Or rather, making it real. In doing more and more research into the world of knit design, commentary, writing, etc, it's become clear that having a dynamite knitblog (something I previously thought that only people with too much time did) can be a way to break into a real career. So, I'm actually going to do this-- have a real domain, write up *all* my patterns (something I always intend to do, but forget), review yarns and books (again in the good intentions pile). I transferred this blog in its entirety over to Wordpress (the design is somewhat more friendly for free-standing blogs, and hopefully by today, it'll be at www.amoralfiber.com . Edit: it's there now! whee!
This is going to be a lot of work--I'm going to have to refresh my html and learn some CSS to really make it work out. I can't afford to pay someone to do it for me, and besides, I'm kind of partial to the geeky achievement feeling of doing it myself. I'm going to have to figure out which patterns to distribute for free, and which (if any) patterns I want to distribute for a fee.
There's ups and downs to selling patterns--if I sell them, they'll need to be polished, and I'll probably have to design a header for them and make them into pdfs. I'd also provide support for them-- which can be a pain in the ass, and frustrate people when *they* think the pattern's fucked, but they're the ones actually making a mistake. But it's a start--if I can generate interest, it's a good transition to having a design company or writing a book or any of the other pipedreams I have.
So, I'm scared to death in some ways--if this tanks, it's like the entire knitting community rejects me. Which would suck. A lot. But I also figure that if I give it the whole year (how long I own the domain for now), it'll be something that can gauge a lot of things--people's reactions to my patterns and reviews, my own commitment to doing something serious in this arena, etc. Interweave Knits just hired Eunny Jang of See Eunny Knit, so there's something to it. Of course, she's better than I am at the moment, but it's something to aspire to, no?
I haven't yet figured out the ins and outs of the RSS feed so that you folks on LJ can still keep track of me.... that's the next project. I'll keep you posted. And Al, if you know how you did it, let me know!