Intentional Blogging is really all about the reason behind my blog.
I really began as a kind of diary. I have fine tuned it somewhat as I realize the Internet is very public and some things are just plain private.
So this has become my journey into all things creative. My subject is creativity.
The theme is about several areas in which I want to develop my creativity. This encompasses my home. Home is what I make it, where I can be me, where I am safe to express myself. There are creative opportunities in home decorating, cooking ( which is kinda low on the list but should be on the list), landscaping, garment construction and accessorizing, quilting and my new luv, mixed media fibre arts. Of course, creative writing kinda under girds the whole blog.
The objective? Hmm. I am not so keen on being accountable so this is harder to define.
But what do I want to accomplish with my blog? ??? I guess I am expecting a record of my growth as a creative person, an artist.
What impression do I want to leave? ??? I think we are all creative and I want readers to realize that
creativity is something anyone can develop. But like piano playing, it requires practice. I am practicing and I want it to be known that it is a lot of fun and definitely a journey; a progressive past time with serendipities and hilarious happenings.
My goal? How do I measure it? ??? Good question. I do feel that I have grown creatively by leaps and bounds since I've begun blogging. I have certainly been pursuing knowledge about things that interest me. I have had an interest in home decorating since my teens and what I've learned has come from experimenting and reading LOTS of decorating magazines and library books. Home decorating led to home made quilts and that led to wall hangings and fibre art which lead to dyeing fabric, stamping, stencils and inevitably to paper and canvas. So now I want to improve my techniques and define my style.
I believe blogging is a unique opportunity because putting ones work up for viewing and critiquing is only a part of the growth cycle. The interaction with like minded people, the commitment to blogging and making art contributes hugely to the making of the artist as much as the actual art. Life influences art and vice versa.
My goal therefore is to define my own style, perfect it, and inspire others to pursue their own creativy.
How to measure it I'm not so sure. I'm not very analytical so stats and graphs isn't going to work. I'm not planning an etsy shop nor will I be pursuing sales. I guess the occasional happy face in the comments will have to suffice. lol But I suspect I'll know when I can pretty consistently produce good work and have my heart smile when I've completed projects. We can be our own worse critic but I, myself, need to feel that I am actually improving and having my own voice heard.
Next week is about discovering my voice and how to use it so it is unique to me.