Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Not sure what to do...

So, I was rereading my last blog post and almost deleted it because I think I'm repeating myself. At least to me it seems that way. I feel that way about most of the things I post anymore. Not about the photos or the art, but about my writing.
And I don't know what to do. I've kept this blog going for over five years and I have loved it. Lately though, I spend most of my time feeling bad about not visiting your blogs more often, about not blogging often enough, about not having it be interesting or varied enough.
Much of my active posting is happening on Facebook these days. Is that where I should migrate all together? Blogging isn't that much fun without visiting your blogs actively and I don't seem to find the time for that as I used to.
The free time I do have, I spend painting or knitting or making jewelry. I know I can't be the only one who wonders about keeping on with blogging. What do you all think?

Maybe I should just change the format of it for a while. "Talk" less and show more. Take photos like I used to and show those. And keep showing what I create.
18 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas
I see some blogs with very little writing and more photos and art, who are participating in daily challenges and I wonder if I would like that in lieu of hearing myself talk all the time. It would keep everything simple as well, which might be a good thing right now.

The other side of that though is when I participate in challenges, I want to visit all the blogs who do as well, which would not really solve the time problem.

I just don't know. Truly I don't.

What do you think?



  1. Liebe Silke,

    einen guten Donnerstag wünscht dir

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  3. I think most of us who have blogs are wondering the same thing Silke. I find that i post less on my blog than I used to and i really think it's because it doesn't seem like I have many visitors leaving comments. And lets face it, not many of us just blog only to hear ourselves think. Most blogs that I visit are asking the same question. I think we have become lazy with just being able to click a like button on FB. Also maybe it is because when most of us started blogs we were newer into mixed media or art-I really don't know. I still post on my blog-I visit blogs but don't always leave comments-I do like being able to see works in progress or additional photos of pieces that i can't see on FB. "to blog or not to bloog-that is the question!"

  4. Blogging should never be a burden or an obligation. If it feels like one, then you don't have to do it! I think many bloggers have migrated over to FB and Twitter.

  5. I agree with Debra that blogging ought not to be a burden. I prefer blogging to Facebook but I know many do not agree with me.

  6. We all get tired from time to time and discouraged. Sometimes we feel guilty if we post something in a meme and don't have time to comment on others. That is all part of the blog game. The question is, do you enjoy what you do (your art and your writing) and do you want to share it with others? If the answer is yes, then the blog is the place to do it. Facebook is a social conversation ... it really doesn't allow for the amount of expression you are capable of (my opinion). Blogging is a choice ... your choice. That means you do what and when you want and if you get enjoyment out of it, it shouldn't matter how many followers you have or if people are commenting. It is a bit like a public journal. You would be surprised what you can learn about yourself just by expressing your feelings (in words or art) out loud. So make it be what you want and don't let what others do dictate to you. Enjoy, take breaks, come and go as you please ... it is your blog.
    The quote "to your own self be true", may seem cliche, but it is truth. I personally would not like to see you leave. Today for example, your presentation of your art was so enjoyable and your writing always provokes thought. It is well worth my time to come see you ... but you have to decide what it is worth to you. Good Luck, Silke, some things just don't come easy ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  7. what do i think????

    i think that you should listen to "your gut feeling," as the old saying goes. take some time to sit-down-and-ponder what you really, really, really want to do, about being-connected-on-the-net? listen to yourself. "you" will tell you, if you listen.

    do what makes you happpppy!!!!! certainly do this, in this social media of the net. gracious yes!!! why ever would we do, what is a chore, in this social media of the net?????


  8. i understand the feeling of duty, to read/comment in the blogs of those, who read/comment in our own blog.

    the only way i can handle this, is to only "follow" a certain number of blogs.

    guess there are some, who can really embrace the concept of "blogging without obligation." i can't, on the return-comments-issue.

    i can embrace it, on the matter of, how regularly i blog. when my muse flies away, i simply don't blog. :-) although i admit, that's very seldom. ,-)


  9. Lots of good advice here. It is a natural progression of life to change. When I started my blog, it was actually to help me figure out who I was after raising children...what I was going to be. You have found that! You are an artist doing your art! So FB works for you. I find FB a waste of my's sort of addictive, checking throughout the day to see if someone posted something funny. I would like to not use it at all. I need to write more to work out my feelings about Gary's death, and even I have changed the blogs I used to visit because my needs are different right now. But I must say, I do miss our old community. You will always be Oh Beautiful One to me, and ever so dear to my heart. Go where your heart leads you, my friend.


  10. Do what you want to do, Silke -- and exactly that will be right for you.

    However, if you switch over to Facebook for good, I won't get any of your news because I don't do Facebook.

    If you want to stay in touch though, emails are always welcome.

    All the best,

  11. I've tried to post a few replies with my iPhone. But with no success. Anyway, my comment is I think what makes your blog special is it the unleashed creative part of yourself. If that part is constrained by a format, let that part go an see what happens. I love your art work, the photos from vacation. Maybe those share more than the word do, anyway.