Friday, March 14, 2014

Simplify, Simplify

Art Journal page, March 2014, 9 x 9 inches
Earlier this week I had the startling realization that I've been subtly stressing myself out by feeling the need to blog six, or lately seven days a week.  This has been going on for well over a year, and possibly two or three years.  The need originally began as a want, but I know it was really motivated by some internal competitive mechanism within me that has morphed over the years, but still alive and well nonetheless.

All that to say, I'll be posting less often here.  Which means I don't have to keep myself on a virtual treadmill of creating in order to have stuff to post.

I've also cut way back on Facebook, for largely the same reasons as above.  I've shifted into this phase, and perhaps it's just one of the many blessings of aging, where I don't need the acknowledgement or the approval to just live my life and be who I am.  This is a good thing indeed.

15 comments:

Emily Archer said...

As a new, enthused, and delighted follower, I selfishly can't say I'm glad you'll be posting less often. But as a person also leaning into the less-is-more phase, I totally commend you, and will appreciate your inspired work that much more when it appears! Brava!

ileneharris said...

A wise lady. Growing wiser...

Leslie said...

Cool collage. Kinda creepy, somehow...
I, too, am blogging less and liking it more. I didn't really push myself to create in order to have something to blog, but after I got more than just a few follows, I felt a pressure to keep the posts coming. Most bloggers say the same thing. So good for you, and me. Blog when you have something worth blogging about.

Betty Eilat said...

I guess there are times when it suits you better. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work :)

Charlton Stitcher said...

Simplicity should be my maxim too, I think -and I will remember what you say when I feel I should be posting and am searching for something to post. Silly I know because I just end up posting stuff I wish I hadn't posted ...but like
Emily, I'll miss your daily goodies. They're always a pleasure!

Jeannie said...

I will miss your posts every morning, but I hope we stay connected. xo

Meg Fowler said...

Paring down is a very good thing. I hope you feel as liberated as I do! I will miss your daily art pop, but will look forward to your posts whenever the mood strikes you.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

I hear you... more time to create, read, enjoy the day! We'll still be here when you have something to share!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I totally get the stress to create to blog...so silly what we put upon ourselves, but I never posted every day. I've cut back to two a week, maybe three, and Facebook too. It's so overwhelming to read it all and catch up, now there's stress for ya. xox

KrisR said...

I'm with you - especially this comment....

'I don't need the acknowledgement or the approval to just live my life and be who I am.

I think I'm also just tired.

Jeanne Aird said...

I completely understand. I haven't been blogging very long at all and sometimes feel stressed to post once a week. I can't believe that you've posted daily for so long. I do know I've thoroughly enjoyed your posts, and your wonderful art and will continue to check your blog for new posts. It's time to take a deep breath and have more time for creating. Enjoy that freedom. It is a good thing indeed.

Marybeth said...

A few years ago you minimized most other parts of your life and you survived successfully. I think taking a "slow-down" in blogging will work for you also. The rest of us will get used to your occasional blogs. Enjoy your freed-up time!!

Maggi said...

Whether your blog posts are daily or less frequent, they will always be welcome. Taking time to create what you want rather than working to a schedule can only be beneficial.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

I agree -- I only post on my blog every week or ten days....too time consuming otherwise...I don't photograph or post everything I make -- too much work. I think less is more....that said, I love your work and blog and enjoy seeing your art. xo

Susan Christensen said...

Hi, Connie - interesting to read this post, since I have of necessity cut back on my own postings the past month and trying not to feel bad about being missing-in-action here in Blogland.
I greatly admire your rigorous schedule, and wish you well as you give yourself a bit of breathing room.
xxoo, sus