The Land of Blog
For me, blogging scratches that writing itch that I've never been able to really reach before. For awhile, I thought about trying to become a published writer. I even wrote a couple short stories and sent them off to magazines (where they were promptly and rightly rejected). Problem is my writing is not very good. If I weren't me, and read a story I'd written in a magazine, I would not be impressed. But I like writing. I've also never been able to keep a journal regularly, probably because nobody ever reads it, so it seems pointless. There are other things I'd rather do (like knit, or read something written by someone who can write...). But here, where I have potentially thousands (or even millions) of readers, I'm inspired to continue forming thoughts into words. My daily writings are not profound, or even particularly eloquent, but I have fun writing them (unlike when I was trying to craft short stories, which I found similar to trying to reason with my 2-year-old).
The other great thing about blogging is reading others' blogs. I have found so many great knitters and just fun people out in Blog Land. I find gazillions of great projects and ideas that I want to try. I just wish I had more time to read other blogs - I could spend all day just reading what other people are doing with their knitting needles! You can see the blogs that I try read regularly in my sidebar, and I will be adding more as I have time (and find more cool ones - like Aloha & Oreos, and bits of knits, two great blogs from Hawaii that I've just discovered). I love the small blogs where the blogger (like me) gets all excited when I leave a comment and comes to visit my blog - this has been a great way to strike up little intra-blog friendships. I also have a few of the "hit list" blogs, like The Blue Blog and Crazy Aunt Purl, which are in everyone's sidebar and are great, but I find I don't visit them as often as I do my old standbys - Musings of a (mostly) self-taught knitter, Adventures of a Knitting Spazz and Neglecting my Kids - which I try to get to (almost) every day, even if I don't always leave comments (sorry, guys!).
To make a short story long...blogging is neat.
Now that I think about it, I guess I do have a little knitting to talk about. I got my Master Knitter Level 1 packet in the mail yesterday. It requires 16 swatches and a report (with references) on blocking. I feel like I'm back in school! It sounds like the judging is pretty tough. I've been taking the TKGA correspondence course Basics, Basics, Basics to prepare for the masters, and I've gotten good reviews on the swatches I made for that class, so I'm hoping that my knitting will be up to snuff. I can't wait to get started, but I also need to get my Christmas presents made up and finish writing up the Knitty pattern. I am running on no caffeine, since Owen decided that he didn't really like it, so sacrificing sleep isn't such a great option anymore...