So it has been 7 months since my last post!!! Yes, for 7 months I have been AWOL and I can only apologise. As you know this blog was started, really for my own benefit: I never expected it to get so much attention. Well it did and I have been really enjoying it but sometimes life gets in the way. So why have I not blogged since February? Well it falls into 4 main categories.
AWOL 1: Time.
2019 has been a busy year for me. Lots of commissions and plenty of sewing, which is good. The problem has been fitting in blogging about stuff, whilst sewing it! Once I get going on a project, I get stuck in (I promise myself I will blog about it) then the next project appears. Unless you are a Blogger you won’t understand how much time it takes. OK anyone can write a blog but to write a successful blog takes time. A blog that takes 10 minutes to read may have taken 3-4hrs to prepare and write. This blog went from a few views, to tens of thousands every month (so reasonably successful I think).
There are people for whom blogging is their career and good on them but they work full-time at it; working on their content, photos, research and promotion. My blog went from “Hey look what I made”, to tutorials, reviews, guides and general sewing chat: It is time I focused my narrative…..
AWOL2: Social Media.
This year (2019) Social Media has really kept me away from blogging…I always used SM to promote my blog, share photos and spread sewing to anyone who followed me. It seems that SM is far from social anymore: For example, posting a link my blog post where I review a piece of sewing equipment, now has to be marked as an Advert or you might fall foul of the system! (Well I guess SM companies have to make more money somewhere?!).
Facebook has become nothing more than a ‘moan about everyone’ system. I used to love being a part of so many sewing groups on Facebook but it is no longer a pleasure. This year saw the return of the Great British Sewing Bee on our UK televisions: How Facebook groups have changed since I was on the show in 2016! Constant negativity, nasty comments and contestant ridicule. Oh, then there are the ridiculous group rules..I won’t go into detail but needless to say I have left many groups this year! Anti-Social Media it has become. I still use Instagram but only rarely as their algorithms have become more targeted.
AWOL3: Other Projects.
I have been working on my own range of sewing patterns this year and produced the Clovelly cap pattern, Woodacott waistcoat, Meldon Flat Cap and the Torrington Tie Pack. I am working hard on others too. Watch this space! I also became a guest designer for the Sewing Quarter on UK television, releasing the Meldon, Woodacott and Torrington Tie patterns with them. If you have not seen Sewing Quarter here are my last 3 appearances.
As I have said earlier, time has been a factor in my lack of blogging. My family have taken up more time this year than ever before and I am so glad they have! Our eldest son started Primary school this year which was a lovely exciting journey. Our other son started 2 days of Pre-school, again another exciting journey and back in June we received another bundle of joy…Our first daughter.
So yes I have been busy but I thought I would keep you all in the know. So what is next for Maledevonsewing?
Well SM has probably seen the back of me for a while. I will continue making sewing patterns and design new things. The blog will head back to what I know best and teach. The posts will be informative, sewing related, techniques and skills rather than compliant thoughts. Above all, family comes first!
If you have anything you want me to demonstrate/blog then do let me know.
Until next time…Happy Sewing