Swan song

Another post that is gong to start with “I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post”.   And if you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you know that blogs that start posting further and further apart are heading in a direction that generally isn’t positive.  I’ve been reading blogs for a while now, and sometimes you just know when people stop posting regularly that it means they will be stopping altogether.   Sometimes they tell you, and sometimes they just fade away.

I’ve been thinking about the blog lately – not posting, but just thinking about it.  My first post was on March 11, 2006, and I’ve had 497 posts, and, so far, 6,860 comments.  I was more active on posting for the first three years, but this year I’ve been dwindling a bit.  I’ve met so many amazing people through my blog – and when I started thinking about stopping, I kept on thinking about all the people that I’ve come in contact through it, and how I get so inspired from reading their blogs or comments.  And so I’d post one more post, and keep this going for a little bit more.

But now, about 3.5 years after I started, I think it’s time to say good-bye.  Life is different now than when I started this, and I seem to have lost the voice and urge that I had to blog.  I also haven’t been knitting as much, and I have lost the obsessed crazy need to knit and buy yarn and all that.  I still knit – but its become a quiet, stay at home, personal kind of thing.  I can’t explain it – I still love it – but the obsession is gone.    I definitely have lost the obsession to hoard yarn, and have been destashing a bit – I’d like to get it down to a reasonable level – and actually use it!  As I go through it, I’m just struck with how much nice yarn I have that I totally forgot I had.  We are converting Cieara’s room to a guest room and I’m going to put in a bookcase with cubbies to store my yarn so I can actually see it – and I’m looking forward to using it!  But less knitting, less yarn-ing, less obsession makes for a pretty boring blog – and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

It is hard, in a lot of ways, to let go of blogging.  I’ve been doing this for so long, and it’s recorded some major events in not only my knitting life, but my family life.  As I have been looking through the posts over the last few years, I realized that this has become a family snapshot of a very transitional period – kids graduating, moving out, hitting milestones.    I don’t want to lose all that and I’m looking into archiving it into a book (using Blurb or something like that).  But it is hard to think that this journaling of our lives will stop – so who knows  – maybe I’ll be back at another time, on another blog!  I also look at the statistics for my blog – 497 posts – 3 more and I’d hit 500 – maybe I should keep it going!  But then I’d start looking at the other statistics – maybe I should stay until 7000 comments, or 550 posts – and then I realize – it doesn’t matter.  Blogging to me was never about numbers – it was about putting myself out there and seeing if anyone would get it.  And I’ve done that, but I can’t do it any longer.

So I wanted to post to say good-bye, and thank all of your for reading my blog over the years.  I really have enjoyed getting to know you through your comments, links, and blog posts.  You’ve always been so nice and supportive – and such bad enablers!  I wish you all the best in your knitting (and non knitting!) lives…

You can always find me on Ravelry as JeanneL or on Facebook as Jeanne Landes – and I’ll probably still read the blogs I ready because I do like seeing what people do…but for now….

Adieu, adios, bye-bye, cheerio, ciao,  so long, toodle-oo…good bye!


31 Responses to Swan song

  1. Denise says:

    Blog parting is such sweet sorrow! See you on the FB

  2. donna lee says:

    I’m going to look for you on ravelry (not a facebook member). I’ve enjoyed following the exploits of your family. I understand what you’re feeling about the blog and have some of those same thoughts myself. I don’t know how much longer I’ll continue but for now I’ll stay.

    Thanks, Jeanne.

  3. Shea says:

    Aw, I hate to hear this. It’s been wonderful keeping up with you through your blog. That being said, I completely understand. It’s difficult to keep blogging when you’ve lost your mojo. I went through a severe bout of depression last winter and almost stopped as well. But for me, my blog is a way of documenting my crafts, diy stuff and my children growing up. It’s also a way for me to keep up with long distance family. I won’t be blogging forever either and it will be a very bittersweet moment when I leave it. I’ll be sending you a facebook friend request soon so that I can still keep up with you. Good luck!

  4. Lauren says:

    Noooo! I saw your post and though, “Wow, so good to see Jeanne has posted again.” I always looked forward to your updates – even if they got spread apart 😉 Well, I’m happy for your next phase of life. I hope it brings much joy and self-discovery… minus the public updates 🙂

  5. hakucho says:

    Sorry to hear you are saying good bye to your blog, but I won’t say a final good bye, because I’ll be seeing you around on rav, I’m sure 🙂

    happy knitting 🙂

  6. rhoda says:

    say it ain’t so! 😦 well, at least you’ve allowed us a proper goodbye. we will miss your posts-the antics of the dogs, the yummy dishes that we only get to look at and not eat, all the gorgeous spinning that your fingers create and most of all just your overall spirit. 🙂 i will also miss all the yarn enabling you do! 😉 enjoy the next chapter of your life and I’ll see you on rav!

  7. Valerie says:

    I will miss your blog – but when blogging becomes a chore it’s time to stop. It’s obviously served it’s purpose for you. I will be keeping tabs on you in Ravelry though, so stop by the group as often as you can!

  8. Gwynne says:

    You are such a class act Jersey Girl! I will keep in touch with you on Rav and always remember this wonderful blog that you made so special and a highlight in my knitting day.

    Thanks for the memories, Jeanne

  9. weezalana says:

    I’ll miss your blog posts, but understand the desire to move on. I’d love to stay in touch, though! Will send you a friend request on FB. 🙂

  10. dawn says:

    Ah, so sad! I’ll see you on ravelry.


  11. I have so enjoyed reading your posts and watching your knitting. Of course it helps that my children are roughly the same age and I identify with much of your experience. But I also understand moving on.

    I wonder from time to time if I’ll feel I’m done with blogging. Probably.

    I’ll keep following you on Ravelry and I’ll be happy to read if you restart blogging!

    You will be missed!

  12. kim says:

    You WILL be missed. I am beginning to feel the same way, yet I can’t quite give it up altogether… It has been lovely getting to know you and your family. See you around Ravelry…


  13. Steven says:

    I feel like we just met! But I can totally understand where you’re coming from on this. I’ve had those thoughts myself. I’ll still follow you on Ravelry, that’s for sure.

    Give Penny a pat for me!


  14. Rachel says:

    and shalom shalom too 🙂
    It was nice reading your blog and share your knitting adventures and family affairs. See you around in Ravelry and FB.

    All the best,

  15. Elspeth says:

    I totally get it – I’ve been blogging so sporadically lately and I do kind of feel like blogs are “so 2005” or something like that. We’ll miss you!

  16. Oiyi says:

    It makes me sad, but you have to do what feels right. Good luck! And see you on Ravelry.

  17. Stephanie says:

    You’re right. There is a spiral that goes on in blogs, when someone posts less and less often. It’s good to see someone else recognize it. Good-bye, Jeanne Knits. Jeanne, I hope knitting stays a positive role in your life and that you’ll sometimes still upload pictures of what you’re working on in Ravelry. 🙂

  18. Chris says:

    Wow. I’m sad to see you go, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. To me, it was so much more than just a “knitting blog”, it was about life. The ups and downs and in betweens. I’ll miss that. I can understand – I’ve gone back and forth myself with my own blog.

  19. mizkathychin says:

    Thank you for blogging! There were many times I wanted to delurk and post a comment, then didn’t because your other readers had already said everything I wanted to. I found your blog through Ravelry (I think you had posted something nice about Anne Hanson) and I kept reading because, as you said, it was a snapshot of family life – one that I found comforting and uplifting, even when you had ups and downs. All the best to you and thanks again!

  20. Lorraine says:

    Jeanne- I totally get where you’re coming from. I admire you’re honesty, and the way you have described the ups and downs of parenthood. Not to mention your wonderful taste in yarn.

    Don’t be a stranger- all the best to you, and hope to see you on Ravelry.

  21. Wanda says:

    You hit the nail on the head for me. This is where I am with my blog too. Besides still being in school, I’m definitely at the point where I no longer obsess about yarn, which is definitely a good place to be. I knit too, but not as much, not with the obsession. And I don’t have as much time to devote to knitting like i used to. I’ve spent a lot of time this year and last destashing quite a bit of yarn, simply because I don’t have the time to spend knitting as much and quite frankly, don’t have the obsessive drive to knit for hours on end anymore. My knitting is very sporadic now.

    At least I know I will see you on FB. 🙂

  22. Ren says:

    jeanne- my blog is one of those that just… stopped. i feel where you are, like my knitting life has changed since i was blogging all the time. i’ll miss reading your blog (though i haven’t commented much recently) and i hope you continue to enjoy knitting up your gorgeous yarn! i feel like i’m signing a yearbook! 🙂

  23. Robby says:

    I will miss reading about your life’s adventures, but things have a season which is best recognized. I’ll probably peek in at your projects on Rav every so often as we seem to have some similar tastes. All the best.

  24. Susan says:

    I will miss checking in with you. I totally understand the departure, I gave up blogging a couple of years ago, I still knit and keep up with things on Ravelry. Best of luck on the yarn organization, for me it’s a work in progress.

  25. Kim says:

    Your blog has been a joy to read and follow. The infrequent posts have been somewhat of a Godsend because I am so tardy on my reading. I always knew when I finally caught up that your blog would be readable and that I could catch up on your events in a manageable amount of time. I do understand and have been having a bit of those feelings myself, but have convinced myself that occasional knitting tidbits are better than none at all.

    Will ‘see’ you on Ravelry!

  26. Rebekah says:

    Well schucks, I’ll miss you! see you on ravelry.

  27. Toni says:

    Sorry to see you go, but I can understand why. Thank you for sharing a little of your life with us, and thanks also for saying goodbye, and giving us the opportunity to wish you the best in the future!

  28. brokeknits says:

    Aw, thanks for letting us peek into your life. I wish you lots of happy knitting time!

  29. craftivore says:

    Sorry you’ve stopped blogging though I can certainly understand. Perhaps you’ll find your voice in some other medium. Cheers. Perhaps I’ll get to meet you at a fiber event sometime.

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  31. wenjian yu says:

    Separation is always sad

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