Where Are the Crochet Bloggers?

Posted on Mar 15, 2009 in Business, Writing & Editing | 66 comments

Yesterday on Twitter, designer Vashti Braha started listing crocheters who use the service. She did so in response to Amie Hirtestweet wondering where all the crocheters are. Ah, yes. Where on earth are the crocheters? I replied:

Since the earliest days of CrochetMe.com, I’ve wondered where the crochet blogs are. I don’t mean to imply that there aren’t many crocheters online; of course there are. For this post, I’m focusing entirely on blogging and tweeting; forum participation is a different breed of online activity (ask me why). But, compared to blogs from other types of crafters—and yes, the sewing- and knit-blog communities are at the top of my mind—there just aren’t that many. The explosion of crochet blogs I anticipated five years ago hasn’t manifested. That’s disappointing. A large, thriving community of crochet bloggers would not only make hordes of people happy, it would also provide a fertile ground for experimentation and collaboration. These things are the foundation of the evolution of the craft.

This morning I had the first spark of an idea, though. I had a lengthy (well, for Twitter it was lengthy and please pardon my typo) conversation with designer Jocelyn Sass, who asked me if I have a theory about why there aren’t very many crocheters blogging and tweeting.

We discussed further, and during our exchange she mentioned keeping her tweets and blog posts mostly related to crochet. That’s when the switch clicked. It’s a rare blogger—on any topic—who can remain entirely on topic all the time and still be engaging, still inspire readers to care about what they have to say. They have to be a wizard with words, they have to absolutely kill with high-quality information, they have to post the most beautiful photographs around. The rest of us—well, the rest of us have to bring in other topics to keep things interesting. We have to relate our craft to our everyday lives, we have to go off on entertaining tangents, we have to write about major events going on around us, our work, art, other crafts. What might be considered irrelevant tangents to the most narrowly focused crochet blogger are actually the ingredients that make many blogs worth reading.

I didn’t say it before, but I will say it now: Of the relatively few crochet blogs that are out there, a vast number of them are boring. They’re the blog equivalents of Bubba listing all those kinds of shrimp. Kids, that’s just not interesting.

And so here’s my first theory in five years about why there aren’t very many crochet bloggers: If there were more riveting crochet blogs, more crocheters would blog. More people would want to participate in the conversation. More people would be inspired to share their own stories.

What makes a blog interesting? Getting to know what makes the blogger tick; seeing the amazing products of their imagination; learning new techniques or tips; being entertained; being inspired.

Sometimes I want to shout to the world, “Would you please be more interesting?!” I could make a top-ten list.

Top Ten Ways to Be More Interesting

  1. Blog for you. Write the things you need to say.
  2. Your readers are people, and likely crafters just like you. Make them think, and make them feel.
  3. Tell us what inspires you.
  4. Blogging is about conversation. Converse.
  5. Have an opinion. Share it. Don’t apologize for it.
  6. Read blogs that aren’t just about crochet. Read the news. Talk to people. Listen to music. See movies. Watch television. Understand that doing all of these things informs what you do with your hands. Let that come out when you write about your craft.
  7. Stop! Do not post another blurry photograph on your blog. Take another picture. Turn off the flash and use natural light. Rinse. Repeat.
  8. Use spell check. Seriously. It prevents you from undermining your own credibility.
  9. Punctuate. Seriously. Punctuation is what makes written works understandable. To be interesting, you must be understood.
  10. Tell a story. Tell your story. Tell any story. (But don’t steal someone else’s.)

What do you think? Do you read boring blogs because you feel you have to? What interests you? What do you do with your own blog to keep things interesting for yourself and for your readers?

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  • http://www.crookedcrocheter.wordpress.com monika

    This is so interesting! But, sorry if I'm being a bit dense here but I'm not totally clear from your article whether you want more crochet blogs with other elements of life included in it, or not? It seems you want more crochet blogs, but think crochet blogs that blog ONLY about crochet might be boring? I agree with your point about not wanting to look at 'endless lists of projects, badly photographed and badly written, but I really wish there were more crochet blogs that blog ONLY about crochet!

    As someone who is relatively new to crochet (but not to blogging) I am constantly seeking out other crochet blogs. I'm not always looking for patterns or tutorials (though they are v. useful of course), i find just looking at other people's WIPS and FOs inspiring and exciting in itself (and discussions about crochet such as this one are very compelling to me).

    For me personally, crochet bloggers (in particular) definitely do not need to bring in other elements of their lives (e.g. recipes etc) to keep it interesting. If anything, i get turned off if someone blogs too much about their cooking/church etc. I guess I'm pretty 'narrow focused' in that respect! And in my own blog, so far I've kept it solely crochet crochet crochet, as that is what I want to read myself. (rule no.1 of your list!) But I admit that so far, it does follow mostly a 'list of things I made' format, so I intend to add more writing eventually.

    Anyway thanks for a good read, it made me think :)

  • http://crochet.craftgossip.com jd

    i'm a blogger! i'm a crocheter! i'm a crochet blogger! check me out at http://crochet.craftgossip.com. i'm probably a bit older than you who tweet and text and such. but, i can write and i love to crochet, so writing about crochet just seems like a natural to me.
    jd in st louis

  • http://www.ravelry.com/people/Libelula Libelula

    That's exactly what I was thinking. Crochet is one of those often misunderstood crafts. Quite a few people really don't like it, or see it as somehow inferior to knitting. This makes posts on crochet rare in the internet world compared to other crafts. Though I do believe some of this is also because it is a relatively new craft with less history and therefore less complications. I'm not saying it isn't complex, but that there aren't at least 3 completely different ways to colour crochet. So blogers are unlikely to always post about the techniques of colour crocheting for example.

    Personally I have a lot of different hobbies and I do tend to focus on a handful of projects at any one time. I will look into blogs about those projects, will bookmark them, and then move on to the next project.
    I'm a flighty crafter. And I don't think I'm alone. I found crochet much easier to master than knitting or sewing. Especially once I learned the basics and was ready to move on. Once I am confident with something, I tend to move on to something new.

    The main attraction of crochet for me is it's lack of boundaries. You can crochet in any direction, with any yarn or non yarn easily, remedy mistakes as you go along and it's quick so presents for pets which will be destroyed won't make you cry. I think generally crochet attracts people who will mix crafts and have many hobbies and little time, so those who blog are few and far between. Thank you bloggers, for saving us flighty crafters! ;P

  • funkygirl

    I am a crocheter that has turned my hobby into a business. I make purses and I am looking for someone to blog for me. If there is someone out there who is willing I am willing to give them a purse. Please contact me. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/CraftyGal65 Cora Shaw

    I have to say my blog, http://craftygal1965.blogspot.com/ is about everything, not just crochet or knitting. I have been developing some crochet ideas and hope to have more on my site. Lately it has been about politics and social issues. I have dealt with a lot in my little old life so I tend ot talk about. Sometime sit is out there as it I work through feelings surrounding the deaths of friends at the hand of a serial killer in Vancouver, BC. I do live in Edmonton, Ab now however was deeply affected by this. I am a person who needs to blog about my life and my struggles, so others can see that no matter what happens in life it does get better.

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  • http://twitter.com/designatedryden Dryden

    I think these are great tips for ALL bloggers. I hope you’ve inspired some fresh new perspectives in the crochet world.

  • http://couturestitches.wordpress.com Brendy

    I have been trying to get my knitting and crochet blog started for months; my problem is that I am not as computer savy as I thought I was so I keep getting caught up reading and joining sites of topics that pop up while I am setting up the page. First I was in Blogger but I couldnt get my menu categories to work; so I have loads of drafts not posted; I just joined wordpress.com and it has the menus I need and so I transferred over all my posts but in reading how to create traffic to your blog I decided to find top crochet blogs and see the style used to communicate that makes their blog so good; that’s how I landed here, Kudos to you, for being listed as one of the best, but dont ask me what list you were on lol I have no clue; but I do want to thank you for your list of things to not be boring; I will follow them as best I can. I personally have visited many crochet sites that’s how i collected so much information and then decided to blog about my best findings. My categories are free patterns, japanese, tutorials, andcrochet news and upcoming events. I hope I finally manage to start posting boring or not at this point posting something is better than nothing for me at least…hopefully I will get it out soon; would love to get some feedback Thanks. Brendy Couture Stitches.

  • http://couturestitches.wordpress.com Brendy

    I have been trying to get my knitting and crochet blog started for months; my problem is that I am not as computer savy as I thought I was so I keep getting caught up reading and joining sites of topics that pop up while I am setting up the page. First I was in Blogger but I couldnt get my menu categories to work; so I have loads of drafts not posted; I just joined wordpress.com and it has the menus I need and so I transferred over all my posts but in reading how to create traffic to your blog I decided to find top crochet blogs and see the style used to communicate that makes their blog so good; that’s how I landed here, Kudos to you, for being listed as one of the best, but dont ask me what list you were on lol I have no clue; but I do want to thank you for your list of things to not be boring; I will follow them as best I can. I personally have visited many crochet sites that’s how i collected so much information and then decided to blog about my best findings. My categories are free patterns, japanese, tutorials, andcrochet news and upcoming events. I hope I finally manage to start posting boring or not at this point posting something is better than nothing for me at least…hopefully I will get it out soon; would love to get some feedback Thanks. Brendy Couture Stitches.

  • http://www.kimwerker.com Kim Werker

    You’ll find your voice as you get going, Brendy. All the best of luck to
    you!

  • http://astitchisastitch.blogspot.com Dsavoie

    everything is not ok to try once, suicide, heroin, you get the idea, otherwise ok, yeah stick to one topic.

  • http://astitchisastitch.blogspot.com Dsavoie

    everything is not ok to try once, suicide, heroin, you get the idea, otherwise ok, yeah stick to one topic.

  • Jacqueline Mukweto

    Great article. I am a crochet blogger http://www.mukweto.blogspot.com but like you said there is only so much you can say about crochet and keep it interesting and crocheting moves slower then lets say card making or sewing so sometimes it is a few weeks in between amazing work.

  • jd wolfe

    my blog is 100% crochet related.  i’m sponsored by a larger craft community which features blogs from a variety of interests (knit, beads, upcycling, etc).  there are a lot of crochet bloggers out there but many of them don’t seem to have a lot to say.  i think that’s too bad as i have a lot to LEARN!  thanks for your blog.
    jd
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com

  • http://www.peanutandpistachio.com/ Jess

    I am a blogger that crochets. I am in the process of switching to a blog that talks more about crochet. My “problem” is that I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old, am a stay at home momma, and so the times that I get to do anything are from 9pm-2am. I burn the midnight oil most nights. Not the best time for picture taking. 
    Yet, I am determined. 
    What do people want to know about? I think that’s what has kept me from it in the past.

    I second Kiba’s response in that I would love to be a part of a crochet bloggers community. I know of a few blogs that I frequent…http://easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com/
    http://peoplewebs.blogspot.com/
    http://dottieangel.blogspot.com/
    http://crochetforfree.blogspot.com/

    Other than the last one, they aren’t JUST crochet blogs but personal blogs of crocheters.

  • Irene

    Crochet is shaking it these days. Love that!
    I crochet and I blog about it, but I don’t have a rule about when I do it. I blog when I have something to tell, that is what makes it interesting for me. Writing for the sake of writing serves no purpose in my opinion.

    I love when I come across sites that have cool words and cool crochet spiced up with cool photos. I read them and I make sure to interact with them, to encourage more of the same from them. To me, interaction is vital!

    http://www.yarnclasses.com

  • Chris Arlington

    Great post! It took me a while to stop blogging if I didn’t have something good to show. It never occurred to me that I always have an opinion about something,(LOL). I was ecstatic when I discovered you live in Vancouver, B.C. I live in Coqutilam but was raised in Vancouver. I love crochet! I have been creating off and on since I’ve be 5, that was 57 years ago. But, I never stop learning new and improved methods etc. Thank you for your contributions to my world.