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Productive Knitting and Blogging

May 2, 2012

I used to blog more frequently, and since I’ve read Jane’s blog post about how productive she was while blogging daily last month, I’m thinking that I have to jump back on the bandwagon.  Yes I certainly had excuses for a month or two… but I’ve run out of those and I need to do something.  I definitely think blogging and creativity are related, at least for me, so I’m going to step up my game a little.   Fellow bloggers – what do you think?

Last week’s productivity – a pair of socks! 

Tamdoll's socks

Quick and fun to make with Farmhouse Yarns’, Bo Peep’s Not Just for Socks Yarn.  I knit these in the top-down style, for daughter #1, while we were traveling last week.  Since top-down is the method I’m most familiar with, I’m going to set a goal for myself before next winter: the next pair I make will be toe-up style (for daughter #2); and the pair after that will be created with circular needles (for Mr. Tamdoll).  When I’ve learned those methods, I’ll make a pair for myself with the style I liked best.

On that note, I haven’t stopped reading blogs, and thanks to Carina’s Craftblog most recent post, I backed up my Blogger.  It’s so important, and I rarely do this important task – so if you have a blog, or a computer with anything on it that you’d hate to lose – backup now! 

While I was in my blog settings, due to the advice of Rose of Randomcreative’s 10 Blogging Pet Peeves – I adjusted my Word Verification settings for comments – turning them off.  Personally, I find them a bit annoying, but I endure them when requested.  There are times my older tutorials get spam comments and I like to think the Word Verification stopped some, but instead I’ve simply added a comment moderation restriction for posts older than 14 days - hopefully that will help things while keeping commenting pleasant for honest folk! There have been times I couldn’t leave comments online because no matter what, I couldn’t get the words correct, so I hope this alleviates any issues for folks that hate that feature. Any comments?


  1. I've removed my word verification as well. They're such a pain. Who can even decipher what they are. I set my moderation to 14 day old post as well and I'm very happy with this arrangement. Blogger caught most of the spam!

    Because I had to go to the old interface to adjust the setting, I realised that upon coming back, my new interface setting had some little problems with the line break. I think the problem only surfaces if you use Blogger editor and you work from html mode. But it can be fixed easily.

    Welcome back!

  2. Would you believe it? Within minutes, I got a spam comment on my business card holder tutorial. These people are relentless. Or maybe they're just "bots".

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I hope that you don't get too many spam comments. Hopefully moderating older posts will help.

  4. Pretty socks! + how fun that you signed up for your first online class, they can be so much fun and inspiration! I've done a few and enjoyed them a lot.

    Happy blogging!

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to learning something new this summer.

  5. Every so often I try turning off the word verification but then I get flooded with spam. I agree, word verification is a pain but it doesn't stop me from commenting.

    1. It's unbelievable how many spam comments I've gotten since I turned this off, but notifications have kept me updated to what's going on, so I can delete them as they come in.

  6. lovely socks! I wish I could knit them!
    I'll have to check out backing up blogs.
    I don't use word verification at all. I have comment moderation for posts older than 5 days, but that's because I don't want to miss any comments. I'm thinking of changing it to 7.


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