I have been working on a compilation of my blogs. So far it has the imaginative title of Blog Book. Parts of this process have been brutally boring. By the way, if I called you in the last month and seemed kind of distracted I was copying and pasting each blog down from word press. Words and pictures have to be done separately. That brings me to my first realization. If you ever think you might use your blog for any other purpose besides a blog, write each blog off-line, save it, and copy and paste it to the internet. I almost always typed right into word press. This has left me with a bunch of crazy internet formatting to redo.
Now, I am doing photo editing and overarching formatting. This brings me to more realizations. I need to take better photos for my blogs. Some of my photos may not make the cut and frankly without the photos, some entries aren’t much of anything. The other thing I realized about my photos is if I stretch pictures of me up and down slightly I look skinnier.
Right now, I am only doing a small amount of actual editing. I have an opportunity to print the whole thing out on the cheap in the next few weeks. This would serve me well on several levels even though it is early in the process to do so. I would like to know the quality of my photos when they are printed. Some of these photos I could reshoot and others I may delete. I also want to know how the formatting looks. In the meantime, I am having so much fun manipulating the photos and re-reading my thoughts at different times. It is inspiring to me.
I am also rethinking my process. I have always reserved any weekend mornings for sewing. Now, I am using that time to edit. This is some of my most creative time. However, since I have moved my studio to the basement and my kids are not little anymore, I can get away anytime to sew. Getting on the computer is not so easy. Early mornings the computer is free but not so much later in the day (World of Warcraft I shake my fist angrily at you). This is a big change I noticed from looking at my old blog posts. When I began this blog in 2007, just an hour or two on Saturday mornings was huge amount of time for me to work. Often my kids would interrupt. Now, I am surprised how much more time I have. Of course, I have compensated somewhat by working more hours. I also think my priorities need to change a little bit, with writing coming to the forefront.
In any case, I am enjoying this process. So much happened in the past six years, it is fun to look it over and relive it.