Sunday, 14 August 2016

Podcasting and stuff

It was my intention to return to Podcasting in September when I return back to blogging again.  However, having mulled it over, and for lots of reasons which I will explain some of in  moment, I have decided that I am going to take a break from Podcasting for the foreseeable future.

I am so sorry to be taking this decision, for you and for me and for the reasons that I have come to this decision.

The final thing that has made me decide this is something that I haven't mentioned on the Podcast before, but which I have mentioned on the blog before.

We are once again dealing with new and further issues with Man.  If you don't know, Man is a relative who we have to care for and we care for him willingly, but it takes up a lot of time, physically and mentally as I expect that some of you also know.

What has happened is a further, but rather more dramatic, decline in his capabilities and this will lead to the need to spend ever more time with him.  This isn't a problem, and as I said we are glad to do it, but......  Although some of you say that you don't know how I do it, and I do do a lot of things, there are limits to even what I can achieve and this is my limit!

I am sure that the issues with Man can and will be worked around, but until we work out the new issues and how to handle them things will be up in the air and time will be short once again.

Before that though I had, if I am honest, felt a little disheartened that there were not more people interested in the Podcast and interacting back and forth.  One of the reasons I keep blogging is the interaction, and I think that I would rather concentrate my efforts in fewer places more successfully than spread myself too thin and not give blogging and/or podcasting all that it deserves.

I feel that the unsuccessful interaction is down to me perhaps not interacting enough.  I don't know if I am not entertaining enough, or interesting enough!  Perhaps I say um or so too much.  I have tried getting in touch with other podcasters, and apart from some kind words from one person I haven't had any feedback or interest or interaction really.

That is all OK, really, it hasn't taken off for whatever reason, and with time being limited again now I need to focus on the successful and interesting things rather than those which give me less pleasure and which I feel give you less pleasure too.

Podcasting is also difficult for me because I have limited physical space and it takes the best part of the day to move everything around, record and then put everything back again.  Then it takes a whole day to upload to you tube.  If I then want to improve the Podcast by doing some editing - which I suspect is what it needs - that will probably take a further day.

The time issue was really what got me thinking about this as since I have been on a blog and Podcast break I have had so much more time.  With the issue with Man coming up again and knowing that time was already tight and will get tighter something that takes a day a week has to come to a stop for now at least.

I am sad that I will not be Podcasting as I think that I was starting to get less nervous finally and I have lots of lovely things to share with you.  I will share those here on the blog in September and perhaps later in August instead and when/if I return to Podcasting I will just share whatever I am working on then.  What will definitely still be doing is watching others Podcasts as and when I have time.

So that is it really.  Sad in lots of ways because of the unsuccessful venture and because of the decline for Man but it is what it is and just because one door closes doesn't mean it will not open again - as my friend Gina will tell you - or that some other door will not open either.

I will continue with the blog and with Instagram, I will also continue to design and sell my patterns and my Etsy shop will remain open, although I don't know if I will restock it because I am struggling to generate sales there too and again I think I would prefer to concentrate on patterns.

Perhaps I have run before I could walk, perhaps I have taken on too much, in my darker moments I imagine perhaps I am just not popular for some reason.  Whatever the reasons it doesn't really matter because I really believe two things.  That if you don't try you won't know, and I have tried and know I know.  The other is that I never have regrets.  I might not do the same thing again - there are loads of things I have done that I will never do or certainly will try never to do again - but that doesn't mean that the thing I did was bad.  I don't regret it, I will just change things going forward.

So onwards, upwards, positive and stronger I go.

Can you perhaps do something for me?  If you do hear mention of my podcast can you let me know and can you let the person who mentions it know that I am on a break.  I would like to know what if any feedback I could get because as I said, if I do return I obviously need to do things differently, but I need to know what has to change.

Thank you for watching and for your support!

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See you soon!

Amy

60 comments:

  1. I'm sorry your responsibilities as a caregiver have increased, Amy. And I'm sorry your experience as a podcaster wasn't what you had hoped it would be. I will give you my honest feedback, and please don't be upset by it because it has to do with video podcasts in general, and nothing to do with yours personally. I listen to audio podcasts when I walk. I feel I don't have the time to commit to sitting down and watching podcasts, so I never watch them. Not even if someone happens to be podcasting about a topic I have a special interest in. I was going to make an exception and watch yours when you started it, but just couldn't find the time. t do, however, look at video tutorials. Perhaps that might be something you could do in the future once your responsibilities lessen as a caregiver - tutorials to go along with some of your patterns/projects. Your blog is lovely, and I'm sure your podcast was too, but maybe there are others out there like me who just find it hard to find the time to sit and watch. Hugs to you...

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    1. I know what you mean about time! I found it hard to find time to go and interact with other podcasters so although I listen to their podcasts while doing other computer work, I didn't have time to get in touch, reply etc, so it is the same thing really isn't it. I will carry on blogging and as you say, perhaps some tutorials video or otherwise in the future! I think that is perhaps more me. Thank you for your reply!

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  2. A difficult time for you Amy, you put so much of yourself into everything you do. I'm sorry that you haven't had more luck with the podcasting, it is such a difficult thing to pull off. I'll be honest, I never watch podcasts or audiocasts, they're just not my thing, I'm very print orientated and prefer reading to watching or listening. I always enjoy your blogging and look forward to it.

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    1. It is all time for all of us really isn't it! I will keep writing and you will keep reading and you will keep writing and I will keep reading and we will both be happy with that!! Thank you Janet!

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  3. Hello Amy ,
    So sorry to hear of your situation with man and I do hope all goes well for future plans.
    I can say for sure how much I enjoyed your podcasting ,I learnt so much from it ,also the main thing I enjoyed with your podcasts is that it comes from your heart ,we get to see you being you ,your chrochet ,sewing and crafting as genuine ,honest and lovely .Most of all I like the way you podcast with no commercial advertising.So many seam more interested in advertising ,indie yarns ,giveaways ,promotional gimmicks.You are amongst my favourites who podcast about craft work ,helping with showing how you make things ,so that people can learn and share in encouraging way.I am going to share with you a few lovely podcasters who do the same style so you can maybe watch ,link up with them.
    Knit56 by Shawn Glidden who talks about her beautiful knitting .The charm of it ,by Eva ,again knitting podcast but you will see how lovely they are .Sew sweet violet and Little Robbins .
    I do hope you can find time to return to podcasting and understand that life takes priority.
    I don't often reply on blogs but felt you need to know ,You were doing a good job at podcasting.
    I wish you well and will keep in touch on IG
    MY best wishes to you
    Sylvia xx.

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    1. Thank you Sylvia for your kind words. I am so glad that you "got" me!!! I can tell that you did by what you have said, that is very cheering and heartwarming and good to know!!! Thank you!!! I am not saying that I will not return, I just can't do it right now. Today has been taken up a lot with Man and that has just been phone calls so I have to prioritise. Thank you though for being so lovely and for letting me know that I was doing a good job! I really appreciate it. xx

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  4. Hi Amy, Sorry to hear your podcasts didn't generate ther interaction you were wishing for. I for one loved watching your podcasts although perhaps I was not very good at interacting. To be honest for some reason I seem to have completely lost my blogging mojo, something I had hoped to get back to in earnest over the summer holidays. I am hiping that now I am back from my fortnight away the inspiration will come back. I am wondering if others are going through a similar thing and it could have something to do with the time of year when we are all busy with gardening and holidaying. Perhaps when the weather turns and we spend more time indoors we will have more time for blogging etc. I am sorry to gear that Man has deteriorated and will take more of your time. I know what it is like when thungs just get too much and something has to give. I really hope that you will feel able to return to podcasting when the time is right for you to do so and am really pleased to hear that you will be continuing with Instagram and your blog as I love keeping up with all your projects and hearing your news. Take care. xx

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    1. Don't worry Jan, I totally get what you are saying and I can tell you get what I mean too! I will carry on as I don't think I could stop - the still blogging during my August blog break has proved that! - so you will still see me!! Thank you for being so lovely. I hope you get your blogging mojo back, as you say, perhaps in September when it is cooler and we are all less busy outside, I think the summer does that to us all and really it is a good thing isn't it!! Thank you again! xx

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  5. Dear Amy, sorry to hear about more difficulties with your relative. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and also the craft projects you share on it. I'm not really a podcast person at the moment, a bit too techie for me, though I have finally understood the use of you tubes now - even for left handlers like me. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer break and return with as much or as little as you can share. Your blog is greatly valued and very interesting. Best wishes

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts about Man and my blog, I really appreciate it on both counts! You are very kind. xx

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  6. It seems you are being stretched in many directions. Podcasting takes a lot of your valuable time. I agree with cutting back, as it is what I have done. I'm just getting back to sharing on my website, if only weekly. It was good for me to get rid of various things on the web. Hope things all work out for you.

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    1. It isn't until you stop doing things that you realise how much time they take is it and then you realise where you want to focus your time. I feel lighter already for having made the decision!

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  7. Hi Amy! I'm so sorry to hear all of this about Man but God bless you for caring for him. I'm sorry also about your podcasts. I really don't watch much podcasts but have watched a few of yours, which I enjoyed. Who know why things don't take off the way we'd like them to, but you're so right - you wanted to do it and you did it! I do enjoy your blog and I hope you can actually get a little bit of a rest. Don't stress about stuff and know you're making a difference in lives.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you Shelia, you are so kind as you always are. I have had some rest and have done loads of fun things which has been wonderful. Thank you for your kindness! xx

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  8. I do hope Man stays safe and well, maybe he will eventually come round to the idea that it would be better to move. Sorry to hear about the podcast. I just don't find it so convenient to watch, I much prefer to read as you can watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time, I'm sure it's nothing to do with anything you've done. At least you've given it a go and I will be glad that you're still going to be blogging, that's so much more fun. x

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    1. Thank you Karen, I totally get what you are saying! I have tried and can always go back to it if I want and I am so glad to still be blogging and definitely reading your blog too! xx

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  9. Hi Amy,

    So sorry to hear about man and I hope you manage to sort out a working solution sooner rather than later.

    About the podcasts - the honest answer is that I never bother with any video podcasts. Audio ones yes, but not video ones. I simply never find the time to watch them. I can read blog posts anywhere (in a cafe, on a train, waiting in a queue, etc.) and in doing so, I don't disturb other people. I'm sure you can see that it is not to easy to watch a video podcast in these circumstances and, I know it's possible to use earphones to block out the sound but I don't like using them.

    I'm sorry you didn't get the interaction you'd hoped for from the podcasts. I just wanted you to know that, from my point of view, it was nothing personal or to do with the quality of your efforts, I'm just not a fan of video podcast at all. Hope this explains things.

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your blogging break. xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. I get that podcasts aren't for everyone, we all have our own things that we enjoy don't we.

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  10. I know how difficult it can be to be a caregiver, as you know I look after my elderly parents and at times my husband so time is limited. The reason I didn't watch your podcast was nothing personal it was genuinely I didn't have enough time. It might be worth trying craft fayres as an alternative to an etsy shop, people attend them because they are genuinely interested in crafts. Autumn ones are usually quite successful as people are on the hunt for Christmas gifts. Take care, don't forget to look after yourself.

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    1. Thank you for your support and kindness, I know that you totally understand about the time thing! I hope that you don't get too bogged down either and can also find time for yourself. xx

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  11. I'm sorry to hear that you won't be podcasting for the foreseeable future, I enjoyed watching. I really enjoy the interaction I get on blogs so I can totally understand why you feel a little disheartened if the communication with your viewers just isn't there. I know that looking after elderly relatives takes up a lot of time so perhaps it's for the best at the moment. I gave up my allotment last year to devote more time to my parents, I feel very lucky to have them with me still so it's no hardship to do so.

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    1. It is hard when you have to give things up isn't it, even if you are willing to do so and happy to do it, it still means changing things which can be hard can't it. I hope that all works out for you and yours as well as it can. xx

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  12. I'm sad that you are considering hanging up your podcast hat. I'm trying to figure out the networking that happens on Ravelry and how the groups/threads/promotion works.
    I like cyber stuff to be personal - I don't think the world needs more celebrities, at least not in the fiber world. Truthfully, I am still searching for favorite podcasts. I feel like I know you better because of your courageous podcasts and I hope you'll return to do more.
    Bless your heart for being there for The Man.

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    1. I think that I need to work out what is more me if I do continue, and right now I am not sure what that is! I hope that you keep enjoying your podcasting and finding who you like! xx

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  13. Amy, I am sorry you are feeling this. I really don't understand Podcast and am blogging less and less these days. I think God gives us things for a season depending on our need. I was out of touch with the world for 5 years while my parents were sick and after their death, blogging was my only means of connection. We all need connection. I was dissillusioned with church and people and God used blogging to restore my faith in people. I haven't forgotten my blogging friends, but it seems my grandchildren and children are needing me more and more and too pooped to say much of anything when I'm home. I often look at followers and posts and wonder why I have little response, but I just decided that it was getting to stressful to keep up with those things so I just keep up with a few of you and that being said, not as often as I'd like. Prayers for you as you tackle this tremendous responsibility. I can relate after having cared for my aging parents. Just don't let it isolate you. I did and it's hard to come out of that hole. Prayers for you my friend.

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    1. You have been through such a hard time, I hope that things will ease for you in your new home and that you can move onwards and upwards. I am sorry that I don't always get to comment on your blog, I do read though! Thank you for your kind thoughts. xx

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  14. Hi Amy, I guess you have worked out that some you win and some you lose and it is good to re-evaluate what is the best way to spend your time especially with other commitments but feedback from me would be they were a touch too long for me. I suppose we all have a certain amount of time to blog and I never really sit still for half an hour. Maybe that will help in the future, certainly don't think you are less liked by your followers it is just blogging for me blogging is hopping from place to place, I don't know if that is personal to me or not. Enjoy the sunshine. Jo x

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  15. Amy, I have always enjoyed your podcasts and your blog even though I haven't said much or commented on your blog very often either. Other things in life take priorty oftentimes so do what is right for you at this time and come back to it later if you so choose. I don't think you should feel your podcast was any kind of a failure; those of us who watched enjoyed seeing and hearing you "in person". I am in the process of deciding on a pattern to use up the bits and pieces of yarn stored in three big totes and I'm thinking crocheting rather than knitting - see you inspired me! I'm leaning towards an afghan in granny squares, traditional or more modern I haven't decided, with an off white main color since I know that is one color I have enough of. After I checked out a book on Granny squares the local libarian asked if I would teach a class in crocheting. I declined as I really haven't crocheted (or knitted) much in over 15 years. I really do need to go check out Ravelry better. Hang in there and keep crocheting!

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  16. Caregiving is a very challenging time in life. My sister cares fot our father who is 86; I cared for my grandmother for a year in my home; it is a loving, but difficult thing to do. Praying for you.

    As for podcasts...I visit so many blogs that, unless they are very short and specifically tailored to my interests, I do not have the extra time. I am sure that it is not any fault of yours, Amy. Summertime means fewer posts and comments as a rule. Things will pick up again come autumn. Don't forget! It is always a woman's prerogative to change her mind.

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  17. Oh Amy, I think we have all had to 'let some things go' now and again. Family does take priority and we can never fore-see these things, can we? We go along having the best intentions and than life just gets in the way.......Now that you have dipped your toes into pod-casting, perhaps in the future when life is not so hectic, you can go back to it and you will already have a 'leg up'. Bless your heart for stepping up to help with your family. Hugs xo Karen

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  18. Hi Amy - well look at you, you have Blogger, Etsy shop owner, and Podcaster all on your CV which is more than most of us! Well done you and even more, well done you, for having evaluated it against all your other life events and decided to take a breakI That is brave in the first place, and gutsy in the second!
    I did watch your first podcast and it impressed me on many fronts, especially the putting yourself out there and having the techie knowledge to be able to do it, but in the end as my connection was as you as a person, rather than on the craft front AND mostly as my life has gone crazy busy, I didn't have the time either to watch.
    Enjoy your time with Man and the rest of the summer - you know I think you've started something with this "meaning of Blogging" post it could end up being your most popular post yet!
    Have fun in the sun :)
    Hugs
    Wren x

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  19. Sorry Amy to hear that Man is deteriorating, but I'm sure you are taking the right course of action. As for your Podcasts, I'm sure you have a dedicated following, but there is so much out there in this cyber world that we just can't take it all in. My old laptop, which is a good size for me, won't pick them up and my newer mini laptop is hard on my eyes. As well as all that, the government here have been rolling out a new broadband network that is causing a lot of issues for some. Anyway, you have a good blog following (which I enjoy) and I think your designing skills are excellent & wouldn't like you to let that go. Taking on too much can undermine your confidence, so stick to what you are really good at, tend to Man for the moment and keep you chin up.
    Take care & sending lots of huggles.

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  20. Hi Amy, so sorry things are not going well with Man. I know it's difficult and takes so much out of you physically, mentally and emotionally. So be sure to take care of yourself, pamper yourself when you can! As for the podcast, I watched the first two and enjoyed them! I liked that they were informal and homey, not slick! But as others have stated, it's all about time! I've been cutting back on reading so many blogs once I realized I wasn't doing as much crafting, crochet, reading etc as I wanted because I was reading about other people doing those things! I enjoy your blog very much! Take care, enjoy the rest of the summer !
    Karen in Virginia

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  21. I'm sorry to hear of further issues with Man. I hope things can be worked out without much delay.
    I don't listen to many podcasts because of the time involved. I did listen to a few of yours because it's nice to hear your voice, but in general they take too much time for me. :(

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  22. Hi Amy, I am sorry to hear that your relative has taken a turn for the worse, and I wish you well in your extra responsibilities in caring for him. There is help out there but it can be hard to access, so please don't give up looking for help from the health care and social work professions, as taking on all the caring role yourself is very draining and exhausting, and with your being such a 'giving' person I suspect you would burn yourself out and possibly suffer ill health yourself. I am sorry to hear that your podcasts were not as popular as you had hoped. I am not a podcast person I'm afraid. Lack of time, as others have said, was my main reason for not watching. I watched one of your podcasts part way through, and thought you came over as charming, friendly and very sincere (as you do in your blog) but I didn't have time to watch your podcasts all the way through, regularly. What about having your own You Tube channel with short tutorial videos (2-5 minutes), well edited, each one concentrating on a specific technique? They can be shot in close up, which saves you rearranging your whole house every time you make a video, and if you are demonstrating techniques that you use all the time, then they shouldn't be so generally time consuming and stressful. Don't lose heart Amy, and in general, don't rely on the blogging world for validation. It's a lovely place, but you don't necessarily owe it the amount of effort you give it. You are a super person (says she, validating you from the blogging world!) and I suspect with half the effort you exert on your blogging etc, you would still have a lovely, popular blog, and a great deal more time to yourself. Take care x

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  23. Dear Amy
    Don't be too despondent - you have prioritised in a way that is right for you at the moment, but there may come a time in the future when you feel you want to diversify again. I am of the mindset that I blog because I want to and if someone is nice enough to want to comment (or has the time to do so) that's a bonus, but I try not to mind if no-one does.
    Keep on going and thinking about the positives!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  24. May God continue to give you the strength and endurance you need to be a caregiver to your relative. Blessings...

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  25. I agree with Ellie, do it because you want to and don't be disheartened. We're all busy and I guess time is short to pop round and see everything all the time. xx

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  26. Hi Sweetie!! So sorry to hear about the continual trials with Man - but prayers that it will get better soon. God bless you wonderful folks for continuing to put such genuine efforts there on his behalf. Sending you prayers and wishes of strength and peace in that realm.

    Sorry to hear that some of your endeavors aren't taking off the way you'd like them too. I think it's always good to remain open, though, as I think sometimes it takes time for things like that to really take off. I bet if you did get feedback from other podcasters or Etsy store owners they'd tell you it took them quite a bit of time to really get going. Might be worth the wait on it a bit? You know I love your sweet store :) And I love your podcasts (and I don't really watch many other ones) just to see a sweet Friend I get a kick out of and see what you're up to - but unfortunately I don't knit, sew, or crochet so I can't help with feedback from that part.

    Whatever you do - I'm so happy you're my bloggie and insta Buddy and will stay that way!!
    Blessings Doll. xoxo

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  27. Hi Amy, I think you are doing the right thing now that you need to look after Man more. I've noticed that a lot of the popular podcasters only podcast. Those that have websites are really only landing places for show notes etc.

    Podcasting is extremely time consuming - one episode for me was more than enough. I knew as I was recording and uploading it that at this stage of my life I just would not have the time to devote to it - I think you have done so well with the amount of podcasts you have published. I feel bad for not watching more but my own life is so full right now that I actually haven't watched any podcasts for months, my own blog is pretty slow at the moment but I wanted to tell you that you ARE interesting enough and you are a lovely lady.

    I'm glad that you are going to keep blogging, I do love reading what you are up to ;)

    Blessings,
    Shirley Ann (Under An English Sky)

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  28. Being a carer is emotionally and physically demanding. I hope you are reaching out to the appropriate services to get help and to give you a bit of breathing space. I can well imagine that you put your ailing relative's needs before yours and that you maybe neglect your own mental wellbeing a little. Make sure you look after yourself.
    I know how much time it takes to create video material of any kind, I spend weeks on a single how-to film for work. It is a shame that you don't feel your podcast was generating as much interaction and interest as you hoped for. Maybe you could focus on short 3-5 minute tutorials for YouTube, if you enjoy the process of creating something other than patterns and beautiful objects. I really enjoyed the podcast I watched but unfortunately, time is not on my side. I would probably listen to a talking only podcast because this can be done 'on the go'. It is good to explore new things and no doubt podcasting has added to your life in many ways. I am just thinking of how difficult it is to put yourself out there and you have done that brilliantly!

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  29. One can only imagine the work to create the podcasts you did and I think it was wise to think on it and give something up. Being a caregiver not only takes time but is a tax on the physical and emotional self and you are kind to be looking after the relative.
    Do the things that bring you the greatest joy and I know what you mean about missing the friendships and interaction if you decided not to blog any more.
    Rain finally, except it is the hard, driving variety which washed a good deal of soil right out of the front garden.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  30. I'm sorry to hear that things have deteriorated with your relative. I think you have made the right decision to cut back in your own pursuits to be able to deal with your added care regime. Keeping your own interests manageable will help you a lot when your spare time is suddenly cut short. You don't know how long this new situation will continue, so why struggle to keep the podcasts going until you finally scream you just can't manage it all. Having said that, working on crafting when you are back in your own home and wanting to unwind from the strain of caring for others is a blessing and a welcome retreat. I do hope things do not become terribly straining for you with the added caring. Stay calm my friend and it will eventually all work into place. You know my sympathies are with you and I know firsthand what you are facing.
    As to the podcasts themselves, you have been very brave to get out there and share your beautiful creations with all of us "live"! It has been wonderful to see you chatting away, and I've honestly not watched any other podcasts except yours. It really did bring a fun spin on this blogging friendship ;) As you can tell from my own dormant blog, life in your own real world has to take priority, and we can't worry whether others will be miffed if we step away for a while. I hope your "darkest moments" are few and far between, because you are very well liked and loved by those who have been by your side for a long time. So cheer up Buckaroo, and do what makes you happy and content! I am personally impressed with the number of projects you have on the go ... quite an inspiration for this creative procrastinator!! Take care Amy, and big hugs to you as you shift your focus (if only temporarily).
    Wendy xox

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  31. I'm sorry to hear that Man has deteriorated Amy that fact alone will leave you feeling drained both emotionally and physically. I am always in awe of everything you achieve, a simple blog post is time consuming and reading the comments and visiting those who have been nice enough to leave one also takes up a lot of time. I have never tried to do a podcast and wouldn't know where to start but I can imagine it must take ages. Although I love to see your podcasts I don't always have the time and I think that is probably one of the difficulties that a lot of us face so maybe that's why they haven't been as popular as you would have liked. I'm sure your sales will pick up in time every new business takes time to establish. Do what you have to do to keep sane my friend and take care. xxx

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  32. Amy, thanks so much for blogging and podcasting and creating patterns...and sharing your life as it is. I am sorry that Man's needs are increasing, but so glad that you are there to care and help either by your physical help or by advocating for services to help him. Yours is one of the first podcasts I have watched, I have been delighted to get to know you through it. I think I never figured out how to comment through YouTube, but have tried to comment through your blog. I admire your skills and creativity and hope to use the patterns I have purchased from you even though I am a pokey stitcher :) I have been using, admiring and appreciating the lovely pink flowered and striped project bag that I purchased from you. Know that I wish you well, and that I look forward to further interaction with you as we are able. xxxxxxxxxx

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  33. I'm sorry to hear that your caregiving workload has increased - I know how exhausting that can be. I do, however, enjoy reading your blog and am glad that you will continue with that. I don't always have much time, and so I'm afraid that podcasting is something that I've not got into. I wish you well, and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations.
    Cathy x

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  34. Dear Amy, as you may have noticed I haven't been able to blog for a while or even read blogs to catch up with blog friends such as yourself, but I just wanted to say I'm thinking of you as you continue to look after Man now that much of your time is taken up with supporting him and you evaluate how you communicate and share your considerable creative talents via your blog. Bless you, Linda :)

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  35. Sweet Amy-- no one understands your issues more than me. Family issues are totally taking up all of my time right now and I hardly have any free time. I love following you on IG and IG is easy for me right now. My poor blog is lacking....

    It's life and we have to take care of family first. Love you...
    Vicki

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  36. This too shall pass. The best words I ever heard.

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  37. Dear Amy, time constraints hold me back too - and I am so late in commenting here. I am so sorry MAN is taking up more of your time, and know from personal experience that it never gets easier. Even with a great deal of professional help, you will always find it necessary to 'be there' for this person, and it all takes time. As others have said, I have not been watching pod-casts because I read posts on the run, in all sorts of public locations, and have little time to watch pod-casts at home. I have been a crafter in the past but no longer do crafts, so interest is not really there. However, I love you and your blog and delight in your garden and the Stately Home where you work. All the best for whatever comes your way - and see you on Instagram :) xx

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  38. Hi Amy - I'm a bit out of the loop on a lot of this, for one reason or another. But your recent post heading caught my eye and I wanted to say a couple of things. Firstly, of course, I am sorry to hear about MAN; obviously that must be tough and has to be a priority. Secondly, don't give up on your dream unless you really have to, which is only when it is no longer financially viable, has no prospect of being financially viable in the foreseeable future - or because you just don't want or can't do it anymore. Provided the product is right, persistence is king - and it takes most people time to establish their market. You have a very successful blog - and how long did that take to build up? My own dream project has taken a step back - having transferred to Wordpress many 'blogspotters' seem to have stopped looking at A Bit About Britain - but I know from experience of running a business that I have to be a bit patient. New things take longer at first, too - and perhaps you will find quicker, more efficient, ways of doing them as you go. Hang on in there and, in any event, look after yourself. As WSC said, KBO!!

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  39. I discovered your blog only recently, so I can't really follow. I participate with pleasure in your theme 5 on Friday (I think it was 3 timesà , but I don't know what a potcast is and the explanations on internet don't make it more clear ! So 5 on Friday will continue ??

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  40. I have only just caught up Amy and so sorry to hear Man is deteriorating and you are having to reassess. Caring is very hard work and takes up far more time than one would expect even when it is done gladly. I care for a relative too and am pleased to be able to do so but sometimes wonder where the day went! Try not to put yourself under pressure to achieve so much and concentrate on things you enjoy. Time will bring more changes and maybe the podcasting will return in a new form. Take care and it's always lovely to catch up with you through the blog and Instagram.

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  41. Sorry for the late comment Amy, I've been playing catch up all week. Podcasting for me is more of a holiday experience, no time in the week you see. Perhaps in time you will return to it. I'm sorry things with man are deteriorating. Remember to take time for yourself too, it can all too soon become overwhelming without you realising it. xx

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  42. So sorry to read in your latest post about your ongoing concerns with Man. I've come back here to make a comment. I hope all goes well with the doctors visit and that things can start to be organised and put into place. I understand what you are going through - went through it with parents and now my nieces are going through it with my sister who has been diagnosed with dementia and is now in a special home as she is deaf/blind too. I'm guilty of not watching your podcasts Amy as I don't do any crafts and I thought they were tutorials for crochet and etc, I did mention them to a friend who does crochet and I know she watches things like Youtube tutorials and I told her about your lovely shawls. I know it is an anxious time for you but don't give up entirely things will work themselves into some sort of routine in the end. Take carexxx

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  43. We too have a Man in our family, and while he's doing pretty well on the whole, his moving to our area has made a huge impact on our schedules. I do sympathise with you Amy!!!

    It's okay to back off on some commitments. There's a time for everything. Best wishes as you continue to take care of the truly important things. I hope the doctor visit will be helpful.

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  44. A sensible decision to concentrate on fewer things when life is being challenging Amy. It can be difficult to acknowledge when some things are working and others not and maybe you'll come back to podcasting in the future when the time feels right. I really do hope that things work out with your relative. Stay positive and remember to look after yourself xx

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  45. Time is a precious commodity. I hate having to prioritise, but it's a necessary evil. And when time is short or needed elsewhere, then having a pause is a sensible move. Wishing you well with Man.

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  46. I would love to do more social media stuff but it is so time consuming Amy, I watched some of your podcasts and it was great to see you - you did make me giggle sometimes too, but I didn't interact because I am not very crafty. I just concentrate on blogging and don't even have Facebook - I wouldn't be able to keep up with it. I hope things are improving with Man! Take care xx

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  47. Sorry to hear you won't be podcasting anymore, but totally understand. I really enjoyed your podcasts and thought you were very brave to put yourself out there like that. I am NOT a very social person and find that sort of thing very difficult - hence the remark.

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