Soap blog - It's been a year
The photo for the header had to be something very wide and not very high. Not a shape that one normally uses for pictures! I cropped one that had a lot of green in it because I like that colour, it's friendly. I chose a fairly simple template that had a white background and the orange headlines... well that was just a part of the theme and I hadn't fiddled enough to know how to change that.
That left the problem of soap photos. I had some photos of the first soaps that I made. I realized that my soaps were not necessarily the prettiest and I didn't (and still don't) have a light box. The photos were bound to be ugly if they were close ups or boring if they showed one soap very, very far away. So my solution was to pile a lot of stuff around the soaps so that there was something interesting to look at. This afforded me with an opportunity to showcase some of the junk I pick up in flea markets and even some justification for buying more. By tweaking the colours slightly I got a softer and more uniform look to the photos. So now I had a look and then I needed to think about how to write and what to write about.
Having been an avid reader of blogs for a long time, I have my own likes and dislikes. I like getting a glimpse of the person who writes the blog, I like being told where ideas come from, I really like people who give credit to others, I love people who share recipes, methods, ideas and good suppliers. I don't like blogs that look like they are isolated from the world and never speak of other soaps than their own. I also favor blogs that show their followers and a blog roll. I find so many interesting blogs that way. I love to look at blogs from faraway places even if I have to resort to Google translate. My own blog, when translated to my own language, sounds hilarious. But I am grateful, anyway, for the translations.
I thought long and hard about sharing my recipes and my decision to do so was mostly because I found it enormously helpful when I was starting out. But also because I was pretty certain that I would be preaching to the choir. And that was who I wanted to get in touch with, other soapers, not customers. I don't know if I would share my recipes if I blogged in Icelandic. Maybe I would. Although I really do think there are people out there who are completely disinterested in making their own soap. These people are potential customers, but they probably have no interest in reading about how to make soap.
Happy Tiny Bubbles for being my first follower. I was so thrilled. I still am thrilled every time someone wants to read my blog. But I kept it a secret for the longest time. I think my husband was getting suspicious that I was having an affair. He'd ask me what I was doing as I hammered away at the computer and I would casually reply "Oh, I'm just writing down some recipe ideas" as I'd turn the computer screen away. Today there is a handful of my closest family that know about my blog, but mostly it's still my secret.
When I started this a year ago I did it for me. I wanted to interact with other soap makers and get an outlet for my own experiments and thought. The blog has turned into a place where I store ideas and recipes and basically have fun. I use my own blog to look for the recipes when I bake and I have a number of posts that are in draft. I put my ideas down here and some make it to be posts, others just hang there until the right time comes along. I expect that I will continue to post my soap recipes as well as to post about my ventures into bread baking and (hopefully) dyeing and bookbinding and paper making to name a few. Where this blog takes me is anybody's guess. But today I have given my blog an overhaul and changed it just a bit, mostly to reflect the season. It may be snowing outside, but the calendar says it's spring.
I love the community of bloggers that I have gotten to know in this past year. Many of them I have started to regard as friends and I am always excited to read their latest posts. I thought it's about time I show my true face for a change as I thank all my blog friends for a fantastic first year. I really look forward to another year of following others and writing about my own exciting new projects, soaps or who knows what :)