Swap’s open!!! (Or, The Blog?)

Coffeeswap Four sign-ups just opened up tonight!

As of now, there are still about 30 spots left. I’m surprised at how slow going it’s been so far. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the economy and people still being on a  post-inaugural high*, perhaps? I know I am! But I think last time I had 50 people in about three hours. Hmmm…
Anyway, this will probably be the last swap I run, so join up and have one last go if you’d like. It’s funny how blogging trends go. It seems that a couple years ago there were so many swaps people could barely keep up, now I see fewer and fewer.  I know a lot of them happen on Ravelry now. I considered running this one over there but decided to keep it on Blogger so there is a little more accountability.

Which makes me think about the future of knit blogging in general. I love Ravelry, I really, really do. But I hope that the blogging community keeps up as well. I read this article ages ago and had meant to write about it but never got around to it. Where do you think this online knitting community is headed? Swaps? KAL’s? Contests? Blogging in general? Something new?

I’ll admit I’m as guilty as the next of letting the detailed project notes slide for more of a quick “look what I made” post. But for me, blogging has also expanded beyond knitting to just the general domestic pleasures and my family. And I think that’s what keeps drawing me to blogs. Those I frequent tend to be   very professionally detailed, such as Brooklyn Tweed or Sock Pron. Or, they are blogs that tend to mirror my own life…a bit of sewing, a bit of knitting,  maybe a few cookies and  lots of kidlets, such as Funny Magic or Craftlilly. (Moms who make stuff:-) Either way, there is personality and craftsmanship in them that keeps drawing me back.

And now I’ve realized this post has gone WAY off track. I meant to just say “hey, come swap” and now I’ve gotten too deep for 10:30 at night. So I’m done writing, I’m going to bed and I look forward to reading your comments on my jumbled, past-my-bedtime thoughts.

* Yesterday was fabulous, wasn’t it !?! Little Man was pretty impressed, although he couldn’t quite understand that Bush is done and gone back to Texas. He kept asking, “So do we have two presidents now? But what is Bush going to do now?  So only Obama is our president? Can we go to the White House?” And finally…”Can I watch Arthur now?” A five year old can only be entranced for so long….



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8 responses to “Swap’s open!!! (Or, The Blog?)

  1. I don’t know what the future of knitblogging will bring. I know my blog has morphed into a more general craft blog where I talk a lot about my family. I find that I enjoy blogs that mix everyday life with crafting. I like being invited into a small part of a person’s life. I know I still read many blogs. I enjoy ravelry, but I feel like I really get to know my fellow crafters through blogs. I’m glad you come visit mine! And I enjoy yours so much as well.

  2. My blog has changed as well…and my commitment to it altered quited a bit over the last year. I don’t feel as compelled to to update and, when I do, the topic could be anything. A little knitting, kid or sewing foo…maybe even politics or foul-mouthed ranting. 🙂

    As for swaps…honestly, I think the economy my have an impact on that. I’ve been involved in two coffee swaps and had a lovely partners both times..but I just can’t swing it this time around. 😦

  3. Well, it isn’t a surprise that Little Man equates Bush with being the president as he would have been the only one that LM had been exposed to so far in his life!!

    I still like to blog – not all my friends subscribe to Ravelry and my family enjoy seeing my knitting. I also like to photograph my trips so it is a nice way to share those.

  4. I love Ravelry, too, but right now it’s mainly a place for me to seek inspiration in a “knitty” way. Blogging is where it’s at for me – and I’m interested in way too many things to have a singular focus. Thanks for hosting the swap, and for the mention! Your space is a perennial favorite of mine…

  5. Gretchen

    I love reading blogs- writing my own, not so much.

    I would have signed up for the swap, but I’m disqualified by the blogging rules. Oh well.

    I use Ravelry mainly to see how other knitters made patterns that interest me- it’s nice to see a bunch already made, so I can tell if I’m going to like it, or if I can even manage a particular pattern. But I still like reading blogs for the small insights into people’s lives and crafting ideas. I see so many neat things that inspire me more than anything else.

  6. I like blogs over Ravelry, personally. Re: the swap – the actual Coffeeswap blog didn’t update to say signups were open, just the old CS#3 blog (that I hadn’t unsubscribed from). Not sure if I’ll sign up – the Coffee Swaps have always been my favorite swaps, but I’m not feeling very into swapping at the moment…

  7. I love Ravelry, for it’s ease of finding patterns and information, but as far as connecting with people it doesn’t have a patch on blogging. IMHO.

    Still thinking about the coffeeswap. I love them, but by the time I factor in the exchange rate and postage…

  8. I’ve got two blogs — one for knitting and one for ranting about the world and I find that I haven’t been as active on either. I do spend much more time detailing my projects in Ravelry more than my knitting blog and use my knitting blog more for the ramblings about projects.

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