The heart of the matter…

When I started this blog, oh so many moons ago, it was a knit blog and I was a knitter and I used it to document socks in progress, and that was pretty much the extent of things. As the years have gone by and I have evolved, the blog has evolved a bit too, and lately things have been… itchy. As I’ve poured heart and soul into Honey & Ollie: The Shop, the blog has had a bit of a languish over here.

I’m told that’s often the way with new things, babies, beginnings, businesses…

I have struggled to write meaningful content and lately it has not been going so well.

What do I want to do with this space? I’ve been having a good think about that and it all really boils down to one simple thing.

I want to feel good about what I’m writing and have fun writing it.

Okay that’s two things.

I want to have fun writing it… I had to think about that for a bit, because really, I haven’t had much fun writing it lately and I think it shows.

See, I’ve taken a bunch of classes had a lot of great advice from amazing folks about using your blog to network, to grow your business, the do’s and don’t’s for bloggers, and you know… I feel like all the information has, to some extent, muddied the waters. It’s all in my head and I’ve allowed it to create a lot of anxiety that really makes it tough to write. I’ve worried so much about following some “formula for blog success” that I really feel I’ve lost the heart of the blog. Nowadays, I worry about blogging wrong and so I haven’t been blogging much at all. The experts say that not blogging is the kiss of death for your readership (they all go away) and so then there’s the huge Blog Shame Spiral right there. You don’t blog because you feel worried people won’t like what you write, so you don’t write, so people go away, so you don’t blog because you’re worried, and…

It’s really simple, actually.

I just want to feel good about what I’m writing. At the heart of it, I don’t feel good about or want to do lists like “10 Things That Will Make Your Etsy Store Rock”, or get committed to a weekly feature, or a timetable for posts with strict posting days when I may not be able to actually deliver, or do amazing video tutorials for art journaling unless I come up with something really cool and original, in which case, you know, yay Youtube here I come. There are a lot of great blogs that do just that. But I can’t step into a niche that’s filled by other amazing creative folks. I don’t want their niche. I just want to live in my own. I want to write my own stories. Follow my own formula. Not worry about writing to increase statistics or comments.

I want to have a good time.

I want to write about stuff I care about, stuff that makes me happy, stuff I’m thinking about, stuff that makes me sad.

I want to share my art, whatever art I happen to be doing at the time. Or not. No pressure.

I want people to enjoy what I’ve written. Maybe walk away from it with a little kernel of thought, a new idea or two, or perhaps just a pretty image to enjoy.

I want this blog to tell an interesting story.

That’s it. It’s pretty simple, really.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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12 Responses to The heart of the matter…

  1. Kitwench says:

    And that’s a post well with reading!

  2. mstori says:

    I don’t actually believe that lack of blogging is the kiss of death these days. I think more people than not read blogs via RSS feeds now, so it isn’t like the are a rat pressing the lever and never getting a pellet. The pellet just magically appears there amongst… Wait, I probably should be using an analogy that calls your posts gems or something more sparkly, than say “rat pellets”.

    But, I digress, as I am wont to do.

    Where was I?

    Oh yes, I think blogging too much is actually more likely to be a kiss of death than blogging too little.

    Clearly though, blogging things which many people enjoy reading is the best way to grow readership. I always enjoy reading what you write, but I am not many people, despite all the voices in my head which might claim otherwise.

    I, who am certainly not a successful blogger, blog stuff I feel like writing, and nobody much reads it, and that’s okay with me. Sometimes people staring at you while you talk to yourself is kind of creepy.

    And by “you”, I mean me.

    I look forward to your posts, but I don’t think of not reading your blog anymore when you haven’t posted for a while.

    • Rainy says:

      I think that part with the feeds is very true – one reason I haven’t spent money on my own site or getting a unique template beyond the tweaks I’ve made to this (free) one. Most of my readers use RSS feeds. I use Google Reader.

      It’s not so much that I’m worried people *care* if I don’t write, though that’s part of the Blog Spiral Of Shame, it’s more that I just realized I was placing this unbearable pressure on myself to blog “correctly” and be like the cool kids who are big in the blogging world. And they have their formulas, which they share (for money) and those formulas are very helpful – but I think only when applied in such a way that it fits and is kind of organic with the person doing the blogging, if tha makes sense. And what I was doing wasn’t fitting me very well. So… no more pressure. *LOL*

    • Rainy says:

      also, rats and pellets bwahahahahaha! I miss you. Holy cow. I want to go eat sushi with you soon.

  3. mouse says:

    I have to admit that I really love your blog and the stuff you post.. I think its the perfect mix of showing what you do & telling folks that they can purchase it if the mood strikes them. I have more problems with small business folks who’s blogs suddenly become ALL about what they are selling and how much it is. As a shop owner myself.. I know that most of what you do all day IS doing stuff for your shop.. but it doesn’t FEEL like you are doing anything but showing us what you’re working on. I say keep on blogging what feels good to you.

  4. Denise Cicuto says:

    You can’t create new jewelry if you’re writing here all the time. I love what you’ve written so far and I’d also like to see it continue to be meaningful, so write when you feel it’s right. Or just post photos of your latest shiny earrings.

    I haven’t posted to my photography journal in a few weeks, mostly because the show opening is tomorrow and I’ve been waiting until it opens to talk about the pieces I’ve submitted and maybe post some of the photos.

  5. CambriaW says:

    I follow your blog (as I have for years now) and so I just check my feeds and there’s the new post. So I’m here to stay 🙂 But I know how you feel because it took me a good deal of time to build a small readership only to lose most of them when I switched to blogger a year or so ago. It’s an uphill battle to post beautiful photos, and talk about things that I feel good about only to have 6 people read about it. I say 6 because that’s how many follow me, lol. Demoralizing. Especially when I’m trying to get my face out there to build my business up. But I think that you seem to have the magic touch and people will see that. Although sometimes I miss the pirateyness of your old space 😉

  6. Phoe says:

    I took a wonderful e-course that had me falling into the same trap. I want to blog because I want to blog. Sometimes I think it should be more organized and proper and grown up either because I feel I should be organized and proper and grown up or because I want more damn traffic sometimes. But overall, meh. I blog. People read or do not read. The end.

    I’ve been here for years and will continue to be, whether you post a lot or not. 🙂

  7. Delia says:

    there isn’t anything I can think of to say that hasn’t been said. I for one simply look forward to your shares/blogs about what your up to . . . so here! here! or is it Hear! hear! and cheers and huzzah! Stay in integrity with who you are, it’s really all we can do . . . “sorry, I’m not sorry”

  8. Thank Providence you want to feel good about what you write here. That’s good enuf for *me*, O Miz Honey&Ollie with Tuxedo Cats abounding. I’m here, I’m not leaving anytime soon (at least not by my own volition), and I’m feelin’ mighty good that you’re feelin’ good. xo!!!
    Trix (Dustin agrees, btw)

  9. Cat says:

    I was thinking this ages ago, and apparently I forgot to post a reply. I’m *ALL* for the idea that you should only write *WHEN* you want to and *WHAT* you want to. There’s *NO* truth to the myth that if you don’t post regularly, you will lose readers. We have all graduated to RSS feeds and other tools, and we’re all following more than one feed (that’s an understatement). We read when we can, and we reply when we can. *hugs*

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