This blog has now been running for exactly four months and I thought that now might be the time for a bit of a round-up! Over the past four months the blog has featured 90 posts, received nearly 1500 likes, 12,500 site views and is now edging towards 300 followers. I don’t really have much idea of what these statistics mean, as I haven’t anything to compare them to, but I can say that the blog has become a major feature in my life and in that of my whole family.
I’m also going to take this moment to make a few confessions – this blog is not entirely a one person production, which has no doubt been obvious from day one for those who know me personally! For one, my standard of English is at times a bit shaky, so my daughter Isla is the go-to girl for language and editing (any posts where the English standard slips a bit are ones that Isla was unavailable to check!). My son Greg and his girlfriend Emma have also been a fantastic help – they were the ones who convinced me that I should start a blog in the first place, and Greg set everything up for me and gave me lessons so I could get things started.
And of course there’s my husband Alex: my partner in business and in life, and now my partner in blogging. He talks through the ideas for all the posts with me, and helps me brainstorm lists of upcoming ideas to keep us going. He is also the one in charge of sorting out photos and making sure that everything is ready to publish.
When this blog started I had no clear idea what it would be about apart from that it would be a place for me to share something about my textile work. I didn’t really know what I had to say or what people wanted to hear, and I’m sure that I’ve broken lots of rules about good blogging! Four months in, I’ve decided that this blog is quite simply about a) my work and b) those things that excite and inspire me.
Hopefully this means that I’ll continue connecting with all of you who have similar interests and that I can pass a little inspiration along!
Lastly, I can say that the regular work of producing this blog has made me re-examine all the things in life that fascinate me. In looking for things to share with others, I have regained my appreciation of how lucky I am in what I do and in the wonderful place that I live in (despite the appalling weather!)