It’s been resurfacing in a way that is no longer resistable, this urge to create and be creative. As I look back on my life, talents, not fully appreciated by myself
, have always been praised by those people around me. Whether it was my writing, my ideas, bulletin boards, school/college projects, crafts… the list goes on. It seems that if I completed anything with creative license, it was a success! So as I enter mid-life, some may call it a crisis but in actuality I think it is my claim to freedom. I have given myself permission to go down a new path and fulfill my creative urges and “neglect not the gift that is in me” I Tim. 4:14, whatever that/they may be. So that is why I blog.
Blogging is a way for me to express my creativity through crafting, sewing, writing and any other means I choose. Blogging is a way to document this journey of discovery as I experiment and create to my heart’s content.
I love to learn and try new things and techniques and this class by Holly Becker was a great experience. Some of the other excellent teachers were Jeanette Lund, Nicole Balch, Katrina Tan and of course, Thorsten genius tech support. This e-course has really brought out so many important points that really affirm why people find a connection in the blogging world.
For me, I want to speak from the heart about things that I am passionate about. Initially, I just wanted to keep a record of what I make and how I write about it but connecting with other like minded bloggers is so rewarding. I like to post photos of how I see the world through pictures and sharing projects I make with all sorts of mediums and inadvertently, share reflections from life as it happens. But reading other blogs from people who share the same passions and trials is a thread that ties together the human experience in all of us. Holly mentioned how key it was, to be real, to speak from the heart and share about things that make us smile and experience joy and how our readers will pick up on this authenticity.
Keeping a balance between work, home, family and blogging is no easy task, but it is possible, thanks Nicole! Lists, schedules and a time to punch out are crucial to success.
Did you know there are e-magazines? Jeanette brought them to our attention. What a great place to put pictures of wonderful things and places and people and words! That opens up new options I hadn’t even thought of. I do have to give it lots of thought and put things in order but I am excited about doing that.
Wait until you see all the “bling” that Katrina shared. Cool graphics that we can add to pictures to jazz up the blog appearance but I have to read it over again and practice some more as my tech skills are behind the times. LOL!
The most important thing I have taken from this class, however, is to be patient, don’t give up and always be true to yourself, your art, craft, passion or calling and to your readers! Keep your priorities straight, don’t sweat the small stuff and always have time for family, friends and relationships, that’s what life is about!
Thanks to this class, I hope to apply what I have learned and make this blog even better for me and for you, my devoted readers!