Right now it seems as if there could be nothing more wonderful than finally being able to sit outside on the deck and write. Finally, Duluth has had a sunny, dry, and warm (enough) day. Birds sing in my backyard, I can hear a flock of canadian geese honking by, and across my yard, seedlings sprout and grow in my garden. The picture that accompanies this post is from a few evenings ago. We grilled after work, and I enjoyed a bottle of Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing, one of the local craft brewers in Duluth. The notebook in the picture is the blog notebook I started, so I can write down ideas and rough drafts by hand first. Writing by hand is important to my writing process. I’m not sure why it is, but when I crave to write, the scratch of pen on paper is what I crave. So I do it.
I have been thinking a lot about my goals for this blog, my Etsy shops, and my personal business that the blog and shops are intended to be a part of. I have wavered a lot on the focus of this blog, whether it should be crafts, knitting only, personal, writing, and others, but I have finally come to the conclusion that it should be all of those things, and that the more I write, the more it will take on its own personality. I also want it to support my various endeavors, but I don’t want to boil it down and focus it so much that it is only built to sell things in my Etsy shops.
I have a lot of ideas both for the blog and for other things I want to accomplish, and some are probably better than others. Working around a full time job, it is hard to know where to focus my efforts. One day, I will feel like pumping out some armwarmers to sell this fall, another I will dive into my current writing project, and the next, I’ll get inspired to knit something new and be itching to get to Yarn Harbor for some yarn. Many nights, I will just come home and knit while I watch TV shows online, and tell myself that at least I’m being productive by knitting something. Other nights, after dinner and a walk around the block with the dog, I will head to the coffee shop for a latte, a biscotti, and write for at least an hour. When I get tired and go home, I make sure to congratulate myself that I wrote for an hour, instead of bashing myself for only writing for an hour.
All of this is to say that, my blog is meant to encompass everything I want it to. Crafts and writing are up there as a main focus, but I also associate that with handmade, sustainability, local, and DIY, which then includes my garden, and other topics. My goal is to be a creative entrepreneur, however small I start. For it to work, and for it to be what I want it to be, I have to do it my way, and figure out what works for me! That includes allowing this blog to encompass everything I want it to, instead of narrowing the focus and only writing about one topic. Now, hopefully this declaration will help me get past the slump I’ve been in lately!