A Recommitment Ceremony – I {Heart} My Blog

A Playful Day

A another blog challenge, another . . . failure?  Honestly, I’ve never successfully completed a blog challenge.  For the most part, thirty days of this, thirty days of that – has always amounted to two weeks of this,  a few days of that.  But, this challenge is different – this creative challenge isn’t an “I will commit to do “x” for “y” amount of time,”  rather this challenge is “I will commit (or recommit) to my blog, and I will explore essential, creative notions while doing so.”

I’m down with that.

The first week of the challenge, which I already missed had a theme of Community.  The second week, this week, contemplates Beginnings.  So, I’m going to reflect on both of these recommitment-y issues in one mashup of a post.

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I started blogging ten years ago at Knit and the City.   Back then, I went to knitting circle with my buds every Wednesday night, and everyone had knitting blogs.  I  thought, huh, if they can do that, I can do that.  If they can hit “Get Blog” on Blogger, so can I.  So, my fellow knitters and I were each other’s community – both at the store, and in blogland.  And, since it was before Ravelry, I discovered other like-minded knitting blogs that were connected through blog rings – a now defunct Blogger widget that you put in the sidebar, and if you joined the ring, you could click through the circle of blogs in the ring – as old fashioned as the rotary phone, I guess.  And then came Ravelry.  Blogging about knitting started to feel redundant – I shared my knitting projects with a gigantic knitting community on Ravelry, what need for a blog, thought I?  Maybe I should podcast!

And that’s when Knitty D and the City was born.  Knitty D and I would get together sporadically and record a podcast about our yarn sluttish ways, what we were working on, and general glee about knitting.  But, as the podcast grew, it started to feel like work, and both Knitty D and I already had jobs, difficult jobs at that, and the podcast died a very quiet death.

But, I had moved Knitty D and the City to WordPress, and I started getting the itch to move the blog.  And that’s when the photography bug bit, and I started to get involved with creative photography challenges around blog land.  So, I decided to pack up my Blogger blog, and I started Lemontines, a photography blog.  Unfortunately, shortly after I named my blog after my sweet little Boston Terrier, Lemon, I learned that Lemontines in the Urban Dictionary was slang for shit stains in your pants.  And, needless to say, I had a bad taste in my mouth for my blog after learning that.

So, I moved again, to Squarespace, and called it Tea With Lemon Photography, with the idea that maybe I’d actually start a photography business, and the blog would eventually become part of business website.  Nope, didn’t happen.  And, I started to do all kinds of crafty things, and it wasn’t even a photography blog anymore – and it cost a lot of money.

And, by that point, I had lost my community – the knitters, the hobby photographers.  I had moved, and changed my content so many times that there wasn’t anyone left.  So, it was time to start over again, here.Beginnings.  Start anew.

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That’s what I thought at least.  But, I never really committed over here.  I blogged occasionally, but I really moved here to stop paying the Squarespace fee, and I didn’t want to take all of my content off the web.

But, now, drumroll.  I’m ready to recommit to finding an online community, and to maintaining this blog in a more loving fashion.  It’s my spot in the world after all.  I should keep it pretty.

And, to that end, I’ve given the blog a complete makeover!   I installed a new theme courtesy of Angie Makes

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The screenshot of the theme in her ad is a free theme, Mary Kate, that she generously has for download on her site, which is the theme I’m running now.  There’s also a premium version, which looks awesome, but for now, in the beginning of this renewed relationship, I’ll go with the freebie.  Along with the theme, her site has a fantastic support section for her premium themes, with detailed videos, gifs and helpful hints to tweak and customize each theme.  While the support is really for the premium themes, I used so much of it to make little customizations to this site, including installing some plugins, and setting up a few that came with the free theme.  Also, she has a section of free graphics, including the watercolored graphics that I’ve sprinkled throughout the site.  So, if anyone else is looking to do a spring makeover on their blog, this would be a great place to start.

Tomorrow, I’ll go into a little detail about the changes I made, and how I made them, since I think I’ll still be futzing around with it tonight.  So, if you’ve stopped by from the challenge, thanks for popping in!  I hope this really is a new beginning of consistently blogging about the things I love (it goes without saying I love hubs, but he only makes guest appearances here) – knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, papercrafting and whatever else happens to be floating my boat that day.

Onward anew!

3 Comments

  • Helen (yarnful)

    April 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    So interesting to read about how you’ve reinvented your blog over the last ten years. I’m only a year into blogging but I like how you’ve changed things to reflect your interests and hopes as they’ve evolved.

  • Faith

    April 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I loved reading about your blogging journey. I recently made the move to squarespace and am hoping that the fee is going to keep me committed. Your space is beautiful, so I look forward to reading more!

  • isaida

    April 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve been blogging since 2007 and can understand your blogging journey. I never switched blog platforms, or changed the name, but my blog has changed and evolved during the years. I’m ready for the revamp/rejuvenation of my blog also. This challenge has been great for that. Love the look of your blog 🙂

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