I know this is late but I actually had to spend some time thinking about this prompt. Not helped by the fact that my original plan seemed to fit better with the ‘Ugly’ prompt for tomorrow! And that was focused upon my knitting. However, a look back at my blogging, where it began and how it developed seemed an appropriate fit.
I was startled to realise when I began writing this post that I actually began blogging back in 2004. I know, that surprised me too. Then I realised that I am something of a nomad when it comes to blogs. I switch fairly regularly between platforms and blog titles. So it seems appropriate to start at the start and follow the trail.
Blog #1 started back in 2004. At that point while computer-savvy I had no idea what I was doing and was dependent on a friend to help get me started. I was terrible at updating (nothing changes) but it is interesting to flick back through the posts and see what I was thinking about at the time. That blog followed me during my Masters and the beginnings of my PhD. However, the restrictions in the format and layout began to chafe (LiveJournal just didn’t have may options). So it was at this point that I jumped over to Blogs #2 and 3. Now, this is where things are a little hazy. I can remember the third blog. The second I know existed, but I just cannot remember what the thing was even called! It was at this point (with both of these blogs) that I started writing less of a diary, and began addressing posts to a hypothetical audience. I focused on aspects of my PhD study, my travels associated with this, and various bits and pieces of general life.
From there, came Blogs #4 and 5; it had become apparent that whilst the previous blogs had focused more on the academic side of my life, the knitting was beginning to make a significant impact. And, I wanted a clean beginning to focus on this. Hence the switch. the decision to move to the immediate predecessor to this blog (Aphaia) was that whilst #4 was knitting-centric, it wasn’t knitting-design-centric. If that makes sense. It was at that point that I began to start designing patterns in earnest, and wanted an appropriate platform to begin presenting them as well. However, the archives from that site still include the post from the previous blogs as well. (During this period, there was another Blog (#7) which was a trip-specific blog and was only ever meant to be a short-term measure). The transition to this site was another step, another beginning so to speak, another move towards creating a definite identity that was associated with me and my patterns.
Looking back at the beginning, the focus of my random postings were very different in focus. Things have changed, and developed in unforeseen ways. Knitting didn’t appear in any posts until 2008 or so. If I remember rightly, much of my decision to switch platforms the first time round was that I wanted a ‘cool’ looking blog in the same vein as some of the knitting blogs I was reading. It is actually quite sad when I looked back at some the linked sites on my earlier blogs – so many are now inactive. Though the same thing could be said of my earlier blogs, they are now sitting inactive and un-updated.
The major change that I can see is in my own voice. My own focus has shifted somewhat over the years, though earlier topics are still continued in the manner in which these are presented and discussed are very different.
My… how things have changed.