I've been thinking a bit lately about why people blog.
Particularly, why crafty people blog.
The past few months, I've started following more and more quilty bloggers and I think they fall into 4 overlapping categories.
1. The Communicators: The biggest category seems to be those people with a desire to communicate with (and vent to) the outside world. Most of us want a place where we can let our hair down and just be honest. We want to have adult interaction with people who have similar passions and interests.
2. The Tutorialists: I totally just made that word up. This category of crafters tends to want to spread their knowledge in detail by telling step-by-step how they made something. They want to give tips and they want others to learn from their experiences. Some tutorialists want recognition for their creativity while others seem to want followers and fans.
3. The Documenters: These people want to keep a visual record of their creativity.
4. The Sellers: These are the ones that want to promote their Etsy shops or themselves so that they can make cash by selling or speaking to support their fabric addictions.
I fit into category 1 and category 3. Not so much category 2 or 4. Sometimes people tell me that I should make a tutorial of this or that. That's nice and all, but I'd imagine it'd take some time to document how I do things step-by-step. That would take time away from sewing. For me, another reason I'm not so keen about making tutorials or being specific about how I do things is because part of the fun of making things is to be innovative: to be inspired and to make something your own. I don't have enough time to make stuff to sell, much less time to go around giving lectures and stuff. Time. There's never enough time.
What category do you fit into, oh, fellow bloggers? Have I left any categories out? Talk to me, people... talk to me...