I wrote a post called The Rejected Handmade Sweater on Crappy Pictures today, and realized I had actually already written the entire story here. Right here, called Crafty Hibernation, back in 2009. Same story, two formats. Interesting.
I won't lie, while it has been tons of fun and I'm ever so grateful for the attention the new blog is getting, it also has brought with it some added...stress? I'm not sure if it is stress exactly though. Self-consciousness more likely.
Mostly, what is scary is expectation. The feeling that other people expect me to keep on writing stuff that doesn't suck. Can I really do that? I try not to think about it. Try not to write FOR anyone other than myself. It seems to work. I felt the same way when I made toys. Or really, did anything that I had to put "out there". I wonder if everyone who makes or creates feels this way at times. Probably.
The other thing that has happened is that I've had to grow some thicker skin. I thought I was prepared for the inevitable shitstorm of hate that comes at you when you suddenly get "popular" or whatever. But I wasn't. I am now though. At least I think I am.
To deal with it, I made yet another crappy cartoon that I guest posted on another blog (since it was quite bitchy and had nothing to do with parenting) called What to Do When You Disagree With a Blog Post. And anyone who has a blog and has received or seen some nasty comments on other blogs might appreciate it.
Have a good week!