2014: The Year of Epic Projects

It's been a full week and a bit here chez C&Q. Lots of organising and cataloguing, identifying stuff to de-stash, thinking about the year ahead and not without a little bit of tough love and reflection on 2013.

Depending on how often you read my blog, or if you know me in real life, you might know that I love big ideas. No. I LOVE big ideas. In fact, the bigger the better. But I think in the last year where I really fell down was in the execution of the ideas. I came up with the ideas without the rest of the plan. 'm good at managing projects for work, but when it comes to the personal I need to remind myself that it's not enough to know the destination, I need a map to get there.

This year, I want to be smarter about my goals and not get caught up in a list of things that when I look back on 2014 I'm not thinking ZOMG! I didn't get x, y or z done but rather - yeah, that was a solid, satisfying amount of crafting and work that was accomplished. 

I may be putting a fair amount of pressure on myself, especially as I have a significant birthday ending in a nought later this year, but I'm also wanting to selfishly focus that pressure on me. I'm proclaiming that this will be the year of epic projects, and that the vast majority of them will be for ME!

That's not to say that I won't sometimes end up knitting for others, but I've got some big crafty plans for this year and I want to wring the enjoyment out of every last stitch. I'm also not going to write down my list of projects here either this time. Instead I'm going to focus on pushing myself further with big challenges (two dresses! lace! colourwork! cables!), new techniques, some designwork and if there's time, maybe a little bit of sewing too.

First up this year - some pre-planning for #GLYC2014 and getting ready for Unravel. I'm already knitting. What are you working on?

KCBW Day 7: Looking forward

Writing semi/almost daily for Knit and Crochet Blog Week has been like running a marathon. In it for the long-haul, and not without ups and downs, but also requiring a lot of training and persistance, and stamina.

The last post of KCBW is supposed to be about where we'd like our crafting to take us in the next year but I'd like to reflect instead on where I hope my blogging will be.

In the past four months I've tried to focus on blogging more conscientiously and regularly. While I've often tended to blog on what I'm doing at a particular point in time, or a project, or whatever is on my mind or at hand really, blogging as part of KCBW has brought a focus that I think many bloggers need but rarely have.  Certainly I've found that while the best intentions of being prepared and pre-written for last week were had, the execution left much to be desired. I hope that next year I stay on track with more regularity that I did this year.

The pre-planning (and pre-writing!) required to keep up with KCBW's daily posting schedule is not dissimilar to how social media "should" work when looked at from a marketing perspective. It's embarrassing to realise that I've not followed the advice that I've doled out to clients in the past - that blogging (and by extension social media) can and should benefit from planning and scheduling as much in advance that can be. 

That's not to say that things need to be planned so much that they come off as in-authentic, or that they stifle the personality of the blogger's voice or the spontaneity of responding to things as they happen in the moment. Rather, I think that the discipline of planning in advance lends itself to a more polished result that can engage and reach a wider audience. This is what I think all bloggers are ultimately trying to do (unless they really only want to write for their moms), and what I think I'd like to focus on in the year leading up to next year's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.

It will be an interesting exercise for sure to see what growth, if any, occurs from an audience perspective. Analytics are only good up to a point - please let me know what you think in the comments.

As for my knitting/crafting/etc - in the next year I hope to continue enjoying and exploring new techniques in my knitting, but also take more time to try out and savour other crafts and finish some sewing UFOs too.

If you've followed along for KCBW - thank you for being with me, and I hope you'll continue to check in from time to time. :)