So, I've been Blogging for almost two months now and I wanted to reflect on this experience.
I initially wanted a focus for my artwork and ideas. I've always been making art, but haven't really done it formally. This blog has enabled me to gather all my ideas into one place, and helped me see my direction more clearly.
Since I have so many different media/genres of art, I find its easy to lose focus and think i'm not getting anywhere.
I thought if I started a blog, I might be able to pull together some ideas for a performance. This still may happen.
One of the unexpected bonuses of blogging and social media I've found, is that I reach people I only know marginally, or not at all!
I also have found people are really supportive and have had some surprise compliments, which is nice. I wonder if people give and receive more compliments online than they would have in the old days, because it's so easy to do with the click of a button.
I have found I have to be careful, because I tend to measure the worth of my posts or my blogging or even my art, by how many comments I receive. I read other's blogs and note the number of comments they receive, and feel inferior by comparison.
One factor in all this internal debate is also my Aspergers. I suspect when I try to blog like others, and break into new circles, I am touching feelings of unworthiness and confusion that I've had all my life. I have struggled to feel strong when I've had problems understanding the social nuances of friendship, and have had no real interest in the topics they seem so engrossed in.
I've caught myself thinking I need to change my content or style to try and capture the interest of visitors and to encourage repeat visitors. This is a dangerous road, and I constantly have to remind myself to stay true to my own vision. If I am, I will eventually create an audience who is interested in what I'm interested in!
I have to remind myself what my original intent for blogging was- to put my art out there, and help me to create on a daily basis. Has this been done? Yes! So the blog is a success. Anything else, like multiple comments or awards is a bonus!
As of today, my all time views stands at 1,033 from eight different countries! Boy, that's what I call exposure. So even though I don't receive comments, I am touching people I never would have before. How cool is that!
'Til next time, keep creating!