I have been enjoying my stroll through Artful Blogging, Visually Inspiring Online Journals, a great new publication from Somerset Studio. While I’m only a third of the way through this thick publication, I am enjoying both the writing and the art displayed on each page. Adorned with beautiful art and snippets from these artists’ blogs, this is simply a publication in which artsy bloggers share why they blog. I see a common theme of blogging to share, to create community, to connect. I have found it quite inspiring, and it has got me thinking about my own blogging journey.
I began blogging out of curiosity on March 1, 2006. I stumbled across the blogging world through Homeschool Blogger. Not really knowing what to expect, I posted my first entry. The blog did not really have a theme or pattern. It was randomness. Sometimes I enjoyed it, and sometimes I really did not. I often felt lost in a sea of bloggers with no real identity. My posts were sporadic. I almost quit blogging several times, but would be once again inspired by a fellow blogger.
God had been giving me a theme. He had created a desire in me to share my view of living life to His fullest in all the details. Much of this viewpoint is expressed in one of my favorite reads, The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. The thoughts and ideas continued to grow, but I found no joy staring at the insane coffee cup on my other blog, and I didn’t dare change my template for fear of loosing the items on my sidebar.
I soon found that a couple of my favorite bloggers, Shanan Trail and Always a work in progress!, had started new beautiful blogs here at WordPress. As I began to wander around WordPress and Blogger, my flame was fueled. My world had opened up. I saw beauty and read inspiration.
Although my first entry on my new WordPress blog was about homeschooling, I find that this is not a “homeschooling” blog, but rather that the art that was hidden within me is revealing itself through this blog. This hidden art is something creative inside me, a tiny seed that had been patiently waiting for its time to sprout, now pushing life up through the crust of the earth. The roots are beginning to permeate every bit of soil, the little tendrils feeling for a deep source of water, a wellspring.
This blog is becoming a place for me to express my worship, my thoughts, my tangible art. As I find this place of comfort, I am thinking less and less about my “numbers,” comment volume, or popularity. I am learning to blogging for enjoyment and expression, and with a desire to help others find the art hidden within them.
And to inspire you, here are a tiny few of the artists featured in this premier issue of Artful Blogging: