When I was little I talked a lot (not that that’s changed). And when I talked, my mom says I would speak in this really high pitched voice. I would go on and on and it was hard to listen to. So, in a deep voice, my parents would say, “Lower it, Jill. Lower it.” They wanted to hear what I had to say, they just had to get past the squeaking.
I feel like it’s easy to start squeaking on a blog. To be so desperate for followers and hits that you put out any kind of post/giveaway/party possible. I see lots of squeaking out there, and I feel like I’ve done some squeaking myself.
I’ve been doing some thinking about what I want Made it on Monday to be all about—the kind of posts I love to do and the posts that I feel fall in the category of squeaking. I love sharing tutorials. I love sharing tips and tricks. I love challenging my creativity and thinking through how to reproduce something. Which makes me think that my Tips & Tools Tuesday is probably not squeaking.
I love doing giveaways. But I only love doing the ones you really like too. I’m getting the impression that you want fabric, accessories, patterns, and clothes. You’re not so interested in baby things. Those giveaways would probably be squeaky to you.
I like hosting the Make it by Monday Challenge, but I’m afraid it might be squeaky to you, or could easily become so. I didn’t start it with the intention of it becoming the next CSI Project. I thought it would be fun. But I don’t really feel like it’s the best way for me to spend my time, or even your time as my posts show up in your feed.
So I’m going to follow the childhood suggestion of my parents and lower it. I’m going to speak with a deep voice so my words can be heard. I’ll keep going with tutorials. I’m going to keep pushing my creativity and try to be innovative, and I’m going to show you how to do the same. I’ll keep offering giveaways as long as they are great and something I think you really will love (something I would actually put the effort into entering myself). And I’m going to do away with the Make it by Monday Challenge. I think blogland has enough link up parties already.
But, since I still have a link up membership for the rest of the month, I’ll host one last party. I want to see what you’ve been sewing. Have you followed one of my tutorials? I’m serious, I WANT to see what you made! And, if you happened to make a non-clothing upcycle for this week’s Make it by Monday, share that too! And don’t worry about linking back anywhere, I just want to see what you did!
So here I am, speaking in the deepest voice possible, “Thanks for stopping by.”