I recently updated my about me page. I began to realize that this was my first stop when I came to a new blog and so I felt like mine needed a bit more love and attention. In redoing this page, I wrote a bit about what this blog is all about. Which of course required some soul-searching and deep thinking. All from the comfort of my couch. That's where most deep thinking happens, am I right?
I started this blog almost two years ago (eeek!) to share a bit about my life with my friends and family who live on the East Coast. As I blogged, I found this little creativity in me that had just been waiting to be discovered. This blog has become an outlet for that creativity. A place to share my writings, my projects, my photos and my loves and it has been wonderful.
But I ran into this idea again and again in the blogosphere. That no one cares much for your words, they care more for your photos because if you have a post with lots of words, everyone just clicks out. Then, if you have a wordy post, you ought to include someone else's photos if you don't have some of your own. So I did that. And while they made my posts lovely, I never felt one hundred percent comfortable with the idea. Because it wasn't my work.
I have nothing against blogs that are collections of inspiration. I think we all need and crave a bit of inspiration. But my biggest challenge has been to move beyond being inspired and actually start creating. When my blog consisted of other's photos or projects or whatever else, I wasn't pushing myself to go out and take that great photo by myself. To learn all the ins and outs of my camera. To make my words stand on their own. And to create and then share.
So I am making a commitment to continually share original content. Stories, photos, projects that are my own. It is just as much a commitment to myself as it is to all of you. I figure I owe that much to you and to myself. If you are going to take out a moment of your day to come this way, I ought to provide you with something new and original. Otherwise, you could just search on pinterest for what you wanted, no? And I owe it to my formerly dormant creativity. I've got years of not creating to make up for with this blog.
It takes more time, for sure, to create rather than add links and photos. But in the end, I'll be able to say that I made all this on my own. With my own ideas and my own skills. And I'll be proud of it.
But if it turns out you're more partial to the me that shares stuffs found on the interwebs, there's facebook for that.
Otherwise, I'll catch you here, three times a week. And of course, leave me links so I can find your blogs where you are creating, writing, photographing or whatever it is you do with those skills you've got.