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Back From a Long, Unanticipated Blog Hiatus

So, I’m dusting off this blog and trying again with daily blog posts. I stalled out on doing that for a few months, because I’ve been staying at a marina with unreliable Internet access. I haven’t been able to get online until just a few days ago. It has been so frustrating!

In the past, when I used to blog for a corprorate crochet website, I was able to maintain daily blog posts for a couple of years running. However, since I knew I had unreliable Internet access, I used to schedule the posts ahead of time. I’d usually blog about a month ahead. I’m realizing that’s doable in my particular situation, whereas “Today in Review” style blog posts are not necessarily sustainable for my particular situation. At least, not on a daily basis. Bummer! Because I really like doing them. I’m thinking it over and pondering where to go from here.

I do know this: I’m at the mercy of both the local Internet antenna and the network, which are susceptible to going down for a number of reasons. The network seems to go down a few times a day for no apparent reason, and then the antenna often goes down for longer stretches of time — particularly when it rains or gets wet. It was the same when we were cruising in southern and central California; in Two Harbors, California, on Catalina Island, the Internet tower would go down every time it rained — typically every weekend during the rainy season. They wouldn’t usually fix it until sometime Monday morning or afternoon, which would cause me much anxiety and stress if I hadn’t already scheduled my weekly newsletter to go out. I learned quickly: work ahead. Work far, far ahead.

I’m not sure I want this blog to consistently include bunches of scheduled posts, just for the sake of maintaining a daily blog. That doesn’t make much sense. So I still have some thinking to do about whether to just pick up with what I was doing, or try a different approach.

I did use the down time to begin working on a crochet book, and the book is now nearly finished. I’ll be posting more about that soon. Update 7-9-2019 I decided to scrap the book and post all those patterns for free instead of trying to sell them. But I did resume working on the crochet stitch dictionary I started before I gave birth to my daughter.

Also in the works, for those of you who are crochet fans, I am putting the finishing touches on an interview with Sharon Silverman. I’m hoping that will go live later this week at KnittingandCrochet.net. Update: You can now find 2 interviews with Sharon at my website: Interview #1 with Sharon Silverman covers Tunisian crochet shawls, Tunisian crochet tips and more interesting stuff about Tunisian crochet. Interview #2 with Sharon Silverman covers crochet cowls, fashion tips and more.

I’ve also been caring for a disabled cat, in addition to all the other cats I already help to take care of. Poor little baby. I’ll post more about that soon, too.

Well, hopefully I’ll be posting about those things soon. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll be posting soon if all goes according to plan.

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at KnittingandCrochet.net , ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 7-9-2019.

Art and Craft Blog Consolidation

If you found your way here somehow and are actually reading this, I’d like to say “Hello!” and “Welcome!” 🙂 Thank you very much for visiting. I appreciate your interest in my art and crafts blog.

I have a lot of work to do on this blog before it will look the way I want it to look! I should post “under construction” signs, or something, for the time being. This is a brand new blog, although I am not new to the blogosphere or to blogging. I have soooo many blogs, yet here I am starting another one.

I recently made the decision to consolidate my blogging efforts. I envision that this blog is going to eventually become the home page of my web site, and it will also be where I devote the majority of my blogging energy. However, I don’t think I will entirely give up on my other blogs either. I enjoy all the things that my various other blogging sites have to offer- livejournal with its communities (not to mention my wonderful friends list there), my ebay blog, my blogger blog…etc. I have put a lot of effort into all of them and there are things about each one of those blogs that I enjoy. So, while I will not be abandoning them completely, I do need to focus more on my actual work and less on blogging about my work- if that makes sense.

If you’ve read this far and you want to know more, please do take a look at my other blogs which have more info thus far than this one does:

My art blog at blogger
My art blog at ebay (Ebay long ago discontinued their blogging platform, which is a shame, because I posted quite a few interesting things there that are now lost to the world forever).
My personal blog at livejournal (although most of the public entries are art related; go figure)
My myspace, which doesn’t have much of interest at the moment either