Thursday, November 29, 2007

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    Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.
    -Maxwell Maltz

    I forgot to upload my photo for today's post this morning, and tonight is my night to work at the homeless shelter clinic, after which I'm usually pretty exhausted. So I made the executive decision to switch my planned posts for today and tomorrow. Pretend that it's actually tomorrow already, the last day of NaBloPoMo, and this will all make so much more sense . . .

    First, a few reflections on NaBloPoMo: This has been fun, and way easier than I thought. Part of the easy is definitely that my work schedule this month has been very tolerable. That leads to much knitting. And much knitting means that there is much about which to blog. But part of it, too, is just being back into the swing of things. If you blog everyday, or even frequently, it's that much easier to blog the next day. The more you blog about, the more you have to say.

    It's like talking to an old friend. If you haven't talked for a long time,
    you stick to the big stuff. The FOs. The, oh, well, "I got married." You never
    get around to that crazy dog sweater you saw on the street today. But when you
    talk more frequently, you get all the details. On a knitting blog, this strikes
    me as a good thing.

    I'm not going to keep blogging every day, and I was pretty happy with my every-other-day schedule before, but I am not going to hestitate to post more often if I feel inspired. I have a tendency to let my blog slip out of "real time," to plan posts for too far ahead of when the actual knitting was. This month has helped me stay more current, on my own blog and others' blogs.

    And then a follow-up from our last blogiversary contest, I have some unnannouced winners:

    • Karen at Musings of a (Mostly) Self-Taught Knitter was the first to comment. And they always seem to get skipped over in contests.
    • Liz at Fido Knits just about summed up what we often feel is our favorite project - our next one - Did I mention that I haven't started it yet, even though I am dying to do so? In my imagination, therefore, it is just challenging enough to be fun, but easy enough not to drive me crazy, and never boring.?
    And now, to celebrate the end of November, and the beginning of my third year of blogging, another contest. There's no question, no trick, nothing. Just comment and you might get lucky with some yarn. We all like yarn, right?



    Blogger Liz K. said...

    I really have enjoyed your daily posts. I feel like lately all my posts have been FOs too, and you put it nicely about what we miss when that's all we post. The details. I mean, aren't we into knitting enough to want the details?

    11/29/2007 2:04 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I must say, I have enjoyed your frequent posts. I was just thinking yesterday, it's been so long since I posted... maybe I'll just make myself blog about SOMETHING every other day in December, and see if I get some momentum going. You make it sound possible :o)

    I love today's quote.

    11/29/2007 2:13 PM  
    Blogger Beth said...

    Ooh, I'll comment!

    I agree that first commenters do seem to always get skipped over.

    When I write things I seem to not be able to focus on the details, which is odd because in real life I am extremely detail oriented.

    11/29/2007 2:29 PM  
    Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

    I agree, I wish I could post more. I think sometimes I feel like I need to add pictures, and that slows me down. Maybe I'll try more text-only posts. Yours are fun to read.

    11/29/2007 2:40 PM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    I really like November, because a good number of the bloggers I read do NaBloPoMo. It sort of shakes up the blogosphere, which kind of gets lazy in the summer. I too really like posting more often - and I plan to, once I get my knitting back in order!

    11/29/2007 3:05 PM  
    Blogger Meg said...

    Hmm, where I am, it already IS tomorrow (last day of November)... so I'm worried I might get confused tomorrow when I'm looking at your post from yesterday?
    I really admire your blogging stamina - even a post every other day takes a great deal more stamina than I have! (as evidenced by my barely-monthly rate of posting!)

    11/29/2007 3:13 PM  
    Blogger Pat K said...

    Finding the time to post every day is a real achievement. I'm sure I could find something to post about every day, but time is the factor. I already seem to spend so much time with Bloglines and Ravelry that it is encroaching into the knitting and other activity times. But I've certainly enjoyed reading the daily posts!

    11/29/2007 4:06 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I started out with good intentions and actually did manage to post every day for about 2 weeks. But then my attention wandered. And -- oops! now I have a gap of several days. I'll try it again next year. I think it will be easier to post more frequently now, even if not daily.

    11/29/2007 4:54 PM  
    Blogger alligator said...

    I think you're right on about having more to say if you're talking more often. I am sticking to a pretty regular once-a-week post on my blog but I know it's not enough to really talk about all my projects. I only get to talk about the big ones and the fo's. However, I don't seem to have the time to take pictures or write more than once a week! Oh well.
    I enjoyed your NaBloPoMo a lot! It was especially fun watching your progress on the ladybug sweater.

    11/29/2007 5:13 PM  
    Blogger Ren said...

    i haven't been reading your blog for all of november, but i've enjoyed reading your daily posts since i started visiting. : )

    11/29/2007 7:50 PM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    Hey! Lookee there! I won! I completely forgot that it was a contest -- and, actually, thank you for reminding me about that comment; as I typed it, I was thinking "there's a blog post in here somewhere, I oughtta expand on this."

    I totally agree with your point about what happens when you start blogging more frequently -- it becomes more of a conversation, and less of a 'holiday letter' sort of thing. Thanks for the daily reminder!

    Be well.

    11/29/2007 8:12 PM  
    Blogger hopalong682003 said...

    Of course I'm going to post. I love yarn!!! And, I really enjoy your blog. :-)

    11/29/2007 9:30 PM  
    Blogger turvid said...

    Good luck with your 3. year of blogging. :)

    11/30/2007 3:23 AM  
    Blogger Dana said...

    I haven't been participating in NaBloPoMo, but I have noticed that since starting a yarn-specific blog in September I've posted consistently. Not daily, but on a regular basis and with actual well-formed content rather than things like "Eh, I bought yarn today. That's all."

    My personal blog (well, journal really) gets abandoned for ages, because I'll have things to say but get overwhelmed trying to write them down. It's interesting that having a limited scope of topics makes the writing so much easier.

    11/30/2007 3:51 AM  
    Blogger Pat said...

    I have trouble getting a post out once or (rarely)twice a week! I commend all of you November daily bloggers!
    I'm looking forward to your 3rd blogging year - I sure enjoy your blog!

    11/30/2007 4:53 AM  
    Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

    I checked your blog too early yesterday and this post wasn't up yet, so I'm reading it on the day you intended to post it and it makes perfect sense. Of course, today's post isn't up yet. I guess I'll get that tomorrow. See you then.

    11/30/2007 5:11 AM  
    Blogger Lil Knitter said...

    I want and try to blog daily but it doesn't seem to work out for me. I would rather skip a day than to post something that feels forced or un-natural. It does make sense the way you describe it however...makes me look at blogging a little differently, like just chatting with my friends.

    11/30/2007 5:48 AM  
    Blogger Kat said...

    I really enjoyed this month because many of my favourite blogs had new posts daily. That said, it did make me feel worse that I have not posted in 3 months.

    11/30/2007 6:09 AM  
    Blogger Vicki said...

    I wish I would have done better with NaBloPoMo. I totally agree about it getting easier the more I post. I just fell off for one day and next thing I know the month is over. There's always today though :)

    11/30/2007 6:36 AM  
    Blogger Miss T said...

    Nice quotation, and I loved your thoughts about blogging! Very true.

    11/30/2007 7:16 AM  
    Blogger wenat said...

    I love the child's sweater -- and what a good decision to keep it for yourself!

    11/30/2007 7:20 AM  
    Blogger Jess said...

    I wish I had the time and perseverance and will to post every day, or even every other day. MIA status is so boring.

    But congrats on the NaBloPoMo being successful! I might try that some time. =)

    11/30/2007 7:53 AM  
    Blogger Eve said...

    I feel bad that I haven't been blogging as much recently... I'll have to try the every-other-day plan!

    11/30/2007 8:12 AM  
    Blogger Awesome Mom said...

    I didn't do NaBloPoMo officially this month but I did try unofficially and failed miserably as my knitting kept me away from the computer.

    11/30/2007 8:19 AM  
    Blogger Terri H. said...

    Congrats on your blogiversary, and I bow to your persistence in the month of November (I'm doing good if I post once a week)! Thanks also for the chance at some yarn swag.

    11/30/2007 8:21 AM  
    Blogger J. Denae said...

    Happy third year!!

    11/30/2007 8:24 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've always wondered how people with knitblogs manage to post so frequently. My own piece of the internet also contains school, painting, sculpture, spinning, and general goings-on, with the knitting making maybe a bi-weekly appearance.

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

    11/30/2007 8:38 AM  
    Blogger edina said...

    Congratulations on making it through NaBloPoMo and your third blogiversary!

    11/30/2007 9:24 AM  
    Blogger Karen said...

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary! Even though I've been lurking, I've enjoyed reading all your entries.

    11/30/2007 9:52 AM  
    Blogger monica said...

    I thought about the NaBloPoMo but I knew I would fail, so I have just enjoyed reading the ones of those who stuck with it. Happy 3rd Blogiversary

    11/30/2007 10:06 AM  
    Blogger LizKnits said...

    I love that comment about our favorite being our next project. I think that the daily minutia is also far more fun to read about than the major life events. Look forward to reading more.

    11/30/2007 10:43 AM  
    Blogger Beadknitter said...

    I did NaBloPoMo for the first time this year and, though it was challenging to write about something a few of those days cos I had absolutely nothing to say, I made it through. It was fun.

    Take care

    11/30/2007 10:44 AM  
    Blogger Michelle said...

    I'm glad I refound your blog after last summers Amazing Lace! Good luck with your contest. :-)

    11/30/2007 11:02 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Love the denim aran.
    Where is the pattern from?
    I also see you're doing prosperous plum. I just finished mine, never having done any cables, I think it turned out great.

    11/30/2007 11:29 AM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    If you don't love yarn, then you're not a real knitter. Period. :-)

    11/30/2007 2:19 PM  
    Blogger GamecockDoc said...

    I've enjoyed reading your daily posts. And I'm so impressed that you kept it up. Seems like I barely have time to brush my teeth every day lately!

    11/30/2007 3:28 PM  
    Blogger monica said...

    hmm.. sorry if I posted twice, but I seem to be having problems. Anyway, yay yarn!

    11/30/2007 6:33 PM  
    Blogger Felicia said...

    I have a new blog. And the daily posts of NaBloPoMo inspired me to post more often. I like your friend view - and I'll have to keep it in mind. I've enjoyed the daily posts though. Guess I'll just have to get used to reading less often once again.

    11/30/2007 6:54 PM  
    Blogger Penny said...

    Love yarn? I am obsessed with it, and even stalk some yarns.

    Congratulations on starting your third year!

    11/30/2007 9:31 PM  
    Blogger Beth said...

    Congrats on finishing out the month of dailies... you had an easier time of it than I did, but we made it :)

    11/30/2007 9:44 PM  
    Blogger Turtle said...

    Those stocking kits look great! I cannot blog write each day either!

    11/30/2007 11:39 PM  
    Blogger Bianca said...

    Wow! Congrats on reaching your third blog year! May it be a blessed one with many fo's

    12/01/2007 1:58 AM  
    Blogger Heddy said...

    Am I too ,late? Happy 3rd year of blogging! May you enjoy many more !

    Your blog is great, I really enjoy it!

    12/01/2007 4:46 AM  
    Blogger K8 said...

    Congrats on the month of daily posts!

    12/01/2007 8:39 AM  
    Blogger Jen C said...

    Cheers to another year of blogging!

    12/01/2007 1:49 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Love reading here daily!
    ~Heather R.

    12/01/2007 4:17 PM  
    Blogger Aunt Kathy said...

    I love contests and try to have one every other month myself. I am on a break until January, so I am here to play yours, LOL

    12/01/2007 5:04 PM  
    Blogger ikkinlala said...

    Congratulations on your success with NaBloPoMo!

    (I almost typed "NoBloPoMo." I think the "No" was for November, because it certainly doesn't refer to the number of posts you made.)

    12/01/2007 9:11 PM  
    Blogger Susanne said...

    Well Happy Blogiversary! I have read your blog since the beginning and continue to follow your work, your life and of course, your knitting!

    12/02/2007 9:01 AM  
    Blogger OhAmyKP said...

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the contest and hopefully the fibery love. ;) cheeky!

    12/04/2007 6:49 AM  
    Blogger adrienne said...

    happy blogiversary!!!!

    12/04/2007 9:10 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Happy Blogiversary! I agree about being in the habit of blogging. I find that I have an easier time thinking of good blog topics if it's on my mind.

    12/05/2007 1:13 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Don't know if I'm too late, but happy blogiversary - 3 years! Yegads.

    12/07/2007 11:58 AM  

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