Happy New Year! Other Stuff, Too.
Happy New Year everyone!
2014 was quite a benchmark. I want to tell you all about it.
In fact, I want to share so much with you that I don’t know where to start.
And that keeps me from blogging.
I feel like I've learned a ton but still have a ton to learn about building and maintaining a blog.
So that keeps me from blogging!
I want to come up with the perfect content for my target audience.
Yep, it keeps me from blogging.
I worry about what the people who AREN’T in my target audience will think.
And that keeps me from blogging, too.
I wonder if I care what they think?
It keeps me from blogging.
There are so many DIY’s and tutorials I want to try and share! And you know what?
Ding! Ding! Ding! It keeps me from blogging.
The desire to be great at this is my biggest obstacle. (LAME.)
So here I am on the first Monday of 2015. Blogging.
And that’s the goal for the month! Just to blog. Maybe if I use the word blog enough it will stick.
Maybe it’s as simple as sharing these 5 Bad Ass Frogs over at Mental Floss.
I mean, really. Check out the face on that second one, right?
They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. Or something like that. Maybe it’s BS, but it sounds fair to me.
In 2014 I tackled the painting aspect of this business. I went from not painting at all in many (many) years, to painting on a daily basis and loving it. Not just loving it, but craving it. I finished about 70 paintings in 2014….40 or so of which are hanging in public as I type this. That’s a REAL accomplishment and I’m too hard on myself sometimes. I know some of you are as well. Maybe I can help by just sharing my own experiences.
Being a working artist is my primary focus, but this blog is one of my vehicles for getting it out there and making it happen. I aim to love it as much I love to make art. Or at least learn to be good at it.
So instead of talking about all the huge things I’ve got coming up in 2015, I’ll just start throwing some assorted content at the wall this month to build the habit. We'll see what sticks! No big promises I can’t keep. I’ll simply be starting each day with the discipline of some stress-free, free-form content...BEFORE I sit down to paint.
I have a ‘swipe file’ full of things to share. Things that inspire or make me laugh and might inspire you, too. Like this quote from this article over at creativesomething.net about simply not being afraid to produce a little crap:
“It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff ‒ as much stuff as possible ‒ with as little fear as possible. It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it.” – Stefan Sagmeister
And that is all. First blog of 2015. Complete. Now I can go to work on these guys:
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Yay Amy! I missed you! But you should not feel like you have to blog. If the reason you're blogging is to share your love of painting with the world, then maybe just share your paintings and a few words. I would be happy to see that and I bet a lot of other people would too. You are not obligated to blog. Your beautiful paintings speak volumes.
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