On blogging....I have received a few emails lately asking me about my blogging experience, how to begin, where to start, how to grow....I'll do my very best to answer those questions here...but, please remember, I am learning myself.
I love my little blog...it's where I turn to share, write, dream, think, connect, hope, learn, and cherish....I think of it as a nest...with bits of creativity, love, thoughts, sorrows, and friendships woven throughout holding it together.
I think that the original purpose behind a blog was to be an online journal of sorts, and I embraced that purpose, but in a way that has been suitable and comfortable to me... I've chosen to not be super open about personal matters here on my blog...I want to be careful to not put too much of myself out there for others to judge and use to their own advantage. It's my happy place, a place I drift to at the end of the day when my body is tired, but my mind is ever so ready to think back on the day and appreciate all of life's miracles. Or...a place I come to in the morning when my house is quiet and my mind and body are refreshed and ready to dream and create. My blog is what I want it to be....and for the most part, it has been such a wonderful, positive experience. I think it's important to make your blog your own....if you love something and are passionate about it...then share it in your own way...there is no right or wrong in something that belongs to you.
Sadly, there will be critics...something I have caught a painful glimpse of lately...comments made, groups formed, and incredibly hurtful and cruel behavior modeled....I can't let it stop me from doing what I love, even though I have considered it and find myself doing so every day. Please remember to rise above the negativity...to be a light for others to look to...share your creativity,...for I believe creativity in any form adds beauty to a world that is a very dark place to live in sometimes. Their words will hurt...just like they did when we were younger...I don't think that ever changes....but please don't let those words change who you are...unfortunately, it is part of the world we live in.
I think you should have as much fun photographing your creations as you do making them. After all, your photographs are essentially a first impression of sorts...so try different lighting, different backdrops, different times of the day when the lighting will accentuate your projects. I don't believe that an expensive camera is necessary...just take the time to try different approaches to photographing your items. I have a room that gathers in wonderful light and all I do is set up a chair, drape a white sheet over it, and direct the blinds in such a way that the light isn't too blaring, but soft enough to add a natural brightness...it took me a while to find the perfect setup. Oh....and I think that natural lighting really brings out the best in your photographs....I haven't used my flash in years.
I remember when I first started blogging....I engaged in online challenges, sketch challenges, color inspiration, photo inspiration, etc. Posting my work in online galleries here and there was a wonderful way to get my feet wet as well. It was such a great way to get to know others...network a bit, and that led to a bit more exposure.
I recently read an article in the Feb/Mar/Apr 2011 Artful Blogging (another wonderful resource to learn about bloggers and their personal experiences). I thought I would share a bit with you as I found it to be an article suitable to the topic today. Nancy Lefko shares how she came to grow her friendships and blogging connections. She participated and still engages in art challenges by the month, week, and day. Not only was she able to connect with others, but was also inspired to try new things....something I would love to make time for as well. If you get a chance to read the entire article, I know you'll find something perfect for yourself and your individual circumstances.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorite challenge blogs and resources with you before I wrap it up tonight:
The Shabby Tea Room, Moxie Fab World, Card Positioning Systems, Got Sketch, Create blog, Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop, Scrapbook Calls, The Color Room, and something I'd love to get started again...our A Creative Mint photo challenge....stay tuned for more on that.
I would love to hear, as I'm sure others would as well....what your favorite challenge blogs are. If you wouldn't mind sharing them as you leave a comment, they'll all be visible for everyone to enjoy.
Before I go, the vintage images used above are from Crafty Secrets new Love Mail Creative Scraps....they are the sweetest things and in my favorite colors too. The trinket pin is from Viola Mahr, scrunched seam binding from Kimberly Tracy, paper from Melissa Frances and Creative Imaginations, tea stained heart doily from The Little Pink Studio, chipboard heart circle from American Crafts, and then of course a bit of tea stained twill.
Thanks so much for visiting, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know and I will be happy to help.