Now that I've got a blog, what should I fill it with? Most personal blogs are like pet rocks: they sit there all pensive and introspective, not sharing anything of value; in the end, they make lousy companions. A blog that screams "Me, Me, Me!", no matter how quietly, isn't going to hold your interest for long. While researching artists' blogs, I stumbled upon a pithy post by Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com. Titled "why most artists' blogs fail" the post says
"Your typical artist’s blog usually consists of little more than a photograph of the latest art piece, with a brief description like, “I painted this yesterday. I like how the purple dog clashes with the green sofa.” ... But the reality is, most people are not reading your blog because they have an inherent love for purple dogs and green sofas. They’re reading your blog because THE PERSON YOU ARE inspires them. ... they’re reading your blog because the way you approach your work inspires them ...."
I agree. The blogs I continue to follow inspire me to think differently or more clearly, to expand my frame of reference, to try things I wouldn't have tried on my own. They point me down paths of increasing reward, not down rat holes. Let's call this the gestalt of blogging. The overall effect is more important than any individual post. With that in mind I'll try to provide food for thought along with the images I post. The image in this post is another ink painting. It's small, only 5x7 inches. I haven't been titling the 5x7's. Should I?