Monday, September 19, 2005

I'm back - sort of

I spent a large part of last week sick, and not feeling up to anything, including blogging. I felt better over the weekend, but I'm feeling a bit of a relapse today. Don't worry, I'll be fine, it's just one of those things that needs time, patience, ibuprofen, and a caring husband to get through. I have all of those at hand.

Meanwhile, I continue to work on the concept of consolidating many of my blogs. I have a strong sense that the current tangle of blogs I have "just grew", like Topsy. I'm looking forward to the next phase of my blogging, which will hopefully be a more carefully thought through matter.

Of the eight public blogs on the current roster, only three will remain as separate entities. I'm choosing to deal with the consolidation by creating a new blog, which will start fresh. Probably later this week. Meanwhile, here's a look at the list of blogs that will be staying, and why:

Staying
  • Confessions of a Chantraphile. My beading is enough of a separate category to warrant a place of its own, though I'm going to be watching to see if it would be better served by folding it into the new core blog some day.
  • Folkcat's Craft Library. This blog is used as a database for indexing my craft books. That will be best served by keeping it as a one-function blog.
  • The Milford Memory Box. This one hasn't reached its full purpose yet, but ultimately, it's intended to serve as an online scrapbook displaying contributions made by geocachers to the Milford Memory Box. Since that's a project-specific purpose, it's staying as is.
My other public blogs will all be consolidated into one, and I will use that blog as more of a general life journal than any of them have been so far. At one time, it made sense to me to keep cooking, knitting, geocaching, and other subjects as separate blogs. But life changes, and the more I blog, the better I understand what I'm doing and how it's all integrated into my life.

The subjects that remain, while no less important than my beading, are all matters that my life revolves around. I can't sit still without picking up my knitting. Gryphon and I love geocaching, but only get to do it irregularly in the current gas crunch - however, we still work on planning outings, and we maintain our own geocache hide with frequent visits. Creative cooking is a delight, and while I don't do it every day, I at least think about it. And I've been much more active taking photographs since I began blogging, so that no longer feels like an oddity in my life - it's just something else I do.

These, then, are the subjects that will be gathered under one new blog - and thus, the existing blogs that will be replaced. I'll keep them around as archives, so if there was a favorite post, don't worry - I won't be sending it away any time soon.

Retiring:

The new blog will have a large knitting focus, but anything else could come into play as well. I've taken the inspiration for the title from my latest adventures in Extreme Knitting. No, I'm not knitting while skydiving or anything that extreme. My Extreme Knitting is more a matter of finding unusual places to knit in. Last week, as I was waiting out my health issues, the perfect phrase to describe what I do popped into my head - "I Knit Around".

A quick search on the web, and I found I was clear to use it. I've spent part of the last day working on finding a blog template I liked, and establishing the basic elements. As I post this week, I'll probably cross-post to I Knit Around. Then, sometime later in the week (or early next week), I'll officially retire the five blogs listed, and I Knit Around will officially be my primary blog.

If you'd like to see what the new site will look like, the url is:

http://www.folkcatart.com/knitaround

It's been really interesting to watch the place that blogging has taken in my life, and how that has evolved in the few short months I've been doing this. Someday, you know, someone's going to write a social history of blogging, and hopefully they'll give case studies of how it started and grew in peoples' lives.

Meanwhile, thanks for being along for the ride - and I'm looking forward to the new paradigm. I hope you'll watch the changes with me.

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