Day 15 of 100 blogs in 100 days takes me a little closer to home….well give or take 3900kms, because day 15 is our first Australian blog as part of 100 blogs in 100 days, and although its not on Robert Scoble’s favorite topic of Scrapbooking, it certainly provides as side to the blogosphere I’m not very versant with: contemporary and historical textiles, embroidery and needlework, quilting and crazy quilting, fiber arts, paper and book arts from Sharon B.
About: (its well over 100 words but they were so interesting I’ve included them all)
As told by Sharon B:
As you are aware many blogs fall into the news/personal news but some women are using them differently. In the community online of textiles practitioners ie quilters, stitchers, knitters etc they are using blogs in particular ways.
The first and most obvious is they are using them to document work in progress. The public nature of a blog pushes people to complete projects that are time consuming as in all areas of textiles many of the techniques take a long time to complete. There is always
enthusiasm at the start of a project but by mid way the sheer repetitiveness becomes a bit much. This is when projects get dropped and become what we term UFO’s (Un Finished Objects). Since blogs are public many textile practitioners actually haul out various UFO’s list
them and publicly document there progress towards completion. So blogs are a place to publicly set goals and comments from readers etc push people on to complete.
This is also the case for WISPs (Works in Slow Progress). The public nature of a blog means that you stay focused and because I go through the process of documenting something and writing about it I am more inclined to keep on track. The process notches the project higher on my priorities just slightly and as a result means it gets done that much more quicker. I find I don’t faff about quite so much and settle to something as I want to blog it.
These are practical uses for a weblog as it can document an activity that can be measured. It’s a ticks off a ‘to do’ list that can provide a sense of achievement simply because you can look back and visibly see what has been done.
Blogs are also used as a tool to sustain creative practice as they are ideal place to stash creative sparks and ideas as it is easy to have these ideas lost or swamped in a busy life.
A key aspect for me is the sense of community that is generated as a result of the interaction. Online networks can play a key role in developing and maintaining creativity, as challenges and exchanges all provoke activity keeping the creative juices flowing and although they
may appear to outsiders as mere chatter between a closed group, as a process they are great learning exercises for participants and readers.
I have found a blog extremely useful to keep track of where I see things online. I love exploring the nooks and crannies of the internet. A side benefit of this has been that I keep a good record of visual source material for designs to draw on at a later stage.
My blog is found at http://inaminuteago.com/blog/. I describe it as a collection of online resources which relate to contemporary and historical textiles, embroidery and needlework, quilting and crazy quilting, fiber arts, paper and book arts. I
thought you might want to check it out and see blogs through a slightly different eye and how they are being used. (there are heaps of other examples in my blogroll and under a category textle blogs)
I have also observed in the textile blogging community that apart from the knitting community Aussie quilters have been the first to embrace blogs – our American counterparts are fast picking them up but for wuite a while there they were a way of getting infromation out about what was happening down under int he wuilting world- this is just an interesting sideline that I thought you might find curious.
Show drop on by to imaminuteago and check it out.