I’ve had this question posed to me via email many many times since I started blogging.
And several times this past weekend.
I don’t have time to launch into an email discourse on blogging for everyone who asks, so I’m responding here.
First stop: Google.
You knew I was going to say that didn’t you? Type “How do I start a blog?” in the search window and that’ll get you started.
I use Moveable Type and I like it. I started out using Blogger, then switched to hand-coding one day when Blogger pissed me off with yet another outage, then eventually I registered a new domain name and installed Moveable Type. There are many, many more blog tools out there, all of which are completely unfamiliar to me. So I can’t recommend one.
But I will give you my two cents worth on what I like/don’t like to see on blogs.
1. I love photos. Photos, photos, photos.
2. I love frequent updates.
3. I love updates that have content, not ones that say “I haven’t blogged for a while and I have nothing to say.”
4. I love humor, and well-written entries.
5. I hate meaningless quizzes, like “What kind of knitting needle am I?” Particularly when the quiz result constitutes the entire blog entry. Granted, I’m guilty of having posted quiz results myself in the past. But they quickly grew tiresome and I don’t anymore.
6. I hate light text on a dark background. Take pity on older eyes! Make your blogs easy to read.
7. In the “I didn’t but I do now” department. I hate tagboards! Now that they have added pop-ups, they are the devil’s spawn. Yes, I have a pop-up blocker. But I hate them on principal.
8. I hate when I remove a blog from my blogroll and the blog owner emails me to ask me why. I don’t answer these emails. The answer is often “Hello. Your blog doesn’t interest me any more” and I don’t want to come out and say that to someone. I’d rather be passive-aggressive. I’ll often blogroll new blogs to try ’em out for a while, and then find that I don’t enjoy them, for whatever reason. So I remove them. My blog, my choice.
All of the above is simply my oh-so-humble opinion only.
You might have noticed that I cleared out my blog sidebar. Quite severely.
My list of blogs I read and links to knit-alongs are now on their own page. There is a link to that page in my sidebar under . . . uh . . . “Links.”
The sidebar has been annoying me for a while, looking too cluttered, so I got out my pruning shears and trimmed it back. I left a few knit-alongs here on the front page. Subject to change at my whim. Why? Because I am the Queen of this blog, that’s why.
Sorry . . . Lucy is the Queen of this blog.
Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar
I apologize for not mentioning where to buy this yesterday. Ann Marie found it by Googling and I confirm: the only online outlet I’ve found so far is here. Mine was purchased in a B. Dalton bookstore, which is part of Barnes & Noble (yet Barnes & Noble is not showing it in their online store as of this writing). A couple of commenters mentioned seeing it in Barnes & Noble stores.
Yes, We Have Actual Knitting Content
I’ve got the Alchemy Synchronicity Scarf completed. Here she is with the accompanying hat. Ain’t she purty?
The scarf took two skeins and is about 6 feet long. This is how much yarn I had left over:
And I’ve got the back of Liam completed. Ain’t he handsome?
Crystal Palace Needles
I’m sorta glad (but not really, if you know what I mean) to see that I’m not the only one who has problems with Crystal Palace needles. Oh, and for the record, I find the join to be particularly annoying too.
Whenever possible I stick with my Addi Naturas and Clover bamboos. I’m finding I like wooden needles more and more over Addi Turbos. Though the Addi Turbos have their place! Like on cabled designs. And on AbFab throws — “sticky” yarns need smooth needles.