before I started blogging (last tuesday), i had been reading a bunch of blogs for a few months. january one was the first blog i started reading regularly – i became fascinated by the photography, the knitting, the extraordinary color combinations, by the green log cabin blanket…
some of the blogs i was reading are knitting blogs, some are crafting blogs, some are cooking blogs. each one has stunning photography, and the writers are people i find intriguing.
but i never thought i’d want to have my own blog. truly, it never even occurred to me.
and i kept reading. and jumping - via links - from blog to blog. and i discovered this world of writers and artists.
i know there was a conversation last week-or-so on lollyknitting about whether knitting – following someone else’s pattern as instructions – is art - and i've been thinking about that question ever since (though i never commented there, either). [as an aside, lollygirl also has photos of the big shiny egg in her post!]
i believe that what we create with our hands is born out of our own creativity. we are, each of us, inspired by color or shape, line, texture, light, ingredients or flavor. and we are not only inspired, but we embrace that inspiration and create something of our own out of that inspiration. being inspired by beautiful yarn or someone else’s pattern or recipe is part of the universe of creative expression – and this, i believe, is art.
so these women whose blogs i’ve been reading are artists, photographers, writers. i find them to be inspiring. and they inspired me to consider my own blog. but what sort of blog would it be?
i knit. i paint. i take photographs. i do some other crafty things. i cook. i bake. a lot. but there is not one singular activity that would be the theme for my blog. it was never going to be a “knitblog” or a “foodblog” (is there such a term?). but it could chronicle my creations – from knitting to painting to baking to gardening – all of which are expressions of my creative self.
i wasn’t worried, really, when i started this blog, about readers or comments. i wasn’t even worried about being included in this circle of bloggers i admire. i felt, truly and honestly, that by documenting my own life of creativity and consciousness, i would BE part of this community that inspires me so. it wasn’t about someone else’s reaction to my work, or validation through comments (though i will admit to checking, occasionally during this last week, to see if, by some chance, there were comments), it was about taking the leap and putting my own creativity out there into the blogging universe.
and so I did. eight days ago.
then today, i went to cara’s blog just to see the photographs since she said that she wouldn’t be blogging for the rest of the week, and there was this conversation about commenting that started at and she knits too (a blog I’ve never read before today) and i suddenly realized that commenting is an essential part of the equation.
not every post requires – or inspires – a comment. but since the community is part of what inspired me to begin blogging, i ought to embrace the mechanism by which that community exists – and that’s dialogue – the posting and the commenting.
and so i see now, as cara and steph expressed so perfectly in their posts, that commenting is exactly what makes this creative blogging community a community. so I took the plunge. i commented at january one. and at and she knits too. and i’m going to remind myself from now on, when i read the blogs from my list of favorites, the ones that I so enjoy, that these are the words of individuals, women, artists, who are putting themselves out there into the world, into a community, into a dialogue – and i am at the other end of that line.