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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Why Blog?

This is something I've been pondering for a while now. Well, for about as long as I've wanted to write a blog myself, which is a lot longer than I've been writing this one! I was so chicken at first and took ages to get myself into gear and DO it. There are so many things to think about: what to write about, who will read it, will anyone read it, does every entry need a picture, how does my blog tie in with my Facebook page or my website, am I writing it to get work or to document the work I've got... the list got so long it began to eat away at my confidence and my enthusiasm for just getting stuck in and writing. 
I haven't settled on answers to any of those questions yet, except maybe the one about work. Yes, I'm here to promote my skills and to hopefully pick up some work from it. This is, after all, a medium that can be used to showcase oneself and to establish relationships with people. But what I get really enthusiastic about when I think about having a blog is the chance to write. I can write about anything at all just for the sheer enjoyment of writing. I'd like to have loads of people read it, enjoy it and give me massive accolades and lots of money for it, but seeking approval is a part of human nature. Isn't it? My gratification will come from the process of writing, creating and allowing myself to have a voice.

This is a (paraphrased) comment about a recent Etsy article on blogging:

Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:
To blog or not to blog... One good project always come from jotting down ideas. A blog could be the start of very personal sketchbook.
The idea of a blog being a personal sketchbook appeals to me. It says 'This blog is creative. It's not tied down to anything. It's free to be itself. If I could pin a piece of fabric to it right now, I would.'
How do you feel about your blog? Do you use it as a personal sketchbook, or as something else?