Here’s a confession. I am a meddler. I stick my nose in places it isn’t meant to be. I don’t do it maliciously. I don’t do it to be mean. I do with every intention of trying to be helpful, but I do meddle.
At the end of last week, I saw Judy at Patchwork Times was having trouble with her blog. I’m friends on Facebook with Judy and later I saw a post that she was thinking that her problem was bad enough that she might need to delete her blog and start over.
I was completely and totally sick about that. Seriously, I was sick. I kept imagining myself and my blog. I would be devastated if I completely lost the blog. I have so much in it. I have family. I have pictures. I have recipes. I have life. The blog pretty much tells my life story since June 2009. Everything from family facts to personal feelings are all in the posts.
The blog is a history. I periodically go back and find pictures of the house as we were working on it. Someone asks when something happened I go to the blog and look it up. Most things worth referencing I record in the blog.
I ended up messaging Judy and said I was so sorry she was in the predicament with her blog. I told her I would be so sad. Somehow I couldn’t get her blog off of my mind. Then I started worrying it could happen to my blog.
Well, you might remember that Kalissa and I met up with Kayla on Saturday. Judy’s blog was still on my mind. Kayla is my blog manager. She does all of the behind-the-scenes things. All I know how to do it load pictures and write the posts. THAT IS IT. I have no idea who or how the hosting is done. Kayla takes care of it all. She always has. I sure hope she always will.
While we were eating lunch I started to explain to Kayla the little I knew about Judy’s blog. I frightfully asked if this could ever happen to my blog. Kayla said no about my blog and started questioning what was going on with Judy’s blog. She said as long as the blog was still visible, she thought it could be saved. Hmmm.
I went home Saturday and here’s where the meddling happened. I was still sick that Judy might lose her whole blog. I messaged Judy again. I told her about Kayla and I told her that Kayla was hopeful that her blog could be saved. At this point, I think Judy wasn’t hopeful. Then we started talking and as I talked with her, her problem sounded a little like the problem Mary at Country Threads had. I told her that and told her that Kayla had fixed that.
After many back and forth conversations with Judy and then Kayla, the two of them hooked up and…(drum roll please>>>) Kayla has Judy’s blog working again. Judy at Patchwork Times was able to keep her blog!!! She is blogging regularly again!! I’m so happy.
This Momma is so proud of her girl!! Kayla has long taken care of me as far as computer and internet stuff goes. As a teen, she built my early learning website Making Learning Fun. She has had zero college training on doing what she does, but she’s a quick learner and she has grown with the internet.
Kayla first started dabbling in building websites back when she was 12 years old. She had a website of her own. She continued to dabble until she built my website and later, it was Kayla that got me interested in blogging.
I remember Kayla coming to me and saying, “Mom, you need to be a blogger.” I’ll be honest. It was 2009. I had never read a blog and didn’t even know what a blog was. Kayla tried to explain it to me then finally sat down to the computer and said, there are all sorts of blogs out there. Let’s find some quilting blogs. Do you want to know the funniest thing of all? When she looked for quilting blogs, one she pulled up was Judy at Patchwork Times. Hers was one of the first blogs I ever read.
I read Judy’s blog, Quiltville, and a few others from people who no longer blog until I got a feel for blogs…then one day, Kayla made a blog for me. It was so funny. She made a total cheat sheet for me. She drew out step-by-step instructions with pictures of the buttons so I knew which ones to click.
It’s been a long time since those first days.
I think it’s funny that one of the first blogs I read was Judy’s Patchwork Times and now it was Kayla that helped Judy. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.
I do enjoy Judy’s blog and would have missed it had she lost it all and had to have started over…so the meddling was a bit selfish on my part.
I am so proud of Kayla. She often sells herself short as she wasn’t formally trained through college to do this. It’s something that started as a hobby and she’s learned as she goes. She is young but seriously has been at this since she was 12. I keep telling her hands-on experience can be better than book learning.
I have to tell you that for us bloggers, it’s really hard to find anyone that understands what we do. There are so many different entities to blogging on this scale that go beyond what many know. It’s impossible to explain to others the whole scale of blogging let alone find someone who can help fix problems. So many of us that have blogged for 10 years or more started out simple more or less as a diary of our quilting with no clue it would build into something so many read. We had no idea that technology would change and we had no idea how to change with it. We were people who have a need to tell a story…not people who wanted to delve into technology. But now, here we are and it’s hard to find anyone who can understand what we are doing let alone help.
I’m so blessed to have Kayla. She understands what we’re doing. I’m so happy that she’s helping others through her business Ms Pins Media.