A few weeks ago, I considered closing this blog and starting a new one; however I did nothing, knowing to wait and see about big decisions such as that. I ended up coming to the conclusion that I can remake this blog and push the reset button. One thing I was planning was changing the look of the blog, for various reasons. So I thought I would start with the basics, using this great WordPress class about blogging for beginners, (Blogging 101: Blogging U , even though I am not a total beginner. The two week course is called “Learning the Fundamentals”.
Here are some good questions raised in Day 1’s Assignment.
The big question to start with:
Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
To share my pictures and words with others and to be part of the blogging community.
- What topics do you think you’ll write about?
I’ve covered a panoply of topics in the past since starting this blog. I can’t remember all of them, but I remember some. They included gender identity, mourning the dead from cultures arount the world, aspects of being an artist, aspects of being an art therapist. If you look at the bottom of the page on this post there will be a list of categories most used on all of my blog posts.
So what would be different now than before:
I have a new found awareness of setting intentions and goals that all are connected in terms of improving the blog and my organization skills.
I think I need to come up with a sort of schedule, like Tuesdays is about Art Therapy, Wedneday is another topic, and then even if I don’t post on those days, I can use them as starting points. So the goal would be to post more frequently and be more aware of what I am posting over time. In terms of topics and uses of the blog, see below.
The other main thing involves my newish art project, “Pictures and Words”, and the fact that I no longer have an artist website. I’ve thought of setting up one, but I decided I will first attempt to make the blog partly an artist portfolio website, where people could see work I’m making and buy work. I don’t know yet how to do that or if it’s possible but that is one of the bigger goals.
Writing for a more specific reason than before. This blog could be where I post drafts of chapters of my book, “The Art Box”.
- Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
Other bloggers of all kinds, also artists, art therapists, people with brain health challenges and diagnoses and their families/friends, anybody interested in the brain health field, art lovers and many others I don’t know yet.
- If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
- I would like to have an artists website as part of the blog if possible. I would like to have experienced more clarity on my “Pictures and Words” series as it intersects with The Art Box book.
- I would like to have a clearer vision of the book in progress, The Art Box.
- I would like the blog to look better and be more consistent and organized.