This week I’ve done some mulling about my creative direction.
A few things serendipitously happened that brought me to some realizations.
- I scheduled two weeks worth of quotes to appear daily on both my Twitter and Facebook fan pages (I think it’s good to post more than just blog updates for my followers).
- I spontaneously bought a book about creating fairy art.
- I got some amazing encouragement for expanding my creative skills.
- I settled my two cats and a cattledog’s strike. 😉
While I was scheduling the quotes I realized that I need to do more with less with my blogging, both in time and effort. Scheduling is a great example of this. I also realized I’ve come at blogging from the direction of making a business out of it.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. The blog was always meant to inspire but I was and still am, hoping for some moolah eventually. I designed it as a platform for getting my name and my art out into the public eye to generate more sales. It remains to be seen if that will happen.
When I thought about it as a business, my analytical mind and experience went to town. I refined my blog, worked on my ‘branding’, researched and improved SEO etc. I’ve been working on the blog, and blogging, 24/7 for about 6 months. As important as all that is to the development of my business I’ve now become addicted to blogging…
When I bought the fairy drawing book (see post here) I realized I’ve neglected my true passion, art, in my push to become a proficient blogger. My wish to develop my creative drawing style with pencil and paper, and to get back to some digital drawing projects I started over a year ago, came bubbling up.
I got some wonderful encouragement from my blogging friends. In particular, Genevieve from Cupcake Speaks, and Yvette from Priorhouse Blog. Genevieve urged me to do some drawing everyday, and Yvette reminded me of a wonderful instructional book by Mona Brooks that I had languishing on my bookshelf.
I’ve decided to shift my priorities from blogging first to art first. And not only that but ‘go back to art school’ so to speak for the next year, both with drawing, and digital art programs (like Photoshop). It’s going to be all about learning, not a particularly comfortable thing for me when I feel pretty insecure about my abilities in both of these areas. But if I just keep this quote in mind…
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.Pablo Picasso
- Limit blogging and internet activities.
- Give myself permission to blog less often.
- Let my posts be shorter and less time-consuming to write (photo editing and video making can take lots of time).
- Write and schedule posts in advance if possible.
- Limit the number of challenges I join as visiting and commenting on other participants’ entries (it’s the polite thing to do) is a large time and energy drain. This will allow me to keep in better touch with the smaller group of blogging friends I’ve grown close to.
- Stop tweaking my blog every two seconds. 😛
- Let go of the need to increase my followers. (eek…. what if no one reads my blog and I fall into obscurity!…) Face the fear FireBonnet!
- Put a cover over my computer when I’m done for the day. It’s in our bedroom and so it’s a focus. This will allow my art table (also in our big bedroom) to be more prominent, and reinforce that blogging is secondary.
- Clean off that art table (now it holds dog toys, unfolded laundry, assorted remnants of past blogging projects and my snack supply – healthy I promise!)
- Get out my drawing supplies and buy what I need to fill in the holes (it’s been 20 years since art school and some of my supplies have disappeared).
- Get out of the house more often for a shot of socialization beyond internet relationships! Go sit at my favorite deli with my sketch pad or tablet and be creative with the buzz of real people around me!
I feel great bringing these thoughts together and solidifying my plan. Writing it as a post, and a positive one at that, helps me commit to it. Woohoo! Here’s to a new focus for FireBonnet!
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(All the cartoons were done with Bitstrips which I then added to in Pixlr Express… no I cannot cartoon this well!)
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