Friday, January 7, 2011

Morning coffee & blog thoughts...

I don't know about you, but I've decided I pretty much need my morning coffee to kick-start my day.  It's just not the same without it.  And thankfully Dean makes smokin' little cappuccinos in my lovely cups so I'm not running down to the coffee shop every day.  Since that would probably turn my occasional treat into a costly little habit.
Anyways, here I am, with coffee in hand, trying to think about how I'd like the year to go.  What I'm going to work towards and what I'd like it all to be about.  First up: my blog.
I started this blog as a way to track my process and my journey towards being a ceramic artist and a painter.  It was more of a dialogue that I was having with myself than with anyone else, because I really didn't have a lot of followers at the time and not a lot of people knew about my work or knew who I was.  I thought that this would be a good place for those curious to come by and find out a little bit about me.  And I think this has all happened rather well.
Some things that I've learned about myself when it comes to blogging is that I sort of care that someone reads this, and I sort of don't.  Let's just say that it absolutely makes my day to have someone comment on something I've blogged about.  And yet if no one comments or my stats are lower, I'll still keep blogging.  I think this is a healthy attitude to have, and yet, sometimes I wonder what would make this place a better place to visit.  Or I wonder what it would take to have more people feel like they can comment.  Or that the conversation feels a little one-sided on my part and I've gotten a little tired of talking to myself.
So I feel like my blog is at a cross-road.  There are some great paths that it could take, or it could just keep going like I've been going along.  But somehow I am hoping to challenge myself into making it better.  And in the process, have the motivation and the inspiration to keep it going.
I'd love your thoughts- do you have a blog? What is your motivation to keep writing it?
Thanks to those who have already taken advantage of my 'sale'.  The studio is back in order, with clay ready to go for this new year!


Candied Fabrics said...

HI Heather!

I love my blog - it functions for me much as yours does. But I've also found that I've gotten some wonderful advice when I've asked for it! From practical (I was redesigning my business card and was having a hard time deciding between 2 fonts...I got some truly awesome advice) to emotional (I shared my nervousness about an upcoming TV appearance...and the comments on that post were so incredibly supportive!!!)

I even put together a little poll for my readers awhile back that was very useful:

Anyway, those are a couple of thoughts I have on blogging!

dahlhaus said...

Hi Candy,
Yes I do sometimes forget what great advice and encouragement my blog has been for me! Thanks for that reminder!

Kristi said...

Hi Heather! I stumbled upon your blog a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed it. I am also a potter and painter. I have always stayed creative in some way, however, put my pottery on hold after my second child was born. I have missed it terribly and have just set up my wheel again. I have thrown only four pots but it's a start!! I have just started a blog and have only posted once. Again, a start, but I am really excited about starting it(and a little nervous!) Not much to see on it yet, but check it out when you get time. Keep up the beautiful artwork and blog!!

dahlhaus said...

Hi Kristi,
Thanks for the kind words and link to your blog! I'm looking forward to seeing where your work ends up as you get back into making again! Hang in there- you will have more time to make as your kids get a bit older:) H.

Unknown said...

My motivation to keep blogging is to keep learning. I use my blog as a self-education tool. It keeps me always looking around and investigating the world of my crafts...