Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Cleaning and Updates

I have gone through and cleaned up the links sections - deleted the dead ones and a couple that had changed to other places than originally intended (!?!) and have added some new ones. I will start working on converting all of the charts to pdf files and setting up the links to them. Hopefully this will solve the problem that some people have had in accessing and printing the charts from the JPEGs. It will take some time to get to them all but it should be a big improvement and worth the effort. If there is a particular chart you are waiting on, leave a comment telling which ones you want to see converted first. If anyone has suggestions for links they would like to see added, please leave them as comments and I will review them for posting. Thanks for your encouraging comments - they do act as an incentive to keep working on the blog!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stitchin' Time Scissor Fob

Stitchin' Time Scissor Fob pdf

New Stork Scissors Square Fob

To be, or not to be: that is the question

I have been debating for some time about the future of this blog. Should I just leave it neglected and stagnant but still present for the occasional new visitor or shut it down and end the neglect? I have strongly considered the latter because I haven't got much time or inclination to add to or update all the links and files that all need to be gone through and fixed or deleted. I have hesitated to end it because I know for myself how disappointed I am when I try to revisit blogs and websites that I have enjoyed in the past only to find them missing. It makes me sad they are gone but I do understand the decision to close them down. Can I justify the expense of the online storage account (the free ones seem to come and go creating problems of dead links to photos and files) if I'm not going to continue blogging? So many questions and very few answers....

My job has changed drastically over the past 4 years and certainly not for the better. This is a major factor in my drifting away from blogging, stitching and designing. I have been mentally and emotionally drained most of the time, occasionally rising above it but often just resigned to it. I deal with so much email at work now that I have no inclination to spend any time on personal email, too. I know I have received email about the blog and my charts and I apologize if I haven't answered, but please do not take it personally - I just don't ever seem to get to it. I mean to answer everyone but usually the thought of having to compose an answer is more than I can muster these days. So, back to the question at hand: to be, or not to be?

I had decided to take the blog offline but I have had a change of heart. I will try to add a few charts and start working on the dead links. I am making no promises about progress and updates but I have decided to work on it as I can. Maybe working on it a little here and there will renew my enthusiasm for it. If I disappear again into cyberspace at least the neglected blog will remain as a familiar place for wandering stitchers to revisit when they wish. Thanks to all of my visitors, I hope you will continue to drop by from time to time and enjoy the time you spend here.