As many of you have noticed I've taken a rather long blogging break.. It wasn't intentional, it just sort of happened. Time passed, the blogging break got longer, and whenever I went to write a 'comeback' post the words all seemed as tacky and wrong as the word comeback, so it was easier to log off and try again another day, or week, or month, or year....
So here I am again, exactly three years to the day since my last blog post!
(ok let's be honest, I waited an extra five days just so I could write that!)
I can't pinpoint why I stopped blogging.
Highly likely it was because my work hours increased - my job somehow evolved into a full-time one. (How did that happen by the way?)
Maybe because not a lot of home sewing was happening anyway. That teal mohair jacket sat for ages on the mannequin gathering dust!
Maybe because I have so many unfinished projects. I look at them and suffer Instantaneous Mental Paralysis. The only cure for that is to turn around and shut the Unfinished Project Room door.
I certainly started to feel a pressure to post regularly, which was a responsibility I never planned on having. Blogging was supposed to be my hobby, not my job. With the growth in readership I started to feel like a commercial blogger. I never wanted to work to a blogging schedule or feel like I had to write something.
Maybe I needed to be free of the shackles of a blog for a while - to escape. Maybe that is why I took up running!
Slowly, but slowly my mojo is coming back - I have done some fun sewing, finished a few projects, and started a few new ones (something I really don't need to do!). I did finish that teal mohair jacket, and have a sudden urge to finish a quilt I started about 6 years ago, and the new one I've started. But I still have a massive stash of fabric that sends my brain into overdrive. And a growing sewing queue....
In other words, I haven't really changed!
During my absence, I'd frequently think of my favourite bloggers during the long days at my worktable. I'd wonder how you were and what you were making at the moment, what the weather was like in your part of the world, how much your kids have grown. I'd check in occasionally on your blogs, find out some of you had married, had kids, started businesses, or were exactly the same, but I'd be shy and you would never have known I had stopped by. On my blog, some of you questioned where I was and whether I was alright, and many of you popped on over to my running blog to discover that yes, I am still standing!
Earlier this year I made my neglected old sewing blog private, but after reading this lovely lady's post I quickly made it public again. I hope to find the time to post a bit more, obviously not as frequently as before but enough to stay in touch.
And you know what? I'm looking forward to catching up with you all again!