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On Milestones…
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On Milestones…

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. 

Rock Sculpting on the Beach 

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.

Natural Rock Formations 

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?

Geo-Lolly-gy 

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. 

Rock Formations 

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. 

Saqsayhuaman Ruins 

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!

Shrine of St. Therese 

**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.

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72 Responses

  1. Chandler

    Congratulations on a wonderful six years! Thank you for sharing your adventures, your thoughts, your beautiful photography, and of course your amazing textiles with us. As always, you are an inspiration in so many ways. And your tales have become a part of my life and memories, too—just like those of any friend in the “real” world. I’m always pointing people to your Peruvian earthquake story, or your photos of Nova Scotia, or your gardening tips—and the list goes on.

    I hear you about blogs evolving and posts thinning out over time. But I’d like to think that that’s because people are out enjoying the world again, and garnering more experiences and adventures to blog *about.* It does seem to me that in general, while blogs may be less frequently updated, there is a greater richness and depth to the material. That’s the kind of evolution I like.

    Here’s to many more years, and many more adventures and creations for you, Lolly. Thank you for inviting us along for the ride.

  2. Kim

    Happy Blogaversary! I’ve been reading you for about 5 years now – your blog is so inspirational on so many levels! I have to say, your photography and writing have developed and changed so much over the years. It’s a beautiful blog.

    My own blogging mojo is so scanty right now; I’m letting it lay fallow for the time being, hoping for some burst of inspiration to strike.

    I love the pix of the cairns.

  3. mai

    lolly, congratulations on an amazing six years! i love reading your blog, whether you’re writing about knitting, your family, your travels, photography, or food! i can’t wait to read more from you in the coming years :)

  4. Stacey

    I love your blog. Why? Because without it I would have never met you in real life :)

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

  5. Luisa

    6 years, wow! Congratulations from Germany!! I have started reading your blog last year and I have been looking forward to your next post ever since!

  6. Sung-Ji

    Yay for Lolly! I’m so glad you’ve blogged these past 6 years. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

  7. mel

    Yay!! Happy 6-years Lolly. You were one of my first reads in knitting blog-land and always, always a favorite :) Your pursuits and promotion of community (I have admired this so much!) as well as your creativity make for a great read. I do still love the blog format even though it does seem to be changing quite a bit in this community – I enjoy reading about the life and travels and other pursuits as much as the knitting – real life is pretty diverse and your blog in particular illustrates that. I love it all! xoxo

  8. Brenda

    I’ve been reading for a while and am an infrequent commenter (it sounds better than lurker). With all knit blogs, I came for the knitting and stay for the other posts. I find that many knitters and I have similar interests outside of knitting. I have been to many of the places you have traveled to, and it’s great to see those places from another perspective. I haven’t been to Peru though, so I’ve got it on my list now ;-)

  9. felinemagnet

    Oh man, at first I thought you were leading up to saying it was the end of your blog. So glad that is not so! I enjoy whatever you choose to write about or take a photo of. And 6 is a fine number, one of my favorites!

  10. Kathy

    Still love reading after six years, although my comments may be more infrequent. In fact, our side trip to Joshua Tree (during a trip to visit my in-laws in California) was inspired by your pictures and enthusiam. Looking forward to the next six.

  11. Vicki

    Happy blogiversary, Lolly! I celebrated 6 years in March and I still can’t believe that it’s been that long — I nearly faint when I click on the word “archives” and see that list of months!!

    Six years of nothin’ but knitting — writing about it and reading about it — would be awfully darn boring! I love to soak up life and be inspired — your blog is all about that!

  12. Nicole

    Congratulations on 6 beautiful years!

  13. pam

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. I have read your blog for quite some time and so enjoy your travels and of course your knitting too. Please keep up the good work, your photography is beautiful.

  14. Marietta (rawyoginimari)

    i love the way the blog has evolved. it’s truly a reflection of you. happy blogiversary!

  15. Alli

    I LOVE the photos with this post. I think they say as much as the words about how your blog has gotten to where it is. I enjoy your blog and I’m glad you’ve gotten me back on the wagon. Thanks!!!

  16. Marie

    Happy anniversary! I am so happy that you’re still blogging and find your posts about the other aspects of your life just as interesting as the knitting posts. I agree with you that knit blogging changed a lot after ravelry, and as much as I love ravelry, I have to say that I do miss the blogs that have gone quiet.

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  18. elkbio

    Congratulations on 6 years in this strange yet wonderful world of blogging. I’m sort of sad to see so many that have jumped ship for Ravelry or Flickr or even Facebook and Twitter. To me, I am far more comfortable with this forum than with any other and so I continue to blog (though sporadically for sure) and read others. I feel that blogs have the right to evolve…and never understood why some seem so strict on content (e.g., knitting blogs should only be about knitting seems a bit crazy to me). I have many interests and read blogs on photography, cooking, other crafts/art, and of course knitting. To me, the most interesting are those that combine all these topics and simply write about life. Which is exactly why I love to read your space.

  19. whitney

    Congratulations on 6 years! I’ve definitely started reading blogs less often, and posting to my own less often, which I think is due to a combination of flickr/twitter/ravelry and just a lack of time (thanks to how busy I’ve been with teaching and research). But I can’t imagine ever quitting my blog, and I’m glad there are still some wonderful folks like you blogging, too.

  20. Lisa

    Congratulations on six years!

    Personally, my blog reading has been much less frequent in the past few months, mainly because I haven’t had the time to sit and read all of the blogs I enjoy. I’m not at my computer as much as I used to be, either. Ever since I got my “smart phone,” I can easily check email at a glance on it, and I can update Plurk and Facebook there and get others’ updates messaged directly to my phone. Having those abilities throughout the day without sitting at the computer has freed up so much time, because inevitably, if I sit at the computer for “a minute,” it ends up being a half hour after all of the distractions I stumble upon! ;) Now that I think about it, my lack of time for blog-reading is probably directly related to being focused on more non-computer oriented things during the day. Hm.

    Still, I try to catch up on my favorite blogs (like yours) every so often! It’s an enjoyable treat! :)

  21. Lisa

    PS…LOVE that picture of the labrynth! That is really cool!

  22. GrandmaTutu (Mary)

    What a treat your blog is–beautiful, interesting pictures. Only sorry I just found it, but I’ll get caught up eventually.

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