Monday, March 26, 2007

Welcome! Janet...Quinn...Brenda...Stacie...Eric and all the rest of my new visitors!
(Artwork: Macaw Mask)

It's a whole new blogsphere out there! In the past week or so, I've met and chatted with a wide range of creative bloggers from all over the world. Artists. Writers. Poets. Creativity Coaches. Graphic Artists. Singers and performers just to name a few. Whew!

As a studio artist, my work is mostly a solitary activity. I love my time in the studio working with my hands shaping metal, wood or clay. But over the years, I've wished for a few co-workers to chat with who could understand and appreciate the work of art as well as share a few tips or personal experiences over the 'water cooler' as I go about my work day. The kind of co-creative types who understand the need to work alone and the problem with feeling lonely.

A few months ago, in an effort to share my creative experiments and writing experiences with other creative types, I started this blog. It was a little scary at first, but after a while, I wondered if I was just talking to myself. That's ok. It can be valuable, too, but it wasn't what I was looking for.

But after several months feeling somewhat 'alone' in blogland, I find I'm not alone after all. There's a whole tribe of fellow bloggers out there who are generous, supportive and encouraging.

How did it all happen?

I gathered up my courage one day and signed up to be part of Eric Maisel's blog tour for his new book, Ten Zen Seconds. I'd been part of his 'test' group as he was writing the book and really felt his concept helped me alot. So when he announced he was marketing his book by blog tour, I signed up right away. I'm glad to support a book that supports other artists and I love the whole blog tour marketing idea. Very creative! He gets support for his new book and supports other artists by connecting them to one another. Just what this big, big blogworld needs!

I started out in this big, big, blogworld feeling like a munchkin in the great big land of Oz. Now, I feel more like Dorothy following the yellow brick road and finding new friends just around the bend. And all it took was a few clicks, not of ruby slippers, but my mouse to find my way to a new home.

So welcome, come on in and leave a comment, or just your name and blog. If you'd like to link here, let me know. Then, check out Eric's website as well as the new links to the left and meet some new friends, too.


MELANIE said...

Welcome to the creative blogosphere!

Janet said...

Susan, I'm glad you're using art and words to create a virtual studio...I mostly work alone as a writer and artist, then foray out in collaborations and events. Yes, lonliness, when the heart is not filled and the balance is not right.

Janet Grace Riehl

ubeehappytoo said...

Great to "meet you" online, Susan, and to be participating in the Blog Tour together. Love your creative masks! And, I love the story of love, for your dog.
- Brenda Johima -
Creativity Coach and Visual Artist

Claudia Dose said...

Resonated with me, the solitude (welcomed), and glad you shared your art with this blog. You are doing a great job telling stories to your artwork, makes it all the more interessting. Nice "meeting" you and your art.