Thoughts on First Year of Blogging

Tumbling Leaves Wall QuiltWhen I published my first post last year on October 28, 2012, I just jumped in and posted about a project I had finished.  I had started to concentrate on learning to sew after mostly knitting for several years, and wanted to track my progress.

First I decided which platform to use.  Some of the blogs I regularly read are on WordPress.com, and one of the reasons I decided to use WordPress is because it’s easy  to leave a comment on a WordPress blog.  You don’t have to sign in with a Google, Facebook, or other identity, just a name and e-mail.  Then I had to pick a name for the blog – should I try and come up with a name that is clever or unique?  After some Google searches to find out which names were taken, I chose “Stitch It Again”. The common aspect of knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and sewing is that they all have stitches, and the “again” refers both to coming back to these crafts and also to my habit of redoing what I am working on until it meets with my satisfaction.

Next I created my header using Mosaic Maker on Flickr Toys to show what projects had led me to the present day.  Some of my favorite themes are fall themes and the two projects I am showcasing from my header both feature a leaf motif.Wool Embroidery on Linen

The wool embroidery is from a project on the cover of “Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts – Woolly Embroidery”.  I made it as a wall hanging instead of a pillow.Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Woolly Embroidery

The fall themed wall quilt pictured at the beginning of this post is a project I made from “Fat-Quarter Quilting : 21 Terrific 16′ x 20″ Projects” by Lori Smith.  It’s called “Tumbling Leaves” and is hand quilted.Fat Quarter Quilting by Lori Smith

My biggest challenge continues to be taking acceptable photographs.  My photos are plagued by bad lighting, reflections, and blurriness. It is especially hard taking photos of myself with a tripod and timer.  After a year, I finally realized I should be giving my photos a title after seeing readers were viewing “Samsung Camera Pictures” on my blog.  Oops!  I’m still trying to figure out how large my photographs should be, how to have better post titles, and all the technical stuff.

I have enjoyed sharing my creative outlet.  Writing this blog has added to my life, and I am delighted if any reader has found useful information or entertainment on these pages.  A heartfelt thank you to all who have taken the time to leave words of encouragement or advice, or who stop by to read from time to time.

Do you have any blogging tips, blunders, or learning experiences to share?

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7 thoughts on “Thoughts on First Year of Blogging

  1. seweverythingblog

    Lisa, congratulations on completing year one of blogging! You are doing well! I went back to check your first post — cute!
    From someone with less-than-a -year-old blog 🙂

    Reply
  2. kittehluvs

    Congrats on 1 year. One thing about blogging that I didn’t really expect are meeting my bloggy friends and creating a community. I really do enjoy that! 🙂

    Reply

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