3 Upcominng Changes

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Back at the first of the year, I mentioned that there will be some changes coming to this blog. Now I’m going to tell you what they are.

Well… To be honest, only one of them is directly related to the blog. The other two things are upcoming events. If “event” is the correct word.
I’ll stop rambling. Here’s what’s coming up.

1. The Blog

First, this blog will be moving. It isn’t anything you will notice, but I wanted to let you know just in case things seem to be in disarray for some reason. When I started this site, I signed up on WordPress.com.
At the time, I didn’t realize that option would limit me in what I can do.

I’m going to stay with WordPress, but I’m going to move to the .org side. That will allow me to have it on a different server and will allow me to offer some additional features that I can’t do right now without upgrading to a more expensive plan.

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2. A Course

Yes, you read that right. I will be offering a crochet course soon. My goal is to launch around the first of March. I have my videos outlined. I do not have them fully scripted because I don’t want to sound like I’m reading.
Why a course? Several reasons.
One, several people have mentioned they would like to learn crochet from me. Some of these people live in my town, so we could arrange to do things in person. Others live in other towns or other states, so in-person classes can’t be as easily arranged.
Two, the first time I learned how to crochet was in college. Then I didn’t do anything with it for a long time. I forgot how to do it. Then I decided to figure out how to do it from books and from videos. Now, because of my eyesight, that didn’t work out well. Soon after that, I found out about a class being offered locally. I signed up and learned that way. After I had the basics down again, I could watch videos and read books/magazines and learn that way.
However — and this is reason number three — sometimes those videos weren’t as clear as they could be. I know that sounds odd, but bear with me.
As someone who is visually impaired and has no depth perception, some of the videos looked too … flat. I couldn’t tell exactly what I needed to do, especially for some of the more intricate stitch combinations. (To this day, I can’t do a Solomon’s Knot.) The course I do will have extra verbal instructions for those who are legally blind or otherwise visually impaired and learning to crochet.
That’s one reason why I’m planning to launch in March. The videos are taking a little longer to do than I planned for. But I want to do this right.

3. A Podcast

I had a podcast before, but it was more general. It was about creativity in general. That was kind of too broad and I experienced what is called “pod fade.” Pod fade is where a new podcast fades to nothing after a few episodes.
This new podcast will be called “This Loopy Life.” It will be about all things crochet — patterns, yarns, fibers, craft shows, and so on. This includes the business side of things sometimes, including product photography.
When is it going to launch? Well… I was thinking March, but I want to get the above-mentioned course out first. So I’m thinking April. I’ll let you know for sure when the time gets closer.
That pretty much sums it up. None of the changes or upcoming events are earth-shattering, but they are some kind of big things for me. I hope you will think so too and follow along to see how it all goes.
What are some changes you would like to see? I’m open to suggestions.

One thought on “3 Upcominng Changes”

  1. NancySmyth-YarnyBookkeeper

    Oh Jen, I am right there with you – totally blind in my right eye, no depth perception, can’t judge distances for anything and I wear tri-focals (which somedays really means TRY (to focus)! I think your course will be so beneficial to so many people with vision issues!

    And you’re right, sometimes YouTube video’s are just too flat.

    What an amazing idea!

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