Above: A very short film showing my Blog Log. If the embedded video doesn’t work please watch “Blog Log” at YouTube.
Thoughts On Two Years of Blogging
Today marks the end of two years of Roz Wound Up. This is post 767. Warning: If you’ve read every single one of those posts then if I ever meet you I’m afraid I’m going to have to break my long-standing rule about hugging. Just so you know.
The first year I posted daily (or more); this second year I’ve posted most days, but only committed to posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You know how it is, something comes up that you’re interested in so why not post about it now? Soon you’re back to posting daily and wondering what happened to MWF? Happily no one seems concerned. And no blog police pop out of the computer. (I have really enjoyed hearing from so many of you who tell me you read my posts while drinking your morning coffee—I’m not a coffee drinker but the idea of you reading my blog while you drink your coffee, it makes me smile—thank you.)
I write a lot about journals and journaling on this blog. Journals come in all shapes and sizes and fulfill a variety of functions. As this second year closed I filled my Blog Log—a journal I started keeping so I could keep my blog posts straight in my mind. The embedded video explains how I used the log. You get a quick flip through it so that you can get a sense of how I organized my thoughts about this blog. (I’ve already started another volume.)
All I can say is thank goodness for search engines, because after about post 150 it’s difficult to remember the exact date that I posted something so that I could refer you all back to it!
I want to thank all the loyal readers, some who started with me on day one, others who found me later and came along for the ride. I’ve enjoyed receiving your comments and hearing which posts have interested you and why. I’ve enjoyed seeing your artwork. I’m touched when you’ve taken the time to tell me that something I wrote spoke to you. I’m grateful also for your caring and kindness. But mostly I’m just glad that there are other folks in the world who are interested in the same things I’m interested in (i.e., that means mostly journals, visual journals specifically) or at least people who are willing to allow me time to convince them to consider some of my other enthusiasms. That’s a tremendous gift that you give me.
So what’s the plan for year three? Good question. If you’ve watched today’s video you’ll see a lot of writing on those verso pages—those are all topics I think about and want to share with you and most pages have about 5 to 10 items on them that I haven’t been able to write about yet. Sometimes I don’t think the time is right, some days it seems I don’t have the time to give a topic attention, other days I miss the appropriate date and know I have to wait a calendar year. Whatever the reason, I have a backlog of topics I want to share with you; and new topics cropping up in my head every day.
I know there will be more Journaling Superstitions, Profile Fridays, and of course rants about gouache and PB60. (Yes Project 640 Tubes is still on-going—write Art Graham, please.)
Also on-going is Project Journal Infiltration. And every year in March, April, and May I’ll be pointing you to the ramp up, celebration of, and aftermath of International Fake Journal Month. Both are part of my plan to celebrate visual journaling and to get people to draw!
Of course there will be some other contests and quizes. And I’m sure I’ll come up with at least one reason in the coming 12 months for buttons! I’ll also keep you posted on what’s happening at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective, the Bell Museum Sketch Night, and the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. If you live within easy traveling distance I encourage you to come and join in the fun.
You’ll also hear about my classes. I know I’ll be teaching less in the next couple of years, so if you see a class you like, even if you live far away, I encourage you to visit and take the class. Teaching for me tends to go in spurts of intense activity every few years and I know right now that I’m entering a painting phase. That means less teaching.
Of course I’ve been given a little push by the universe to try on-line teaching so we’ll see how that goes. First I have to work out how to get the new camera to give me great video, i.e., non-pixelated video. (This post’s video is the first go.) And of course there is my “Walk across Australia” to plan. Maybe we could piggy back that endeavor with some antepodean classes? (Just F.Y.I. I was at the doctor’s again and saw ANOTHER elderly woman with exactly the same model and color walker featured in my post—clearly this is a best seller right now! I’ll do my best to keep you abreast of such trends!)
I’ll continue to share pages from my own journals, with comments about the media and tools. And because I’m lippy and there’s no cure for it at my age there will of course be more reviews of books, films, television, and of course products (which I purchase and test because I can’t help myself, so you might as well hear about it and save some money!). In short, I’ll continue to share my enthusiasms with you.
I’ll also be adding some new series. The first new series will be Guest Posts and will start on October 15. Guest posts are another cunning plan on my part—less writing for me, but still more posts. How great is that? What’s really great about it is that I’m excited about sharing the work of other artists with you in the artist’s own voice.
Here is something that won’t happen in year 3: no daily posting, at least not intentionally—and I tend to accomplish what I hold an intention for, so since I’m not going to hold the intention of daily posting—well you get the idea.
It’s that painting mode that is coming over me. And a writing mode. We’ll see where all this goes. But it will take me away from daily blogging. Maybe I’ll actually get the Monday-Wednesday-Friday-thing down?!
I’d like to conclude this wrap up of year two with a health wrap up. I’m through with the pneumonia, but I’m still building back my strength and my schedule. I’m also still coughing, but that’s evidently related to allergies and the coming frost will pretty much take care of that. I’ve been able to get out on the bicycle again and enjoy some of the last beautiful Minnesota fall days. (Some of those rides I over did a bit and I’m trying to find a balance!)
Pneumonia interrupted my recovery from the conk on the head. There were days when I simply couldn’t draw (and that’s pretty unusual for me, see my Cold Journal). I haven’t been able to return to my pre-conk on the head drawing practices. Something is still awry; some wires are still crossed. But before I caught pneumonia I spent portions of 5 separate days at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair and I skated up to the edge of my old productivity. I believe that if I can get back to the productivity then some other work around for the brain-eye-hand connection will happen as well. (I look to Dickens and Turner for attitude adjustments.)
What you need to know is that I’m OK with it. I’m not worried about it. I’m not fixated on it either (thank you Marsha). Don’t worry about me. (Though thank you for all your good wishes.) All of us have things that trip us up, or interrupt our stride. I believe we can learn about ourselves from these things, if we pay attention. That’s what I try to do. Pay attention and not take anything for granted.
That’s why I keep a journal.