September 3rd, 2007

Another month, another new blog page. Those archives are piling up alarmingly! I’m actually thinking of switching to Movable Type, to make the blog more manageable. That way I can organise posts by theme, making it easier for anyone who wants to look through old posts for something specific.

Which brings me to something I have been pondering lately. How much of my life should be going into this blog? It is, after all, the Posh Yarn blog. Should I only be talking about yarn and knitting topics? Is it inappropriate, boring even, for me to talk about myself, my thoughts, my life? If I should be blogging about personal things at all, should I do so on a separate blog, rather than on this one?

It’s safe to say that the vast majority – if not all – of the visitors to the blog are knitters; that’s why you come to Posh Yarn. So do your interests lie only in what we are dyeing, what I am knitting, where the business is going? Is it egotistical of me to assume that you want to hear about my day to day life, look at my sketches, hear me moan when I’m having a black hole day? Some of you have requested more photos of our cats; here’s one I took last week, but dithered over posting, for this very reason:

You see, I always judge my own behaviour based on what I expect of other people. This has been exceedingly successful when it comes to business, because it seems that what I’m looking for, others are looking for, and the standards I expect from a business, are the same standards you expect. So I’ve applied the same rule to the blog. Personally, I love to burrow into someone else’s life through their blog, and the more varied and intimate (in a PG sense) it is, the better. I like to feel I’m part of their inner circle, and if that means listening to the occasional moan, I will, and if it means rejoicing with them over some achievement, I’m delighted to. When blogs are attached to businesses, and the blogger only discusses products and business topics, I get bored. I feel (and this is just a feeling, not necessarily right or wrong) that the blog is just another selling tool.

And that’s where another side of this issue lies. When I started this blog, it was more of a selling tool than a personal journal. But as things progressed, my intentions changed and the blog along with them. My sister-in-law, who doesn’t read the blog but has heard me mention it, is horrified at the thought that I put my thoughts out there into the public, and ‘expose myself’ and my life to complete strangers. But then, I don’t think of you as strangers. I’ve come to know so many of you over the last couple of years, and at times, your support and encouragement have been invaluable. So really, what I want to know, is what you think? Is there a balance to be struck between ‘work’ blogging and personal blogging? And if so, which am I falling towards? It’s over to you.

(If this blog was set up on Movable Type already, I would be tagging this post ‘Navel Gazing’….)

4 thoughts on “September 3rd, 2007

  1. I agree that blogs should not be about one thing oly. Its the little details of people’s life that make them interesting.

    Please don’t use Moveable Type! WordPress is so much easier to work with and you can get it free to put on your own server, or use their hosted service (like blogspot) at wordpress.com

  2. I think you have the balance about right. If it were split into two blogs, shop only and personal, I think you are so synonymous with Posh Yarns that most of us would read both anyway. Either way, the kitties are gorgeous and deserve to be posted about!

  3. I think the balance you have is just right, I like to the little details about people. I totally agree about the inner circle thing! If the blog was just about the shop I don’t know if I would read it as regularly as I do, at the moment yours is one of the first I check on Googlereader for new posts!

    Helen is right though, the cats need to be posted about either way, too cute to not be!

  4. It’s in the details Dee – and I love the details. I wouldn’t change a thing! Funny, but I have been having an inner dialogue with myself about this very topic.

    Your cats are adorable!