blogging is like knitting
I love talking to people who are genuinely interested in blogs and the web. Just before I left for France, Silje Vestvik from the local paper asked if I had time for a chat – it’s hard to fill the culture pages during summer, she said, and blogs seem really interesting. We had fun chatting, and it shows in the article she wrote, which is lovely, and certainly gives a pretty good idea of blogs. Well, to blogs the way I see them anyway.
She asked why people would blog, why bother, you know, and I pulled the old line about social writing and how we’ve always written diaries and liked communicating and blogs are both, but then the knitting metaphor came to me. I don’t know if I read that somewhere (seems likely) or whether it just came to me, but I really like the comparison. “Blogging is about doing just a little each day, and building something over time,” I say in the interview, “rather like crocheting or knitting.” You can follow a pattern or make up your own, you can talk about what you’re making with your friends, and the level of ambition can be as high or low as you like. Sometimes your creations won’t please you and you’ll unravel them or just hide them in a cupboard. Other times you’ll be surprised at how beautiful it turned out. When you knit a jumper for your lover you knit a single strand of your hair into each section, creating for a specific reader, binding him to you, though he may never realise the hairs are there.
In Paris I saw a beautiful crocheted shawl that cost a fortune. I didn’t buy it, but I think I might buy some yarn today. Caramel coloured, soft, fine wool, perhaps. After work.