Archive for April 9th, 2007

Thinking about blogging


We have been nominated by the lovely ladies over at Tea Reads as a Thinking Blogger. Thank you! It is a great honour to know that people are inspired by what we write.

When I first set out to blog I was merely writing down semi-interesting things about my life and my knitting. Gradually, as I began to read many other blogs, I realised that I was learning from the wide and wonderful blogosphere out there: I decided that I too wanted to try and inspire others and pass on some of my knowledge. Since Heather joined me in blogland she has also been adding snippets from her incredible store of knowledge and experience.

In deciding who to nominate, I started thinking about the blogs I read regularly and found I could categorise them into three areas:

Inspiration: These blogs keep me hungry to try new things and quite often make me go Wow! Sometimes I think: I could do that! and sometimes it’s more: Well, not everyone can be a genius! Pink Lemon Twist falls into this category.

Entertainment: Some knitting blogs are hilarious. On a blue day I know that some time trawling through archives in blogs like The Yarn Harlot will soon cheer me up. (She also counts as inspiration).

Friendship: Living in the centre of eight million people can make me feel very far away from everything at times. No matter where my friends are (from Pennsylvania to Tasmania) I can keep up to date through reading their blogs. A comment on a post often gets a quick response and sometimes leads to a protracted email conversation which is almost like the real thing. Cairi and Amanda are examples of great friends who I have never met in the flesh but nevertheless feel very close to.

So, nominations. As this is a shared blog I will nominate 3 blogs which make me think, and leave 2 for Heather.

1. I have to include See Eunny Knit!. This girl is amazing. Her genius is enhanced by her attention to detail and she is not above sharing her knowledge freely (really freely) with anyone who cares to read it. She has been recently named the new editor of Interweave Knits so will probably be blogging less, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving.

2. Carrie of My Middle Name is Patience deserves a mention. Every time I read her blog I get inspired again to read ‘proper’ books. We have chats about authors and she encourages me in my writing.

3. I have been lurking around Two Left Needles since I first started reading blogs. I think I left my first ever comment last week. For spinning inspiration and information I’ve never found a better blog, I have learnt a lot reading this one.

Here are the rules for those who have been nominated:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to the thinking blogger post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is the silver or gold version ).

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