I blogged very little last year, or the year before that. Few other artists I know blog as much as they used to, and some only use their blog/journal sections now as a ‘news’ conduit. In truth, I now read far fewer blogs than I used to. More people are posting on Instagram using long form writing in their captions, and sites like Medium are attracting those who want a wider audience for their articles.
However, given all this, I have made a resolve this year to try and blog more often, and more productively. Some posts may be image intensive, some more narrative based. If people don’t comment, that’s fine. I know they are reading because they tell me. Not through the medium of my blog, but that is also fine.
I also decided I wanted to do more ‘creative journaling’. Some years ago Luke bought me some books on art journaling, and though I LOVE art journals, I a)don’t have the time to undertake something that appears on the face of it, to be quite time consuming and b)art journaling in and of itself, is very much an art form, and I don’t have time to learn/add another string to my bow.
To that end, he bought me the Breathe Magazine‘ Special Journal – 52 Week Planner. I have been buying their magazine for a while now, and really like it. If you haven’t come across it yet, it’s a magazine for mindfulness and well being, and beautifully illustrated. The 52 Week Planner/Journal is gorgeously laid out and illustrated, contains pages that include sections for each day, reflections, goals, trackers, pages for summaries and notes etc.
I am still in the process of writing out my goals, dreams, ambitions, things to learn and things to let go etc, but, I have completed my first week, written some stuff that is meaningful to me, and made it look pretty at the same time, including doodles and colourful notes. This was actually harder for me to do than I envisaged. Despite being a ‘creative’ person, this isn’t something I have experience doing. In the past, keeping a journal has been more of a formal and traditional experience, thus even now I am finding it hard to be less ‘planned’ in the execution, and am striving for a more spontaneous approach. This of course means unlearning old habits. In addition to the journal, my daughter gave me for Christmas, a notebook entitled, ‘Great Ideas and Cunning Plans’, that too will be put to good use and kept by me for those flashes of creative inspiration and ideas.
For me this year is going to be all about challenging myself creatively, expanding my ceramic work, drawing a hell of a lot more, and…even more alarming for me…blowing my own trumpet.
Happy new year everyone