It's nearly 6 years since I started blogging, and I've been thinking about how things have changed in the world of sewing blogs during that time. Just to keep things neat, I came up with 6 thoughts...
1. People are making more stuff Well, obviously! It's not a surprise that there is more blog content after 6 years, but it's so much easier to find help for making traditionally more challenging items like underwear and active wear. These types of sewing seem more mainstream than they once did.
2. Have we reached peak Indie Pattern Company?
Everyone and their dog has a pattern company these days, so it seems. I find myself fairly underwhelmed by many of the offerings available and it's very few that I really feel I 'have' to buy, because they offer something different than I can already find in my pattern stash. Am I jaded? Do I just have loads of patterns already? Maybe a bit of both.
3.You don't even need a blog!
Readers are interacting less and less with blogs. I definitely get fewer comments than I used to, and I notice the same trend on some of the bigger blogs that I follow. I also comment less on blogs because I read them more on my phone, where commenting is more difficult. As an extension of that, a lot of commenting happens on Instagram, where many users build up a following without ever having a blog. It's a great format for easy interaction.
4. The world has re-discovered sewing
The Great British Sewing Bee has reminded the world that sewing still exists, and the increase in number of companies selling fabric etc. suggests there is a large and growing market. Blog sponsorship and sponsored posts are more common than they used to be too - not to the same extent as some types of blog, but still increased.
5. Named/Boutique fabric ranges
A few years ago, Liberty was the only brand name for dressmaking fabrics that I knew. Now we have cult ranges like Cotton & Steel and Atelier Brunette who offer fabric collections. Although limited edition fabric ranges are an established part of the quilting world, this is a newer addition for dressmaking fabrics. So we get more choice of fabrics but also a greater temptation, and none of these fancy fabrics are cheap!
6. Vlogging is the Future?
I read that the internet will increasingly be populated by videos, and some sewing bloggers use vlogging already. Personally I have never looked at any of those, never mind made one, but that may well change as it becomes more popular. Who knows, maybe in 6 years time I will be doing videos instead of writing!
What do you think - do you agree with any of my thoughts?