It was inevitable. Besides cleaning my real living space this weekend, I finally devoted some time to cleaning house on Needle ‘n Thread!
Strangely enough, keeping up a website with any regularity can seem rather daunting now and then. I appreciate so much you dear loyal readers who keep me motivated to continue growing this website! Without motivation…. well, it’s easy to let things lag a bit.
Sometimes, the website goes through a content growth bubble. These are the times when I’m adding a lot of content, but not necessarily doing the behind-the-scenes work of linking up to various indexes, so the content is easier to find later.
So, this weekend, I did a little backtracking to index some content. I still have a little more to do (hopefully today!) so that you can see the results on a much more organized Needle ‘n Thread!
First, I updated my Hand Embroidery Patterns Index. There, you’ll be able to find the free hand embroidery patterns available on Needle ‘n Thread listed and described.
Then, I updated the Tips and Tricks for Hand Embroidery page, where you can find all “tips and tricks” articles – usually tutorials, how-tos, various ideas on organization, stitches, techniques, etc. – listed.
I began, but didn’t finish, updating the Gallery, where you’ll find links to posts with pictures of specific projects, embroidered works, etc. This is quite a time-consuming job! It’s the first thing I want to finish up today.
Squizzing through the site a bit, I started looking for broken links and so forth. I found out that I have several on my Embroidery Patterns around the Web list, so that’s going to take some attention this week, too! At the same time, I’ll be updating my links page with new resources and with new information sites.
Making lists is an inevitable part of my life. Lists help with general organization, and, at least for a while (until I lose the list!), they help me get things done. I’ve made up a long list of other things that need updating – like my bookstore (I’ve got a tremendous hand embroidery library that I’ve wanted to catalog for a long time and share with you some reviews, but …!!), the “editor’s floss” section in the top right column (I want to make some adjustments there), and my contact info form.
So much to do, so little time!!
In the meantime, there’s the ever-present question of new videos to be added to the Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches. Well, never fear, there are some coming. I’ve found, though, that with time, I’ve become a bit more persnickety about the quality of the videos. When I first started making them, video was still somewhat of a novelty online – certainly not as widely used as it is now. I wasn’t too familiar with the whole filming-editing thing, and I didn’t have any decent equipment. Now, I look back on my earlier videos and tend to cringe a bit at their quality. Eventually, I’ll remake all of them. In the meantime, though, I’m trying out new techniques and some new equipment and will be adding to the library as soon as I can. I’m in the throes of deciding whether to invest in a new camera, too – a video camera, as opposed to a regular snapshot camera that has a video function. For close up filming, the cameras become a bit more complex, though, which means they’re a bit more expensive. So I’m fooling around with that idea a bit… As things develop in the video line, you’ll be the first ones to hear about it!
Finally, I’m also contemplating a new format for the website. This, I undertake with trepidation. I know how difficult it can be to re-adjust to a website after you’ve become used to the format. But it’s an idea I’m playing with, nevertheless, always keeping in mind that I want the website to be reader-friendly.
And here’s my question:
I’d love to know what kind of content you’d enjoy seeing more of on Needle ‘n Thread. Often, I’m not sure what readers really like. This would probably be a good place for a poll, but polls are rarely specific enough. How about, instead, you leave a comment below, letting me know what you like on Needle ‘n Thread and what you’d like to see more of? That would help give me a better sense of direction!
As my mom would say, what are your druthers? (“Druthers,” Mom? Is that even a word?)
Thanks for your input! Enjoy your Monday!