Not So Much A Post...
... As thoughts on a thread that has been running through several of the blogs that I've read the last few weeks. Stephanie, Wendy, Cara and Kimberly have all recently done posts about comments. I started blogging about a year ago (I guess I should go and check - do an anniversary post, or something). I started in spite of being a very shy person, because in my short exposure to the knit blog world, I could see the cameraderie and caring about a common interest that I can't share with my friends and family. I started off very cautiously - I wanted this to be only about the craft, not about me and to have a permanent journal of my projects, something that is very handy. I've pretty much stuck with that. With a small core of readers who I "know", I've become more open to posting family pictures, personal opinions and stuff, it still takes some getting used to, to be so out there. I do really love when people comment, I think all bloggers do and I try to get around and encourage and laugh with as many fellow bloggers as I can,
it's fun. Sometimes, it can feel a bit like a popularity contest, and I'm sure some people get turned off by certain blogs and chat sites for that reason, and sometimes, as in Stephanie's case, people seem to feel that, because they aren't seen, they can say whatever they wish, with impunity. I rarely comment on some of the most popular blogs, mostly because I think it'll get lost but I love to read them, and I don't feel excluded by the regular commenters. I do like to comment on "small" blogs, and being one of the "smalls", I appreciate when someone takes the time for me. I just like to know I'm not boring :)! It's too bad there isn't an etiquette book for bloggers, lurkers and such. (For instance, I'm still not sure if I should answer each and every comment, and where would I do that, on each post)? I'm quite sure though, that twitting people on their spelling, choice of yarn or post subjects is not appropriate, and we all have freedom of choice, right? If you don't like the content, don't read it. If you do, maybe consider giving some positive feedback. That encouragement and caring is what drew me here, I hope it's always the prevailing theme for bloggers and readers alike.
On a cheerier note...Yarn Pr0n! My March Pick Up Sticks kit arrived this week, and look at the yarn! Yarn Pirate - so scrummy! I have enough YP to qualify as a Yarn 'Ho ;).
Far left - I love The Loopy Ewe. Look at this adorable project tote and Opal skein and yes, those are chocolates.
And I had to have more Natural Dye Studio merino/alpaca, it is such lovely stuff. But, Canada Post destroyed the packet and it showed up at my door minus a skein of the pale strawberry!! (Oh, which is now sold out) You have to work pretty hard to pull a skein of yarn out of a 10cm slit in a bubble plastic envelope and of course, there's no recompense. Canada Post, you suck!