Friday, 23 April 2010

Delay and Decisions

Well you might have noticed there's been a bit of a blog hiatus around here lately. Do I have an excuse? Or even a reason? Nah... not really. Mainly, I just wasn't in the mood.

I'm not sure why. The springtime sunshine? Possibly. The feeling I should concentrate on my work instead? Maybe. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by life? Well, that's a permanent state of affairs. Not sure what to write? Kinda.

I've had lots of ideas for blogs - things I want to write about, or show you. Probably a few too many. Every blogger has to edit herself. You can't include everything you do, or every thought you have, or these ramblings would be even longer and more boring than they are. So that means making decisions. Decision-making is not one of my strengths. I ponder. I over-analyse. I dither. I vacillate. (I've actually just spent some time trying to decide whether to even use the word 'vacillate'.)

So beneath this apparently simple blog of "stuff I made" and "stuff I bought", there is a seething mass of indecision. Should I even spend time on a blog? Because it's not just the writing time - I can lose hours looking at other people's blogs. I think most creative bloggers find that a hard one. If you're writing, you're not creating art.

So what's a reasonable amount of time to spend on a blog? Is the networking aspect more important than self-promotion? Do I write for myself or for others? Is it boring for readers to endure a load of introspection and analysis? Are a lot of rhetorical questions really quite irritating? Would you rather just look at pretty pictures? Do you want me to stop now?

Oh. Okay. No need to shout.

Here are some pics of stuff I made.

And a great book I bought
And a Basil Brush on a roundabout

And now I'll fly away.


winnibriggs said...

You just need to go with the flow! And blogs shouldn't be done because you feel you should, but because you want to. Keep at it...I read it.

Deborah said...

I read you too! I get so indecisive and im unbelievably unorganised!
Keep up the good blogging!

jaboopee said...

oh elaine, i left a reply on another blog recently that said 'there are no answers there are only more questions"

i think with blogging you do it for yourself and to have a bit of fun, there are some really annoying aspects to it too, but it is an education of sorts....already this morning i learnt what vacillate means ;0)
lovely new work too.

REread said...

love your stuff ... and your etsy shop is really cute :)

BizzyDays said...

I read it as well, and have missed your ramblings and makes !
Love your makes too...
Just do what pleases you...
Have a great weekend,
Donna x

BusyLizzie said...

Always love your blog.. the pics and what you write! Keep at it! Lizzie x

Menopausal musing said...

Well... you KNOW I read your blog. I love that top piece of work. It's really fun!

Midsummer Stitches said...

I have just found your blog and shop! Cute but yes I spend far toooo long looking at peoples blogs and not working......enough im away now :-)

Jennie said...

I know what you mean, I just haven't been in the mood to blog or I'll think I'll blog about something but I wont have my camera to hand to take pictures so I dont, and then I think of something I could write about but then I forget and by the time I get around to it, months have passed and I used to be such a good little blogger. I seem to spend most of my time saying 'sorry I've been away', lol
but I do like having a blog and I like reading other peoples blogsx
Love the pictures x