This is my 100th post!
What’s up? I’ve just been chillin.
Is hard. Sometimes it flows well, other times…notsomuch, the inkwell of inspiration dries up. When I do feel like writing it is usually spontaneous, fast, and I don’t edit myself. I can whip up a post, press publish, and correct it later. I am not hypercritical of myself, nor do I agonize over every word. I write when I am inspired to share something. If I thought about it too long, I would have an empty blog, how sad…I just realized ignorance really is bliss with me and I’m ok with that.
Since starting this blogthing, writing has become both a (self-induced) burden and a blessing. I hate it sometimes, but I love it. I never thought I’d make it to 100 posts!
This is an Art Blog
As much as I’d like to stick to a posting schedule like many bloggers are committed to, I don’t worry about it, particularly because of the type of blog I’m writing here. Although I agree that consistency is key to developing any skill, it can only be determined by YOU and your specific goals. You can blog about anything you want really, but lately I’ve been trying to keep it focused and choose quality over quantity. If you are using your blog primarily for business and making sales, then I’d recommend setting up a more strict routine and/or schedule like everyone else recommends. The more you blog, the better your chances are of ranking in Google and driving more traffic to (getting more eyeballs on) your art/creations/products/services.
Ground Control To Major Creativity
If you want to take more control of your life and have more time to create, limit your availability and use your devices wisely! Learn how to master the art of communication in healthy doses across all platforms and remember in some cases, less is more! It’s not about isolating yourself, it is about taking time for yourself AND others. There is nothing anti-social about setting boundaries, especially if you have a family to spend time with and take care of.
Unless it is used for fun, short messages, or a quick and useful alert, texting is hugely time-consuming. Having a conversation using this method can be seriously frustrating when trying to decipher what the other person means all day. Also, there is no way to multi-task when you have your head down and two hands on the phone.
This is coming from someone who never picks up the phone when it rings either, unless you are my mother or my best friend. So, I guess we can surmise I’m not fond of telecommunications!
I do love using my phone when I’m on the go as it serves as a laptop and I can share via instagram/twitter/facebook. I love that I can blog from it, listen to music, take photos, videos, and use it as a GPS if I need to.
Checking email throughout the day is not a good idea because you can get sidetracked by a million things especially if you subscribe to a lot of newsletters. I check email once a day and that’s it. I have freed up a tremendous amount of time by making this one change.
I actually like FB for this feature and use it a lot. It’s quick and fun and I check it more often during the day than I do email or anything else. There is less of a chance of a message getting lost like emails often do.
The less seriously you take it, the better in my opinion, just have fun with it! It all depends on what you use the technology for (personal use vs. business) and your attitude. Social media for business is a great tool and I love interacting across the plethora of sites we have to choose from. I know many people who take vacations from social media and it’s a good thing, especially when your attention is needed elsewhere or you find yourself sucked in to any type of negativity, drama, type-arguing, venting, playing one too many games, have a meme-sharing addiction, or are just wasting enormous amounts of time and energy. Step away from the screen and get out and have a few real conversations face-to-face. I love ‘unplugging’, and most definitely on the weekends.
I want to thank LeClown for the opportunity to write for Black Box Warnings last month. The topic of my son’s addiction is one that I have discussed here, but later thought there must be a more appropriate space for it. So if you missed it, I wrote about it here.
~~And by the way I’d like to thank everyone who commented on that post, your warm and supportive comments really made my day.~~
In my next post, I’m going to talk about and list 101 things I’ve learned about blogging as an artist for the past few years. I’m going to reveal some mistakes I feel I’ve made, teach you some techie stuff I’ve learned, and hopefully give you some ideas and alternative ways to approach your blog.
Art blogs in particular, can be tricky to maintain. If you are thinking about starting one, I think within your first few posts, you should be able to determine whether or not it is a good fit for you or your art. I saw a quote yesterday that read, “Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.” Oh don’t I know. But I also know it can be very rewarding, improve your writing and communication skills, and eventually provide you with a great log of your work that you can look back on and see all the progress you have made!
Mi Familia and Other News
First of all, blanket statement, my entire family is awesome. Ok, got that covered…
My son is graduating from his 3-month program and will be home for Thanksgiving! Today he is speaking to groups of middle school students about his experience.
My nephew got hired, his first job.
My brother is in two plays…The Little Foxes, last show is Sunday, Nov. 17th at the Irish Classical Theatre, and starring as the Cowardly Lion in Buffalo Public Theatre’s premiere production of The Wizard of Oz, opening December 5th. Also, look for him this holiday season in a commercial for Valu!
My cousin passed the bar exam.
Another cousin is in two commercials:
Watch to see EPIC eyeroll at 0:24 seconds, so funny!
As always, thank you for reading and here’s to all your new adventures and creative endeavors!
P.P.S. 40 Days Until Christmas!