Sunday, April 13, 2008

Two Years of Blogging

Two years ago today I clicked on "publish post" for the first time. 307 posts later, I'm looking back to that first day and doing some reflecting. In thinking about what blogging has meant to me, I can honestly say that it is important to me as a fiber artist and as a person.

As an artist, blogging has enabled me to share not only my work, but my ideas, my plans, my frustrations, my successes, and my failures. Blogging has provided discipline and motivation. It's given me an opportunity to dabble in teaching. Through all of you, it's provided encouragement, inspiration, feed-back, answers to questions, and suggestions.

As a person, blogging has given me a wonderful community to be part of. I have made friends and acquaintances from all over the world. This would only have been possible through this format. I appreciate every single one of you.

I'm going to be spending the next several weeks doing some blog housekeeping, organizing, and updating. So if your blog reader goes nuts and reports a hundred new posts from me, that's why! Mostly I want to work on my Fiber Gallery, which I've neglected. I started that blog to help me keep track of what I've done, but I haven't done a very good job of finishing what I started.

I haven't made the blog rounds lately, but that's something else I plan to get caught up on. Most of all, I just want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my life.


Tina T-P said...

I feel the same way you do about the wonderful community that I have met while blogging - Sharon from "In Stiches" & I were talking recently about all of our "virtual" friends that we had made over the last couple of years.

Blogging has also enabled me to re-connect with old friends and a first cousin who actually will mail me a note once in a while to tell me how much she is enjoying my blog - how's that for ironic.

I love reading your posts and I've learned a lot about spinning from you - I'm looking forward to all the posts about your fair isle sweater, too. Have a great weekend! T.

carol said...

Yes, it's a great extension to the fibre community.

Congratulations on your second anniversary!

Christine said...

Happy Blog-a-versary! I have enjoyed reading your blog and admiring your wonderful inspirational projects for these past two years. I can't wait to see what the future brings for you!


Susan B. said...

I am so glad I "met" you! You have given me a lot of support and inspiration! I learn alot from your posts and I always check in with your blog to see what else I can learn!
I'm coming up on a year of blogging on May 13!

michele said...

You have been so incredibly generous sharing and teaching in your blog - many, many thanks!
~ Michele

Charleen said...

Two years, huh? I feel like I've "known" you so much longer. Congratulations on doing a wonderful job of describing your fiber research and experiments!

Sheepish Annie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm so very glad that Cathy steered me your way. I've learned so much from you. My love of the shetland is your own fault, you know. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your expertise!

Sharon said...

Oh funny - I know two years hits me this month too, but I just don't know what day. Mim, my friend and neighbor, after all this time, started blogging this month. She understands now that we're creating community as well as keeping a log of our own lives. I think it didn't hurt that Mim connected with Tina on the Shetland list.

In the beginning I sampled lots of blogs, but I've come to read the same dozen-plus or so at this point. I keep track on and eagerly check to see who has blogged that day.

My father was one of 11 children and they created a communication device they called the Round Robin. There was a routing list, and when the Robin came to you, you'd read all the letters that had been added since yours, then pull your old one out and write a new one. If he had lived long enough, I know that my father would have had his own blog.

I need to do the blog housekeeping as well. My first year of blogging is tagless, as you explained to me, so I can't even access my own blogs.

I celebrate your second bloggiversary with you and look forward to our friendship in the year to come!

Kate said...

Congratulations on two years!

cyndy said...

Happy Blogiversary!

The fiber blog community is a better place because you have been clicking "publish post".

Thank you for sharing your knowledge (in the most wonderful details that you do) and for your are an inspiration!

...looking forward to reading your posts in the coming years...

Cathy said...

Oh - I, too, am glad you joined the blogging world!

Here's too many more years!

textillian said...

Congrats on two years! I look forward to many more years to come.

bspinner said...

Congratulations!!!! And thanks for sharing all your projects, ideas and life with us.

skiingweaver said...

Congrats on two years of blogging! Your blog is such an excellent resource, it's wonderful. Keep up the fantastic work, please!

Cathy said...

Congratulations Leigh! You have managed to create something very special here - a place where I can learn and be inspired. Thank you and here's to your next two (or better yet - 20) years of blogging!

Peg in South Carolina said...

I drastically changed the look of my blog recently and made some additions as well. I'd be interested in your comments. Yes, I know you haven't been visiting blogs lately! I look forward to seeing the changes on your blog. I am especially curious about what you are doing with older posts. Have you looked at the new Blogger "thingies"? I guess they're called widgets. Interesting.

jackie said...

Congratulations on two years of sharing! YOu have been a great resource and a tireless source of inspiration. Thank you for doing all that you do and answering so many pesky questions!

Here's to Leigh, Long may she BLOG!

Dorothy said...

2 years of regular posts, all carefully thought about and written - that's a significant achievement. Thanks for blogging and encouraging me to do the same;)

One extra benefit I'd mention is that having to write about what I'm doing / have done makes me think about it differently and this sometimes gives me a new understanding, I'm sure you've found this too.

Leigh said...

Absolutely, Dorothy. It seems that one of the best ways to truly understand something is to try and explain it to others.

Janet said...

Leigh you have articulated so well the joys of blogging. Thanks so much.

jeannie said...

hi leigh,
your post on blogging reminds me of how i felt after weaving in college for a year, week after week with the same young women. now 10 years later i finally have a loom and find myself checking your blog frequently to find some of that same connection. below is a poem i wrote after my last class in the weaving studio. thanks so much for sharing your experiences ~ and to all the individuals who also contribute with comments and responses. i am feeling "woven" again!


We warped our visions slowly-
designed and planned
the inches of color and change
with novelty and sense,
chained the lengths of future.
our decisions knotted tightly
around the stable beams of hope,
each queen of her own castle,
we wove-
a weft of yarn and feeling
complete with broken threads.
Each yard, each week,
fulled with laughter and fears,
we bonded,
a tapestry of shared experience-
now fringe,
still curled with the memory
of the weaving we’d been.

jeannie dugan sanders