Monday, 16 March 2015

don't forget to leave a comment - you are my social life


...You may have read in my earlier posts that I am trying to post here more often...but what is more often?  It is so easy to document your day with a daily post on Facebook or to take quickly observed moments with a quick press of the button on your phone with Instagram.

I have been thinking over the last few weeks how I want to start using this little space on the internet that I own...I want it to be and feel different to my other on-line spaces.  The problem I have is that I feel that every blog post should come with a little ream of words..a few explanatory lines of what I have been doing. The Why's.  The Where's.  The When's.  It is this that actually takes the time and equally it is this that makes me put off until tomorrow.  We place so much pressure on ourselves to tick boxes, ensuring we have something visually captured to show to readers -  do we almost measure our success these days by the amount of images we can display in a day/a week/a month in the same way we worry if one image has had more likes than another on Facebook.  I have been known to feel slightly anxious if I haven't posted anything for a couple of days. And all the time spaces such as Facebook is becoming harder to understand...you may have over 4000 likes but only a handful of those actually see your news...just think of all that time we makers had before social media raised its important head.

I am not a wordsmith.  I write (type) as I speak ... but mainly my language is visual...

I have finally after many years realised that I can use this space for just that, to just visually document my days but in slightly more detail than a snapshot approach - why has it taken me so long?.  I have also listened to other makers/designers and looked at how they use their space.  So much planning takes place. Preparations of content weeks in advance.  Weekly 'feeding' images all taken in just one day but appear as though they are taken regularly through out the week.  I want to keep working on this journal of mine...I love looking back through the months, it is such a good way to see how The Linen Garden is growing - every week there are new visitors to the flower beds and I treasure that.  It is very easy here to feel that you are talking to an empty auditorium if you don't study weekly your traffic numbers.  But I am not that 'into' the behind the scenes mechanics of 'stats' and 'traffic' and to be honest I really don't have time or most importantly the interest, maybe if I was a full time blogger it make take a bigger slice of my time.

I spend alot of time reading other people's blogs but it is very rare that I leave a comment. Therefore why do I still have this old approach that if no one leaves a comment nobody is really stopping by? The wonderful insecurities of being trapped in your own little internet bubble.  So on that note I am now asking you to 'leave a comment' - I 'would' love to know from you is 'what other little snippets you would like to see here' when you visit.  I adore that you pop by and visit from time to time and I want to make sure you keep stopping by. I work on my own in the studio so your emails/your messages/your comments on all my social media platforms are so so important to me.  You are my weekly social life (true)....so please help me in my research - I would love to know your ideas.........and here is how my month 'visually' has looked so far.....'a splendid March indeed'..... xxxxx


....don't forget to leave your comment....

26 comments:

  1. Aarrgh my comment got list! I love your work, found you recently and love the images, would love to see your fabric finds as you find them!

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  2. Aarrgh my comment got list! I love your work, found you recently and love the images, would love to see your fabric finds as you find them!

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  3. Hello Vicki..
    I love your words and I understand. Your photos are stunning and your fabric is beautiful. It's authentic creativity in any form as well as sincerity that usually keeps me coming back to a blog. Thank you for asking. I'm so happy that your "Garden" is growing. Thank you for sharing and for your honesty! <3

    Blessings for your week,
    Tamara

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    1. Love your comment Tamara - thank you so so much .... I always like to try to be honest...the decorativeness hides the chaos here xxxxx

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  4. Vicki, I check in on your blog regularly. You have a wonderful eye for putting things together and you take beautiful pictures which I regularly pin.
    I follow a small number of craft blogs and prefer them to social media updates as they come with so much less noise (no annoying ads, no reminders in the corner of my eye that so-and-so just poked me), which makes it much easier to just enjoy what you are sharing. More of the same please.

    Laura

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    1. Thank you so much Laura....so glad you love stopping by - and keep pinning....always makes me smile when I see my images in other peoples mood boards by surprise xxx

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  5. Your posts appeal to me and I come here because of their visual beauty, personally I don't need you to talk if you don't want to, you put together such wonderful displays from your collection of fabrics and that's enough for me. Another blogger has beautiful posts of her photographs, another takes her readers on the vintage style trips she and her family go on, I take a little something from all of them, you should just do what you enjoy and feel comfortable with. It's funny but I've basically covered this subject in the one photograph I posted today, because I don't know how people have the time to do all those things. Just carry on doing what you're doing, the people who like it will find their way to it.

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    1. Thank you lovely lady for such a gorgeous comment. Sooo glad you love stopping by here...and I know you do as you always leave messages for which I love you for xxxxxx

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  6. I adore all of the happy inspiration your lovely images provide. Thank you for being a day brightener.

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    1. Love this comment Decor to Adore.... made me smile xxxx 'a day brightener' xxxxx

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  7. You post such beautiful photos of your work Vicky. I hope you continue to post. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Jill.....I want to post more...and have really captured in my mind what I want to now do more with this little space. xxxx Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment - means alot. xxx

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  8. You have such lovely stuff on your pages. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so so much for stopping by Lyndon and for your kind words. xxxx

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  9. I read you my darling, love popping by the flower beds to cheer ones soul xx

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  10. Your fabric collection is a heart breaker Vicky! :)

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  11. we are here! please continue doing what you do....i enjoy your words and love your photos. i too make handbags, and only dream of having the fabrics that you are so lucky to have. so please do not feel that your little space here is in vain.

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  12. I only just came across your lovely blog! I am in love with everything here!

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  15. this is my first time here but i really love your stuff, vicky.
    i wonder, if i can create something cool like yours :)

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