I began this blog 3 years ago and I’m proud to say that despite all the busyness of home and work life I’ve managed to keep it going. Yes, I’ve only ever posted about once a month but keeping to a manageable writing target has been helpful and ensured that the blog isn’t a burden. In general, it’s been a positive thing in my life — its main benefit being that it has helped me to connect with other mothers, writers, artists and kindred spirits, many of whom are HSPs like me.
So why did I start blogging? My intention was to have my own little corner of the internet to share some of my writing and thoughts on various topics which were unlikely get into print. It was also going to be a place where I could list my writing publications (although I’m currently very behind with that!) and the blogs that I enjoy reading (although likewise, I’m behind with the sidebar widget thingy too!).
What happened over those 3 years was heartwarming. I never received a lot of visitors* (I never expected many — getting ‘out there’ to promote my blog is not really for me) but I did get some visitors and I appreciated any useful or kind feedback that I received. *Strictly speaking, for me, number of visitors is probably more about ego-warming than heartwarming!
What is interesting to me now is how 3 years ago I wouldn’t have considered myself an artist and yet I do now. I’m really glad I took the plunge and began to draw and create with art materials because it absolutely fills my soul with light. Now that my youngest is at school I am going to try to organize my day so that I get a chance to work on some more art projects. I never got around to writing an installment to Anyone can draw well. Really? (Part 1) — again something I’d like to do in the future! But I hope that from my Gallery (and the below, my first attempt at using charcoal) you can see that yes, really, ANYONE can draw well. You just need eyes to see and the patience to keep on practising…
Indulge me, if you will, as I reminisce on some of my posts… my Wild Woman post has been my most popular post in terms of number of views and I hope to write more about the Wild Woman in the future. ‘The Other Mums’ has also been popular as have my posts on sensitivity, communication, the creative process and ideas for art fun as a family.
My grief post was one of my most emotional posts, and on re-reading my clarity post I can see that it still very much applies to my life right now. My poem ‘The Swing’ is also another one of my favourites, and I love the Art of Faerie just for the beautiful images and amazing video.
Looking back at all this stuff makes me happy and proud, and reminds me that I’ve actually created some stuff that I’d like to share with people. As a thank you to those kindred spirits who support my blog (you know who are you, kind souls!) I’m doing a little giveaway. If you’d like to take part, simply leave a comment on this post and after a week I’ll put all the names in a hat and then my daughter will pull out a name and that’ll be the winner.
Thank you all, kind readers, for being a part of my positive blogging experience and here’s to another productive (and happy) 3 years of blogging creativity!