I’ve kind of fallen into a bit of a blogging funk – hence, the lag between posts.
Interestingly, I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one in the blogosphere who is feeling this way. One artist who blogs wonderfully, sharing her life and inspiring many, spoke about the possibility of opting for a monthly newsletter instead.
110 comments later!!! she was left with no doubt that others still valued her blogging efforts most highly.
Loads of comments are definitely a wonderful reinforcement, (I love ‘em just as much as the next blogger) but my question is more about what you want to share in your blog and why. Yes, this actually is a question, I’d love to know!
I am sure that there are as many reasons to blog as there are bloggers, and they are probably all valid.
Originally I started out wanting to show what my life with cfs was like, without specifically describing symptoms or gory details too much; more of an illustration over time of what was lost and what was gained.
Next came my masters, and that seemed a worthy process to document in a blog. And since finishing that two-and-a-half years ago, I’ve been blogging about the art I make and see around me.
Earlier this year, I realized that while I am still learning (I’m sure I always will be) I have reached both an age and a stage where I wanted to share what I know. I’m not in a position where I can run classes or workshops, but I thought that perhaps the blog could be honed to work more in this way. By confining myself to posts that might interest book artists, and working a bit harder at the research background and structure of the posts, perhaps I could offer something worthwhile.
Unfortunately, that level of blogging isn’t always sustainable for me, and while it’s great fun while I have enough energy, it just becomes something else I feel guilty about leaving undone when I am unwell.
So just now, blogging has become a bit of a chore for me. I’ve thought about trying to turn each post into a piece of art in itself, rather like the beautiful posts on Speak Without My Voice and The Floating Bridge of Dreams. I’m still thinking about that option, but I can see problems with that too.
In the meantime, I know that after 5 years of writing in this space (yes, I’m amazed how long it is, too) I have built up a wonderful, inspiring, international network of bloggy-colleagues. You feel so much more than mere cyber-friends. You feel very, very real, and although I may be casting around for a direction for the blog just now, you can be sure that I will remain connected to you.
Watch this space!