Creativity

I’m taking a blogging class. Or rather, I’m occasionally checking in on a blogging class, as really I have yet to absorb this whole blogging thing enough to really challenge myself in the way this class suggests. This process still feels like navel-gazing and exploration of possibilities, of thinking aloud with an audience. My first assignment was to revamp my about page. I got as far as changing my picture. I’m still not sure exactly what this blog is about, where I want it to go.  Right now I think that’s a good thing, that resisting of defining this concept of sharing that I haven’t quite decided whether I want to keep.  I am already pulled away from my family by work (and by reading too many other blogs), do I really need to add something that keeps me at a computer more? And yet, the same pull to share that makes Facebook so attractive and that has spawned millions of other’s blogs also pulls. The life of a parent is inherently a little lonely (or perhaps that’s just me).  Home most evenings, TV is boring, I can only do so much housework or after-hours work before losing my mind. I’m not good at calling people, I hate talking on the phone. I am very much an introvert.

 

This class though, while interesting, presents some pressure I don’t need to create another thing to judge myself for, although I am exceptionally talented at self-judgement. But I have enough of that going on as a parent, at work and with the endless unfinished house projects.  Is there such a thing as “failing” at blogging? What do I consider successful? Right now I think it’s just posting, starting a conversation, even if it’s mostly in my head. I’d love it if this lead to more … something.

 

Back to my assignment, to create two “creative” posts this week. Well, this one is just a bit of rambling, interspersed with quotes and pictures. Things I’m finding inspiration in now, projects I’m planning to work on soon. (Aren’t those doors gorgeous?)

If you’re still reading along on this here’s what I think I’ll be blogging about moving forward.  I want to make the process of creating an attractive, comfortable home transparent and simple. I’ll do this by blogging about my own projects and taking on planning for others as well (message me if you’re interested). I want to share something about parenting, I think this will just be my way of making sure I do the things with my kids that I say I want to, blogging as accountability if you will. I’ll mix in some gardening but I need to figure out how. And lastly perhaps some inspiration for things to work towards. I don’t want to be a blog that just posts pretty pictures from things. I like those a lot, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t feel like I have anything to add to that genre (can you call that a genre?).  And mostly, I’d like to develop my writing voice again, it feels very much lost over the last few years. And while writing about how I’ve crafted my home isn’t the same kind of writing, it’s the type of everyday writing I think I can reasonably plan to engage in right now. Not super creative. Not judging myself. Just creative enough to keep myself (and hopefully you) interested. We shall see.

 

 

 

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13 Responses to Creativity

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  • Mum says:

    On a totally personal level I love reading your ramblings about what you are doing with the house, kds and anything else. I learn a lot about you and as you don’t comfortably chat on the phone it is like a lovely conversation.

  • Cheltz says:

    Interesting ramble :). I’m not exactly sure why I’ve started a blog either. I’m a very private person raised to keep things to myself. For a while there I experienced extreme embarrassment everyday. Now it’s only about once a week.

  • This is a great post and I especially love that you used that image of what I think and what I say! Definitely relatable!!!!!

    THe doors are ah-mazing and I will need to pin them!

    Hello from BYW2

  • Sarah says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, but you have a new subscriber. (Via Bloglovin’)
    I find that I can relate to a lot of what you wrote in this post, and really enjoyed reading it. I do hope you continue with the blog, I look forward to seeing more of what you have to say.

  • Katie says:

    I found your blog tonight via the class we are both overwhelmed with :-) I hope you won’t get discouraged, as I really like what you’ve written so far. The content of the class is advanced, and might be great info to save and return to after you’ve been blogging for longer.

    I’m very new to blogging also, and I’m hoping that the focus of my blog will evolve over time. Until then, I’m just going to keep writing!

    Good luck!

  • Val says:

    Did you draw the what I say What I think? is so cute.
    I really enjoy reading your post and pleaseeeee do not get discouraged you are doing such a great job.
    Val

    • Kathryn says:

      No, I found that on a tumblr. It should link to it if you click the picture. I’m not so much discouraged as wanting to make sure I keep my priorities straight. Thank you for the kind words!

  • Karen Caruthers says:

    I love reading your blog. And you inspire me to actually try to make our home a thing of beauty, something I have quite frankly resisted due to sheer numbers ;)

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