We're in the last half of August. Summer is slowly winding to a halt and fall is just around the corner. Even though I no longer have children in school, this is still the time of year when I think about the changes I want to make and the goals I want to accomplish in the "new year" - both inside and outside of the studio.
The past year has been delightful. It's fabulous to - finally - be living in a small artistic community. I've developed new creative friendships and maintained previous ones. I love the direction my work is taking in the studio and I have a line-up of interesting projects to develop as I work through the possibility boxes. I feel calm and at peace, creative and content. Life is good.
This is my second blog. The first one was called Creative Conversations and ended in March 2010 when this one started. All in all, I've been blogging regularly for almost fifteen years. In November 2012, I deleted all the postings on this blog and started over both to change the tone and to reflect the newness I was feeling in my work. Shredding is something I do with my journals. It's a way of cleaning out, moving on, and changing directions. I'm not sure but I may do that again in the near future as soon as I finish studying "blogging for dummies" and decide on a new format. I'm ready for change.
This week, I've been studying the blog's stats. The number of page views per day currently is less than it was in 2010 and the readership peaked in February 2014 and has declined since, as has the number of comments. That's interesting information because in that same time frame I feel that the work I've been doing is far more interesting and authentic. I like the way it challenges me. I'm taking more risks and creating more boldly. My work is less paint-by-number and more not knowing - which I love. However - numerically speaking - the stats say that the way I am working now and what I am currently writing about are of interest to fewer people. That's thought provoking.
One of the reasons I blog is because I love to write, to teach, and to share. Another reason is to support and encourage others to their best creatively. And another is to build connections and on-line relationships with those who do what I do and love what I love. I can write, teach, and share on the blog but unless I receive feedback I have no idea if the postings are supportive or encouraging and the experience is one-sided. I'm not sure how I feel about that anymore so it's something I'm thinking over. What I know for sure is that...
... I can only be who I am. I don't need a magic mirror to know that I march to a different drummer than most people... and that's okay. I like my drummer. I'm not going to change how I create or what I create and in fact, I plan to dig even deeper into the possibilities boxes. The projects I've done so far have been energizing. I love how the denim coat is coming together and the purse is far more fun now than it was earlier this week - reshaped and ready for handles.
The way I'm working now is more organic and less knowing. The projects come together in a zigzag, back and forward motion. Some are quick. Some take a long time. Nothing is predictable since I'm following tickles and have no idea where they may lead me. Because of that, I've decided to begin blogging about finished objects as opposed to pieces in progress. Instead of sharing how I made it, my intention is to share what I've made in the hope that whatever it is will inspire your creativity too. I have no idea how much I'll write in each posting nor how often I'll post and - to be honest - part of that answer may depend on the comment section. LOL - I don't want to do all the talking.
SO... if you have a favourite posting, you may want to copy it just in case and if you want to know when I post next, you may want to subscribe in some format.
This is a positive change. I am not upset or discouraged or any other negative kind of emotion. My life has changed significantly over the past year as has my work. That truth - and the story of the stats - simply mean it's time to approach blogging differently. Life is like that, always changing. I appreciate all of you who have shared my journey so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where we go from here.
Talk (sometime) soon - Myrna
Grateful - for change... and for Pinterest where all these "eye candy" inspirations came from