Today I’ve been blogging for 10 years. October 9, 2008 I put my first Roz Wound Up post,
I started with a product review and I’ve been reviewing products (99.9 percent of which I purchase; but I’ll always disclose if something has been sent to me) ever since.
For the first year and a while after that I posted everyday. Gradually I fell into a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule which has pretty much lasted to the present day. Upon occasion I’ve taken a short Hiatus. But even when I do that I can’t quite keep away from the blog—I write short posts that refer back to older posts that I think newer readers might have missed.
I’ve written 2,376 posts, and several more reference pages in the past ten years. Over two million words. I get a little tired when I think about that—No, just kidding. I love writing and to me writing the blog has really been a form of letter writing, something I’ve done since early childhood because of all the moves my family made.
During the past ten years I’ve written about nature journaling, visual journaling, book arts, color theory, bicycling, television, movies, bread baking, gay marriage rights (which I support), the Minnesota State Fair, Carl (and Carl Too), Dick’s eyebrows, and hundreds of other topics that you can find listed in the category list of this blog.
Over the years I’ve illustrated my posts with my paintings and sketches. I think the paintings and sketches make the blog look “festive.” The subject matter tends to be wide, but unvarying in some respects: dogs, birds, other animals, men with beards, people I sketch when I’m running errands, people I sketch when I’m watching TV, sketches of friends and family. I’m always sketching so it’s fun to post sketches, even if they don’t topically match the post’s topic. I feel it helps readers know what I’m up to. On the other hand often the images I make suggest a topic for me to write about—simply because I want to tell you how fun it is to work on a specific paper with a specific pen; or because while creating that painting I thought of something I hadn’t thought about before, or wanted to look at that thought more deeply.
I write posts like that because I want to share the fun of drawing with others. I write posts because I’m an inveterate letter writer and I like to write about what I’m doing and thinking.
I actually started the blog because long before I had the blog I belonged to a number of online groups and I was always getting the SAME questions over and over, “What about this pen?” “Which papers do you bind with?” “How do you draw live animals like you do at the Fair?” and so on.
I simply got tired of the inefficiency of writing the same responses over and over to different people. But I wanted to share the information I’d discovered through experimenting.
A blog, I thought, would allow me to write something once, answer something once, and then move on to other things.
Well as far as art materials go, good luck with that. They are always changing and in the past ten years they seem to be changing at a faster rate as companies gobble up other companies and change products to be produced more efficiently or with less expensive ingredients, thus downgrading the product.
Despite changes the blog has allowed me to cross-reference my thoughts about products, and it has become a useful tool when trying to explain things to people. (Though people asking me a question and receiving a list of 5 blog posts all over 3,000 words probably don’t feel the same way!)
And as for the non-art-material related posts, well life is always changing.
I’ve written a lot about my family and this year we lost my mother-in-law Phyllis. That was a very difficult change for me. It is difficult to lose someone who believes in you and always has your back. I suppose that sounds selfish, but it’s the way I see it. And I’m comforted knowing that Phyllis knew I had her back.
This spring I actually thought of wrapping up the blog. I had just finished two years of stress attached to something that had always only been a joy. But I was able to start fixing some of the problems that changing the blog design and host had generated. And blogging became fun again.
But after ten years you need to take stock. That’s why I thought about ending the blog. I still think about that some days. The funny thing is that even as I thought about ending the blog I made plans to start a new blog creating a new domain name and brainstorming what would be on that blog.
Then I started to think about how this blog, cataloging as it does “my many enthusiasms” could contain pretty much anything, so there wasn’t a need now to quit this blog. All that was needed was to remain open to the changes that life is bringing.
That’s something that we all have to do every day in life.
I hope going forward some of the changes in my life and on the blog will still bring you back for another look.
To all of you who have been reading all along, or even part way through, but have shown up regularly to comment and let me know what a post has meant to you, thank you.
You’ve helped the blog feel exactly like it has always felt: like I am writing letters to friends who may or may not be interested in sketching or art materials, but are happy to know what I’m up to, and happy to know I’m occupied—because that keeps me out of real trouble!
Life changes for all of us.
We don’t know what the changes will bring. I’m still working out what the next few months will look like for me.
I know that in ten years your lives have changed as well. I hope you’ll continue to stop by now and then and check in.
If this is where we part ways just know I enjoyed writing to you.
I will always remember the first eight years of this blog fondly, and always be grateful to the folks who stuck to it when behind the scenes it was in turmoil.
And I wish you well in life, wherever life takes you.
I just thought it would be good if I stopped and said that, at least once every ten years.
Now I’m off to sketch.