I started this blog in January 2017, and it's now March 2020. I blogged steadily for much of that time, putting out two posts a week for years. More recently, I stopped posting, and now begin again. Here are some of my thoughts and observations about the process!
I like blogging. I enjoy writing, teaching, sharing thoughts, and synthesizing information.
I enjoy having a record of my past work and a place for my research.
Though I pay a lot of attention to my output, I pay very little attention to my blog's analytics. It doesn't matter to me how many people read this, or how the trends change over time. My friends and family look at it, and they are the ones who matter to me.
It's always fun to get a comment!
Despite generally ignoring my analytics, I do look at them occasionally. My most popular blog posts, for years, have consistently been Hemming with Horsehair Braid and the Ahsoka Tano Costume diary. The first one makes sense because it's a tutorial, but the second confuses me: my Ahsoka Tano costume was a one-off. Maybe my SEO for those posts was amazingly good.
Someone spams my posts with ads for kilts. I... don't know why. I just delete them.
My Portfolio has gotten too big. Part of the problem is that I don't have a clear vision for that section of the site: should it show everything I've ever done? Only my favorites? Should it be a nice gallery or a navigable pictorial Table of Contents? How should I organize it?
Choosing tags makes me realize library science is hard. The "Project Diary" tag seems too broad, since most posts are project diaries of some sort. I think I need to re-categorize. Same goes for the Tutorial section of the site... what's the difference between a tutorial and me simply showing you what I'm doing?