Pamela at Cappiccino and Art Journal raised a question about blogging a few weeks ago during T Time. I thought I would explain why I blog and see why YOU blog. Do you believe blogs still have a chance to survive? BTW, this is the ONLY place you'll find me.
began blogging because I wanted to keep a journal, but not one that I
have to write in. I really don't like writing because it's hard for me
to grip a pen or pencil. But everyone said I should document how I made
something. So of course, it was easy to take photos (even as lousy as
they were before I finally got a camera I loved) and document the
Later, I used my blog as a vehicle to procure a
place as a DT member of UHU glue. Although I was sad about the way we
six UHU gluers were treated in the end, having been given no notice the blog had been
discontinued, I learned a lot about what was expected of a member of a
I enjoy writing tutorials, and go by the
philosophy see (or envision) it, make it, teach it. One of the reasons
I'm not on Pinterest is because when I was at my friend Kathy's one weekend, we
perused Pinterest. More than half the links showed a photo, but no
explanation of how something was made or the basic materials used. That
was very disappointing. The above tutorial is called "Alcohol and acrylics don't mix" and can be found on my tutorials page or here.
Speaking of materials, I believe in using what I have, not what others want me to buy.
I tell you what I used, then encourage you to use your own materials. I
don't like to advertise the type of ink or stamp or material or
whatever I'm using, because 1) I often get it on clearance which means
it's more than likely discontinued by the time I use it,
2) I find it in my neighbor's recycle pile (like this meat tray I turned into stamped hearts), and
3) I don't
like mentioning specific names of products because I feel I'm giving the
company free advertising. If they want to pay me, I'll throw their
name ALL OVER my blog (like I did when I was a UHU gluer). But until then, I show the product I'm using (at
least most of the time), but refuse to tout or name specific products. Although I used a lot of products to create this Grunge background, I don't mention any specific products I used, only the type I used, such as spray mists, color glazes, pigment ink, etc. I believe it's up to the reader to re-create my tutorials using whatever products they have, not using the same products I have.
that was a rant, and had little to do with documenting my art techniques and processes. It's something I do on occasion when I feel it's
I also feel the number of followers I have gotten over the
years has been phenomenal. I'm always encouraged because I see the
stats and know that many, many more readers are viewing my blog, even
though they don't leave a comment. Although comments are nice, I have
never asked for them.
As for followers, I never, EVER
try to pad my stats by requiring a person to join my blog simply because
I have a give-away. They might join one day, then when the give-away
is over, they unsub because the content isn't what they were after. All
they wanted was the possibility of winning a freebie or two. Those
aren't true followers.
You, my loyal readers and followers, are a big
reason why I blog. I gave away the above items that took two photos to show during a blogoversary, and all anyone had to do was leave a comment. Did I not mention how horrible my old camera was? Incidentally, the winner had never left a comment before the giveaway or after winning.
I also blog for inspiration.
There's not a day goes by I don't visit a blog that inspires me. That
inspiration may take months to develop,
because sometimes an idea has to
ferment or percolate before I figure out how to use it, but in the end, it was one
of my blog family members who inspired me along the way. This inspiration above came from Susi, who created an Easter wreath for her table and I used that inspiration to create this on my Christmas end table.
Are you still an active blogger, or do you see them as going the way of Picturetrail? Do you believe blogs will survive for at least 10 more years?
From humbly beginning my blog as a vehicle for documentation to being
inspired by my dear blog friends, you know why I blog. Now please share
why YOU blog and if you think blogs are here to stay.
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Bleubeard and I welcome you
Art, including the journey, background techniques, new experiments, photos, failures, and successes will be shared on this site. I have removed my e-mail address until such time as I can get it to work again. Thank you for understanding. You can always leave a note on my blog and I will visit you.
Please check out my Previous Collaborations link above to see what projects I have been involved in over the past seven years. Current and ongoing projects only are shown below.
Occasionally, Silent Sunday will showcase photos of my home, neighborhood, or community. A picture is often worth a thousand words.
Feelfree to drop by every second Thursday of the month for my Second Thursday Tutorials. They are interspersed with my other Tutorials found at the link above.
Bleubeard will guide you to each Altered Book Lesson as it appears
Click on any lesson you might have missed or want to review