Me: Thank you :)
|c Abby Sernoff 2012|
Basically, you can (1) ignore the fact the you've been absent from cyberspace and continue on as if nothing was amiss. Or, you can (2) spill your guts and share precisely what has caused your absence (as long as it's interesting, of course.) I'm a pretty private person, so option #2 isn't really appealing to me. It also makes blogging somewhat difficult for me to begin with, although I've been told your blog is the single most important tool you have in increasing your presence as an artist online. That's in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumblr, your independent Website, Etsy shop etc. I swear I can't keep track!
A very successful artist I admire referred to blogging as your "living room"- a place where you invite people into your world to get to know you! This is great if your "living room" looks like a hipster paradise full of great antiques, knickknacks, and quaint furniture you reupholstered yourself. But what if your personal "living room" looks like a burned- out disaster area? Despite all I've read about making yourself vulnerable and sharing your difficulties with others, I really don't think that anyone wants to read about the details of my illness over the past seven months. It's been messy, horrific, and definitely not beautiful or "hip" - although I'm 42 now, so my hipster days may be over - I haven't figured that one out yet :)
So, I guess I'll just start blogging again. I'm still dealing with health issues, but feel ready to start getting back to my art. Plus I think working a little bit will help me feel better in the long run. I'm slowly trying to revamp my etsy shop by taking new photos, adding new listings, and of course, getting back to making collages.
Trying to keep up with the social networking aspect of being an artist online is a bit overwhelming to me right now, so I think I'll just focus on a few things at a time and see where that takes me.
I'm back :)