Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Decade is a Long Time

Today, this blog is ten years old. Ten! Older than my oldest child. Older than the length of time I've been at my job. Older than my mattress. Of course, that means I'm older too. A lot happens to a person in the span of ten years.

When I started this blog, I wanted an easy outlet to just share my progress of learning how to sew and do better research into medieval clothing. I had no idea what I was doing 10 years ago, beyond knowing that I wasn't doing many things right. Over the past decade, through this blog, you've seen me find my passions, hone my persona, develop my skills, and of course, most recently, become a Laurel. You've also been with me through a lot that you never even knew about. This blog has been a solid rock in my life.

This post isn't really about the journey so far, though. It's about the future. ...Which is ironic, seeing that this blog is primarily about recreating the past. But, I digress.

I've given a lot of thought to what I'd like to be doing with my time, energy, resources, and money, when it comes to this hobby. I have invested a lot of all of those things in the ten years I've been blogging, and in the 10+ years before that. I will invest more. Medieval recreation is a fixture of my life. One that I derive joy, purpose and entertainment from. I've known for a few months now, however, that I'm ready and eager for a slight change in direction.

Up until this point, I've mostly been focused on learning and personal growth. That's not to say that those things have an end point, but I do feel like they come organically now. I'm not a padawan learning the ways of the Force, if you will. Instead, I'd like to put my focus on completing the larger, complex or deep projects and ideas that seem to always be on my back burner. They don't necessarily make great blog content on a weekly basis, but they are things that I'm really interested in.

One of the larger projects that I will be working on is the creation and development of my in-hobby tailor's workshop. I've been researching medieval tailors, and working on creating a period atelier, and out of all the things I have a passion for right now, sharing my work in this area at events is the one I'm most focused on and excited about.

I feel now is the right time to drop my posting schedule more intentionally to just one or two a month. I don't know how long this will be the case, and I hope that further down the road, I can pick up the pace again. It's my thought here that with fewer posts through the year, I will be able to maintain the quality of writing and content I've managed to keep up so far while still being able to give time to the projects I wish to do now.

I will still be sewing. I will still be teaching. I still have a lot to share. There's at least another 10 years ahead, I would hope, and I look forward to sharing them with you. Thank you for being here with me.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reading more about this. One thing that's helped me recently is posting "Sylvie go blah" medieval things that catch my eye onto my blog focused FB page(https://www.facebook.com/scaResearchBlog/). This is things that are interesting.. and that excite me.. but don't really rise to the "full blog post" level of engagement. This has the added bonus that I can share the things that excite me.. and people opt into the facebook page.. which I take as a notice that they're interested in reading about the things that catch my excitement (as opposed to my "friends" who are really more interested in my day-to-day life).