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Jan 16, 2014

New Year's Resolution to show more comment love

Jan 16, 2014
Pin It I've noticed several bloggers have been making new year's resolutions to blog more.  Either to return to their abandoned blog, just post more frequently, or to return to the roots that may have started their creative journey.

Although I still blog regularly (I try for twice a week - which is less than the 3-4 times a week I did in the old days.  Boy, now that was crazytown. :)), I too, of course have noticed the trend to switch from reading/writing blogs to the instantaneous photo fix on Instagram.

It was kinda funny for me actually.  I think the big switch was in 2012.  I had my third baby in the winter and took a blogging break for most of that year.  When I returned in December, blogs seemed eerily quiet, as Instragram became the new "it" thing.  It took me a while to figure out where everyone went, and it took me even longer to justify buying a smart phone.

In 2013, with Instagram now in hand, I too, turned from blog reading.  Who has time for all of this?  But in the course of the last year, I realized I miss reading the details behind the projects.

The stories.  The people.  The personality behind the sewing.

So, although I'll probably never get that "unread posts" column to zero (or remotely even close), I've decided my new year's resolution is to take the time to comment on just one post a day.  It's something I think is doable and will be worth those extra connections.  :)

Just one comment.  Today. Pin It

37 comments:

  1. yeah I miss the stories also -- some of the blogs I read are quite comical and you just don't get that with IG.

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  2. I find myself taking mini breaks from blogging but do enjoy the connections so much. I feel I will always be here in blogland. While not as active on Instagram (yet), I'm posting more photos each month.

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  3. Great words of wisdom that I will copy. Our lives are so busy that we often think we just haven't got the time, but sometimes we just need to slow down and 'smell the roses'. The world won't stop turning but we will have made someone else happy by our thoughtful action. Thank you for the advice.

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  4. I enjoy the stories behind the pictures too. I read a lot but I'm not good about commenting so I'm resolving to do more too. <---- Look, I commented!

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  5. Great idea. I like IG too but I think blogs need to be supported. There is so much more you can share there. I don't plan to abandon mine!

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  6. I love IG - it's so quick and easy - but I feel like it can take the personality out of the blogger/person. So I still very much enjoy reading blogs. :)

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  7. Great idea! One a day is easy! I never did hop onto Instagram, so I'm happy to see that people are starting to blog a little more again.

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  8. Great idea. Having a dumb phone, I'm not on Instragram regularly and can't post, but I think I'd miss the stories and people behind the projects too.

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  9. I like IG. Don't love it! I use my iPad, but most of the time the pictures aren't great. It is the new trend. To me its not as personal or imformative as reading a blog. Being pretty new at blogging, I try to comment as much as I can. Its kind of a thrill to get comments, knowing that someone just connected with you!

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  10. Although I don't blog myself, I love reading them and getting to "know" all of you just a bit.

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  11. I agree with your sentiments. I think I've been feeling that way without really sitting down and mulling it over. I got back on my blog after a two-month unplanned hiatus, and I'm loving reading other's again. It's a connection that I miss when I don't. Thanks for putting it out there!

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  12. I have missed reading all the blogs. I find Instagram to just add to my wishlist without showing me how to make anything or challenge me to learn a new technique

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  13. I prefer blogs too. lol... i will never get the unread column to 0 either!

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  14. Yeah for you. I don't have a smart phone. I could do Instagram from my iPad but have not felt the need to go there. For me a blog is a warmer, friendlier place to spend my time. A blog post is sew much more than the click of a camera and a quick upload. Inspiration comes in many forms. If I need a quick fix... I go to Pinterest. Blogs and comment are PRICELESS!

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  15. I use the pictures to motivate me to read... I can't say I read everything every blog I read has posted, but if the pics grab me, then the story is a must read! Somehow though, yours always seems to appeal to me, so whatever you are doing, keep at it!!!

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  16. I'm not on IG, and plan to continue avoiding it, so it's exciting to hear that some bloggers are coming back! I love seeing lots of posts in my blog roll, and I've missed you all! xoxo

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  17. i completely agree. i love instagram, but i miss the connections and conversations i've had through blogging. it's easy to heart a picture and move on, but i do get more out of reading the stories behind the projects.

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  18. Istagram annoys me. It is some perfectly crafted picture that makes me feel bad about myself. Also, with all the filters, you have no idea what the colours really are. I've seen a million tweaked sunsets and sunrises. Means NOTHING to me.
    I have another theory on why blogs are quiet these days. Everybody wants a book deal. Yeah, I said it! Nobody does quilt alongs anymore or tutorials. So thank you VERY MUCH for the BOM.

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    1. Karen, good point.
      My publisher found me through my blog and once I had the book deal, I couldn't blog ANY of what I was making for almost 2 years. Coming up with other stuff to blog about was really hard! But blogs do have a place in this busy crafting community, and as some go quiet, others get loud. I like that IG has introduced me to a whole group of quilters I don't think I would have found on my own, but without blogs and more of a story, i can never remember where anyone is from...

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  19. So many people are talking about Blogging being dead; but I think that it is just transitioning and will never disappear completely, and hopefully will make a comeback. Like you said, there is too much "behind the scenes" stuff that I want to know. IG is great for pretty pics; but not content.

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  20. I think social media has bombarded everyone. And there is only so much time we have in one day. My daughter put IG on my phone last year when she traveled to Australia. It was wonderful to be able to see her and all the places she visited. I have slowly learned that many designers and quilters are on IG, and I've subscribed to some, but I too enjoy and prefer reading blogs for the details.

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  21. too funny! I too had my 2nd baby around the same time as you and actually wound up taking a break from all social media as I stepped back into work. I didn't realize everyone was on IG and am just NOW figureing that out! haha, thank's for cluing me in. I'm with you on the details though. a picture is nice but sometimes I want to know the whys and the hows (or how-tos!)!

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  22. Very good post. I started blogging more this year because I missed it, a lot. With two small kids, I had a really hard time getting to local quilt events last year and I was starting to feel very alone. Then my closest quilt friend moved to Ohio and that settled it. I need to surround myself with quilters again, and my blog helps me do that.

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  23. What a great idea! I'm curious if you'll get more comments on this post than you usually get :P

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    1. Too funny, huh?? Definitely more comments here than my first post this week on a magazine publication!! Ha ha! It's a two way street. I hope to see more of everyone around!!

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  24. I recently added BlogLovin to my iPhone because I miss the story behind the picture too! Instagram is OK but I always prefer the whole story and that connection and sense of community from the actual blog... on a computer, not a phone. a 2" wide screen just doesn't do it for me!

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  25. Here's what I'm hearing.... it sounds like I'm not the only one who forgot about the "balance". IG is nice for that quick fix as you're waiting in the pick up line at the drive thru. But there is no substitute for the real story.

    I think when I start reading and commenting again, I'll be a much happier with my whole experience.

    Sometimes it's easy to forget that the whole reason I started doing this in the first place was so that I wasn't sewing ALONE in the dark hole of my basement. The online sewing community is so wonderful - where ever you are able to tap into it!

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  26. I enjoy IG but my blog is my heart! I don't think I could ever abandon it!

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  27. I'm so with you. Totally identify with this, I had exactly the same issue after my 3rd baby and realised this last couple of months that I really miss the blog interactions.

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  28. I don't have a blog of my own but I love reading about other quilter's experiences. When I recently read that Instagram was the future and blogging the past, I was so sad. Thank you for your post, your commitment to continuing to blog and your BOM!

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  29. A friend of mine recently started blogging and she uses IG, tumblr, and FaceBook to show pictures of what she's blogging about, but embeds a link on the title back to her blogger page! Pictures seem to be a new "headline" that someone sees and if it's interesting, will click on it to see where it takes them. I think the mix of the platforms allows her post a picture everyday about her blog content for that week, but also allows her to focus on what her blog content will be for the next week.

    I, too, have put blogger on my tablet and phone because I am interested in what people have to say. I will be honest - If there's a picture and a great head line, I'm more likely to click the link to see the full article.

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  30. I love this post! I am also trying to comment more on people's blogs this year. I am finding it difficult to find the happy medium between blogging, FB and IG. I am trying to get back to blogging, at least once a week and hopefully I will find my way. As long as I am having fun and getting to share with others, I will be happy!

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  31. I agree! I think that part of this stems from how I learned about quilting/modern quilting, which was through reading lots and lots of blogs. Now that I've figured out the basics, yeah, IG is a great instant fix. But I think that blogs still serve an important educational function, as well as a personal one.

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  32. this is interesting because I've read a few places that blogging should be trendy again this year, making a resurgence in value as the luster comes off InstaFlickTwit sites. either way, yes, great connections and stories out here in blogland - good luck with your goal!

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  33. I only began reading blogs over the last year, so I wouldn't say blogging is dead. I keep finding more that I enjoy, but have to limit myself due to time or skim the topics to determine which to read. I can't instagram; guess I'm a little behind. There will always be someone just beginning with blogs, so they won't go away. Everything just evolves.

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  34. :)
    My New Year's resolution was to resurrect my blog! And in the process I've been commenting a lot more on other people's blogs.

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  35. I think one comment a day is a very reasonable and achievable goal! I definitely agree that I've been blogging less and Instagramming more. However, the ease of IG is letting me share more than I ever did on my blog, so I like that. Here's to finding a happy medium!

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