I’m gonna get real with you guys for a second… I’m having an identity crisis. A blog identity crisis.
To say I love writing this blog is a massive understatement! I freaking love this place and the creativity it allows me. Over the past 18 months of its existence it has changed as much as any baby would in that time. It started off as a nail art blog, then I found I wanted to write more lifestyle-oriented posts. When I got bored of that I dove into the world of beauty blogging and while I appreciate that avenue, it’s just not for me. Throughout this time I was posting shady DIY projects that I completed here and there and found that these gave me the most joy. Then in September I started writing about sewing and as they say the rest is history… My problem is that up until now I’ve been floating around blogging categories trying to find my niche. I know deep down what I want the content of this blog to focus on but I’m having a hard time admitting it.
I want Boldly Gold to be all about the things I love, but I know it also needs to have a direction. This has been playing about in my head for a while so I think it’s about high-time that I set out some boundaries. From this day forth, Boldly Gold will be known as a Crafts and DIY blog. Not exactly a big shocker but I feel like I need to put that in writing. I think the reason I’ve been so hesitant to commit to that category is the lack of community I perceive it having. If you’re not a blogger then you will have no idea what I’m talking about so let me summarise: One of the best parts about blogging is the community vibe. If you write about make-up then there are a whole host of other like-minded people on the internet and probably in close proximity to you. The same goes for #fbloggers or fashion bloggers. Please correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think the same can be said for UK craft bloggers. There’s not even a dedicated hashtag for the collective!
I want to change this initially for what can only be described as my own selfish needs. Basically what I’m saying is I WANT FRIENDS! Friends who share the same hobbies as me. Friends who I can go fabric shopping with. Friends who I can arrange meet-ups with and go to fun events. Friends who I can have crafternoons with, and this is where I’m calling on you! If you’re reading this and in any-way identify with this blog or indeed anything I say here please get in touch! You don’t have to live in Scotland, or the UK for that matter. At this point I am very much of the ‘Have crafts – will travel’ opinion.
This is reading very much like a personal ad in the back of the local paper – ‘lonely crafter seeks like-minded soul for fun days out and more. GOSH and DIFF (disposable income for fabric.)’ I suppose in a way it kind of is! I want craft bloggers to experience the same community feel that the bigger blogger groups enjoy. In the meantime I will be focusing on guiding this blog to its natural niche and I have lots of exciting things planned! I’m not quite ready to divulge some of them yet (eeek!) but you will be the first to know when I do 🙂
Join me in the craft-revolution – tag your makes with #craftbloggers and lets make our mark!