Tell it to the hand…
New Year’s Day, a time for knee jerk resolutions. Lose weight, change job, move house… Achievable? Not really. But I’ve been thinking of a resolution that I don’t think should take too much work and might actually be do-able. It’s simple, straightforward and the only challenge will be wrestling with my own occasional spurt of self doubt. But here goes, deep breath…
I’m going to abolish ablogogising.
a written expression whereby a person who blogs about sewing their own clothes is compelled to point out the imperfections in their makes.
Origin of ablogogise:
The fear that readers will spot errors before they are highlighted by the author.
We all do it. I’ve just spent two solid days sewing a dress. Two days of dedicated toil and creativity! Sewing a dress! What a totally brilliant achievement that is. And yet, as the final button was stitched into place I made a mental list of all the things that were wrong with my work. Imperfections that readers would need to know about.
Now, I’m all for sharing construction details and giving people a heads up about pattern challenges. I often read blogs for exactly that information and I don’t plan to ban constructive feedback from Did You Make That. (Or discussion of body types and what works best – I enjoy that.) It’s the other type of self-abasing apology for creativity that makes me twitch. I spent a month sewing this coat, but can you see how the hem bubbles, yeah, I wish I could have been better, maybe next time. Why can’t we just be proud of our achievements? Hell, I sewed a coat!
If you’d like to join me in Abolishing Ablogogising, it’s really simple. For the month of January, we’re not going to write sentences such as, ‘It’s such a shame that I messed up the third buttonhole’ or ‘Sorry, I didn’t have time to press this’ or ‘The hem’s straight really, it’s just the way I was standing’.
If you’re already coming out in a sweat thinking about this, here is one simple rule that might help:
- Only share less than glowing details if they will help a reader with a construction, pattern or salutary lesson. There’s a great example of such a blog post here. Ooobop embraces the challenge of sewing a Burda top without ever once calling herself a loser. Because she isn’t!
Let’s start 2016 by celebrating what we LOVE about our sewing. Isn’t it time to acknowledge a simple truth? It’s our imperfections that make us and our dresses beautiful.