One year ago today, on Tax Day, I launched True Up. I can’t believe it’s been a year already and that I’ve managed to write posts nearly six days a week!
I’m not doing anything fancy to celebrate, no big giveaways or announcements (though there are plenty of those in store for the future). I spend lots of time fretting over unfinished (and unwritten!) to-do lists and thinking of all the things I could and should be doing with the blog and the business. But today, I just wanted to take time to think of where I started and how far I’ve come, to thank YOU for reading, and to thank all the past and current sponsors for their support. I’m so fortunate to have met all you, either online or in person. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, True Up would not be possible without your support and words of encouragement.
I also want to express my eternal gratitude to my family. Maintaining the site takes up more time than I ever anticipated, and it has been a struggle to do it all at once. Thank you putting up with me and supporting me in the pursuit of my dreams.
Let’s take stock of this first year, shall we?
Fabric Study has been one of my favorite topics to write about. So far I’ve covered weaves and a few different fibers — linen, rayon, and barkcloth. A silk series is coming later this month, wool is down the road, and there’s still plenty to write about plain old cotton.
I’ve had the privilege to interview many inspiring, brilliant, and hardworking people: Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Patricia Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics, textile design student Aurora Fox, Kimberly Niesz of Niesz Vintage Fabric, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of FunQuilts, Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie. And then there’s my ongoing meet the sponsors series, providing fascinating (to me, anyway!) little “behind the bolts” peeks into the lives of fabric retailers. I’ve also loved taking a back seat for the day and letting authors on blog tours take over: Heather Ross, Betz White, and Maria Peagler have all been my esteemed guests. I’ve only scratched the surface of people I’d like to interview and host, so look forward to plenty more of that. Lastly but not leastly, I was honored to be interviewed by Sew, Mama, Sew!, and interview my own self via SMS’s stash interview meme.
Speaking of memes, for some reason my attempt at one (your favorite fabric ever) was kind of a dud. Too hard to pick a favorite? Not enough readers at that point? Who knows … (wait, I said I’m not beating myself up today!)
Some of my most successful posts, on the other hand, have been my own original tutorials: Three Signs of a Cluttered Stash and 10 Steps to a Decluttered Stash. And then one I merely reposted: How to Care for Vintage Fabric – 36 Tips by Nan Jaeger of Revival Fabrics. (See a pattern here? As Problogger says, use a number in your post title, watch the links roll in. Well, I hope there is good information to back it up, too!)
As weird and maybe trivial as it might seem, I do believe True Up has also become the source for breaking fabric industry news, gossip, and controversies. To wit: Amazon buys Fabric.com, Heather Ross to leave fabric design, Westminster to Adopt MAP Policy (which was quickly scrapped).
I’ve (gasp) left my computer screen and actually made some field trips: to the Fall Quilt Market 2008, where I met nearly everyone I could ever hope to meet, and got head-spinningly inspired. And though the main purpose of the week I spent in San Francisco was to go to my sister-in-law’s clifftop wedding, I also got to take a mini textile tour with the most wonderful Lisa Solomon.
And of course, there have been oodles of my “workhorse” posts: new fabric collection previews, Sale Alert Sundays, Show-Us-Your-Stashes (which has kind of gone by the wayside but is due for a triumphant return), indie designer spotlights, and Daily Swatches. It’s become my goal to be an exhaustive catalog/archive of all the great new and old fabrics that I love, and I hope that I’ve become your reference of choice to keep up with new releases, trends, and information.
Here is to another year, another 853 posts, another 3,456 comments, another 2,000 subscribers … and of course, to more fabric. Now, bring on the cupcakes!