October 6, 2011

A little frayed...

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It's been a while since my last post. My postings have been highly irregular lately, to say the least. I was feeling under the weather last week, literally, which explains part of my absence here. But I've been thinking also. About which way things should be going here. And to be honest - I don't know.

From the moment I started publishing tutorials, my blog has become increasingly popular. A couple of nice projects have come along thanks to that which I'm really grateful about.
But it has put some strain on me as well. And right now I find it very hard to find a balance. I do not want to publish tutorials or DIY's just for the sake of having DIY or tutorial in the title, attracting the huge numbers of visitors - the ultimate approval. I feel pressured to come up with new and better. It keeps me from doing other things, more meaningful things perhaps. I'm fighting with numbers and that's not what blogging should be about. Not for me, that is.

So, that explains my little retreat. Instead of spending time online, I have been sewing. Slowly. In between things. No rush. Stitch by stitch. And I really enjoyed it.
I even took time for photographing the pieces of frayed silk scattered on the floor, before picking them up...
And it felt good...

25 comments:

Seaweed and Raine said...

Good for you Pascale! I sometimes goes in stages too. I find writing posts and reading other's posts sometimes eats up too much of my time - and takes me away from the potential moments that I could be having with my little boys. Sometimes, you just have to step back, and do something for YOU. Pretty scrap of silk. I'm not sure that I could throw it in the bin! LOL
I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
Sheree

Ana said...

It sure shouldn't be about the numbers. Unless you're using it as part of a business and then it is a job just as any other. But if it is something you do for you... then keep it that way! Do your stuff and if you want to share it do it, if you don't... then don't and just enjoy!

nothing but seashells said...

Do what you enjoy, not what your readers enjoy. The truth is that readers will come and go, but if you start placating them by posting things you're not loving then you're going to find yourself frustrated by blogging. That said, it's hard to NOT keep in mind numbers as it can be a bit addictive to watch your readership grow. I think every blog hits this wall and many of the blogs that decide on popularity rather than personal taste often lose their individuality rather quickly.

Aline said...

The reason why I follow your blog is because I love the beautiful pictures. ;)

by night said...

tu as complètement raison sur toute la ligne. je crois que bcp d'entre nous se retrouveront dans tes mots. Notre blog doit nous faire plaisir avant tout parce qu'autrement, il s'éloignerait de qui on est. Moi, je viens ici parce que tes photos sont belles, tes créas aussi. j'aime la simplicité et la sophistication de tes créations. Je pense que nous oublions trop souvent de juste dire merci aux blogueuses que nous lisons... alors, merciii, bedankt, thanks ;-)

MAUDE said...

i copied this from a post on apt. therapy. it's a quote from steve jobs, and seems perfect for you at this time in your life (seems to describe your design aesthetic as well):

"focus is about saying no."

do what ya gotta do, and i will continue to be a reader.

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Frances said...

Bravo, Pascale.

Surely the beauty of having a blog is that it gives one the freedom to do what pleases the blogger? If others also appreciate what we might post, well, that wonderful and helps to create some rather wonderful communities.

I applaud your approach. Best wishes.

Anna said...

i'm am so on the same page as you pascale. really, I could have written such a similar post over the last few months, etc. Do what makes you happy, really, your happiness is so important.

Petra said...

Een herkenbaar verhaal, al haal ik het niet bij jouw populariteit. Ik heb me ook voorgenomen om aan een soort 'slow sewing' te doen. Grotere projecten, gewoon omdat ik het mooi vind om te maken. Je foto's zijn minstens zo prachtig als je tutorials!

marla grace said...

take your time
<3

lightbluegrey said...

Prachtige en lieve woorden. Ben het zo met je eens...

Three Peas said...

Settle in, enjoy the sewing and time to reflect, and do what brings you joy.

Cecilia said...

I believe this is the right way to blog.
When people post every day publishing every single thing they do, or tutorials that are doubtfully interesting, I eventually stop following them.
In this enormous world of blogging, I really think that QUALITY is the key! :)
So keep well, enjoy sewing

Cecilia

Cindy said...

i'm on twitter quite a bit and think it combined with instagram/flickr, etc. are taking over blogging. people don't seem to blog as much as they used to, including me. it's so fast to tweet something and/or post a pic and you'll get an immediate response. there's also not a lot of preparation to do so.

i agree that we should post when we want to and have something to say, but it's not that simple. blogging is social, so if we fall off the track of reading/commenting on other blogs the connection is lost. it becomes one-sided and i like the online dialog and have made some nice friends through blogging.

i do agree with you and have felt the desire to do more things in the 'real world' and don't have the energy i once did for blogging, but i hope i will always do it in some way even if it's a couple of times a week.

i love your photos and don't visit your place for tutorials. honestly, i'm just happy to see what you're up to in paris.

" me " said...

if you feel pressure , blogging isn't very much fun : just blog anything you want, not what we want to read !

Gatalinkica said...

Dear Pascale,

I subscribed to your blog for the sheer pleasure of how you translate your moods into tactile poetry...

That inspires me to use my fingers and make something out of their dialogue with textures.

I am not interested in spending much time on the net, and the intense moments you share are the exact dose I can sip with delight, at whatever intervals you choose.

Thank you!

Heleen Groot said...

Good for you! It should all be about the enjoyment of your art, not about the followers. If it puts your mind at ease....I will continue to follow you regardles. I really enjoy reading about you and your projects. You don't need to publish tutorials (even if they are highly appreciated)if it gets in the way of things. Please just relax and enjoy. I will, I promise.

cucicucicoo said...

great decision! while i love your tutorials, it must be a strain, and i'm sure it felt great to be quiet a while! :) lisa

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Bravo for you and very well put.

I can relate so very much having struggled with the option recently of accepting sponsor ads. The simple fact is that doing something I love (blogging and connecting) can suddenly become a job. It's still a struggle, but I'm leaning in your general direction at the moment.

Enjoy your wise decision.
Love, love, love your work, btw. I'm a first time commenter. :)

elisabartels said...

Dear Pascale
I have never used one of your tutorials. Don't stop reading, this isn't an insult. Yours is one of my favourite blogs (and I'm a bit of a blog addict, so that's saying something). I enjoy the way you write and your projects. More importantly it gives me inspiration for my work and allows me to have a break from my world escape into yours.
So thank you from someone who is more than likely never, ever going to use your tutorials but loves visiting your blog.
I'm certain there are more of me out there. So please do get 'hung up' on tutorials and don't stop blogging.
Elisa

Karyn Taylor-Moore said...

Follow your bliss Pascale. It never works for long to do things that don't feed your soul. Give us those lovely tutorials when the spirit moves you. I really like your blog - whatever you do!

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Congratulations on your beautiful work!

Affordable Insurance said...

I think every blog hits this wall and many of the blogs that decide on popularity rather than personal taste often lose their individuality rather quickly.

ArtMind said...

Pascale, I feel the same way and this could have been a post that I wrote too. ;) I noticed the way I said 'I have to blog today' the other day. Instantly I thought along the line 'who says I have to?' And I didn't blog. When there is pressure, it's not fun anymore. I too feel the need to enjoy daily activities more then to blog about it right now.
Even though I love the blog community and all the inspiration and friendship it gives me, I think it's totally OK to take a step back.
I know I won't like you less for that & I'm sure the majority of your followers agree on that. ;)
Enjoy life to the fullest!
XO Mitsy

Valerie said...

the fact you stopped & thought about all this, in its awareness proves that you are one sensible woman.
now it is entirely yours to decide what direction you want to go, what makes you feel the best, if you enjoy the pressure or not. i know i wouldn't & i'm not lead by numbers, but we're all different and that's okay that way.
all the best x

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