I’m going to pretend that what I am experiencing is in fact not hypomania, but instead merely extreme exuberance and giddy joy at all the new things I am seeing and reading and learning and loving. Isn’t blogland amazing? I keep trying to get a drink, but I am overwhelmed by the size of the glass.
What got me here is the desire to participate in Making Rebecca Lynne’s Thursday Think Tank (if only I could remember how to add a badge).
See, and I was one of those people who used to furrow her brow and say, with an accusatory question mark at the end, “Blog? Why on earth would I want to read someone else’s blog? I don’t care what other people are doing or thinking.” HA! It turns out, I do! Bloggers are AMAZING! You (we?) are a fabulous source for project ideas, an extensive resource for learning about all things bloggy (such as how to use software or how to add a badge to your sidebar), a wealth of knowledge about where to get fabric and yarn and patterns and notions, great motivators and encouragers and enablers… the list goes on and on.
How many times have I chased down an idea only to end up 12 websites and six new ideas from where I started? I’m sure this never happens to you.
I am particularly excited by the quilting blogs I just started reading. Probably like many of you, I am dabble in multiple arts and crafts. I sew quilts, I refashion ready-to-wear clothes, I stitch my own garments from ideas in my head or patterns, I knit, I crochet, I scrapbook, etc. etc. It may seem silly that I am just now getting back to reading quilting blogs, because the first blog I ever heard of or read was Crazy Mom Quilts. About two years ago I put it in my Favorites (remember life before Google Reader? Me either. Has it really only been two months?) and would try to go there when I remembered and see what was new.
But then! This summer I fell in love with fashion sewing (again) and when I went to the trusty interweb to find out how to install a zipper, I discovered the true excitement and joy of Sewing Blogs. My world has been rocked.
I am embarrassed by my original thoughts about blogging. I am tickled to find so many imaginative and creative artists, such good writers, such unselfish and kind souls who are willing to share information and even their handmade works of art. (Swaps? Oh my goodness, I am in love.) Will you forgive me?
I find now that I am spending more time reading blogs and trying to keep up on my own than I am spending on my own artwork. I am sure this will even out over time. I enjoy learning something new, even if I am utterly overwhelmed by everything there is to see and do. I have come to accept the fact that I will never be able to read (or even visit once) all the fabulous blogs out there. I have to step away from the RSS button (now that I know what it means).
I have to be realistic about just how much time and energy I want to commit to making my blog fantastic, taking beautiful photos, joining -alongs, and everything else blogland has to offer. I have given myself permission to keep blogging even if my blog isn’t as pretty as I want it to be, make mistakes (publicly!), overshare, feel stupid because I’m writing to nobody, subscribe and unsubscribe to as many blogs as I want to, and even stop blogging if it becomes boring.
So, for today, I am going to try Rebecca Lynne’s Thursday Think Tank even if I don’t remember to blog about my latest plans without a reminder from her! I have been thinking a lot about swappable projects lately. Micro-mini quilts, maybe. I made this Kaffe Fasset-inspired wallhanging a few short years ago, and I’ve been toying with the idea of making individual squares for wall art, mug rug (uh, coaster?), pot holder, or whatever.
I also have plans to make a baby quilt that I can’t photograph because I can’t get to my craft room where it is waiting for me, until the insulation is blown into the attic. I promise to do a better job of Thursday Think Tank next week!