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Date: 9/17/11 12:53 PM

This morning I was looking around the web at sewing blogs. There are not a whole lot of blogs out there for plus size women. I keep wondering why there are not more plus size women blogging about what they sew.
Since I don’t blog about what I sew I started thinking about what is holding me back?
The biggest thing is my writing skills, they suck. Also I cannot spell for diddly (told you)
Then there is the “who would want to follow my efforts at sewing”. Of course it could be more of a journal with pictures of my sewing progress type thing.
Then there is the part about putting your whole self out there for the whole world to see.
Yep, I am thinking it is that last sentence that might be the big stumbling block.
Anyone else who has thought about blogging, but decided not to?

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Date: 9/17/11 2:22 PM

I've got some thoughts about blogging -

I've decided TO blog.

The things you've writen as your concerns - writing ability and poor spelling will be improved by writing (and critique - self and others) and spell check will be a help. Just like sewing, practice should improve your skills. Any different opinion from the teachers here?

As to who, if anyone will want to read your blog, I know I do! If I am not mistaken, there are a lot of plus size women sewing in self defense who can't find the styles, quality or sizes they want in RTW. I think of how well the "how to fit plus size" books are selling and imagine that a sew-along blog would interest a lot of sewers.

Please go right ahead, invite and graciously accept the gift of writing critique from better writers (just as you would from a more experienced seamstress) and let us in on your sewing adventures. That we learn together will be fun for us all.
Sign me up!
Rainspa

PS. I'll be blogging about a non-sewing topic
-- Edited on 9/17/11 2:23 PM --

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Date: 9/17/11 2:29 PM

I blog, but it's so sporadic. Sherril M. has a blog too. I enjoy reading about plus size sewing.

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Date: 9/17/11 3:09 PM

I don't blog and have no idea about how to go about setting one up. But I can answer your question about spelling. My lovely lap top spell checks my text as I type. How great is that? Once you have that sorted, apart from the odd grammar mistake you should be fine. Don't let that stop you!

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Date: 9/17/11 3:28 PM

upside down edit

marymary, thanks for the link.

AdaH, I already look forward to reading everything you post. I would most certainly enjoy following your blog

-- Edited on 9/17/11 10:31 PM --

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Date: 9/17/11 6:12 PM

AdaH, I would read your blog! I enjoy reading your posts here on PR and I think you have a lot to offer other plus sized sewers like me (I'm kind of a lurker around here.) I think you write better than you give yourself credit for, and most people don't read sewing blogs for the literary style of the blogger anyway...it's the content. We want to hear about your approach to fitting and construction issues, reviews of patterns and gadgets, fabric finds, etc. As for putting yourself out there, well, you don't have to show pictures of your face or use your real name.

My own stumbling block to blogging is that I'm an utter techno-flunkie. I don't even have a smart phone because all that technology is wasted when it's in my hands.


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Date: 9/17/11 6:35 PM

I would read your blogs too!!

For those of you thinking about it, check out how to blog on Blogging with Amy - it's packed with tutorials on everything from writing to making money with a blog.

Her tips have definitely helped me.

I think a stumbling blog is writing that first post. You feel silly like you are just talking to the air. With y'all - just pretend that you are starting a new topic here on PatternReview. You can also use an about page to introduce yourself and then just jump in and write about the things that interest you.

Ada - I enjoy your posts and I think everyone here would agree your writing is better than you think.

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Date: 9/17/11 9:04 PM

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Then there is the “who would want to follow my efforts at sewing”.

A blog means a web log. It's a journal that is kept on the web. With this in mind forget about writing for anyone else. Write for yourself. Think of a blog as a way of recording your sewing adventures for your own reference, nothing more. If people follow you and leave comments then that's bonus.

Having a record of my sewing adventures has helped me in so many ways with my own sewing. I often go back to see what I did last time when I sewed a pattern or tried a new technique. It's also nice to have a record of what I've sewn.

Also think of it as a way of "giving back" and being part of the sewing community. We all gather a lot of sewing knowledge from others who contiribute so it's nice to give back in some small way. A way of saying "thanks".

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Then there is the part about putting your whole self out there for the whole world to see.

There is no doubt this is hard, regardless of physical appearance. We all have our insecurities. Honestly though there are so many sewing blogs these days I think people only follow the blogs they genuinely like so comments are nearly always nice and actually a confidence boost. It's really nice when someone says, "Hey I like that." I've had a few comments over the years that grated and what I did was to delete the comment so I never had to think about it again. You do have control over your own blog so use this control. You can share as much or as little as you like.

Also a blog can be private so no one else can read it unless you invite them. You might think about starting a private blog to begin with until you feel more confident.

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There are not a whole lot of blogs out there for plus size women.

I actually think there a quite a few blogs written by plus-size women and I must say I love them, so the more the merrier. I love reading about all aspect of sewing by women and men of all shapes and sizes. Everyone has something to contribute.

-- Edited on 9/17/11 9:11 PM --

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Date: 9/17/11 9:19 PM

AdaH, I would definately read your blog. I have been blogging for a while which is mainly family type stuff that I want to remember. I recently started up a sewing blog really just for my own purposes to record what I have done. My main problem is that I don't complete many garments and then to find time to photograph and write the post is time consuming.
I decided firstly that I will just blog for myself and even though it is public I don't expect to gain readers.
As a larger lady I find it difficult to put myself out there knowing that I could get criticized or mocked. I recently made a pair of cargo pants that are so comfortable but when I took the photos I looked so Meh and I haven't wanted to blog about them. Maybe when I am made up and looking good ready to go out I will photograph them and post -ha !!!!
My advice is to go for it as I think so many bigger girls would love to read your blog I know I would.

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Date: 9/17/11 9:24 PM

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Then there is the part about putting your whole self out there for the whole world to see. Yep, I am thinking it is that last sentence that might be the big stumbling block.

That's the thing main that holds me back, too, especially since the type of blog I've thought of starting would be less neutral than a sewing journal.

But if starting a sewing blog is something that interests you, you should go for it. Your writing is perfectly fine -- and "diddly" IS how you spell "diddly," so there.

-- Edited on 9/17/11 9:28 PM --

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