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.
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.
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.