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    Tuesday
    Aug192008

    Terrible Twos.


    Thanks for playing along and checking out your sign too, and it looks like the majority of us here are aquiarians!

    hmmm.... that HAS to be a sign of something, of what, I dunno, they say Aquarius are the creative ones, the intelligent and overall the best of all the signs. (ok, completely made that all up). 

    but it still makes me wonder why Aquarius has so many creative people in their ranks, some examples:

    January 20, 1920 - Fredrico Fellini - Director

    January 21, 1905 - Christian Dior - Designer

    January 23, 1832 - Edouard Manet - Artist

    January 25, 1882 - Virginia Woolf - Writer

    January 27, 1832 - Lewis Carroll - Writer

    February 18, 1933 - Yoko Ono - Artist

    February 7, 1812 - Charles Dickens - Writer

    And many more who I am not including because they don't prove my point. I may find many creative people in Cancer or Sagittarius too. Which is exactly what astrology is, as I see it. A bunch of "maybes" that can generally apply to many people. It's like trying to see faces in the clouds, because you know you will see something if you want to see.

    I reject astrology because it has no scientific grounds. And yet I still believe in God and that is something that cannot be explained either. This is the place where my scientific side and my spiritual side sit down to argue for hours, drinking coffee after coffee and getting nowhere. I have learned to accept that I haven't got the answers.

    But we all want to belong to something, be in a group, and please, let them tell us we're good at something so that we may feel more confident trying it. But sometimes that is just not the case. We feel awkward anyway. Like blogging. WHY do we blog? Our friend Kathy told us she blogs to leave a journal for her kids to read when they are older and can understand and see more dimension to the character or "mom" that they know. I love that idea!

    But what other reasons are there? To connect to others like us. To be accepted, to get feedback, to show someone who would understand what we think is beautiful. Because if you go to  a blog over and over is because you like what you see and it moves you to react. To get up and think differently, to make a collage, to read a new book.

    This subject has been extensively addressed here in the blog world by everybody I read, everybody wants to understand WHY they like blogging so much, but really what I want to know is why did they start?  So when I find a blog I like, I usually go to the very first post. There you can find what the true reasons of this particular person are, the WHY of their blogging.

    I started to blog to find me again. the me who was always drawing in a sketchbook, an avid reader, who loved taking long walks with a head full of new ideas. This me took her dutiful second place when other little people appeared. But still she was always there. I had to take this long trip of two years to find her, this electronic sketchbook did the trick, and yes, I did found her. Now we are walking together again. Ideas are flowing both ways. I enjoy her company.

    And in the process of finding me, I found YOU. All of you who come here regularly, to check up on me, thank you. It has not been a lonely journey, for sure. And this is why I don't want to stop blogging. It just so much fun! thank you. Happy second bloggiversary everybody!

    Here is my very first post. And it is still valid today, two years later.

    Reader Comments (4)

    That was a really interesting post, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    You know, I'm not really sure why I decided that I wanted to share my journey of rediscovering art on the internet. I suppose I was looking for some kind of reassurance, and encouragement from others. It's also a kind of diary of my progress. But I have been so inspired by looking at the work of others on their blogs, I suppose I hoped to share something in return. A sort of "thank you". Like saying "look what you inspired me to do!"
    August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUndaunted
    Yes, exactly, a LOG where you can look back and see how much you've accomplished, and what it was you were thinking when you made that particular painting or that other drawing. And not all has to be the best work, it's interesting to see the bad ones too, and the processes... It is all so interesting to peek at someone's brain!
    thanks Undaunted!
    August 19, 2008 | Registered CommenterRosa Murillo
    I think this topic is so cool. While I have examined my blogging reasons to exist, I agree with you Rosa, I love looking at the creative process (ie..mind) of other artists.. Those that share life lessons, technical skills, storeis about their creative process are the blogs that keep me interested. I only can hope to be a part of that world :)

    k
    August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathyL
    Well, I don't prove your point... I'm a leo, but on the cusp of cancer. The question you raise is one that I just took for granted. I started blogging because I'm from a small midwestern town in the United States.

    I've met creative people from all over the world. It not only expands my horizons, but my concern for individuals far, far away. If a contact lives in a country where political unrest is reported on the news, it becomes more than just a story about some country way over on the other side of the world. It becomes personal. That is a good thing. We're all part of this world together.

    Blogging also introduces me to like-minded people. Growing up I felt so different. I didn't have that drive to "fit in" like everyone else seemed to. I wanted to think for myself and try new things. Lo and behold, there are other people in the world who what the same thing. They just were not in my immediate area.

    Lastly, I think I blog so I can look back and remember where I've come from, what I've done. I've always imagined that when I get old, I would make a book of each and every blog or Flickr page. I would read and re-read my whole life. I'd be able to share it with others who didn't know me way back in the day... like my caregivers, or grandchildren. Maybe I would have Alzheimer's. I could read my life over just like in the movie "The Notebook."

    PS. Sorry this is so long, The subject must have struck a chord.
    August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin Nolan - pejnolan

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