When I started my blog (the OG blog, Sew Skate Read) back in 2011, I sort of thought it would be a temporary diversion from the pressures of grad school. I thought I’d be sewing a lot of costumes and cosplays, and that this blog would serve as a sort of open source notebook that would help me keep track of all my sewing projects. Although it has somewhat fulfilled that third purpose, over the past 1000 blog posts, I’ve spent the majority of my time analyzing new pattern releases, sewing up non-costume clothing, and whining about the lack of sewing time I have in summer due to the skating commissions I can’t seem to make myself stop accepting. There have certainly been times I’ve wanted to throw this whole thing out the window (sewing machines and fabric stash included), but I find that I keep coming back to the blog time and time again. It’s been 9 years of sewing and 7 years of blogging at this point, and though my progress and passion has been inconsistent at best, the blog has always been on the back burner, regardless of changes in lifestyle, activities, and other interests. At this point, after 1000 blog posts, I’ve accepted that this blog is something that is more than a temporary diversion. I don’t think it will ever be one of those glossy, polished, professional level blogs, and I’m ok with that. Sure, I’d love to give it a bit of a facelift, work on “personal branding” and achieve the aesthetic I was looking for when I switched over to WordPress several years ago, but, as with so many things, when it really gets down to it, I’d rather spend my time and money on actual sewing. Maybe it will happen by the time we get around to blog post 2000. Besides, as with so many others in the online sewing community, I know that the real benefits are from the friends I’ve made and the community I’ve become a part of. I’ve always been grateful for the support and digital friendships I never would have made without this blog, especially during the rough times, when I really didn’t have much else to look forward to. It’s been exciting to watch my little band of followers grow, and see that, even though “blogging is a dead art form” people keep coming back for news on pattern releases and to leave a nice comment about my occasional new makes. Social media is constantly changing, so it’s hard to say what will still exist in the next 5-10 years (I mean, if GRRM can keep Livejournal alive this long…), but for now I just want to say a big thank you to all my readers who have been along with me on this journey. It’s been an interesting road and I appreciate all of the support the sewing community is so willing to share.
And with that, I will say thank you for allowing me this slightly self-indulgent post, and we will shortly return to our irregularly scheduled program – there’s a September Burda review headed your way soon!