Blogging. It's always something I am not sure about. It's fun but it's uncomfortable. I feel like I am talking to start a conversation, but that doesn't happen. But I seem to carry on. Even if my progress is slow. And it can be all the things I want. I just need to keep trying.
I was just letting out a rant at a friend (I am so sorry, AR!) about the year i established this blog. The year I spent tweeting, setting up carefully timed promotional posts, trying to support other artists blogs and sales,... In other words, spending a lot of time online, not using my blog for my own purposes and putting a ton pressure on myself that never panned out.
I have written a few times about blogging for myself and about the goals of my blog. Even trying to keep that in focus, those goals are not enough. Daily goals create stress. (and a big part of why I am writing today is stress, I'll get to that). Weekly and monthly goals inevitably fall behind. I have looked at endless blog design advice, talking about how people read blogs and how photographs help. But this makes me work too hard at writing and i lose what i am writing about or just stop.
I am pretty good at writing a cohesive and well thought out article, but those are a ton of work and I cannot manage it every day. In November, for NaNoWriMo, i worked on my gemstone research and made quite a lot of progress and had several insights in how I want to work on that, and I want to include that stuff here. But it is more like a long term writing project or a book than an article at a time. One thing at a time. It will be here, but we both need to be patient.
So I will go with my gut and post what I have when I have it. I will mix art, gems, family and me. And people will read or not.
I'll break my current issues into a separate, but related post. So, Part 2: Stress is next.