Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My First Blog

I never thought I would have a blog. I've always viewed blogs as a way for people to just spout off what they were thinking about, a way for them to complain or to gloat about what they were seeing, feeling or doing. This to me always seemed extremely self serving and useless.

That was until I was laid off and have more time to think about what a blog can be. A blog, if properly directed, can be an extremely useful tool for those who want to learn from each other, share their ideas and knowledge. Most likely I hadn't thought about this before because I was always too busy to bother checking out (self-centered, non-thought provoking) blogs. So I'm sure I was totally off base about them in the first place. I guess that just goes to show that my own prejudice prevented me from exploring a land I should have explored long ago.

All that said, here is my blog. A place of participation. A gallery of practical advice and interesting ideas. I am not an expert on this by any means. I am not here to tell you everything you need to know. In fact, I don't know if I'm doing this right in the first place - right now some of you may think I've chosen the wrong format, or that the whole idea is crap. I'm not going to argue, you may be right. But I can't know that until I learn more about it.

I should qualify that this blog is intended to be geared towards those working, or wanting to work, in the Arts. Any arts will do: fine arts, craft, woodworking, theater, dance...they're all connected and inspired by each other. This is not a place to find fixes for your love-life or how to get rid of the crab-grass in your yard. This is also not a place to plug your new show or spout off about what sucks in your life. This is a place to ask questions and share answers. To uplift each others spirits by offering encouraging advice and know-how.

So, go ahead, ask a question and let it roll from there (can I do that? just let it roll? start splinters where appropriate? that's my understanding). I must warn you that if you ask right at this moment few will see it since no one even knows yet that this has begun. But, give it some time, pass it on to anyone you know who would appreciate it and eventually we'll have a community.

I suppose I should start a conversation...

Let's start with my question: Do you have a blog and how do you use it?


  1. Welcome to the blogging community. This is so awesome.
    My awnser: Of course I have a blog. lol.
    I use my blog to connect the gay community together. At least, that is what I'm trying to do.

  2. Congratulations! and to answer the question, no, I don't have a blog. I'm a terrible writer. Too impatient. I did try a couple years ago and found that I really didn't have anything relevant to say that I wanted to share with anyone. I started reading blogs about 5 years ago, after I had my first kid. Being stuck in the house and not having any mama friends, I found it very comforting to read about others' struggles/triumphs, with such clarity and humor. A lot of the mommybloggers blogged as a way of keeping a baby book and I thought I might do the same. But, it didn't work out for me. I'm down to reading about 5 blogs regularly and maybe a couple others that I check in on once in a great while. There are so many good ones! If you're interested, I'll share a couple: -- the most famous blogger, love the way she writes -- a daddyblogger, does a fantastic job of documenting the urban decay of detroit -- funny, i find a lot of inspiration in her parenting insight -- has a farm in W.Virginia, posts the most awesome recipes and life in a holler, does crafts! -- written by wouldashoulda woman, site is all about frugal shopping and bargains and free stuff and it's all very good!

    Love the stuff you're making, Jenn! I've got quite a few craft projects in development that I'll be putting on etsy someday...having a hard time with the completion/follow through aspect; I have the item almost finished, but need one more thing to complete it and don't know how! I look forward to hearing more about what you have to say. I need inspiration!

  3. Welcome to the blogging neighborhood. And what a great theme!

    I've been blogging consistently for just over a year. It's a mix of information -- but the primary purpose was "A place for inspiration and exploration" as it relates to writing and other creative pursuits. It is eclectic: I post announcements of local arts events, sometimes prompts for writing or other creative uses, some resources, etc. It is also a place where I talk about things I'm doing -- and sometimes I directly link that back to writing and/or creating and sometimes I don't. It all does relate - I just don't make it explicit all of the time. For example, when I went to Colorado for a month last summer, it was a significant event which did impact my writing - although I don't remember saying that. Or joining a dragon boat team. Or getting involved in more outdoors events...It is still being shaped, and I have just linked it up so my website is now the blog, while I explore what I want it be be and do.

    I have a second blog I started recently called Dashboard Buddha Films. The purpose of that one is a place to post short videos I've been making, which I call "sight and sound collages."

    My primary blog is "The Writing Vein" at . And the film blog is "Dashboard Buddha Films" at

  4. Just started one myself and looked up everyone that had the response "Anything in the arts" for their entertainment. I am an artist too and have started this blog to talk about my art, your art and everybody elses art. So lets talk art. Whos your favorite artist and why?