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I never thought about writing a blog. It's not for me. I follow several blogs (most of them, craft related, of course), and the authors have such a talent for writing, telling stories, taking pictures, that I always thought that it was way out of my league.
But with the last projects I'm knitting, I find myself making almost daily entries on ravelry, describing where I am in the project and how I got there; I find it useful when I find detailed descriptions of others, and want to share and give back. I find I'm becoming close to blogging.

What do you prefer? To read about a project on a blog or to find useful information on a project on ravelry? Do you write about your projects (on ravelry or in a blog)?

These are the blogs I'm currently subscribed to:
http://aervilhacorderosa.com/ (Portuguese)
http://theflyingfleece.wordpress.com/ (Portuguese and English)
http://fringeassociation.com/

This is my latest project on ravelry (still not finished, but almost):
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/catiamendes/admirals-knot-halter

The thing is: on ravelry I can only write about a specific knit or crochet project. If I had a blog, I could write about anything, really (but I don't want to, I have so little time as it is, already).
 

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The thing is: on ravelry I can only write about a specific knit or crochet project. If I had a blog, I could write about anything, really (but I don't want to, I have so little time as it is, already).
A blog is basically an online public "diary". Sure, some people write their thoughts on issues of the day, or their family, or their projects, or share recipes, etc. But there are also a lot of "topic specific" blogs - like the ones you enjoy reading. So, there is no reason you can't make a blog of your own, where you only write about your patterns/projects. There are no "rules" for blog content or style. (other than obvious netiquette).

So, it is up to you - you don't have to do a blog, or you can make one if you wish any way you wish.

However, you did ask which I would prefer: I have a few blogs I like to follow. For the Ravelry projects - if there is a lengthy list of "notes" about a project, I probably read the first couple of lines, then skim for a bit, then stop reading all together. I expect the notes to be NOTES - short, to the point, and useful for others, like, "this pattern is rated easy, but was so poorly written that I was glad I had a lot of experience to figure it out" or, "I love the way the designer added pictures of the hard part so I knew what to do" or even "I am not fond of boat necks, so I changed that part to a round neck line, so my pictures don't look like the original."

But, if the notes are just a journal of the person's progress, then it isn't likely to be helpful to me, so I don't bother to read.

Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't continue to journal your experience on Ravelry if you choose - it just means, that I likely wouldn't read all of it!
 

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However, you did ask which I would prefer: I have a few blogs I like to follow. For the Ravelry projects - if there is a lengthy list of "notes" about a project, I probably read the first couple of lines, then skim for a bit, then stop reading all together. I expect the notes to be NOTES - short, to the point, and useful for others, like, "this pattern is rated easy, but was so poorly written that I was glad I had a lot of experience to figure it out" or, "I love the way the designer added pictures of the hard part so I knew what to do" or even "I am not fond of boat necks, so I changed that part to a round neck line, so my pictures don't look like the original."

But, if the notes are just a journal of the person's progress, then it isn't likely to be helpful to me, so I don't bother to read.

Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't continue to journal your experience on Ravelry if you choose - it just means, that I likely wouldn't read all of it!
Thank you, that is helpful for my reflections on blogs versus ravelry :)
 

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Blogs ... can be wonderful resources, or can be just too chatty for me to 'follow'.

Ravelry though has useful information appended that is pattern-specific and might help others who wish to do the same pattern.

I guess I'd vote for Ravelry - long and detailed or short and to-the-point.
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
Blogs ... can be wonderful resources, or can be just too chatty for me to 'follow'.

Ravelry though has useful information appended that is pattern-specific and might help others who wish to do the same pattern.

I guess I'd vote for Ravelry - long and detailed or short and to-the-point.
Thank you for the input. I think I'm going to stick to ravelry, for now.
 

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I expect the notes to be NOTES
I understand what you mean here, but I, for one, treat my project pages as reference for myself, and if it helps someone else, that's only a bonus. So some of the projects have the barest minimum of info, while others go on and on, because I want to be able to remember specific things at a later date.

I kind of feel overwhelmed with things to read digitally any more, so I prefer Ravelry (where I go to get specific info) rather than reading someone's blog in any consistent way. That said, when I'm doing a search for knitting info, 9 times out of 10, an answer shows up on someone's blog!
 

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I understand what you mean here, but I, for one, treat my project pages as reference for myself, and if it helps someone else, that's only a bonus. So some of the projects have the barest minimum of info, while others go on and on, because I want to be able to remember specific things at a later date.

I kind of feel overwhelmed with things to read digitally any more, so I prefer Ravelry (where I go to get specific info) rather than reading someone's blog in any consistent way. That said, when I'm doing a search for knitting info, 9 times out of 10, an answer shows up on someone's blog!
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Hmmm, I guess I'm in the minority here. I subscribe to a few blogs so I read those regularly.
On Ravelry, I read other peoples project notes AND often their blog posts as well. I find this especially helpful if someone has made modifications that I am going to make OR if I am finding something in the pattern confusing.
 
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