Not a Tutorial Tuesday, Suckers

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I suppose today is a good day to talk about my blog conference experience.

I am beyond overwhelmed. I know everyone says that after a conference, because you’ve learned so much and want to do all sorts of new things, and your head explodes over and over again for about 3 days, but I had a freaking epiphany, dammit.

Let me give you the lowdown first. I was in St. Louis for 3 days, with the conference on Saturday. It’s called Bloggy Boot Camp. Click the link for more details.

I went in hoping for lots of tips and education, and I was also looking for some direction and clarification. I got both in spades- and it started at Friday night’s cocktail party, hosted by Charmin, pimping their new app. I noticed something troubling. Every time I would tell someone my blog’s name, they assumed it was a craft blog. (I wonder why?) So then I got to introducing myself and my blog followed immediately with the explanation that it’s not a craft blog. I would explain that I started it when I was teaching myself to knit, as a way to document and share my progress, but that it got boring really fast to blog about knitting, so it evolved into a personal humor blog. That’s fun to explain 400 times in a row. Fuck me.

Now honestly, I’ve been feeling itchy lately. As in blogging-personality-crisis-itchy. I feel like my blogging needs evolved but Craftwhack hasn’t evolved along with that. If that doesn’t make sense, here’s this: I sort of feel like I’m just vomiting random posts out without having any cohesion or direction for my blog.

That feeling has been simmering under the hood for a while, but I wasn’t fully ready to explain it to myself until I was all snuggly under my puffy duvet in my king sized bed in a hotel on the 23rd floor overlooking the Arch.

 

Now this isn’t a sad story, because my creaky brain cogs started spinning furiously and the solution to my problem popped up right alongside the acceptance of a problem. That never happens. I hatched a great idea. One that I’m super excited about and I feel is the natural progression for my blogging career. Yes, I said career. I’m taking this shit seriously.

I’m completely obsessed with my new idea and so I am announcing that I will be scattered with my posting here for a little bit until I can get this idea up and running. Once I figure everything out I will explode back on the scene and pester you all like a shaky little poodle looking for a bite of your ham sandwich. What?

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15 Comments

  1. 04/24/2012 / 3:40 am

    I so enjoyed meeting you on Saturday. Best of luck with your plan, I'm sure you're going to come back stronger than EVER! I am still swimming in information and not able to grasp most of it right now!

  2. 04/24/2012 / 5:38 am

    Sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to your announcement!

  3. 04/24/2012 / 6:39 am

    I'm totally overwhelmed by my writing conference from this weekend, so I commiserate. Interested in your blogging career progress. (Glad you take this shit seriously.) (Laughter is serious.)

  4. 04/24/2012 / 6:44 am

    I know what you mean about your head exploding after a blogging conference.

  5. christian
    04/24/2012 / 6:50 am

    You were in St Louis this weekend? I thought you were in the bathroom.

  6. 04/24/2012 / 8:18 am

    Sounds like exciting stuff! Love the view!

  7. 04/24/2012 / 8:44 am

    Congratulations! I can't wait to see the new you.

  8. 04/24/2012 / 9:03 am

    I don't feed dogs table scraps. BUT, I'm very excited you're inspired and have new ideas!

  9. 04/24/2012 / 10:16 am

    You're leaving us hanging???? Gah! I think the evolution of the blog is quite okay, and I like your name….now I'm wondering if you are going to change it. I CAN'T HANDLE THE SUSPENSE.

  10. 04/24/2012 / 1:07 pm

    Ooooooooh! I'm so excited you are so excited!!! Can't wait!

  11. 04/24/2012 / 2:33 pm

    This is SO exciting. I just love what Bloggy Bootcamp does to people.

  12. 04/24/2012 / 4:18 pm

    Actually, I did think your blog was a craft blog when I first started reading it, but it was so damn funny that I look forward to every post. And missy, you OWE me a tutorial tuesday. How else will I learn not to bore my therapist and other important things like that?

    You are a gifted humorist! You must write a book!

  13. 04/25/2012 / 1:13 am

    Blogging conferences scare me for exactly that reason. Of course i haven.t ever been to one, but they scare me all the same. Btw, are you going to blogher 12? Because i am.

  14. 04/25/2012 / 7:52 am

    Anxiously waiting to see what you are cooking up!

  15. 04/26/2012 / 4:32 am

    Been there. Still am. My blog started as finding my artistic pursuits and ended up being a travel blog and now I don't know what to do about it because the name is the name, yo. And do I change it or what? So show me whatchu got and I'll lurk and learn.

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