Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ruminating, Pondering, Reflecting...!

 Ruminate: 
To chew the cud, 
to meditate or muse, 
ponder. 
(dictionary.com)

Over the past few months I have been doing much ruminating (love that word it just rolls off the tongue!), pondering & reflecting....about my blog. 


I realise my efforts in blog writing this year have been very minimal. I have not been fair to any readers I may have had, who must be incredibly frustrated with the long, drawn out absences between posts. For that I apologise. I have had to take myself back to the basic reasons for writing a quilty blog in the first place. A couple of those reasons were...to join up with a large, vibrant, online sewing group where I could both give and receive great ideas and take my quilting skills to new levels. To document my creativity, my failures and my successes. What I didn't count on were the amount of fabulous people I have met and experiences I have had through my blog (like starting up a local bloggers stitch group, now into it's third year). 

When I look at my beginning reasons, I realise nothing has changed. I still want these things. Therefore, when deciding whether to close my blog or to keep it going, I have decided I need to keep it on, for now. To that end, I need to get out of the rut I am in as far as one blog post every three or four weeks. So I am making a 'new years resolution in May'!! For the next 5 weeks until the end of June, I will blog twice a week. Every Wednesday and Sunday. To get back on track. I apologise in advance for the fact that sometimes, I will have nothing to say, and perhaps will have only a photo of my dinner!!!! 


I may not get to responding to comments that are left on my blog (though I will attempt it and I will read each one). There will still be lots of colour however, one of the many things I am passionate about!! 


So see you on Wednesday, with a few more photo's from my improv quilt. Thank you for your patience with me. I really, really appreciate it. xo

28 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Phew, as I started reading your post I thought you were going to say that you are going to stop blogging. So I'm happy and relieved that is not the case. I always love reading what you've been up to, no matter how often you post. Good luck with your "new year's resolution".

Nedra said...

I've missed you! But, I also respect that we each find ourselves rearranging our paths as life changes and progresses. I've also noticed that many of the people I've come to know over the years are now devoting their attention to Instagram. Social Media changes too :)

Stina... said...

Exactly knows your feelings...been there..and it's getting easier to blog...but sometimes you really really have to pull some strings...so two days a week is a good start...just don't ban yourself if it just becomes Wednesday ...:0)) have fun!!

Robyn said...

Your posts are just more special if there are long breaks in between! ;)

Cardygirl said...

I completely understand, but look forward to "hearing" from you!

sharc said...

Hi Cathy your blog is inspiring please don't give up I love it. Could you do a how to on your amazing Oakshott flowers, thanks Shar

Pip said...

Another good word is cogitate (rolls off the tongue nicely too) I have been feeling the same way about blogging too Cathy.

I think once you get yourself into a routine it will come back, just take photos and then add a few words to get yourself started, the words will start to flow :)

Sue said...

Its lovely to read your blog again Cathy. Dont put so much pressure on yourself. Even once a week would be great. I dont even do that much. :-)

Donna~~ said...

While I miss your blog and all the lovely things you make, I also understand the effort blogging takes (and you can tell by my blog that I don't make the effort). Sometimes blogging gets in the way of sewing too. Do whatever works for YOU, and I'll read your blog when (and if) it's there!

Amanda said...

Life gets busy and I think all those out in blog land know what its like. Love your posts when they come. I've been trying for 1 post a week and I have to say sometimes it gets a bit forced but at least it is a running journal of what I am doing.

Janet said...

I think I'm in the same space regarding blogging so I do understand. Sometimes I wonder if there's anything I can say.
I'm happy to have caught up on your posts and see your process on the lovely improvisational quilt.

quiltmom said...

I can relate to your dilemma- I have been a most benign blogger where I have gone a two or three months without posting. I never was a really consistent blogger but this past year I just haven't figured out how to blog, visit other blogs and face book as well as follow a couple of quilt and kindergarten forums while working full time. I found I wasn't getting much quilting done. I also found that since I went to google + less people are able to comment and that is frustrating too. Your idea of setting a day twice a week is a good one. Perhaps after the term is finished I will try your idea.
In the meantime, I hope it does work out for you. I always love seeing your quilts and reading about your life down under.
Regards from Alberta,
Canada,
Anna

Jenny M said...

I thought the same as Oops-Lah, Oh no, Cathy is going to stop blogging! I do appreciate the time and effort you contribute to writing your blog. Even once a week would be lovely to catch up with your thoughts and projects.
As I work full-time, blogs are a informative and an inspiring way to keep up with what is happening in the 'quilting world'.

Catherine said...

I'm glad you intend to keep blogging. I started out blogging in January with great enthusiasm for exactly the same reasons as you. Now blog just 2 or 3 times a month and not putting myself under any more pressure. Life just gets too full sometimes! It's better to blog when you have something interesting to say. I am looking forward to your June posts.

antique quilter said...

Of course I am curious to know which online group you joined to grow in your quilt making something I am always looking for too….
glad your going to continue too :)
Kathie

Liz said...

Goodness Cathy, just blog when you want to - it should be a pleasure, not a chore. And like the others, I am happy to read just once a month or whenever you have time. It's just like those old friends you only see once in a blue moon - you're happy to catch up whenever, with no fuss but lots of enjoyment. I planned on blogging once a week when I went back to work, but now I'm lucky if it's once a fortnight :-)

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hello
Welcome back I missed you!
Looking forward to more posts
Linda

Chookyblue...... said...

just blog as you want......oh and by the way if you only post pics of dinner.....wow that looks good.......

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Be nice to see more of you, when you choose to without pressure :)

Sharyn Baldwin said...

It's very nice that you will be here for a little longer! Sometimes our lives take us in a different direction, and things change from what they were. Never mind though, the things you love to do will come around again, in their time.
I am glad though, that you will be posting twice a week for a while , it will be nice to get to know you again!

Stephanie said...

I've always enjoyed the projects and processes you share, whenever you decide to do so.

carla said...

Hi!!! I am glad you are staying!!! I have been following along for awhile and really enjoy your blog!!!

Claudia said...

Look some of the others I first thought ....OH NO! and now I am completely happy to hear that you will continue blogging. I certainly love reading your blog and seeing what you have made - I get so much inspiration from you and your work naturally I would really miss you. I would also say : take the pressure out of it. It doesn't matter how often you post or if you answer the comments and your meals look very delicious!Sending you lots of good wishes from Germany!

Claudia said...

Sorry! Mistake there. It should start off with : Like some of the others.......

pandchintz said...

SO glad you've decided to keep entertaining us!! Love to read whatever you want to put on - it's just delightful to hear from you. Totally understand the effort required in the writing and so looking forward to the twice weekly catch ups! x

Cathy Underhill said...
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Baquin Chantal said...

Hello, Mary,

Don't apologise : I read your blog from France and love it !
Thank you very much , for the time you spend with us , sharing a lot : who could imagine, 15 - 20 years ago, we would share our passions all over the world ?
It's great ! Isn't it ...
Don't wory about us if you don't post, whatever the reason : sharing with us is such a gift ! tanks a lot !
yours sincerely,
chantal
I don't dare to give my blog address (in french) because the last post was in April !
I start a quilting business with a long arm in France, which is rather odd for french ladys : because a lot of them, do all by hand, like in the 18 e century !!!
chantal

Doris said...

Glad to hear you are sticking around, Cathy. Mine has been quiet too, for different reasons but I started for the same reasons and plan to continue for those as well.