Next up in blog week is a blogger whose aesthetic I love! Andi's blog is bright, involves plenty of shots with hot red lipstick and she has such a smart and engaging tone that I've followed for years. Hosting Andi is a joy and I hope you'll tune in tomorrow for another blogging inspiration as I've got something a bit different for you to get you blogging.
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"My name is Andi Satterlund, and I'm a knitting pattern writer and designer based out of Seattle, WA. I run Untangling-Knots.com, a knitting blog.
Back in the day, I used to write about knitting on my private LiveJournal. What had started off as a diary of sorts became more and more about crafts, and I realized that there was no real reason to keep that private. I split off the crafting content onto its own a blog, and Untangling Knots was born. Since then, it has evolved quite a bit. At first it was just for fun, and then it became a significant part of my resume that helped me get hired at my first job, and eventually it became an important piece of my career as a pattern designer.
I try to keep the core of my blog pretty old school. I like to share what I'm working on at the moment, what I've recently finished, and what I'm planning next. I try to throw in the occasional useful article to keep things interesting, but for the most part, I just like to share my creative process. Although advice posts tend to be very popular and useful resources for people knitting my patterns, it's just not the kind of content I like to read myself and it can be quite impersonal, so I try to not over do it. I try to make my blog the kind of blog I'd subscribe to. On other blogs, I love to read about what someone is doing and why, and I feel like there's too much pressure out there for bloggers to do more than that all of the time. I've seen way too many cringe-worthy advice and DIY posts written from a position of authority where the reader is given questionable advice or misinformation because some bloggers feel the need to present themselves as experts, even when they're not really there yet. I'd much rather do the occasional slick, useful, structured post on something I really know about and then have most posts be about what I'm doing and learning.
I think not enough credit is given to the inspiration and entertainment that comes from seeing someone else just make progress on a creative project. Not everything needs to be an advice post or instructions for a DIY project.
Blogging has taught me a lot about my work ethic. I've kept my blog going through a lot of phases of my life, and I'm amazed that I managed to consistently post throughout so much. Running a good blog is something that I want to do, so I've made it happen no matter what else is going on, and my ability to do that has kind of busted the myths about myself that I had accepted. I often used to joke that I'm lazy, irresponsible, inconsistent, etc., and that's just not true. Nothing quite highlights that like having written almost 750 blog posts over seven years.
Some of my sources of inspiration for my crafting are period movies, good music, vintage fashion, and rock'n'roll subcultures, but when it comes to my blog posts, my inspiration source isn't particularly romantic. I just sit down and write. A decent chunk of it is garbage that gets deleted, and most of it is just average, but sometimes I end up with gold. I believe that if you sit around waiting for inspiration for writing, you're never going to write very much. You just have to get started and accept that it's not all going to be presentable and good."