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1 Year Blogaversary!!!

Waffle Celebrates in Style

Happy Blogaversary To Me!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started Detective Houndstooth.  I’m pretty proud that I was able to clobber together a blog that is somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  That’s also my standard in sewing:  somewhat functional and looks half way decent.  I’ve blogged about 17 sewn items but have made another 10 or so that didn’t make it to the blog.  These are repeats of the patterns I’ve done before and I didn’t have anything more to say about it.  The items I wear the most are basics like the the Kirsten Kimono Tee, Deer and Doe Plantain tee and the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  Of course Waffle uses his bolster bed daily.  I had the privilege of testing 2 patterns, the PR Winter Street dress and SBCC Vesper dress.  It’s really fun to be a part of the process and to help improve the pattern.

 

Most Popular Posts

Although there was a lot of selfish sewing going on, I did manage to post a variety of tutorials and a few patterns.  I think these were well received since they’re my top 3 blog post views.

1) Stash Folding Like a Pro:  Wow! You sewists are serious about your stashes.  I’m happy to say that I’m still using this folding system and my stash is looking as organized as ever.

Free Tutorial Stash Folding

2) Flower Scarf:  This is a free pattern for a quick and lovely flower scarf.  It’s been downloaded almost a thousand times.  I can’t decide if it’s popular because sewists love the scarf or sewist love free things.  It’s probably a combination of both.

Free Pattern Flower Scarf

3) Stacking Ring Toy:  This is another free pattern.  It’s a kid’s stacking ring toy that seems to have gotten a lot of people excited and feeling nostalgic.  I put this pattern out about 3 months ago and it quickly shot up to my top views.  It’s seriously gaining on the Flower Scarf which was released almost a year ago.  This pattern has seen hundreds of downloads.

Stacking Ring Toy
 

 

Not So Popular Posts

The posts that haven’t seen that many eyeballs are my shopping adventures, particular the National City Swap Meet and London shopping post.   I’m thinking these are too location specific and don’t apply to a lot of my readers.  I don’t obsessed over page views.  It’s just that I have limited time to blog and if these aren’t useful to others and I definitely don’t need to read them (I was there), then the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  Thoughts?

National City Swap MeetLondon Shopping

Thanks For a Great Year

Thank you to everyone who have taken the time to leave me a comment.  I know commenting can be difficult when you’re reading on your phones or my spam blocker is a little tooo effective.  I love reading everyone’s comments and gleefully respond to them all.  If you have any suggestions on what I can do more of or things  you hate seeing on blogs (yes, I’ve seen the pattern testing controversy) please let me know in the comments or by e-mailing me at detectivehoundstooth@gmail.com.  Well I think I’ve dissected my year of blogging enough.  I do love data and analytics but I love actually sewing a lot more.  Thanks for following along with me this year.  I hope you stick around for another.

Happy sewing,

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20 Responses to 1 Year Blogaversary!!!

  1. Kyle says:

    I didn’t realize your blog had been going over a year now, I thought it was a more recent thing. So I just read some of your posts. Lots of helpful info in here! I love posts about fabric shopping so I’m surprised those were lower ranked.

    That is a neat tip about fabric folding!

  2. Jill says:

    Happy bloggy day! Glad you chose to put your creations out in the world. And you are quite funny, I must say 🙂

  3. Congrats on a year! I don’t even know how to check my analytics (or what they are, really), so you are way better at this than me, LOL! I might have to check out the scarf–I’m in need of something to go with the gloves I got my aunt…

    • Oh those analytic. On wordpress they’re in the Jetpack plugin. That’s what I use. It gives you # of visitors, page views, clicks etc. You can also sign up for google analytics which will give you more robust data.

      How about you forget all about it and spend your time on that scarf instead?!

  4. Carrie says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Blogging is so much more work than you expect it to be…so congrats on making it a year! I love reading your posts and look forward to more 🙂 Your posts are always well thought out yet still hilarious!!

    • Aww thanks Carrie! Blogging is a lot of work. I’ve had many moments of “what am I doing all this work for?”. But then I think about all the wonderful blogs I love reading, like yours and I suck it up and get it done.

  5. June says:

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed seeing your work this year!

  6. Carol Faulkner says:

    I liked your shopping posts. I will never get to shop where you do so I like to see what available there.
    Happy anniversary.

  7. Mads says:

    Happy blogaversary!! Can’t wait to see what you make and share in your second year–I always enjoy reading your entries!

  8. Accordion3 says:

    Happy one years blogging!!!

  9. Kyla says:

    Happy 1 year! I love your blog, shopping posts and all… and I just pinned the ring toy post for later 🙂

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