I could have titled this post Why write a blog? There are just so many people online these days, sharing opinions, knowledge, how-to’s. You can find practically anything on the internet these days. Or so it seems.
I started my blog (short for web log) several years ago because, well, why not. Art. Books. Country living. That’s about it. I’ve been an artist for over 35 years now and have a little knowledge about the subject which I share from time to time. In addition, I was director of a multi-discipline arts center for over a decade – music, dance, theatre, education…and visual arts. I love to read since I first figured out how that works. Piles of books wait for me but I do eventually get to them all. Eventually. And I love living in the country, ninety acres of peace and quiet – mostly. Gardening, walks in the woods, flowers. Oh, there is the matter of the neighbor’s cows in the garden, rogue boars, insects, birds, raccoons causing mischief in the corn patch. I could go on.
So I thank all of you who have taken the time to read my postings, especially if something strikes a chord and you make a comment. It lets me know you’re out there. Those ads that WordPress puts on here are not mine and I don’t get paid for them. Well, I could upgrade to an ad-free site but I haven’t. Yet.
I try to post a couple of times a week, Sundays and Wednesdays, but no more as it becomes more of a have-to than a sharing of fun and opinion. Who wants that burden hanging over their head?
However, I love to read other people’s blogs. Some are inspirational. Some share knowledge. Some make me think. Some I read daily and some I just check 0n once in a while.
These are some of my favorites.
The Daily Motivator – Ralph Marston, essays of motivation and food for thought.
Gurney’s Journey – James Gurney, artist and illustrator who provides daily thoughts, demonstrations and inspiration for artists.
Joe’s Retirement Blog – Joe Manomet, great photos and very light-hearted. Some travel in the New England area and beyond. Not too fond of his local theatre reviews but I’m sure those postings are popular in his area.
Herbalblessingsblog – Carolee, gardener extraordinaire and a true inspiration. I always learn something from her.
The Sketchbook – Shari Blaukopf, Canadian artist and teacher specializing mainly in watercolor with pen and ink, or pencil.
Fruitful Dark – Fritz of New Zealand. Some beautiful art plus plenty of food for thought. He hasn’t posted too regularly lately but I keep checking.
Raptitude – David Cain writes about some pretty deep subjects but plenty of food for thought.
Words In the Light – F.G.M. beautiful poetry, some music or video, thoughtful.
There are so many others that I check on from time to time. This is a very short list but give these people a visit. You might learn something but I certainly think you’ll discover something in yourself.
What are your favorite blogs?