Artful Blogging

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:

Juju Loves Polka Dots
River Bend Ranch
Nicol Sayre
And an extraordinary poem at a sweet life

amanda ∞

0 thoughts on “Artful Blogging

  1. Janelle says:

    WOW! Thanks for the little visit into the world of Artful Blogging. I especially enjoyed the idea of using a daily spiral calendar to record visual events on the River Bend Ranch blog. That looks like so much fun.

    Paper Scissors Glue (and an occasional rock, apparently).

    Very inspiring.

  2. sheri leseberg says:

    hey amanda… I keep hearing that the Artfull Bloggers pub is good… I love Stampington and you asked if I was self taught? well yes and no…. but one thing I can tell you to do is join some of the great yahoo groups they have out there and subscribe to Somerset Studio… they are awsome about putting how to’s in the pub. and that’s where I’ve learned so much…. I hope your journey to find your inner artist is a blast… I just did a ladies devotion with ladies from my church about being creative… I had the ladies make a creative tag while I talked…. God created us to be creative… sorry about how long this is… you can email me anytime!

  3. truevyne says:

    I like your thoughts on blogging. I blog as my own expression of art. It’s a way to make more room to record creativity within a sometimes overwhelming life.

  4. yielded says:

    I read (and reread) The Hidden Art of Homemaking a few years ago. A lot of it has influenced the homemaker that I am today.

    I started blogging somewhere else, too.

    I noticed, we share the same thoughts on blogging.

    It is exciting to see what’s happening here at Hidden Art, and to be part of it!

    Yes, Amanda, keep on shining.

    We most definitely have a connection, and would never have met without blogging! I read your blog and feel like we’ve just had a great conversation. You are a dear friend.

  5. Sandra says:

    Perhaps finding a voice is difficult because we wear so many hats…? I blog about life, generally, but that encompasses so many things. My relationship with Christ, the farm, family, friends, fiber work and the list goes on and on.
    Thanks for the head’s up regarding Artful Blogging; I’ll have to look for it next time I visit a major town. I always enjoy Quilting Arts and Cloth, Paper, Scissors as well.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas; God’s blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

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