Over the weekend, LollyKnitting Around turned 6-years old. There wasn’t much pomp and circumstance since 6 doesn’t command that kind of attention. That being said, 6 is still pretty good. I had no predictions and long-term strategies when I started this blog in 2004. It has grown into a project much bigger than myself, and has served as a link in meeting the most amazing people.
Many of my peers from those early days of knit blogs have stopped blogging. Some have even stopped knitting. Some have turned their creative attentions to something completely new: other craft endeavors, writing, entrepeneurial pursuits… It’s intriguing to watch these changes over time.
LollyKnitting Around has changed significantly. My posts used to be very knit-centric and very frequent. Before Ravelry and Flickr were common, we told each other about a few inches of knit progress. There was an occasional post on something else, but I felt that it would be betraying people to write about anything else at length considering that “KNITTING” was in the title of the blog. I don’t necessarily feel this way anymore, which is evidenced by the scores of non-knitting posts. Thankfully, it seems that many of you have done the same thing – the blog becomes a reflection of you, and while it includes knitting, it is also about other things.
I have noticed that blog reading seems to be on a down-swing right now. Or at least, I notice that in myself. Unfortunately, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to… but at the same time, many blogs are not as frequently updated. With my new Twitter fascination, it is mini-blog posts throughout the day… usually more opinionated and banal than the things I share here, but fun all the same. Do you notice a difference in your blog-reading/blogging habits?
After a bit of exploration, I think I have settled into a pretty happy routine. The blog is not as frequently updated – and the blog is not all about knitting. As you know, I blog about what I am interested in. Sometimes that is knitting, and sometimes it is travel and vegan food. It seems to be something related to photography for the most part. You have watched the passion grow and have seen the results. Photography is a new love, and I would love to do more of it. As before, travel remains one of my ambitions, and I hope to continue traveling to new places and sharing those details here.
Sometimes I get ambitious and think about branching out into some new avenues: writing, publishing, exhibiting photographs… and if an opportunity came my way, I wouldn’t turn it down… but the fact remains the same: this blog brings enjoyment. There were many days in the past when I considered shutting it down, and I am glad that I reconsidered.
I don’t thank you all enough ~ please know how much I value your comments and feedback! After six years I can say that I blog for myself and for my own memories… where in the beginning, I blogged more for the interactions with others and the feedback… but what a joy it is to know that you are out there reading along!
Many thanks for traveling along with me!
**Six photos of stones from my travels – a milestone marking each year of the blog: Photo 1 -The rock stacks “inuksuit” on the bank in Vancouver, BC. Photo 2 – The stone formations at Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo 3 - Rocky Coastline The Ovens Natural Park, Nova Scotia. Photo 4 – Stones in the snow, Massanutten Mountain, Virginia. Photo 5 - Incan ashlar stones at Saqsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru. Photo 6 – Meditation garden and stone labyrinth, Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, Alaska.