This is what my cat does when I am sitting at my computer, reading blogs, writing posts, working on patterns, or dreaming on Pinterest.
I think he is doing some sort of cat stretching exercises to make his short, stubby legs longer...not working...and this is what my husband does...
Maybe the cat learned it from my husband (or vice versa?)...I think it is working for Steve...his arms look freakishly long in this picture.
I am the first to admit that I am a complete idiot when it comes to blogging. I started blogging as a quilt conversation and quilt diary.
I love the feedback, the questions, the friends I've made, etc.
I barely know how to do the basics when it comes to posting, adding gadgets, pictures, and features. Then, when changes roll down, like a Blogger update or new blog readers, I am completely clueless.
I would rather spend my limited time sewing on things to post than working on the actual blog...CONTENT over PRESENTATION any day. I am a quilter first, blogger second.
When I get stumped on something technical, it is painful taking the time away from sewing to figure it out. I have learned that Karen of SEW MANY WAYS is brilliant, and I turn to her great blogging tutorials to help me out (not to mention all the other amazing stuff on her blog).
I never used Google Reader, or whatever it was called, but when Bloglovin' came out, I sort of jumped on the proverbial bus and registered my blog there, thinking it might increase my readership.
I get daily emails from Bloglovin' with my "Bloglovin' feed," but have a difficult time even navigating that, so I just keep reading my favorite blogs from the side bar of my blog page, like I always have, or navigating from comments.
I keep getting emails that "so-n-so" is following me on Bloglovin', but my actual follower number on my blog is not growing, and I feel like my readership is dwindling. How do you people out there like Bloglovin'? Is it working for you?
Of course, I know it is not a popularity contest, and I am probably just boring. And I know I don't post enough...aging in-laws, the schedule of a teenager without a drivers license, and local/out-of-state demands on my time have made it challenging in the last few months.
I have a tendency to try to only post when I have something interesting to show or talk about. Maybe I should post more often, with less material to slog through per post? I am also WAAAAY behind on reading and commenting on the blogs that I love.
But I am determined to go forth, so any advice, comments, or input is welcome.
Someone told me that with more and more people reading blogs on their smart devices, that may be the reason that page views and comments are less. I don't have a smart phone, or laptop, or a WIFI device...just an old-fashioned desktop PC. I do get emails from people, which is lovely...maybe it is just too hard to comment on these smart devices...without a keyboard, I guess you have to be pretty motivated or provoked to send a comment. You at least have to have a free Google account, and not everyone takes time to do that.
If I would take some time and figure out how to use Bloglovin', I would probably answer all my own questions, lol! I am a dinosaur when it comes to technology. If I had money to burn on smart technology, I would probably be more excited about learning how to use all this stuff.
I have a new large format scanner to learn how to make digital downloads of all my patterns...it is not as easy as I had hoped, and my techie/geekie other half has not had a lot of time for my nonsense lately due to work and ailing parental issues.
Please be patient with me if you are waiting for the finishing pattern or digital download. Those items, along with the hand quilting of the symphony quilt, are progressing...although painfully slow.
To keep my sanity with the progression of the three things mentioned above (and to have something to work on away from home and in meetings), I am continuing to work on new blocks for the music project ("BALTIMORE RHAPSODY") and "CONTENTMENT" quilt. The handwork is my therapy as I deal with some of these pressing family issues.
Be patient with me (and maybe some of your patience will rub off on me, 'cuz I am running out of the stuff!). I know we all have family issues that pull on us from time to time, but I am not managing the stress very well!
In stitches (and lately in pieces...),