Wednesday, May 18, 2011
entering the blogosphere, finding my voice and embracing imperfection
Maybe it's not a quilting day today...
As a writer and an artist, this whole blog thing shouldn't really be such a big deal, right? These things should come naturally: eloquent composition simply spilling from the keyboard while beautiful images magically send themselves through my camera's lens, ready for download, without the need for editing or cropping. And with so many people writing blogs these days, it seems easy enough, right? I have more than a few favorites I follow regularly*. In reading these, as well as the dozens more I stumble upon each day, a basic common"structure" begins to emerge: A subject, story, or something to teach; a pertinent photo (in focus, well-lit, and carefully composed). Then, blogrolls, badges, and slideshows. Contests and giveaways, the random number generator, dozens of followers and comments galore!?! Wait! How do I make sure I choose the right words, find the right photos???
I'm getting ahead of myself. No one's reading yet. No one knows I'm writing this. It's just me here.
And so to follow on a conversation I had recently with another newer-ish blogger, don't think too much. Don't worry about creating the "perfect" post. For an audience of one (me), my reasons for blogging are pretty simple: to share projects I'm working on, a place to record thoughts, collect quotes, poetry, inspiration; to share with friends and family; to network with others with similar interests. This blog is by me, for me. If company comes, all the better!
*shhh! Don't tell anyone I only recently discovered how to use google reader... ;) I highly recommend it.
Posted by woollykat at 1:26 PM