Bonkers.

That’s a bit how I’m feeling these days. Having started this new job, I am having a tough time transitioning away from my sewing machine.

I love blogging – I really love it. But I also put pressure on myself about it. I hate that I don’t have any new sewing to show you right now. I feel like I have to sew.  Not to enjoy myself, but so that I have something to blog about! Crazy, right? It started the other way around…

So I apologize that it might slow down around here for a bit, but I need to let myself off of the blogging hook ’cause I’m driving myself nuts about it.

I know that I’m not alone in this. Do you deal with this too?

For today, just a pretty photo of fabric I sent off for the Sew Connected 2 quilting bee.

Sew Connected 2 - August Fabric

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  • Doris

    August 5, 2009 at 8:27 am | Reply

    I totally relate…it’s crazy to feel pressured about something you are supposedly doing for yourself.

    Got my Sew Connected 2 fabrics today, hoping to play very soon!!!! Question, what about curved piecing? You said no triangles, but do you want just straight lines?

  • Ashley

    August 5, 2009 at 8:40 am | Reply

    I’ve been feeling the same way lately… stressed about not having much to show, and certainly pressure each week to make sure I have some projects I can blog about. It’s hard to keep up that pace, and hard for me to realize that it really doesn’t matter if I don’t have anything to show!

    I’ll always be here to read your posts, regardless of how often you post! :)

  • isa

    August 5, 2009 at 8:42 am | Reply

    I know just how you feel. And it’s not supposed to be this way, it’s good that this topic is being blogged about.
    But just so you know, I’ll read your blog wether you post once a year or once a day. And it’s good to see others mistakes too, I learn from that to. And we all make mistakes, or loose inspiration and desire to sew from time to time, so who are we to judge others.

  • Carrie

    August 5, 2009 at 8:46 am | Reply

    Try not to pressure yourself about blogging. I view my blog as my creative journal, primarily for my own journaling and if others enjoy it, that’s great. So, if I go a few weeks or so between postings, it’s only because I either don’t have something to share or I’m too busy to get around to it.

  • Becky

    August 5, 2009 at 9:22 am | Reply

    I just don’t let myself think about it. I love to have something to post everyday…but some days there is just no time to get on the computer or nothing worth sharing. And I try really hard not to post if I have nothing positive to say….unless I just need a place to vent. So some days I don’t let myself post. But I love reading others’ posts…like yours, which I check daily…b/c it cheers me up and inspires future projects!

  • Audrie

    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am | Reply

    You’ve got your priorities straight and that’s what matters. Everything else is a bonus. Those fabrics look so gorgeous all stacked up like that… isn’t it funny how fabric makes one so happy :)

  • Christine

    August 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Reply

    Hi, I agree – since I started blogging, I feel like I have to quilt so that I have new projects and finished projects to show to my visitors, to get more comments, which I crave, because they make me happy and feel appreciated – I’m not surrounded by a lot of quilt fanatics where I live.

    Somedays I have lots to blog about, then nothing for two weeks. I’ve started spacing my posts out, and to change the date to a future date, a couple days away so that the posts are scheduled and get published without me being online. It helps. But the pressure is still there. I’ve been pondering this problem…

    Cheers,
    Christine

  • Kate

    August 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Reply

    I feel like that too and it shouldn’t be that way!! So don’t feel bad AT ALL!!

  • Allison

    August 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Reply

    yep, I feel like that all the time. right now especially since I have no urge to sew whatsoever.

  • Amanda Elizabeth

    August 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Reply

    yup! agreed! I feel this incredible pressure to make amazing things CONSTANTLY and keep up my blog, but sometimes I just want to lay on the couch, read angsty teen vampire books and not feel guilty. Do you have a cover on your machine? I’m debating making a cover for mine and when I put the cover on the machine it’s like “out of sight, out of mind”, does that make sense, lol!!! :):)

  • Amy (badskirt)

    August 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    You’re not alone. If it helps, your pretty fabric are some of my favourite posts. I love seeing what you’ve ordered and how you’re pairing things.

  • Molly

    August 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Reply

    Breathe! Take the time to get your world back in order, and share what you can, when you can. We are all busier than we want to be, don’t let blogging be a burden. We’ll all be here when you have something to share!

  • LeeAnn

    August 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Reply

    I hear ya. Couple working full time with summer time and no sewing gets done around! It’s a cycle for me and I’ve just learned to accept it. Once the daylight hours shorten and nights get nippy, I’ll be back to blogging on a regular basis!

  • Tracey

    August 5, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Reply

    I find that so true!! I worked part time and had plenty time to sew. Now I am going to school full time and work full time. I used to post so much on my blog and now it feels like it is so sad without sewing projects listed as often. I think you were a good reminder for me to sew for enjoyment and if people stop reading my blog – so be it. At least I will have the enjoyment in sewing again!!! Thanks for the much needed reminder!

  • Leslie

    August 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Reply

    no pressure…i just love to read whenever you do post!!! i hope the transition gets easier for you

  • bekhy

    August 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Reply

    Alissa, love your blog, keep up the amazing work! Tongue in cheek comment: the intermittent & variable content of your blog might be as addictive as the intermittent & variable rewards of a casino! :) I do wish that bloggers would feel less crazed about unmet expectations from viewers: it makes me feel guilty for loving your blog :).

  • anina

    August 6, 2009 at 6:25 am | Reply

    Oh my! I’ve gone through this on quite a few occasions. Just let go. We will all still be here when you have time to sew (and post).
    Those fabrics look yummy BTW.

  • Meaghan

    August 6, 2009 at 9:27 am | Reply

    I agree. I just started blogging and I feel guilty sometimes because I don’t have time to add a lot, or I’m not really working on anything that’s ready to show. Don’t worry. I love seeing your blog, no matter how often you update it. Don’t stress! :)

  • Catherine

    August 6, 2009 at 11:35 am | Reply

    I’m with you on this issue too. I’m new to blogging so blogging is getting me to sew more so I can blog about which is a good thing generallly but I hate that pressure we put ourselves through. So your definitely not alone.

  • Tiff@ThreePeas

    August 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Reply

    I have been doing that too. It’s all I can do to post a blog once a week. I guess maybe when school starts back up things will be different

  • Zarina

    August 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Reply

    I was in that stage for a very short while before I told myself: this is your space and its for FUN (not work). So now, I post whenever I want to (basically twice a week) and it may not be craft related. It may be just a post about my little people who brings me great pleasure over the weekend.

    Anyway, at the moment I have slowed down on my quilting since I have already picked up my ‘pen’ to write academic journals for my progression in my career.

  • Rita

    August 6, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Reply

    Definitely bonkers, but can totally agree and identify with you. The pressure is huge and I feel it too! And I then do try to remember that this is MY blog, and to enjoy it.

    Rita

  • Stacey

    August 7, 2009 at 4:39 am | Reply

    I’ve just taken a blog break too – I agree, it was driving me batty worrying about not having anything to say…and I’d rather be crafting that worrying:) Good luck getting things to fall into a routine.:)

  • jaybird

    August 7, 2009 at 5:59 am | Reply

    yup! what works for me is to schedule posts sometimes.. things like tutorials or long ones.. i work on them when i have the time and then schedule them for when i know i have a lot going on at work or in my life and then i don’t have to worry about making a blog post for a little while..

  • Aimee

    August 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Reply

    I worry about the same thing sometimes, and I think I only have about 5 people that regularly read my blog. That is crazy. I do love your blog and enjoy it whenever you post and whatever you post about. So don’t stress, it’s all good!

  • jacquie

    August 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Reply

    i know just what you mean….the pressure to create, to answer questions, to respond…i try to blog without obligation…much easier to say than to do.

  • jo

    August 10, 2009 at 10:11 am | Reply

    Anytime you force yourself to be creative…I think you loose a little creativity. I blog at http://www.makingthrifty.com and I work a website http://www.makinglearningfun.com and have found myself a little in the hum-drumb lately too. I do so much better with LARGE blocks of time and with summer coming to an end there just aren’t those large blocks of time. If you are like my sometimes your priorities get jumbled and then the pressure starts. If I step back and remember my priority (for me it is to be the mom and wife)then the other things fall back into place. Sew when you want…blog when you want….we readers never want to pressure you!

  • amandajean

    August 11, 2009 at 11:51 am | Reply

    if you figure out how to blog without obligation, please let me know! :) i could use a lesson in that. i have some fabric to pull together for my sew connected month next month…which will come up before i know it!

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