I read recently about the top ten most annoying things people do on their blogs, and one of them is to apologize after being absent. And I want to apologize, I really do, but I also don’t want to be annoying.
Instead I’m going to share a couple things I learned in my absence and how it’s going to affect my blogging.
1. Embrace my home. I read The Nesting Place this fall and MyQuillyn Smith, the author, shared how she stopped fretting over everything looking perfect and started making all her homes cozy and homey – as in, not waiting for that elusive “perfect” home (because few really are).
How that’s going to affect the blog: Photos of my spaces as they (mostly) are, like this photo of sewing by the woodstove:
Okay, I moved the paper bag of garbage nearby, and now there’s a small pot of bean soup heating up on top of the stove…so there’s my (mostly).
2. Appreciate the process. When I first started this blog, I foolishly thought I would be posting only FINISHED projects. And it was tremendously motivating for me TO finish projects, but the finish isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be (I intend to write a post on that one of these days). Don’t get me wrong, finishing things is satisfying.
Anyhoo, I’m going to be posting a lot more process photos and posts because that’s where nearly all my time is spent – in the process. Like this:
3. Be a creator. I’m currently reading (well, listening to) The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, and he really hammers home the idea of being a creator – an artist – rather than a cog in the giant industrialist machine. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not anti-capitalism, but I’m loving what he is saying about how and when to create. For example he reminded me that writers like Dickens and Thackary just wrote, and there wasn’t the intensity of the edit as we know it (according to Godin, the editing craze started in the 1950s).
Thus I’m not going to labor over the writing in this blog anymore: I’m going to give myself an opportunity to check it over twice before publishing (not the 10-15 times I normally do because of my fear that some not-so-nice-person will say something like “tsk – and she’s an English teacher”).
I’m also going to start sharing the books I’m reading and listening to because that is a crucial part of my creating process. Oh, how I love audio books!!
Thanks for being patient with me. Tell me what you’re reading. Tell me what influenced you recently.