So . . . I’m about 12 days late in getting to my plans for 2015. I want to share a bit about what is coming here on the blog this year and why I am planning a few changes.
First of all, my life has changed a little (or a lot) since I started blogging. I no longer have the time to devout to it that I once did. Two little boys will do that to you! That means that I also don’t have time to sit and read other blogs like I used to. Does anyone else feel this way?
Secondly, I often find that I have a little something to say, but it isn’t enough for a blog post. Or I don’t have time to take a photo, load it onto the computer, go through all the steps to write a post and publish it.
So what’s the solution? What is my new favorite social media? Instagram.
That doesn’t mean that I am going to quit blogging. I am just going to save the blogging for when I have a topic that requires a few pictures and text (just like I have been doing). But, I am also going to start posting on Instagram to keep in touch with everybody in between blog posts.
So why Instagram?
1. It’s easy to check with my phone. I don’t need to have time to sit down at the computer to see what’s going on. It’s accessible anywhere – including my bed (It’s my new reading material before bed) and during those middle of the night feedings!
2. It’s really quick to do a post – Just one photo and a bit of text. I can do it right from my phone. In fact, I just did one while Carter was in the bathtub. Easy Peasy.
3. Readers can still post comments. Readers can also post photos using hashtags. This is great for doing quilt-alongs and things like that. I also allows me to see what you are making with my patterns, so that will be really fun for me. (If you want me to see what you are doing, just use the hashtag #ankastreasures.)
4. Instagram will also post to Facebook, so for those of you who don’t want to add another social media, you can still see what I am posting. I have found that I like Instagram much better, so I am checking that more often.
Speaking of quilt-alongs, that is another reason why I am going to start posting on Instagram. I have several things planned and I am hoping some of you will join along. Nothing that I am doing will be a big time commitment, they will mostly be small projects like runners. I will be posting hints on fabric selection, talk about techniques used in the pattern, etc. My hope is to help provide some helpful hints that people can learn from. Some of the things that I have gotten the most positive feedback from in the past have been my tutorials (see the tab across the top header). Even if you don’t join in the quilt along, you may enjoy following along. I also plan to do some giveaways, with the winners chosen from those posting photos and participating in the quilt along. Again, it’s nothing huge, but I’m hoping we will have fun with it.
So what do you think? Is there anything you would like to hear more about on the blog this year? Are any of you recent Instagram converts? Your comments mean a lot to me, so feel free to share your thoughts.
If you would like to follow my Instagram account, click here. You can click “follow” to follow my account. Take a look around Instagram and see what you think. I only have a few photos up, but there will be more. And speaking of photos, I had to include at least one in this post!