It's a bit over a year since I began this blog. When I started the blog I was on the road in the US and did the original set up and formatting in a hurry. As you know, I have just recently changed the look of the blog (although I'm not happy with the grey background and will probably change it again shortly) so that it shows my work off a bit better and looks a little more like my website.
When I started this blog I had a couple of goals. One was to share my work and the things that inspire me with a wider audience. To date I have had nearly 7000 visitors. This is not a lot in terms of internet traffic, but in terms of an art blog with such a specific focus I'm happy with it and am grateful for every reader who tunes in, particularly those of you who return on a regular basis. From the beginning I knew that it would take perseverance, time and, most importantly, consistency to build a following. My aim from the beginning was to write an average of 2 blog posts per week. I am happy to say that I have achieved that goal and plan to continue doing so into the future.
Another of my goals was to try to build a sense of community amongst embroiderers and artists. In this sense I think I have been far from successful. While there are a few regulars who leave comments, by and large the majority of visitors to my blog don't stay to leave a comment and participate in a conversation. I am by no means putting the onus on my readers. I think my posts often present as "complete" leaving little for my readers to contribute. I hope to develop a style that does more to invite participation in an ongoing dialogue.
What would you like to see or hear more of on my blog? Are you happy with the frequency of blog posts? Would you like more posts on my art process and the development of concepts? Any and all ideas are welcome.
So, thanks for being with me in my first year. I hope you'll be with me in the years to come!