I am addicted to a magazine by Somerset Press called ARTFUL BLOGGING. It features different blogs each issue and, while most focus on art, they all do so in an intensely different way. All are beautiful!
The last issue contained a letter from the editor, Christen Olivarez, which was, in part, a reflection on why people blog. She stated that "Blogs give us a way to celebrate the everyday, ordinary events that are so important to us". This got me thinking why I blog (not one blog but keep two).
I have a variety of reasons to blog. This one is more social than the altered art blog I keep so, in that way, it has become a record of our daily lives. We bike, we walk, we meet up with friends for lunch or cocktails,E cooks and we have people over for meals, we go to festivals, we travel and we have good friends stay with us in our home. This is our daily existence. I don't do a lot of reflecting on how we might live our lives differently as we are pretty satisfied with our lives.
I also use it to promote the companies for whom I design and for companies in whom I believe. If I didn't believe these were good, honest companies, I would not 'work' for them or tell people about them on my blog. Money is tight for almost everyone I know and I like a good bargain as much as the next one.
Furthermore, I use this blog to keep in touch with friends and relatives near and far. Perhaps it is a bit egocentric to believe they are interested in what we are doing but so be it. I love the option we all have of not reading blogs that upset us or make us irritated because they contradict what we believe to be the way life should be lived. I find others' interesting but should one bother me, I simply execute my option and not visit again.
My altered art blog is just that; it is a place to share my passion for taking something ordinary and making it something else. Often I fall short of making it extraordinary but that blog is all about doing and learning and trying and sharing what works and what doesn't and YES! showing off a bit! I feel I've come a long ways for someone who took one art class after elementary school and I am proud of what I have learned.
So, gentle readers, I have two questions to pose to you and I shall have a drawing in about a week (with a goody bag prize) for those who post their answers to these questions
1. Why do you blog? (assuming you do or if you don't yet...why don't you blog?)
2. What types of blogs do you read and why?
Thanks and have a blog happy day!