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Recovering Perfectionista

Confession: Somewhere along the line I seem to have lost the ability to crank out a blog post.

I used to just throw something up on the blog and go. Now it takes me an average of 2 hours to write a blog post. NOT GOOD. I do realize that I am quite possibly the world’s slowest writer, but that’s insane. Besides, no amount of editing or rewording will ever disguise the fact that I have only the vaguest ideas about the proper use of the comma. Or grammar in general, for that matter. And not every photo will be perfect. Because, hello! Expecting my cracked Crapshot 200 to take beautiful non-blurry pictures all the time falls under the heading of Not So Reasonable.

A slightly blurry butterfly pic, taken Tuesday

Among other things, I’ve got multiple un-blogged projects started and a couple of FOs I’ve been sitting on. Not to mention all manner of other knitterly minutia that could use a little blog-time. Time to get back in the saddle.

So! My September resolution is: blog more; obsess less. I am optimistic.

p.s. This post only took about an hour to write. Improvement already!


That is the most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen. Imagine a shawl knit of silk with those exact colors in more-or-less that same arrangement. Wow. (Talk about obsessing...)

I know when you're blogging, you wish thoughts flowed brain to fingers to keyboard much easier than they tend to do. Although I like a well-written blog, I think I enjoy the photography more and seeing what everyone else has on their needles. I wish you less stress when blogging. I'll continue reading, even if your comma usage seems a bit, um, questionable. ;-)

just wanted to say i've really been enjoying reading your blog (and so have other people - you have lots of bloglines subscribers!).

I edit for a living, so I could be considered an expert in the use of the comma, and I can't remember ever noticing your writing having problems. (That's not to say that it doesn't, only that it doesn't have so many that they're particularly noticeable!) I say, let 'er rip!

hey there, I hear you on the timesuck that is pulling a decent blog post. It really does take a long time. At least the posts never go anywhere. It's nice to have them for reference later on, too!

I think you have consistently great photos (and great scenery) as well as polished writing - and I was an English major who's been known to cringe at the sight of a comma error.

I feel your blogging woes and second them. I have been struggling lately for blog material. There is always hope. That is a beautiful butterfly picture, by the way. The blurry effect only adds to the "fantasy" of it.

Wow. That is an absolutely beautiful butterfly! Thank you for putting it up even if you don't think your camera measures up. It's gorgeous. Good goal for September. I think maybe writing for an audience adds to the "blogging pressure" - so just write it for yourself, and throw in commas anywhere you please - and we'll all enjoy it too.

I take a long time, too, to write posts. I've tried lately to shorten up my posts and keep them simple. Then the task doesn't take as long! So far, it's working!

It can be a bit ridiculous sometimes...I have that, too. Although for me, it doesn't take long once I start writing, I just procrastinate on the writing.
You could just through up some pics and invite people to write their own blog entry to go with it ;)

I totally understand--sometimes it takes me all day to do the whole blog/flickr/ravelry update!

When I read blogs I read them for the fun and don't focus on the grammar or need gallery worthy photography, and I'm sure I'm not alone ;)

i am just getting started as a blogger. it takes me FOOOOO-rever too. part of its technical challenges. what's true is that time stops for me i enjoy it so much....

its a great mind exercise to think about how to tell a little story.

The colour of that butterfly is so beautiful!

I think summer is just plain bad for blogging/crafting. In the warmer weather there are just *so* many other things to do.

Um, don't worry about grammer - mine is awful (along with poor spelling skills)! We all can't be perfect!

Ah, you sum up the same angst I feel every time I post to my blog.
For the record, your blog posts never disappoint.

Same here!! And, i've always thought your pics were great. =) I never see how you get your little camera to produce great shots.

blogging's been hard for me too. don't obsess. then it won't be fun for you. and if it's not fun, why bother. right?

Elli, I've been lurking for a good while and always enjoy your good humour, your writing style and especially, for some reason, your photo captions which always make me smile. Just keep doing what you do!

I am right there with you... and it doesn't help that I am the most long-winded writer ever.

I always enjoy your posts, though, so I'm looking forward to a September full of 'em!

I am so with you here. I have FOs backed up from June because I just haven't been able to get the perfect picture of them yet. Let alone take two hours to write the right blog entry. Maybe I'll join you in a non-obsessive, more posty September.

ps. That is one gorgeous butterfly photo!

I'll still be here when you/if you get back into the groove. The creative juices do not flow constantly for me either! Have a great long weekend!

I totally understand the blog time-suck. I'm finding that when I take time to blog, I lose time knitting. And with no knitting, there's nothing to blog about. Catch 22! Anyway, I enjoy your blog and your writing, and I think your grammar is probably much better than mine!!

I've been reading your blog (on the sly, I must admit) for several months and I've never noticed anything grammatically incorrect. I think its prolly because I'm drawn to the humor in your writing and the lovely pictures of your projects - I like it just the way it is!

Lovely butterfly, and the socks you made in the previous post are great! My grammer is dreadful sometimes, I don't notice things like that when I read blogs and have not noticed on yours either!

Beautiful picture!

I totally feel the same way! I don't know how people are able to blog daily and coherently sometimes!

Silly girl! We just want to hear from you. It doesn't have to be perfect. (I do understand though. I'm a recovering perfectionist myself.) :-)

The butterfly photo is beautiful! I see nothing wrong with it at all. Nothing. Wrong. Lovely.
I haven't been reading your blog for too long, but obviously signed on because I enjoyed what you were presenting here. I think most of us are average with punctuation and grammar, and forgiving unless there are constant, blaring, irritating errors. Obviously you don't have that or you wouldn't have the readers that you do. I hope you can get by your "blog block" and find joy in the process!

indeed, you show signs of recovering...

THAT is a fantastic photo!

Hmm. Don't know if this is an option for you, but I plan to perk up my blogging life with a new camera as soon as possible. :) Regardless, it's always lovely to hear from you, and it means even more knowing that you actually spend time putting each post together for us!