I had an epiphany!

(This post almost got titled “Rae goes blahdeeblahdeeblah about ?)

I am pretty sure that as soon as I say this outloud on the blog it’s going to sound really dumb, but here goes.

I realized just this evening as I was driving (by myself, without the children, Praise the Lord) that craft bloggers have it harder than other bloggers.  See, I told you it would sound dumb.  But hear me out.

Other bloggers can produce posts about their topic of choice and they’re finished.  A political rant.  An embarrassing parenting moment.  Links to cool designs.  A family picture.  And I don’t in any way mean to demean the work that entails, but we have a different situation, a predicament of sorts.

Craft bloggers (and most food bloggers too) have to not only produce the actual post, but they also have to produce the THING that the post is about.  Sew the skirt, the dress, applique the backpack, knit the sweater.  That’s (at least) two things you have to produce for every post you write: the thing, and the thing’s post. And sometimes a tutorial, in which case more hours put in making the things + taking pictures of the things.  OH and we have to procure supplies. Are you getting me here or am I sounding stupid.  Don’t answer that. And I’m generalizing of course, you can always do posts about your kitchen wall or things that are unfinished or take pictures of your cats.

From what little I know about the business of blogging, I understand that to really make a living doing it you have to write a post a day or at least something very close to that.  That brings in traffic, you know, and traffic = shop sales, ad revenue, Martha appearances, White House invitations, etc.  And what I realized is that to try make it happen daily on a craft blog, well, see isn’t that nigh to impossible?  Especially if you are trying to piece together some semblance of a Real Life (in which you go Real Places and talk to Real People).  If you’ve been around here long enough you know that sort of post-regularity isn’t happening on Made By Rae, and if I’m honest with myself it probably won’t ever (sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping for the daily dose).  Side note: the crafty folks who ARE doing it, well, hats off to you amazing people!!!

So then the other thing that struck me was: you guys could go anywhere online and read something every day, but you still make a stop over here occasionally (or every hour, you crazy obsessive people), even though I don’t and can’t produce the daily awesome professional stuff that Design*Sponge or SeeSaw or Dooce can.  So thanks for reading, even though this just turned into a cheezy feel-good post, blaaaaaaaaaah (see? I just barfed all over it for you to cancel out some of the charm). Thanks too for being patient with me when I can’t pump out patterns for every single thing I make at the drop of a hat, because that sort of pressure would probably break me.  And thanks for all the really nice things you say in your comments too, because that means so much that you took the time to say hi and it brightens my day.

I really do not mean to whine about how much work blogging is or anything like that, just felt a little liberated when I realized that I’m happy with where I am here in this space and that trying to attain the daily-blogging goals in my head that you probably didn’t even know I had until I wrote them is probably not worth it.  OK, that’s all.

128 thoughts on “I had an epiphany!

  1. I actually tend to unsubscribe from the blogs that post something everyday. I, too, have limited time, and I don't want to spend all of it catching up on my Google Reader!

    Also, when it comes to websites that deal with crafting, too many ideas/inspirations/projects on my to do list is going to burn me out. I'm very happy with the rate at which you churn out tutorials and patterns. It's enough to keep me motivated, but not so much as to drown me.

  2. Actually, my husband and I were talking about this the other day. We actually prefer blogs that don't post daily, as we feel like their content isn't as substantial. Also, I follow about a hundred blogs (I've been meaning to cut back… blast you, Google Reader!), so the blogs that post daily (or multiple times per day) get less interest from me since I see them everyday or multiple times a day and honestly, usually the content isn't as fantastic (or they're just posting other people's stuff, which is fine…)

  3. halelujiah! you've just took the words out of my mouth. I totally hear ya. I keep thinking to myself, am I the only one who can't crank stuff out this fast all the time? Thinking like that makes me want to just dump it all and run off and go swim in the ocean in mexico for the rest of my life.

  4. i love this! i wonder often where these superhuman craft bloggers come from! i appreciate their work, but i especially appreciate knowing that you are a human, too. i love your tutorials; i just made the itty bitty baby dress, and it was so easy. thanks for that and thanks for keeping it real. πŸ™‚

  5. Yeah…I totally made a goal to only post about CRAFTY things on IWW. Tutorials! Sewing! Making things! Then life happened, I realized all I really want to do is chat, and now I'm posting…what we had for dinner, with recipes. Videos of me singing. Presents my kids made. Monologues about the idiocy of people who didn't like how a vote turned out in California, so lined up to yell and wave signs at our church buildings in Washington. Garden updates. You know. Just stuff. BUT, as you said: you get out. I don't get out that much πŸ˜‰

  6. That is a wonderful epiphany and totally true! I never really thought about it before. Thank you, now I can stop feeling so guilty about not posting something substantial everyday! Or at least I can try to stop πŸ™‚

  7. You write like I think – lol – and I have the giggles over here! (I have Bob Hoskins from Hook in my head saying, "I've just had an apostrophe!")

    I, too, don't always have time for the every-day blogs. I certainly don't write everyday – I would be exhausted – and I am only partially crafty. I don't even use the reader, just my blogroll and bookmarks. And no, you don't sound stupid. Thank you for this one!

  8. To be honest, I love reading post every day BUT I tend to not read those posts but rather just skip through the pretty pictures. It is kind of like posting daily makes me come to the blog daily but I won't stay long and I won't read carefully.
    I guess what I am trying to say is that by not postig daily on your blog your posts are more appreciated and loved by the people that read them.

  9. Truer words were never spoken. Blogging every day is not possible for me either. I figure if I can just make a craft to blog about 1/3 of the time, I'm good. Sometimes it is less. I don't think it has ever been more. But that is the fun about blogging. It really is for you and your enjoyment of sharing exciting things with others. The moment it starts feeling like you have to do it, then it becomes work and then the magic is over. Poof.

  10. I have to agree–I've watched several crafty ladies/moms/wives/career women turn their "life" blog into a blog life…From talking about real life, with a few crafty/inspired thingies they've made, to all out, "let's make a career out of this, and I've just flushed my other priorities down." Their blog loses that personal touch and loses my reading…sometimes. I think most crafty people want a dosage of "here's my normal life" in a snapshot, not "here's what I've cranked out for you today." It makes me feel guilty to see them force their creativity, like my reading their blog is the reason why they're doing it.

  11. Thank you, Rae, for posting this! Posting creative, original ideas/crafts/recipes every day IS hard. But fun…I find I miss it if I skip a day or two.

    All these comments about preferring bloggers that post less frequently–very interesting. I'd like to hear more about that. Maybe we need a poll. The results could give us crafty bloggers a break.

  12. Yay, Rae! I didn't know daily posting was a thing to strive/hope/try for. Well, I've failed proudly. I thought those folks who amazingly post daily had personal chefs and live-in maids and nannies or something wonderful like that. It takes me forever to write a post. Largely because I only take photos before 10 am or after 6 pm unless a miracle happens or it rains/snows/hails. And always on my front door step or on my deck. I am always amazed at people who do photoshoots at places other than their own house/bathroom mirror. Amazing. Amazing. I think that whenever I feel a particularly productive blogging/crafting streak about to happen, my children save me by wanting their Mum back. Three cheers for children!

  13. I echo Drew and craftevangelist's comments – bloggers who post every day get less attention from me than the once or twice weekly bloggers. I subscribe to so many blogs that I skim through the headlines on my reading list, and it's the appearance of a lesser spotted blogger that makes me go "ooh!" and pop over to see what they've been up to. Also, I identify more with bloggers who have a day job (or other kind of time-sucking commitments like children, or at least some other kind of life). So don't worry! You're doing a great job!

  14. I've only just started blogging but I was pondering on this over the course of the last week or so…I hear you! But under no circumstance should you, or I or any other crafty blogger feel pressured into posting a new design, pattern, quilt etc every single day. Summer time's here and I for certain am planning on spending some more time living outdoors with family and friends and less indoors sewing and blogging!
    Sewing's fun first and foremost and so is blogging, and should stay that way. If I'm going to stress over daily genius in creating and posting the pressure would soon make it not so much fun anymore!

    x Leila

  15. Yes thank you for keeping it real!!
    I like how when you post, it is about something substantial… not a bunch of links and pics from other peoples sites. And to do that takes time and effort so when you have a family/kids/other things to do, it is HARD to do that daily.
    I just started a blog and thought "what if i can't post something everyday??" and you've made me realise that life is more important and if you don't have anything important to say, then keep silent! πŸ™‚


  16. Bahahahahaha! I was really afraid, about halfway through, that you were going to say you were turning into a non-crafty blogger. But I nodded my head through the end. After I got over the fear that you were turning into a random science fiction blogger. Or something. πŸ™‚ Susan

  17. This all makes perfect sense to me. Glad to see someone actually post about it! Love your blog but don't think 'every day' is a realistic goal for most folks. And we appreciate you more when we finally get to hear from you!

  18. So true! I have friends that blog about food or life and gosh, that seems to be a constant source of (almost) effortless posts. It takes me so long to get anything done that I am lucky if I post 1 or 2 times a month! But I agree with some other commenters here, I have recently dropped a few blogs that post every day because the content seemed to be less interesting, more forced, more commercial. That's how it goes, I guess!

  19. Yep I struggle with this too. I would LOVE to make something new every day and share, but I have a full time job, a son, housework, etc …. Just can't keep it up with that much frequency.

  20. Rae I am so proud of you for coming to this. I often wonder how YOU, YES YOU, do it! I am flat out trying to find time to craft for myself, let alone a little guy, let alone write some tutorials that no-one else has done yet, let alone do a GOOD blogpost every other day!

    In the end I decided 2 or 3 posts a week are FANTASTIC, because what really matters is spending time with my little guy. Maybe when he is older and in school I can attempt to do more, but at the moment, whatever πŸ™‚

  21. I agree!! I especially feel the same way during those 'do something everyday and blog about it'. by the time I'm done for the day, the light is out and there's no time to take a photo or upload or blog about it! totally impossible!

  22. I couldn't agree more!!! πŸ™‚ I don't even have a craft blog and I can't post everyday! I don't know how theses people do it?! And, your blog and it's tutorials are very professional – I love your stuff so very much – please don't stop! πŸ™‚

  23. For a moment there, I've been afraid that you where gonna tell us you quit the blogging world…! scary tought! Your blog is part of my daily top 3 blogs every morning (along with made and threadbanger) I really dont expect that you post everyday since the way it is, when you do post something, it's a suprise and i LOVE suprises!

  24. Hi Rae. I love your blog and love the fact that it's clear you do have a real life and your life isn't all about your blog. It's a fun way to share a little crafting energy with real people!

    Thanks for doing it!

  25. I agree with the other commenters – some professional bloggers just post too often! I've subscribed to your blog with my feed reader, and I appreciate the opportunity to read your new posts whenever they appear.

  26. Yeah! Exactly! My blog stresses me out because I don't feel like I post often enough. After reading the comments, though, I guess it IS good to not post too often.

  27. Hi Rae, I found your blog during Celebrate the Boy (thanks for that, by the way). I, as a non-blogger, am totally impressed with even weekly posts. I agree with some other readers that daily posts would overwhelm me with trying to keep up. Thanks for posting your projects and epiphanies for all of us to enjoy.

  28. First, I totally agree that if someone posts *every* day they usually write their way off my google reader! I can't keep up with that much content!

    Second, I totally agree! I had a friend recently who was going to meet me for a crafting night but ended up not being able to come. When she called to cancel, she stated that she still wanted me to craft and expected to see the results of it on my blog the next morning. I laughed! And insisted that I could either craft or I could blog — doing both in one evening is just impossible because of time constraints!

  29. All of your epiphanies are what mine would be if I could produce coherent thoughts! I'm back from a two week blog vacation (OK, and real vacation), and one of the conclusions I cam to is that it is perfectly fine to NOT post every day. When I do post every day it's usually not that good anyways. And, like other commenters said, there are some blogs who just post too much.
    Whenever I see the Made By Rae in bold on my Reader, I get super excited because I know it will be GOOD. I definitely prefer good quality posts to high volume!

  30. I definitely understand! In fact, I've seen a couple of posts of other craft bloggers saying similar things lately and agree. Once upon a time, when I started my blog, I thought it would turn into a money making venture. Then I realized that there was no way I had the time or desire to devote that much energy and time into producing things and blogging them, so I accepted my fate. And I post about once a week. Thanks for all you do, Rae, and I'll keep you in my Google Reader and enjoy it whenever the posts do come. But yes, always put family first.

  31. From an Old Mom: Family first; then throw us something when you can…We totally understand and appreciate you more when we know that you're putting the Important things first! (Quite honestly, I don't know how you young mamas do it; caring for your babies, running your online businesses, THEN blogging to let us in on all of it!! Daunting!)

  32. I have stopped my craft blog and my children's craft blog due to lack of time and resources… I really needed to reprioritze my time so I was spending less time on the computer and more time actually being with my kids. It was very freeing, but I miss it – and it's good to hear that others feel that pressure too…

  33. I actually love the "blablahblah" posts – and thank you for working so hard for my (and everybody else's) entertainment/inspiration.

  34. I couldn't have said it better myself. I love that you keep things down-to-earth, and aren't your own personal blogging/pattern making sweat shop!

    I love when one of your posts pops up in my reader!

  35. Wow! That's interesting because I have been contemplating this over the last couple weeks as well. Wondering if I should be posting on other things other than sewing so I can post more often, or just leave it?? I too have children, 3 to be exact, and a husband, a home to care for…so maybe my blog is being read more than I think since I post about once a week! Ha! (BUT…it sure would be nice to make a living off of my blog!)

  36. just wanted to say, I rarely read those mega blogs. Your type of laid back real life blog is more to my taste! : D keep doing what you are doing. Your family is way more important than getting a tutorial up every day. I think the bloggers who do that just don't have to sleep or something lol

  37. I'm of the opinion that a post a day does NOT keep the doctor away. I don't think I could handle daily posts as a blogger OR as a follower. Our creative inspiration comes from "Real Life," so I think our quality of posts is directly related to how much Real Livin' is going on away from the computer. Thanks for getting my wheels turning this morning!

  38. i will echo what many others seem to have said already; i quite like your blog just the way it is. πŸ™‚ it seems to be more like real life with some creative bits mixed in, rather than a crafting to do list with a little bit of reality thrown in.

    so relax, things are just fine the way they are. πŸ™‚

  39. I don't mind the interim breaks, makes it all the more exciting to come visit when there is a new post… although I am wishing you would crank out the big-bum pants πŸ˜‰ (can't remember the real name).

    BUT I know it will be worth the wait… enjoy your summer!

    I can't imagine being a craft blogger, sometimes I dream about it, but then how would I do all the other things I need to. It is impressive!

  40. I share everyone's though. I don't like posts everyday because I would have no time on my end to get things done (i.e. I would still be reading my google reader). Someone else also mentioned not reading log posts that come everyday but instead scrolling through them. That's what I tend to do. And if the posts do come everyday I get a little overwhelmed if I don't check my blogs daily and come back from a vacation or something and have hundreds of blogs to read. In fact, I did actually cut my blogs down my favorite ones that I do enjoy each post and not just because the blog over all is cool (does that make sense?).

    I enjoy your posts! I agree with the unfair-ability of having to sew/craft and then blogging about it. I'm faced with that all the time too. It really comes down to "why do I blog" and the main reason is to have a place to document all my projects.

  41. I actually have no idea how you do it! I can't figure out how to keep up on my very neglected family blogs!

    I need to thank you! After tripping across your "Boy" series, I got inspired to try sewing again after a 30 year hiatus (stopped trying to sew around my 10th birthday)…I have you in my reader and I always love your posts. That allows me to see every single great post from you and all the blogs I follow, no matter how many posts there are.

    I should also say that I get inspiration from even the shortest of posts without tutorials or tons of pics. Sometimes just the whif of a project or picture gives me inspiration.

  42. You said it perfectly! I completely agree with you. I have a "craft blog" and due to several unforseen circumstances of life, I haven't been able to do my posts as often as I would like. I don't have a ton of followers, but I feel bad for *not* posting for even them. I guess I need to claim ownership to my blog and make it my own, and realize that "real life" is more important and the blog can happen at any time.

  43. I've got two blogs, one for crafting and one that's personal about family. I work on my crafting blog more, but really even then I don't blog everyday, I try to at least one to three times a week, it really boils down to the progress I'm making on my current project. Sometimes I work faster and sometimes it's a bit slower. There's a thing going on around called the process pledge, and while I find it to be extremely admirable that people are taking the process pledge, I realize it's not for me. Blogging one post usually takes me quite some time, and multiply it by x variable, I'll never get anything else done, which is sad considering I never get anything else done in the first place. I usually will blog the brainstorm, and then if I remember to take pictures, I'll blog about the process at the end, after the project is all done. But not during. It seems to block my mojo; although the only exception to this is a sewalong I'm currently participating in, but we're being given sufficient time between steps so it's not completely strenuous.

  44. You're almost right πŸ˜‰ People who subscribe to 400 blogs have a hard life keeping up πŸ™‚ LOL Maybe I need to cut down a bit…
    But seriously, I do thinnk you are right. You should only post if you want to and not because it's been 2 days since the last post….

  45. Hear,Hear to all who have a life outside of blogging.I have a few chosen blogs that I think of as a visit with a really good friend who doesn't mind sharing their talent with me.As you get older you realize those visits can't happen every day and so I keep my reading to once or twice a week at the most.

  46. I wonder how people can post every day too. It's nearly impossible. I strive for one post a week, if not every two. That's really spread out, but that's enough for me. πŸ™‚

    I enjoy your posts and have your blog on a reader so I know when you have something posted. I don't have to visit obsessively and wring my hands wondering when you'll post. πŸ™‚

  47. … and just think, when you write a really good post, you have all those comments to read through that take up even more of your time! πŸ˜‰

    I suspect that fewer posts are going to be the way of blogging of the future. It does take a lot of time (even for the non-crafters) and effort… and honestly, sometimes it gets old. πŸ™‚

    One needs to find the balance between "enough to keep readers interested and coming back" and "not too much so as to overwhelm yourself (and others)".

    Take care of yourself and family first… the rest will follow.

  48. I am completely with you on this one! I stress about it all the time. I'm just starting out but I try to do a post or two a week. Every day seems so impossible. Kids, husband, dog, house, life, sports, etc. Who has time for full-time crafting? I'm lucky if I get a few hours a week. πŸ™‚

    I love all that you do. I purchased your buttercup bag and I can't wait to make the larger version. I just need to learn how to put in a zipper. That would make this bag ideal for me! I'm always tossing the bag and things go flying. You know what I mean.

    I would love for you to check out my blog if you get a few minutes. It would mean a lot. Thanks so much Rae!


  49. Aw, I really like this post, and the comments. It makes me feel good to know that others feel the same way as I do (re: too many posts, not having enough time, etc).

    Also, I blog about my crafty stuff because really, I'm just an attention whoor. I don't ever think in a million years that anyone would pay me for it. And if they did, I probably wouldn't enjoy it because then it'd be a job and not a hobby.

    Anyways, keep your blog the way it is and don't feel pressured to change in any way. πŸ™‚

  50. I soo agree. As a fellow craft blogger who has a "real" life, who teaches, and who is pregnant, the blog just has to take a backseat most days. I have to prioritize and if my house is a pit, I'm not going to be crafting or blogging for that matter. So, I completely agree and understand the challenge!!

  51. Amen.

    Sometimes I feel prolific and I post more often and then sometimes I just get tired. TIRED. I never want anyone to think that I do this because I want to be read. I do things because it is like breathing, it must be done. I share them because my family gets tired of me saying, "look what I made!" a million times a week. If I stopped blogging, I would still be sewing and crafting.

  52. Have you ever thought about auto-scheduling your posts? I am not a blogger, but I read on Grosgrain (I think) that she sets them up in advance while on vacation.

    Regardless of whether or not you have something new everyday, I will still stop by and read! I certainly haven't read everything on your site yet πŸ™‚

  53. Ditto to that. Life is too wonderful to experience it via blogging.

    "Get out there and live!" is my motto.

    Thanks for saying what I feel. πŸ™‚

  54. Thank you for saying it. I'm not sure how some craft bloggers are able to come up with something on a daily basis. I love your blog Rae.

  55. It seems the first two comments said it all…. but my two cents?

    "Good things come to those who wait"

    Thank you for the good things!

  56. I agree, some blogs seem to post daily just to have a post daily, while the vast majority of what I see on your blog is very interesting & I enjoy reading it. I check almost daily, but I'm a little obsessive, not expecting a daily post, just don't want to miss a good one!
    I have an etsy shop & I feel the same kind of pressure with it. They tell you to have sales you need to add a new item every day. Like the blog, that means making something, photographing it, writing it up. Just not gonna happen!
    Keep up the great work, your blog is amazing!

  57. I am just going to join the group and say I do enjoy the bigger churn em out blogs, but they are not my favorite, and I usually just do a glance through. I love your blog, Rae! Don't change it, and I know how much work you put into things. Thanks for doing it!

  58. OK this is freaky because just this weekend I posted a very similar post..and I haven't blogged since…and I feel okay about that. invite you to read it! In my mind you're blog IS one of those perfect blogs that I aspire to. You don't post crap and we're all better for that. Thank you!

  59. and if you posted something cute and adorable you made every day- that'd make the rest of us feel bad about what we cannot do- it's always nice that you give us time to try to make some of your cute patterns/ follow your tutorials.;P

  60. oh my gosh, yes!! i just moved and am kinda out of the crafting mood lately and i feel bad!! i mean, what on earth? why would i feel bad about not posting on my own blog!! i know how you feel. and crafting should not have to be like every single second!! i mean, real life is like, why we really blog in the first place, right? thanks so much for this post!! i love it!! totally agree!

  61. I must say – after reading this post and the following comments, I felt a pressure taken off my shoulders. So often I feel like I am pressuring myself to post more more more, and it is nice to hear that quality is, indeed, preferred over quantity.

    Also, thanks for the puking. I think that's what we need more of in the blog world!

  62. So, see? You have clearly done a HUGE service with this post: look at all the pressure you've taken off people!!

    Myself, I've been posting more lately because I finally have a staff to take the packing and shipping duties off my hands (which is AMAZING). But I work hard to plan the posts in advance so I never get too overwhelmed, and to balance the project posts with the ones about the shop that don't require the double-work you mentioned. And: if I miss a day, I eat ice cream and don't worry. Besides, when you're surrounded by children and laundry, who has the time??

    Loving you and your blog, as always.

  63. I love this post! I agree there are some amazing bloggers out there (I count you as one!). for myself I do blog most days and make projects and stuff even though I work at a day-job two days a week and have four children (lol) but the reason I do it, is because it keeps me SANE! I love to make stuff and produce pretty pictures and then I can look at them tomorrow, whereas I never never get all the washing done or the whole house tidy at once or all the children happy at once… making things is atainable for me.

  64. love reading your Blog, you make me smile with your honest view on life πŸ™‚ Thanks !

  65. Not only an epiphany about craft and food bloggers but consideration for your readers! I certainly don't post everyday — I don't see how that is possible, really. As you say, doing the writing is only one aspect of producing a crafty blog so I for one am glad that you and most every one of the other comments understand this dilemna (tho I do wish those who do read my blog would comment once in a while) so Rae, just keep posting as you are able and I will keep you on my RSS feed and come visit with you now and then…

  66. So much pressure, so little time.
    I just blog because I love it.
    I am not going to make stuff, just for my readers.

  67. Thank you for posting this – I couldn't agree more!

    For a long time it really bugged me that I couldn't keep up with other craft blogs. But then I decided, meh – I don't really care. It was liberating. πŸ™‚

  68. Doesn't it feel weird to post on a craft blog with no pictures?! That's half my problem with blogging this summer. I get too busy with life the camera gets left behind. And who wants to see 1000 red tomatoes in my garden. If you have seen one tomato you have seen them all! Bless the crafters make a living at blogging! I seriously left all my creativity in my compost bucket after freezing all those tomatoes this evening. Who has time to sew in the summer?!

  69. so well put! love it. Totally agree, I feel somehow that if I haven't got a picture then there is no blogpost.
    Def NO daily posts here- , I agree, not enough time to make things everyday- I wish- and i am not going to blog about finishing another row of my crochet blanket, that would be a bit boring!

  70. Rae, so Im not the only one with "blogging guilt". My blogging was mostly about our adoption. I even started a NEW blog before we left the country so that people that actually KNEW me wouldnt KNOW me. (get it?)Well we fly out and literally hit the ground running. New daughter bonds quickly instead of long drawn out process so I have this new addition , altitude sickness,allergies and asthma issues from smog and pollution and low humidity, culture shock, sleep deprivation, random internet due to weather? too many people using up bandwidth?(these are reasons host family gives us) NO blogging occurs.I am barely living people! But is anyone pounding the door? nope. just my own expectations of myself. Silly me….
    Love your blog, love your stuff. You are stuck with me. πŸ˜‰

  71. Hi there!
    Like so many other people before me, i'm going to have to agree. Making something, taking pictures and then blogging about really is time consuming, and although blogging is a wonderful way to make new friends and share inspirations, i really do believe in doing it without obligation (which applies to sewing too: it's supposed to be for fun, after all).
    if people make this for a living, then probably it's part of their marketing strategy to have a dinamic blog, and many people will enjoy daily updates, others not so much.
    but my blog, for instance, sometimes i don't update for a whole month. if i have nothing to say and i had no time to sew anything, so what? lately, i'm lucky to have more free time to sew and also quieter days at the office that allow me to blog more (i spend the whole day in front of a computer, reading blogs is a way to get through the day, because i hate not having work to do). i like to read other people's blogs and leave them comment, and if you ask me if i would like to get more visits and comments on my blog i will not lie. but i like the fact the it's a small blog, i get to know better each person that visits it and i don't feel too much exposure.
    before having my blog about sewing i used to have one about my dogs, because i met lots of people who did the same. i updated it every day for like a year, because of course every day i had something funny to say about my dogs, or some photos to show, or some animal rights complaint to share with people. then i ran out of things to say, i don't take as many pictures as before, etc etc, so now i updated it when i feel like it. i don't feel pressure at all. who cares? noone has the right to expect more of you than what you are willing to give them. it's not like they subscribed a newspaper, right?
    it's all a matter of balance, I guess.

  72. I think daily blogging is completely unrealistic for most people. Something will suffer…either the quality of the content, or the quality of your life. I think most people agree that life takes priority. πŸ™‚ So go on and take a breather and don't sweat it if you can't come by and say hi everyday. We'll all be alright and I'm sure you have enough content in your archives to keep your daily traffic up and keep your sponsors happy. πŸ™‚

  73. I love reading your blog, and i'm ok with you not posting everyday, you need a life too right? I too am a blogger (but i don't have nearly as many readers) i have the best of all the worlds, i sew, knit, post pics of my fam and daily life, cook and love life. I don't do it for a Job, more for enjoyment, and to remember how much i love life

  74. well, I tried to read all the comments, but I started skimming them as well. I agree with all you said and the comments as well. I didn't find (in the first 15 or so comments) any that mentioned joining with someone else, like BlueCricketDesign or HowDoesShe?
    HowDoesShe? has three writing for one blog. BlueCricketDesign just decided she needs to be a mom more, so she invited guest bloggers who share their tutorials. It still gets the traffic. Have you considered that?
    I think your blog is just perfect like it is, and I hope you will go with the epiphany and not the pressure.


  75. Thank you so much for your honesty Rae! When I check your blog I actually appreciate that its not updated regularly, because it reminds me that there are women who have talents and creative ventures but prioritize their families…just as I believe they should. Sure, its great to read new blog posts everyday but it refreshing to know the women on the other side of my computer are human too- and have just 24 hours in their days just like me!

  76. SO true! Sometimes I put so much pressure on myself to crank out crafts/recipes/projects to post that it takes all of the fun out of it. Then stuff happens like what happened today where 4 projects worth of pictures are mysteriously wiped from my memory card and I want to scream. It's comforting to know that there are others in the same boat.

    By the way, I love your blog and appreciate that when you do post, they are quality projects with clear instructions and lovely pictures.


  77. I prefer blogs that don't post everyday. I cannot keep up since I have kids and a life to live! But I certainly enjoy reading your posts and love your talent for sewing!

    I don't always comment but it's been nice following you :).

  78. Oh thank you! I have spent many hours wondering how these daily bloggers could possibly have clean laundry or milk in the fridge!! I don't feel like such a bad blogger anymore but more like a normal mom!! I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into blogging and for those that can do it everyday! YOu amaze me!!

  79. I know they say you should have daily or almost daily posts, but content matters too. I check your blog daily, b/c I love what you post. I'd rather read quality posts every couple of days, and skip "fluff" posts daily. Keep up the good work!

  80. You're awesome. I'm so glad my sister is an obsessive craft-mom-blog reader or I would have never been introduced to the awesomeness and hilariousness of your blog πŸ™‚ Oh, and the stuff you make, is pretty rad too… in fact, I've made 2 and counting of your Baby Sunsuits using the tutorial. Pure genius, but I guess you already knew that πŸ™‚

  81. Thank you for posting this. I want to start blogging but I know I cannot post something daily. Hearing this sort of gives me the freedom to feel I can post on my own schedule. Thank you for opening up this discussion.

  82. OH but Rae you still give us the BEST stuff! And provide inspiration for struggling new crafters and bloggers like me. I try to post three times a week with a tutorial and a giveaway once a month…but only Monday is a regularly focused craft or product. Maybe this will change but not now, I have a shop to run and products to make and oh yeah, the most important thing – a toddler to raise!

  83. Thanks for writing this. I'm very new to the blogging world and your post and all the comments put a lot of things into great perspective for me. Any more tips for a beginner blogger would be wonderful.

  84. As a food blogger I am still trying to figure this one out. If I post every day it feels like a full time job (unpaid). If I don't post every day does this mean that I'm a slacker?

  85. Rae – You are so correct. And I am beyond overwhelmed with the over-posters anyway. Post something worth posting, as often as you feel led, and I will still read.


  86. I've only found your blog last week and have enjoyed reading some of your posts. Thank you for this one. It's actually encouraging! Especially when I feel I've let my own blog go since I have nothing to 'show & tell' and get caught up with the ups & downs of 'real life'. So posting when I can is what it'll have to be.

  87. Rae – Thanks for this post. Even though I am a stay@home mom – my kids demand a lot of my attention and time (spirited kids)so often crafting is put on the back burner. When I do make things then one must photo it (which may involve the cooperation of a child) plus the post as you stated. Yep a lot going on. I often feel guilty and think why do I even blog after seeing others crank it out on the daily. I totally understand your epiphany. There are so many inspiring craft blogs that one blog should not feel forced to blog daily. We should go on our own pace and enjoy the flow. If your life allows you to blog daily do it if not it's a-o-k.

  88. Rae, I feel like you have come to an awesome balance of crafting, sharing, re-decorating, sewing, and keeping up with your cute family! Keep it up:) And thanks for sharing your brilliance with us!

  89. I loved this post!

    Love your blog… gave you an award at aloadofcraft.blogspot.com πŸ™‚

    Obviously I don't expect you to pass it on – I can't even post once a week and I had a hard time finding the time to do the "award post" so just know I love you!

  90. As a newer blogger, I find that it's not the content but the actual posting that I have issues with. I'd love to post more then the once a week I've been doing, but when it comes down to it. I'd rather create then post.

    I will say that the best tip that I've gotten, but have not put into practice as of yet, is to write out posts in advance. If I have one to fall back on I don't get that "have to post" feeling.

  91. it's so true rae. craft bloggers does have it harder. it is a fine balance and especially hard when you feel like readers are relying on you. or you are pressured to try to figure out the next craft just because you need something to post. i totally get you!

  92. I actually love all your posts, whenever and about whatever. I think I just come here for what you have to say. Of course as a fellow mommy blogger/crafter, I'm happy when it's about a craft. And I'm thrilled to pieces when you show me how to do it, too. But I'd come here just to hear this. Or stuff about your kitchen walls. I just think you are utterly charming and I'm so happy you write this blog and share with us. Have a great day!

  93. many of us craft bloggers are feeling this way me thinks. my post came on july 9th and it was called word vomit.
    it's liberating.

  94. 105 comments! You are so popular. I know you, so that means I'm popular too. I'm not a sewer, but I love you and love (always have) your creativity. Do what you want girl! Yes: you do have it harder. I blog about whatever. . . blah blah blah therapy.

  95. What I love about you…is that you are a REAL mom and have REAL kids and a REAL life and if you were able to do it ALL…ALL the time…well that just wouldn't be you and REAL LIFE is ALWAYS more important than crafting! I'll keep reading whenever the posts come:)

  96. Omagash! You are speaking nothing but the truth!

    I get so overwhelmed about posting every day and constantly creating something that I emotionally shut down and avoid my laptop for sometimes two weeks. Like a mother-in-law (I don't have yet). Who's sole nag is to ask me if I've made anything new.

    I. FEEL. YOU.

    Question: when your topic is craft (and for me craft-related things), do you ever feel like you're not covering your topic very well?

    I sew more than I craft and often feel like I am failing my own blog but sewing is CRAFT too! I have yet to reconcile. I just end up feeling guilty all the time.

  97. Rae, i'm new to your blog, sent by my daughter who is happily making all sorts of stuff for her little guy. Your projects are fun, yourwriting style is wonderful, and if you only do it when you can, all the better! raising the two little ones and keeping body and mind together is more than enough in this life. and as a teacher who has the internet face concerns that you have, i'd say don't show them. i have actually never seen any misused, but i wouldn't use my kids for general publication, and our district won't let anyone use any shot, even with no face showing. remember to goggle your kids' names every 6 mo., too.

  98. exactly why I make a poor craft blogger that posts daily – it's madness trying to get everything done. I settle for sporadic and almost no readers πŸ™‚

  99. I am not a blogger, but I am a blog reader. Let me tell you I would rather read a blog that had something interesting and new occasionally than a blog that is obviously 'trying really hard to come up with something everyday." It is a waste of the bloggers time and mine.

    There are a couple of blogs I used to read often, but have quit reading because they became repetitive and too 'slick'.. The things I look for are nice original ideas…. I will purchase from blogger's on Etsy when I can, and always choose the ones that I like the most to buy from.

  100. You are right. So right. It's fun when you show us a (gorgous) painted wall or tell us about Kermit eating at your table. That is what makes your blog so fun (and funny)- variety. And I will always click through to see what fun you are up to!

  101. Go Rae!

    About two months ago I trashed three years of blog posts. Mainly because I was redoing my entire website, but also because I had churned out near-daily posts and screw that. I ended up talking about so many other artists that I was spending more time doing that than I was doing my own crafty stuff. And for crafty bloggers, that time could also be split up into blogging, creating, photographing, selling, listing, replying, shipping…rinse. Wash. Repeat. It's tough!

    Like most folks here, I agree that not posting daily is perfect. Do you call someone every.single.day? Not counting the spouse. And, not posting "on-topic" is wonderful too. I like knowing that crap is going on in other peoples' lives. As in, let's be real, there cannot be that many perfect crafty people out there who have enough time to be married and/or parent (if they do), plus work (if they don't have a shop that can sustain them full-time), eat, sleep, run errands, make stuff to sell, get that stuff online to sell, go to craft shows (which most crafty people do to supplement their income, again), and so on.

    So good epiphany. And don't sweat the small stuff. Well, if you do, at least write about it.

  102. I think you're only human and that's what makes your blog so great.
    The way I see it it has little to do with "how often" but more to do with "whow". You can only post once a week and that post all by itself makes people come back over and over to read it OR post everyday but don't manage to reach anyone with those posts. And posting involves choice of words, choice of pictures, choice of projects…it's all about chosing the right stuff and not so much about doing it all the time.
    Real people have real time πŸ˜‰

  103. I used to think that posting every day was like a "law" of blogging or something. Now I tend to post every few days and I am much happier with that schedule.

    As many people have stated, I actually often prefer blogs that DON'T post every day because I don't feel so "behind" when I go to their sites or check my reader. πŸ™‚


  104. I was just thinking about this. My blog is fairly new, and I felt all of this pressure to post every day. But then I realized that the blogs in my reader that I get frustrated with are the ones that I can't keep up with due to too many posts. Thanks for confirming what I have been feeling. And thanks for the freedom that brings!

  105. Happiness should always win! I am glad your priorities are in the right place.

    I just submitted a review of your blog for the printed newsletter of our local sewing group. Love what you are doing…don't change a thing!

  106. i'm too much of a chatty mofo NOT to blog every (week)day. hopefully i'm not putting anyone off with that. i almost never blog just to blog – i usually have something to spout off about πŸ˜‰

  107. Reading your entry has made me feel so good because I have my own food/craft blog which I've been doing since last September and I feel pressure to get stuff posted on it so that people will have something new to look at but it is a lot of work to make it, take pictures of it, post it, and write about it. Plus I do a private family blog…it's crazy!!! I love the stuff you make…its so beautiful.

  108. just a lurker here but i just wanted to add my one personal experience…i have a 2 1/2 yr old and a seven week old…and what you just said is the reason i havent started a blog yet. i am just afraid i wont be able to keep up with it enough to keep people interested. love your though πŸ™‚

  109. Amen, sister! Thank you for writing this. It's tough work… crafting, photographing, editing, writing.

    And you gotta do what you gotta do. People will love you no matter how many times you post, as long as it's consistent.

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  110. I've totally been thinking about this lately as well. Craft bloggers DO have to make the thing, and blog about the thing…and sometimes it just gets a little crazy! I'm glad there's someone out there that gets it…and that wrote about it too!

  111. I love it when I have an epiphany like that!

    And, I agree one thousandfold. Although, I do post once a day, monday-friday.

  112. I was talking about related issues with Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish… she was reassuring me that not posting every day is not the end of the world (I have a food blog)…you need QUALITY content and, she always points out, your readers don't have time to read your blog every day….yeah, posting every day CAN drive more traffic, but I don't think that is necessarily true…especially with crafting and food posts.

    so, yes, your epiphany is RIGHT ON! πŸ™‚

  113. Ah–you are so right about the crafting blogger. It takes eons to put a tutorial together–and sometimes I think people do not realize this. There is the designing of the item, the making of it, possibly even the further refining of the design, and then making it again, and then photographing it, and then writing up the tutorial, and they photos for the tutorial of you making the item, and then you have to blog all that–and if you are me, you probably make several of whatever you just designed so you can also put those in your Etsy shop (again, must photograph it, load it up to Etsy, etc). I have thought about putting the blog down at times and just walking away from it, but I am pretty sure I would suffer some sort of mid-life crisis or something from all the spare time on my hands. And yes, lovely comments make it so worth it in the end–and also, just the simple pleasure of knowing that you did it. Great post–even if you did have to barf on me to get it out.

  114. So true… I've had a similar feeling lately: it's hard to "do" things AND ALSO "explain" those things. It's like choosing between living and explaining life! : ) Thank you for arising this topic.

  115. This comment comes ridiculously late in the conversation, but after barely surviving summer, I am just now catching up on blogland.

    You said it, girl! That is exactly what I have been feeling. But somehow hearing someone else say it, makes me listen and pay attention better. And believe it all too.

    Here's to more time with kids and my sewing machine, and worrying less about blog posts.

    Thank you. And thank you for your buttercup bag pattern. It's one of my all time favorites.

  116. I came across this post by chance & I love (did I say I LOVE) you have spoken on behalf of all the craft bloggers!
    I am a new craft blogger myself & I know how hard it is (close to IMPOSSIBLE) to post something on a daily basis, esp when we have to create something out of NOTHING!
    Yes, those who can & who do amaze me but I know I can't.
    Thank You for being true although my comment came in SOOOOO LATE).

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