The latest issue of Artful Blogging arrived today, and as I flipped through the pages, looking at all of the gorgeous photography, and reading some of the bloggers’ stories, I got to thinking about my own blogging experience, and what I would write about if given the opportunity.
When I posted my introduction in September of 2005, it was on LiveJournal, in a blog I had created with the primary intention of promoting my business. Since then, I have moved the blog to my own server, and let it blossom into something much more than an advertising tool to me.
In April of last year, I was about a month into dealing with a painful loss, and I had times where I would escape to the Internet, immersing myself in other worlds for a while. I started looking for more polymer clay blogs, and in doing so, caught on to an entire network of crafty blogs I never knew existed. And, wow, did it ever have an impact! I found myself in the grips of an inspiration overload like I’d never known, and for the first time since 1996, I had an urge to try my hand at something other than polymer clay.
It was about that time, that I decided I didn’t want to be on LiveJournal anymore and that I really needed my own space, where I could have complete control over the look and feel of the blog. I installed WordPress on my server, and have been blogging almost daily ever since.
I’m in the throes of a creative kick like never before. I’ve been crafty for as long as I can remember, but I don’t think it was ever so much a part of my everyday life as it is right now. I’m inspired to do more with my newfound sewing skills. I’m inspired to continue to find fun ways to combine my polymer clay work with fabrics. I’m inspired to improve my photography. I’m inspired to take advantage of creative moments with the kids as they arise, and to take the initiative to orchestrate some of those opportunities myself.
What started as a place to post bestseller lists and book reviews has slowly blossomed into a garden, abloom with things I’ve made, things I’ve thought about, experiences I’ve had. It’s become an important part of my day – kicking back with a cup of tea, feet up on the couch, taking the opportunity to tell you all about my latest project, or something special I did with the boys. And it’s become a special little community, too, I think.
I find it amusing to note that exactly one year ago today, I posted an entry on my LiveJournal entitled simply Flickr, wherein I asked to be enlightened. A year ago, I didn’t get the point of Flickr at all, and today it is a verb at my house.
“You’re not going to flick that are you?”
“Oh, look out, Mommy’s flickin’ again.”
I’m happy to be here, in my own happy blog space. I’m happy to have found so much inspiration out there from which to draw. I’m looking forward to many more moments of creativity, domesticity, entrepreneurity, and relativity to share. And I’m glad so many of you are along for the ride!
The images in this post are from our trip yesterday to Branch Brook Park. In terms of camera fodder, it’s hard to beat cherry blossoms on a beautiful spring day.