Right, I think it’s time to admit that I’m at a loss for ideas for what to blog about outside of my monthly Patreon stitch and one or maybe two other stitch patterns a month. I can’t do more free stitch patterns than that or it cuts into the work I’m trying to get done to sell. The frustrating thing is that I like blogging weekly; it usually helps me keep moving.
This week I’m going to open up the floor for questions – what would you like to see me blog about? (No guarantees that I will…) Are there any of my blog posts I should expand upon or explain further?
…I need to finish up the secret code rewrite, I know.
The other day, WordPress reminded me that I’ve been using their blog service for six years now, and so I decided that I’d look back and take a rough inventory of what I’ve done here. While I’ve been doing casual yarn-and-art related blogging since then, I’ve really only been blogging on a regular basis for four and a half years, and most of that time has been spent on knit-blogging.
I have published sixteen patterns in those six years, most of which still make me happy. I’ve usually written at least one blog post in a week since 2013; more than fifty of those are about knitting and design techniques, some of which I’ve come up with on my own (though I’m sure other knitters have come up with at least some of them independently). I’ve talked a lot about my secret code methods, and I’ve posted more than 120 original stitch patterns. That’s… kind of a lot.
I started a Patreon three years ago, and it’s been growing slowly but surely—thank you! I’ve also added a tip jar, and am more grateful than I can say that people have used it. I didn’t know what to expect in that regard, really, but it seemed worth trying.
My blog readership has grown a lot. I never thought I’d see this many visitors in a year! I’m really gratified by how many people are interested in my work these days, and it encourages me to keep going.
There are some interesting things in the works around here, and I hope they’ll make you as happy as they do me.
Thank you for a good six years, and I hope to see you around here for many more!
I just wanted to let you know that my Post Index is up to date for the first time in a while. Huzzah!
I had a backup blog post written for a time of need. This morning, that time arrived, and I discovered that my swatch didn’t actually illustrate the main point of the post.
Well, I will reknit the swatch and save the post for another time of need.
See you next week!
At the top of my blog, there’s a link: Embedding Meaning in Your Knitting (or Other Crafts) (if you have a small screen or narrow window, click the menu link first – it looks like three horizontal lines).
That’s the start of the series of posts I wrote to explain how I turn words into stitch patterns. It’s actually a rewrite of the first time I wrote the series, but I’ve learned some even better ways to explain it since. Also, some additions have snuck in and been added in non-ideal locations; they need to be fixed.
Anyway. I’m planning to rewrite it, first as blog posts (please tell me if anything’s confusing!), and then once it’s all rewritten, I’ll move the posts up under that menu as more coherent pages.
The first thing I needed was a new outline. I’m not sure if input will be helpful here, since I doubt the outline is comprehensible without all the knowledge in my head. I’m mostly including it for accountability.
I’m not going to be doing these weekly – I’ll still have stitch patterns and techniques to post in between.
As you might know, I’ve got a Patreon account. If you find my blog useful on a regular basis and would like to donate monthly, I would really appreciate it very much. It lets me go on doing this work, which I think is valuable.
I’ve also been meaning to put a single use Paypal tip jar button in my blog sidebar for some time as well. If you would rather donate sporadically (and are able), this is the option for you. Thank you very much!
(I used a combination of these instructions at Aoxoa and these WordPress instructions to work this out. I think how it works must have changed; WordPress requires the email link from Paypal now instead of the html form code.)
If you don’t have much income of your own, please don’t feel obligated – there’s a reason I put my blog posts up for free!
Here’s the collection of geeky holidays I have so far (thanks in large part to my friends on Google+), starting with the one that’s next to arrive:
You might be wondering what I’m going to do with these. I plan to turn them into stitch patterns, of course! I’m not going to do all of them in a year; I’ll work on them sporadically as I feel like it. You will note that some of them are math jokes (i.e. Tau day), some are random (i.e. Talk Like a Pirate), some have to do with string geekery, and some celebrate certain fandoms (i.e. Towel Day). Feel free to suggest more; I don’t want more than one for a given fandom, though. I also don’t want the dates of fan conventions. (There’s too many). And I reserve the right to skip some if I feel like it.
I’ve had a suggestion for the 8th day of each month, which is apparently sacred (in South America) to Mary, the Untier of Knots. I’m not sure it fits in so well, but I’m thinking about it.
This morning, you get two random things and a question, because that’s what I’ve been thinking about in relation to the blog.
First, I’ve been thinking about the whole Creative Commons thing. I’ve been putting the loosest Creative Commons restrictions on my stitch pattern posts in an attempt to help show that I don’t mind if people use the stitch patterns in their work. The restriction in question simply asks people to attribute the work to me (because that’s how Creative Commons works).
The thing is that this doesn’t really match up with US copyright law (as I understand it) about things like stitch patterns. The part of my blog posts that are covered by copyright or Creative Commons are the words and the illustrations. If a designer uses the stitch pattern, but writes their own instructions or makes their own charts, they have the freedom to do that without attribution.
So, I think I’m going to stop putting the Creative Commons notices on future stitch patterns, and will try to think of an appropriate note to add at the bottom. I would very much appreciate getting credit, especially since I’m putting the stitch patterns out there for free, but I won’t get upset if designers use the stitch patterns without attribution.
Second, I just want to give you a heads up that sometime in the next month or so, I’ll be moving my blog to my own website. The design and transfer are still in the works, but it’s getting closer. Keep an eye out so you can update your RSS feeds or email subscriptions.
Finally, the question. I’ve been trying to think of a list of what I consider to be “geek holidays” for a project. Here’s the ones I’ve come up with: Pie Day (3/14), May the Fourth, Ada Lovelace Day, and Talk Like a Pirate day. Anything else come to mind?
By popular demand, I’ve put on my librarian hat and indexed the more than 200 posts I’ve written so far. I’ve tried to index posts in multiple categories where relevant, though I might have missed some. The index is a page on my blog, and is therefore always available in the menus at the top of the site.
I skipped the announcement posts for my individual patterns; instead, I’ve linked directly to my Ravelry designer page. I will probably be adding a better page on my site for a list of all my patterns in the long run, but this will do for now.
Two hundred posts! Thanks for sticking with me. I’ve been having a blast.