As I've said before, I read a lot of blogs, and most of them are knitting and/or fiber related. More often than not the authors feel they need to post something knitting-related, and usually specific to a particular project or yarn. "I haven't posted much this month because I don't have anything new on the needles," or "I haven't made any visible progress on XYZ, so I didn't post." I see this a lot.
I suppose, if any of them read my blog, they'd consider me off topic quite a bit. This bothered me for about five minutes, but ultimately I march to my own drummer. The fact that nobody else sees or hears it doesn't bother me. It might mean I have three or four projects going at once, one or more of which I can't reveal at the time, so I blog about books instead. Maybe my camera has me in its tractor beam or I'm canning or baking or sewing. Who knows. I don't feel the compulsion to stick to posts about socks or baby sweaters or my latest stash addition. It all feels like it leads in the same direction anyway--being creative and nurturing that need.
For me, there's a connection to fellow knitters and fiber fiends, even if we've never met. We have our own language, and understand the excitement of scoring that perfect Malabrigo color way. If I tell you I had to frog three repeats of a 24 row lace pattern, you'll pour me a drink, not offer me a jar for the frog. If a knitter is vacationing in a new city or moving to a different state or country, they'll get a list of the local yarn shops without even asking. You know there is help out there, and you know somebody can relate. I figure most of you will forgive me taking the scenic route.
It's probably a little too touchy-feely for some people and that's O.K. But I pretty much lay it all out there and see what happens. I'm not afraid of being emotional or obnoxious or silly. Yes, a little decorum goes a long way in this age of YouTube Mel Gibson meltdowns. (He should learn to knit; he could make his own straight jacket.) I try to keep the EWWW factor on the low end. But I promise you, this blog is always me. Good or bad, witty or witless--what you read is what you get. Enjoy the ride and thanks for coming along.