Artful Blogging is a unique publication that features the most visually stunning blogs from across the internet through beautiful photographs and a patchwork of personal narratives. Editor Jennifer Taylor strives to capture the essence of each blog and explores how each artist started on his or her blogging adventure. In the Winter ’11 issue, she describes the process of blogging, as “being able to keep track of your creative journey.” Whether your blog’s focus is photography, writing, art, travel, or something entirely different, the process of documenting your experiences is one of inspiration and growth.
Editor-in-Chief Christen Olivarez reminisces about how her first experiments with art journaling formed her larger passion for blogging. “As a teenager, my best friend and I kept a notebook that we passed back and forth,” she says. “One of us would write something in it and the other would respond to it, then write something of our own. I loved being able to share my thoughts, hopes, and fears with someone and reading their response. I think that’s why I blog. It’s the same idea, but on a bigger level.”
Sharing and connecting with others is a key part of the blogging process—even if you’re afraid of what others might say. Managing Editor Beth Livesay enjoys having an outlet where she can write daily, but admits it can be intimidating at times. “Writing will always be my first love,” she says. “Having a blog where I can both write for myself and keep it open to others is a scary thought, but it’s a step in the right direction. Blogging is about sharing my gratitude for fellow artists and bloggers, but it also allows for self expression. After all, it is my personal writing style that is pinned on the web pages.”
A blog is a unique tool you can use to share your personal life in a very public space. If you’re ever feeling intimidated, think about why you started blogging in the first place, and just remember this: blog because you care about what you’re writing. Blog because it’s cathartic for you to mold thoughts into words. Blog because it’s the people, events, pictures, and experiences you write about that make life challenging and beautiful. If you love what you’re writing, your readers will too.
Want to win a copy of Artful Blogging Summer ’12? Leave a comment telling us what aspect of blogging you love the most, whether it’s writing, photographing, designing, or reading the blogs of your favorite creatives.*
*Contest is open to U.S. residents. Winner will be chosen at random. Deadline for entries is May 31, 2012.
Update: The winner of Artful Blogging Summer ’12 is Lisa Fulmer! Congratulations Lisa, look out for an email from us with the details of your prize.
Posted: Monday, May 14th, 2012 @ 9:19 am
Categories: Artful Living, Contests and Giveaways.
Tags: Artful Blogging, Magazine.
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