Brilliant Because

I have read so many explanations of late. People explaining why they agree to test a pattern. Or not test a pattern. Why they engage with blog tours – or not. Why they talk about their personal lives, or keep things private. Why they’re part of a blogging network or have left one. Why they feel obliged to organise book tours. Why they have to admit to burn out. Why, why, why. Worst case for me? People feeling why they should justify friends.

I keep hearing the question ‘why’ around blogging, but I crave the word ‘because’.

So, I’ll start if off, and here’s my list:

Because it gives me creative satisfaction.

Because I answer to no one other than myself.

Because I can sit up in bed at 5am to compose a blog post or…

Because I can not blog for a week if I’m knackered.

Because I can talk endlessly about my dog and no one tells me to shut up. Ella, I love you!!!

Ella Reviews Woolly WoofersBecause I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m just sharing.

Because blogging is my safe haven when the rest of life might be pants.

Because blogging gives me lifelong friends.

Because blogging is great. No, it’s joyous!

Because blogging.


It’s a great word, isn’t it? A bold statement. It doesn’t ask for permission.

Whether you blog, sew, knit, make fudge, care for others, get through the week and simply survive or have a particular talent for picking your nose, I want to know what you’re proud of.

Let’s make a pact. To dedicate today to feeling good about ourselves. For 24 hours, to celebrate the joy of blogging. And don’t ever forget – you don’t need permission to be brilliant. You just can’t help it!



Baby Ella (three months old) with my mum (age undisclosed). 

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90 Responses to Brilliant Because

  1. Adrienne says:

    Thank you for this blog post! I often reminding myself that I’m only blogging for myself. But it’s easy to get sucked in the blogging vortox — there is no end to the amount of time and energy that can be put in blogging and social media. I was just reading this article from the NYT the other day, When Blogging Becomes a Slog.

  2. JKW says:

    Your blog is refreshing! I save it for when I need a pick me up and/or inspiration. It is yours alone! And that is enough, more than enough! You are a joy!

  3. Annika says:

    Oh yes, someone needed to write this blog post! I love it. I never got all those excuses! hello, people it’s your blogs and you can put on it whatever you want. YOU have to like it, it has to be you. That’s what is important. Because…

  4. Bethan says:

    Love this post. In the words of Mystic Medusa “Never complain, never explain.” It sounds negative but actually it means (for me) concentrate on the joy in life and move forward. I find it’s a real help in every area of my life, but especially blogging.

  5. Tanya says:

    Absolutely!! You go girl!!! 🙂

  6. Claire says:

    Brilliant! Just be happy because you are. Just do what you want because you can. Love it!

  7. This is a refreshing take on it all! I iften wonder why people feel they should apologise for a blog absence – “sorry I haven’t posted” etc… It’s YOUR blog people! Post when you feel like it… or not if you don’t….only do it … Because you want to:)

  8. This was lovely, thank you!

  9. Francesca says:

    Great post. hope it stops all the other great bloggers from feeling burnt out, tired and whatever – you are inspirational:).
    I love that pic of your mother and your dog. You are so lucky to hae them both.

  10. jenny crisp says:

    All those reasons are why I enjoy your blog so very much.

    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Great post! and like everyone has said, it’s posts like this that make your blog brilliant and unique. I don’t comment always but I read every single one of your posts because they are refreshing and the writing is really good. Your reviews actually make me go buy things, haha! I see the whole blogging as having fun, sharing and learning from what other people share. I don’t want it to turn into a job, since I already have one, 8 hours a day 🙂 Keep up the brilliance!

  12. Jane says:

    You’ve just put into words what I’ve been thinking for ages, thank you! Your blog is wonderful and so are you my friend. x

    • scruffybadger says:

      Hear hear!! Karen and Jane your blogs are both different and I love them both. And am proud to call you friends 🙂 blogging can be blimmin brilliant!

  13. OH how clever, true and very thought provoking, great post – totally all… because 🙂

  14. Fadanista says:

    Yep, you’re totally on the mark as usual. Ella and your Mum? Totally adorable. I just lost my beloved dog so it’s lovely to see your PDA for Ella!

  15. Helen says:

    Thank you. I made the mistake of clicking onto a link to GOMI recently and then got sucked into a vortex of negativity. I understand that people need to vent, and not leave nasty comments on blogs, so it has it’s place but how refreshing to feel this positively coming through my screen from your post. I will go forth and blog joyously!

    • Helen says:

      Just correcting my grammatical and spelling errors.. ‘its place’ , not ‘it’s place ‘…. and positivity not positively…..

      • Heather Lou says:

        This recently happened to me too. I block it on my computer. I can’t think of a bigger waste of time or energy than going online to rip into people for having the stones to write/share/make.

  16. powell2317 says:

    Great post – I think we have to be serious too much in our day jobs to waste our personal time over-analyzing our own and each others’ blogs. Blogging should be fun & positive – otherwise it’s likely to become too much like hard work

  17. Philippa says:

    Thank you for such a lovely uplifting post 🙂 x

  18. Bunny says:

    Your mom is beautiful. I blog because I love to and if anyone else enjoys that fine. Other than that, it doesn’t matter. Your philosophy is the way it should be. It seems lately a lot in the sewing blogosphere has turned otherwise. But like you, I continue for all the “becauses”. Thanks for a great post.

  19. Brilliant, brilliant, woot, woot! I wouldn’t have had some of the ace experiences I’ve had and welcomed into my world some wonderful people if I hadn’t put finger to board. Yay for all that have a go xxx

  20. helen says:

    Great post. I’ve been blogging for 13 months and sometimes I have to remind myself that it is just a hobby. I really enjoy the creative side to my life and love sharing with who ever wants to read.
    Being part of a blogging community has taught me so much. My skills have improved and I’ve come across patterns and fabrics I would never have heard of otherwise.

  21. dottiedoodle says:

    Well said! It is a joy, and always good to see pics of Ella.

  22. Rachel says:

    Spot on! The photo of your Mother and Ela is wonderful – so much love shown. Very sweet. Rachel 🙂

  23. lisa g says:

    yes, yes, yes! thank you for putting this so eloquently into words, i completely agree!

  24. bimbleandpimble says:


  25. Stephanie says:

    This is so lovely, Karen! Lovely photo of your mum with Ella.

    This reminded me of a long passage about “unless,” in a book by Carol Shields, called Unless.

    Your writing is terrific and brings me back to your blog time and again. I enjoy blogging for the simple pleasure of watching my own growth in my out-of-work activities.

  26. Mimi Godfrey says:

    Lovely! I don’t blog, but I so enjoy your blog and a few other select sewing blogs. And cooking blogs. And . . . erm. I love blogs because it helps me feel connected to people with similar interests all over the world–and how great is that?


  27. Mimi Godfrey says:

    Also Ella. Love Ella!

  28. MarrieB says:

    You’re the best Karen, this is exactly what I needed to read this morning!

  29. Béa says:

    I love reading your blog, for all those reasons! You’ve always been honest and true to yourself here, and that’s all I ever ask for when I’m reading sewing blogs.

  30. Chris says:

    Love this Post!
    PS I just have to say it cracks me up when people go into long apologies for not posting for a while, as if anyone cares. I have tons of blogs in my Netvibes Reader and just read the ones that do post. If a blogger takes a break, honestly, I don’t even notice most of the time.

  31. Aileen says:

    Brilliant post – coming from one who doesn’t have a blog but I AM addicted to reading sewing blogs. Time that could be spent sewing! :O) I had a friend once who when asked “Why are you doing this – or why do you want that etc.” would reply “Simply….”. Same concept!

  32. Clio says:

    Women are accustomed to feeling like we have to explain ourselves and our decisions, both large and small, conformist or non. It’s not a good way to be – always having to justify how we live our lives.

  33. Angela says:

    Thank you for putting this in perspective:)

  34. Jen (NY) says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. Roobeedoo says:

    Because because because because be-cawwww-zzzz! Because of the wonderful things she does tra-la-la-la-la-lala!
    I’m going to be singing that for days now.
    Thanks for this post Karen 🙂

  36. Because I love, love, love to sew – always have, always will!

  37. Rox says:

    Thank you for this brilliant and timely (for me) post. Lately, I have been thinking about putting and end to my blog for various reasons, but you just reminded me all the reasons I started it in the first place.

    It was just the kick in the pants I needed!

  38. Amie M says:

    No other reason required.

  39. Tilly Buttons says:

    I love you, Karen! I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, the idea of expectations on bloggers and over-explanations by bloggers. Unfortunately bloggers do get judged on their choices, sometimes attacked for them, usually women judging other women sadly. But bloggers don’t owe anyone anything – we’re offering our blog up to read by people who like it, and if they don’t like it there are 200 million other options out there to read instead. And OMG people, it’s only sewing!! Let’s save our judgement and criticism for important problems like poverty and war. And as bloggers, let’s get better at saying, “I’ll do me, you do you”, and not caring what other people think. Or as Lauren would say, “Deal with it”. xxx

  40. Sara says:

    Wonderful! Yes! sewing is fun! Blogging is fun!

  41. What a lovely, LOVELY post.

  42. Love the picture of your Mum and baby Ella- I didn’t realize dogs could be so cute. I love my blog, its my little space and it is really important to me. Rather like reading yours too. x

  43. Jacq says:

    Fab post as always because you are brilliant 🙂

  44. Sheena says:

    Thanks for this. You made my day. 🙂

  45. SarahStar says:

    YES!! As Roobeedoo says, if EVER a Wiz there was! I love your blog – and those of several other people who have commented here – because it’s like getting to sit down and chat about sewing & creativity with great mates. And none of my other friendships are conditional upon how frequently people phone/email/pop round, so why should blogging be any different??
    And baby Ella – sooooooo cute!

  46. hannah says:

    I agree! I always feel like I have to explain my absence, or explain why it’s a short post. I just like to blog when I want to blog!

  47. stgilbert says:


    Because. Yes.

    Thank you for this.

  48. tinygoldenpins says:

    What a truly kind and very sweet post. Thank you!

  49. What a lovely photo of your mum and dog.

  50. Absolutely! A well said post! I sew what I want to and blog about it and I read blogs about what others are doing. To each his own! At least that gives variety to what I read! …. and it prevents me from sitting at my sewing machine by myself jabbering away to no one! 🙂

  51. Sunalee says:

    This post is just what I needed today. I’m in the middle of questions about my blog, but only because I feel criticism from other bloggers. Thank you very much.
    (I’m reading your blog since a long time but I’ve never commented before – I should have – (nice) comments are always a good thing !)

  52. Leslie says:

    Love it! You always make me smile!

  53. R.E.S.P.E.C.T I love your blog, I have started one, however have no faith in myself just now, so, for now I’ll blog away for myself! X

  54. Heather Lou says:

    I love you Karen. This is so precisely what I needed to hear today….

  55. LinB says:

    Timely posting, my electronic friend! The world needs more positive energy.

    I decided, years ago, to avoid the “Don’t Forget” syndrome in composing weekly bulletin announcements and monthly church newsletters. It’s far kinder to say “Remember” than “Don’t forget.” “Remember” implies that your readers have richly busy lives, and might care to be reminded of something now and again. “Don’t forget” implies that they are such idiots they must be reminded how to conduct the most basic processes of life on earth.

  56. Amanda says:

    Thank you for the reminder to just be ourselves and not worry what the world may (or very likely may not) be thinking. Too exhausting for something that should be fun! At the end of the day, it’s a hobby I’m thrilled to have found, and it’s wonderful to have met other people who are just as passionate about it.

  57. Debra says:

    I wholeheartedly agree – and your puppy is absolutely ADORABLE!

  58. Kbenco says:

    I do find it peculiar that people criticize blogs- they cost the reader nothing, and there is no obligation to read them! Thank you for the gift of your blog, which I enjoy reading, you write so well and about such enthralling topics ;).

  59. Heather says:

    I agree brilliant! Thank you!

  60. rebeccawip says:

    <3 you're brilliant

  61. CarmencitaB says:

    Hear hear. Lets make stuff!

  62. kate0795 says:

    Exactly!!! and people can choose to read it or not read it…I’m baffled when I read a blog post and someone comments on it who doesn’t like what they’ve read and complains bitterly!! Why?? don’t read it then! there are thousands of blogs to read…surely there’s something for everyone which means no one needs to be making nasty remarks! I’ve seen it on some sewing blogs of all places…they’re spaces with thoughts and ideas about anything and everything that are shared…no one need justify why they keep a blog…they just do, because…..
    and plenty of us love to read them just because…. ♡

  63. James says:

    Thanks for taking the time to air and share you post : ). Here’s to having a great day and blogging!
    I’m new to blogging but have been finding it very rewarding. It’s a great way to keep track of projects and information. Being dyslexic I never was much of a reader. But ever since I discovered blogging I’ve done more reading than I ever have in my life.

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  65. I read blogs because I enjoy them. I blog because I’m kinda addicted to writing. I sew and knit because I enjoy both forms of making things and if I don’t end up making half of what I imagine I might? Has the world ended yet because I’m a lazy sewist and knitter or an indolent blogger? No. And that would be because, in the big scheme of things, it’s not important to anyone but me. So, because I find it fulfilling, I’ll continue to do it. And because I love your blog, I’ll continue to enjoy it. Thank you for another thought-provoking little discussion topic. 🙂

  66. Maxi says:

    Quite right too! I’m not sure why people feel such guilt around things like this that they feel they have to justify. Surely ‘because it makes me happy and harms no one else’ is more than enough! And if I had an ‘Ella’, I’d talk about her all the time too. She’s gorgeous! 😀 Keep blogging!

  67. Suzie Simpson says:

    I love your blog JUST BECAUSE I do😄😄


  68. Here here i raise my glass to that!
    So fed up with the whingers…”if you don’t want to blog then dont” I want to shout at them….because
    I love it it is my passion, my hobby, my interest, my gallery, my eye opener and my inspiration….
    Yay for blogging.
    bestest daisy xx

  69. Joen says:

    Because I too love to sew and love to read sewing blogs to connect with people who share the same passion. Because I have a Yorkie named Lacey who loves hanging out with me in my sewing room.

  70. nettie says:

    Word!! (This is a huge compliment/sign of affection/agreement/confirmation in Brooklyn-speak, trust me ;p)

  71. Kat says:

    Yes! Exactly! We read because we enjoy what you have to say. If you are interested in what you are talking about chances are we will be too.

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  73. misspippilotta says:

    I’m a little late to the party and just read this post. Oh it made me smile, “just because!”. So glad to have found you in the sewing blogging world! Xx

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