty, in more ways than one.
As for rule #2, authenticity, well, I guess I’m a cynic a heart. I often find myself looking below the surface to figure out what I’m being sold. Which is part of the reason I considered taking this blog down from my website. The more I thought about what I might want to say and how I could actually enjoy the process of blogging, the more I realized how little it had to do with the business of knitting patterns. It just seems to me, if I’m truly being authentic, wouldn’t this blog have more to do with what I have to say, then what I think I should say for public consumption?
Moving the blog seemed like more of a pain than it was worth, especially since there’s no telling whether I’ll be back for more. So, for the time being at least, it’s staying right here.
Stay tuned, or not.