People have said for years that blogging is dying out, but I don’t believe it.
I love Instagram, and loved Twitter before it, but I don’t think either can replace a chatty, in-depth blog post! A blog post offers insight into the whole sewing process, including wins, fails and adjustments along the way. It shows garments from all angles, in large photos. And finally, a blog post offers a deeper connection between author and reader, and lets us all slow down to enjoy our sewing community at a less frantic pace!
Here’s why I think blogging is unique:
- A blog post usually talks about every aspect of a project, from choosing a size and picking fabric to construction and fit. It’s rare that an Instagram post contains all that detail!
- Blogs can also include links back to previous version you’ve made of that pattern, other ways you used the fabric, or versions by other people that inspire you! You can link to where you bought the fabric, tutorials you followed, and the pattern itself.
- Blogs often contain more photos, including details and shots from all angles.
- Blog pictures often show up bigger on a computer screen, so you can see more detail!
- Blogs are a more permanent record. I search my own blog and others all the time to find pattern reviews and construction notes. Yes, it’s possible to search tags on Instagram, but it’s much harder to find a project from several months or years ago when it is buried in a timeline.
- Instant gratification and speed consumption of social media isn’t great for us, I believe. When I skim through Instagram, I’m more likely to feel antsy or envious of people’s photogenic life and beautiful creations. When I read a blog, I remember all the work they put into the project, and feel inspired to create myself!
- Finally, not everything worth talking about can be easily compacted into a pretty picture and a little caption! Sometimes a long-form post like this is the way to go.
Now of course, Instagram does things brilliantly as well, and I’m not arguing that blogs do everything well. I enjoy peeks into friends daily lives on Instagram, as well as stories, polls, and following hashtags. I’m even excited to see what IGTV makes possible! All I’m saying is, don’t write off blogs yet!
As each form of social media gains momentum, I think our feelings about it wax and wane. When I was first blogging, it was such a small community that I could comment on everyone I follow! Several years later, I was following 500+ bloggers and feeling overwhelmed. Instagram initially offered a small, curated and rewarding community, where again, I could interact with the people who inspired me. Now that I’ve been on Instagram for a few years though, I find myself scrolling, double-tapping, and trying to rush to the “end” of my feed so I won’t feel guilty for missing something! Both platforms went from being relaxing and fulfilling to something that brings me guilt.
So, what’s the answer? I’m going back to blog reading! I’m looking at my blog feed every day, and unfollowing blogs I don’t connect with, and keeping the blogs that make me excited to read! I’m also trying to build blog reading back into my daily routine, as a relaxing thing I can do on lunch break. And most importantly, I want to take time to comment and cheer bloggers on, so that blogging continued to be a relevant and engaging way to share about sewing.
What do you think? Does Instagram fulfil all you social media needs, or do you love blogs as well? And where does Youtube fit into all of this? My opinion is only right for me, so i’d love to hear what you think too!