A couple months ago, I invited readers to ask me (almost) anything. Kathryn responded with a question about blogging. It was a lot like Teresa's favorite model question, and it received the same sort of vague and unsatisfying answer. Sorry!
In truth, I have a lot of favorite parts of blogging. I like the act of writing itself and enjoy telling stories through words and pictures. I get a lot of satisfaction from the free exchange of information, not just from myself to others, but also from others to me via comments and guest blogger posts. I love that I have met so many friends through my blog, and I grateful to have a record of so many of the big and small moments of my life.
Beyond all that, I've found that blogging makes tack making easier.
Earlier this this month, I made a pair of dressage saddles. They went together smoothly, but I hit a snag when it was time to make the girths. My pattern was missing some essential pieces, and I couldn't remember exactly how everything fit together. Fortunately, I had a vague memory of writing a post about just this topic. I typed "dressage girth" into the search box on the top left side of the screen, and up popped this post from 2010.
Just like that, I had everything I needed to fill in the blanks.
Similarly, when I decided to make Cobra collars for my Etsy shop, I did all my research right here on the Braymere blog. I found high quality images of full scale collars on real horses...
|Photo by Kellye Bussey|
as well good pictures of my own past efforts.
From there, it was a hop, skip and a jump...to completing multiple collars. Hurray again!
Perhaps a more organized tack maker wouldn't need a blog to remind her how things are made, but for me, it's my first and often best resource. Blogging is an essential part of my creative process. I can't imagine Braymere Custom Saddlery without the Braymere Blog.