Rather than do a bunch of lacklustre posts simply for the sake of keeping my monthly tally of blog posts up, I've been choosing not to write as many posts recently. Partly, this is because of all the things going on in my life at the minute, but it's also because I've felt a lack of blogginess recently. Yet, whilst reading some other bloggers' posts, I came across this one by oh, hello friend in which Danni talks about why she started blogging in the first place; this got me thinking about my own "blog story", of why I started tumbleweed•twine in the first place - long, long ago and far, far away...
# A small translation: #
• "Long, long ago" = 29th October, 2011.
• "Far, far away" = exactly where I'm sat now.
Now, the story actually began a little earlier than this, although the 29th of October was the date I started the blog. When choosing a "culture" to design my final Textiles piece around, I chose Scottish culture, omitting to realise that I could think of little which was stereotypically Scottish except shortbread and tartan. Still, I trawled the Interweb for pictures of Scottishy things to put on my mood board; similarly, for another homework assignment, I had to find pictures of dresses which would be something like that which I hoped to make.
I can tell you, in case you were wondering, that there are very, very few pictures of Scottishy dresses on the Internet. I can also tell you that there are even fewer which the general public would even contemplate wearing. After hours - hours - of steadily giving up hope, I found a picture I could use, and clicked through to the site it came from, in order to get a bigger version.
It was then that I found myself reading the words next to the pictures avidly, and in some cases laughing out loud. Abandoning my homework for a while, I read and read and read the posts on that website, and its three other sister websites. I realised then that I'd found something which could allow me to waste even more of my life on the computer: blogs.
That was the first ever blog post I properly read, and all due to my Textiles homework. Incidentally, this is a picture of the Scottish-culture-inspired dress I finally made (my apologies for the weird in-action pose):
It was then that I began reading those four blogs: The Fashion Police, Shoeperwoman, Forever Amber and Hey, Dollface!, all four of which I still read pretty much daily (even if one hasn't been updated since March. Cough. Grr). Then some more blogs were mentioned on those ones; I visited those; they mentioned more; it all snowballed. I ended up visiting copious amounts of blogs. Since I enjoyed reading them so much, I even started typing into search engines "fashion blogs" and clicking on the ones which came up. I had folders and folders of blogs I would read, daily.
(Note those little arrows at the top and bottom of the lists? That means there were more. Way more.)
Thinking about it, it was probably six months or so that I read all these blogs, until I began thinking, "I don't just want to read other people's posts - I want to make my own." As a sort of practice, I opened a document in which I wrote short articles - preliminary posts, if you will. Some of them have ended up on here, such as my first ever post; some have been relegated to remain, forever, on that document, as they were really rather awful. Writing a few test posts, without them being published, was a way of seeing whether I could actually hack this "blogging" lark.
So then, one day at home, I was pretty bored, and I thought that I might actually have a go at creating a proper blog. I went through many variations of the name and tagline (which I think I'll write about in a future post, if any of you were wondering how the name "tumbleweed•twine" came to be!) before settling on the one I have now.
And that's my blog story! If you're a blogger, it's your turn! When, why, how did you start your blog? What made you do it? Put your links in the comments if you've written one of your own, and I'll add them at the bottom of this post (:
/// Look at Roni's story in the comments below! ///