Indulge me, please, while I indulge in some whining. There are a few layers to my discouragement, but they are all related. And they all relate to motivation.
Like most people, I have both internal motivators and external ones. Too much external “motivation” just feels like stress, doesn’t it? But not enough makes it a little harder to rev the internal engines, too. And like most quilters, I quilt for fun, but not always. Two things I enjoy most are solving design challenges and teaching. And, no surprise! I like teaching about how to solve design challenges.
Up until now, that is how I’ve used this blog. If you look through the Medallion Quilts tab or the Tutorials tab, you can see a few of the posts I’ve put up, trying to share what I learn as I push through this creative endeavor.
Based on some of that work, I was asked by a local guild to present at a meeting this spring. And recently I was uninvited because of a scheduling conflict. Also I was asked to serve as a resource for an on-line guild. The contact person for that group has since disappeared, at least from my view.
And frankly even with posts I put here, I get very little feedback. Really I have no idea if my efforts are useful to you or not. Or what questions you have about why or how I did something the way I chose.
My external motivators have largely disappeared.
So I’d like to know, what do you want? Most quilt blogs I see are beautifully done and enjoyable, but they are completely different than this. I’ll never report what I did today, or even what I did this week. I’ll never rely on eye candy as the main focus of the blog. It is dense, information-packed, and sometimes perhaps hard to get through all in one sitting. I focus on process and analysis. THIS is what I do.
Should I? Should I bother?
I can quilt for fun, regardless of who may someday receive my quilt. And I can write for fun, as well. But frankly, both are more fun when there is some external motivation, as well as the internal motivation.
Are there changes you’d like to see, that would make this site more enjoyable or more useful to you? Are there topics you’d love to see covered? Should I add a lot more personal information, daily or weekly reports of works in process, opportunities to clean my studio, or trips to the quilt shop? What attracts you to other quilt blogs?
Help me out here…