Thursday, August 20, 2009

to thine own self...and thy blog readers

In a few short months my blog will celebrate its 4th birthday. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since November, 2005. At the same time, it feels like I’ve had this blog most of my adult life. When it’s only been a fraction.

I started this blog with the name “The Randomness of Jennifer Coomer”. I figured that was broad enough. This was after I had begun knitting. I was inspired to begin a blog because of all of the knitting blogs I was reading at the time. And there are a lot of knitting blogs. The cool thing about that is that several of those knitting bloggers have gone on to become published writers. Some of them write about knitting and how it changed their lives or pervades their lives. Some are teaching tools. And others have published patterns they have created.

Eventually, I renamed my blog Dog. Yarn.Knit. I thought it was a catchy name and I was spending most of my free time doing one of two things
1) knitting
2) playing with my new puppy, Derby Pie.

But, the randomness of Jennifer Coomer never went away. I end up all over the place. It seems that no matter how much I try to narrow in and give this blog focus I get all ADD and distracted by something new and shiny.

And really, I like to think of myself as a teacher of sorts. I also like to think of myself as a story teller.

When it comes to teaching on the art of knitting I feel ill-equipped. Sure, I have taught a few people the basics. But I am not a pattern designer. I am a slow knitter. And in the summer…I am barely a knitter at all.


However, I feel like I do have something to share and feel able to teach when it comes to makeup and beauty tips. And I’ve enjoyed exploring that side of myself as a blogger lately.
I can try to focus in and make my blog more marketable. But really…if I’m not enjoying it, I’m not going to do it. So, I’m going to follow my heart and be a little all over the place. And be random. And be okay with that. And, if you’re interested, you’ll follow along.

I do have some exciting plans - a re-working of my blog. A new look, a new format, some categorization…and…a new name. But that’s the only part of the cat – or dog, in my case - that I want to let out of the bag right now. Just a little paw and maybe a glimpse of an ear.

I will say that the new blog format won't be all about makeup. Just like Dog.Yarn.Knit. has not been all about knitting. It'll still be a mixture of IndyCar racing, knitting, beauty products/tips, and thoughts on Faith. randomness.

I do appreciate your feedback. Readers’ comments left on a blog are always a very encouraging thing to a blogger. Even if it’s just a, “Hi, I read this” it is a welcome thing. It lets me know you’re out there. It lets me know when I’m on the right track. It lets me know you’re listening. It makes us feel connected. I love hearing from you. And I hope you’ll stay tuned and keep in touch.


Jason said...

stoked to see what happens!

Anonymous said...

I'll be watching for your new blog format!! I always like catching up on yours. And I feel like a very random blogger too, so I know what you mean.

Sarah H. said...

Random is good.

Anna and David said...

Hi, I read this ;-)