friends, i think one of the things that many of us hope for in starting a blog is the ideal of shared conversation—finding new friends, new inspiration, and having a dialogue with however many (or few) readers you have. the comment, if you will, as the gold standard of blog discourse. how wonderful it must be, for example, for gertie to share her exciting homeowning news and find more than 100 people excited for her and her family?
for me, though, there is something even better—the thoughtful comment. the only thing better than “congratulations!” is congratulations followed by a cute detail or personalizing touch. i’ve been driven to leave more of these myself by two particularly wonderful comments left here: one from meaghan, who says,
“you also challenge readers to look beyond the picture on the pattern envelope and think creatively about their garments. thank you for all the great posts and pictures.”
readers, is this not a platonic ideal of a comment? it’s specific and kind and very encouraging. i am sure sal would approve.
similarly, i could kiss meg the grand—instead of complaining about how little sewing has been going on (a sort of mid-march malaise seems to have struck me and many of us, it would seem!) she left this lovely note:
“i love all of these posts that talk about your process of getting the space together and choosing your accessories – it’s very sewtastic to me, and i get to live vicariously through you!”
thank you, meg! i’ve been wondering, lately, about how to keep my end of the conversation going when i’ve been falling behind on all the work i want to do. i’m still only about 60% finished with my red coat, for example (it has a lining now! and shoulder pads!); i never finished my “refashion” for the sew weekly; and i’m definitely dangling on the precipice of making any progress on this week’s “pretty as a picture” theme.
personally, i love reading other bloggers’ attempts to make sense of their inspiration, or their sewing space, or their struggles to find balance in all of their activities. jillybe’s recent travails really spoke to me, and i was very moved by a recent post by carolyn on “construction details, yay or nay?” which sparked an interesting debate on what kind of posts we sewasaurus rexes like to see.
sometimes, reading about others’ projects, inspirations and interests is the only thing (besides wanting to post and share myself) that helps me keep my sewing energy up. i’ve been loving the sew weekly, for example, because even though i haven’t finished a project in 3 weeks, having the theme forces me to think realistically about my project board/to-do list, what i want to accomplish vs. what i can accomplish, and to be creative about getting projects off the board and into reality. for the first time in my short sewing career i have a handle on my goals and don’t feel that constant overwhelming feeling i tend to get when i’ve gotten overambitious about what i can accomplish in a day (or a week, or a month, or even a year).
speaking of years (what?) i hit my 30th one yesterday. i celebrated with excellent takeout, a snuggle on the couch with my handmade ryan gosling, and sewing progress.
if by “progress” you count six darts and two seams for this week’s sew weekly!
my proper birthday dinner will be tonight, with family and friends (as it should be) and a weekend spent with my mother and sister up at the new place.
two days to friday. stay sane.