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Two Blog Awards – At The Same Time!

Hello all,

I recently received two blog awards from Jennifer Edwards of the wonderful Drawn2Life Blog, whose watercolour artwork I find to be really fun and uninhibited.

It’s strange to realise that my ramblings and sharing of thoughts and pictures is actually being noticed and enjoyed by others so thank you Jennifer for the recognition!

The first blog award is the Versatile Blogger Award which funnily enough I’ve received before! The second blog award is the Sunshine Blog Award which is awarded to ‘bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others’ >  **blushing**

I’m going to follow Jennifer’s example and combine the instructions/rules from the two awards into one to make things easier.  The Sunshine Award states that I should  answer 9 specific questions about myself and the Versatile Blogger Award states that I should share some random facts about myself.  Both awards also ask that you pass the award on to other deserving blogs.  So here goes:

My favorite color is….. I don’t have an absolute favourite one but I am drawn to vibrant and earthy colours

My favorite number is…. I don’t have a favourite number.

My favorite drink is     Hot green tea.  I find it very refreshing.

My favorite animal is  I don’t have a favourite animal but I’ve always been slightly fond of elephants because my mum had a set of three wooden ones in the house when I was growing up.

Facebook? or Twitter?   Facebook – because the connections there feel more personal to me, despite it only being a virtual connection.

Getting or Giving presents     I prefer giving presents more because there’s nothing like the feeling of making someone happy or even delighted, especially if it’s a gift that will last a while.  That’s worth much more to me than getting presents.

My Favorite day    Monday – because it’s full of possibilities for the week ahead.  Of course when I was working for someone else it was always Friday :0)

My Favorite flower    Orchid – timeless and elegant

My Passion  Creating my artwork. Sharing and talking about art, design and illustration. Helping others with knowledge I have gained.

So now you should know a little bit more about me although, after answering those questions, I’m now wondering if it’s weird that I don’t have favourite numbers and colours and things….

Anyway, here are the list of bloggers that I would also like to pass these awards onto:

Cabbi Arts

Gennine’s Art Blog

Divine Choice Creations

Sweet Design Diaries

Passion.Fruit

I would have listed more but then I’d be repeating some of the ones I’ve already given an award to.  Thanks again to Jennifer for the blog awards and I hope the bloggers I’ve listed above enjoy receiving their awards too.
I’m just curious, do you guys have a favourite colour, animal, flower etc.?  Or not?  Let me know in the comments below please!

A Class For Artists Who Blog

So, I decided to sign up for the Blog Triage online class which promises to help me maintain a healthy blog.  It is a class geared mostly towards artists who have a blog that is in need of a boost, but I think that some of the lessons we will learn can be applied to most other blogs too.

The class is being taught by Alyson Stanfield of the ArtBizBlog and Cynthia Morris of the Original Impulse Blog, both of whom know a whole lot about blogging and helping creatives to get the most out of their own blogs.

As part of the first piece of homework we are asked to blog about the type of people we would like to visit and read our blogs.  I’ve been thinking about this and although it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable talking about who my ideal reader would be, I’ll have a go anyway:

  • Interested in Art
  • Interested in Mind/Body/Spirit
  • Artists/Creatives
  • Bloggers
  • Collectors
  • Fans

So there is my list, which of course is not intended to exclude anybody and is not exhaustive!  I know it sounds a bit abrupt as well but like I said, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable to specify like that and I guess I’m just scared that some of you may run off because you don’t fit into the categories above!

The second part of the assignment is to think about what I want to get out of blogging.  This part I found much easier to write so here goes:

  • To be able to freely share my art
  • To provide me with regular fans of my art who like to read and comment
  • To learn how to talk comfortably and confidently about my art
  • To share my process as an artist
  • To encourage others to share their art too and learn to talk about it
  • To encourage others on their own creative journeys through sharing mine
  • To keep fans and collectors updated about my work

I doubt that the above is a complete list but it’s certainly what occurs to me right now!

Happy Hearts Original Watercolour ACEO © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

It seems to me that some of us may start blogging because everyone else is doing it and everyone says it’s a really good idea.  But I think starting with those questions above is probably a good exercise to complete before launching a blog for the first time.  It may help with finding things to blog about and maintaining consistency if you think beforehand about why you want to blog and who your audience is.  I’m hoping that it will help me in this way too.

If you have a blog, have you ever thought about your blog in this way?  Do you know who you want as an ideal reader and do you know what you want out of blogging?  Let me know by commenting below please!

Was the Ultimate Blog Challenge Worth It?

Overall yes, I think it was.

The most fantastic thing for me was plucking up the courage to go for it and then actually doing it!  This is my 31st blog post during January 2012 and let me tell you, then feeling of achievement is wonderful.  If I can do this, then what can’t I do?

It may not be a big deal to some but for me it really is.  I’ve gone from writing a post a few times a month and only when I thought that the news was big enough/worthy enough to be written, to writing a blog post nearly everyday 31 days.  I say nearly because there were a couple of days when I had to write two posts on one day to catch up, but catch up I did!

Here are some of my observations:

I’m no longer deathly afraid of blogging regularly

I just never thought I could keep up a routine with it but this challenge has really shown me that when I consider a task important, I can get it done.  Writing a blog post every day just became a part of my routine and I made space for it in my schedule.  I now know that I’d be more comfortable with blogging at least once a week and that I can actually do it.

More Productivity

It was partly because I needed things to blog about but I developed a more productive attitude whilst doing this challenge.  I would have a plan for paintings that I would make progress on or a new technique I would try, all the while knowing that I can pick and choose from these what to blog about next.

My work-in-progress posts were some of my most successful posts because I found other artists would comment on my work and offer lots of encouragement.

Increase in blog followers

I did expect that posting a blog a day would result in increased traffic to my blog because I use social media quite a bit and I also post to the EveryDayMatters Drawing Group Forum on Yahoo.

What I didn’t quite expect was the amount of people who subscribed to my blog.  I’ve gone from about 2 or 3 to 19 blog followers as of today and that tells me something positive about my blogging.  It’s one thing to talk a lot but it’s quite another for people to want to hear you talk some more!

Making A Difference

What I mean by this is that some of the blog posts I’ve written have shared information that has been useful to others and vice versa. For instance, the post that I wrote  about my Top 3 Art Supplies received many comments and some artist readers shared what their favourite art supplies were too.   So I felt a wonderful sense of community.

I also did a couple of posts that spotlighted other artists and their work and the feedback I got from those artists was extremely positive.  They both contacted me and were very grateful for the exposure, which made me feel great since I didn’t really expect that my posts would have an impact in that way.

This of course encourages me to do more Artist Spotlights!

One other possibly negative thing I noticed whilst taking part in this challenge was:

Less Interaction with Facebook Fans

It seems that my fans on Facebook don’t like it much when I blog and my page is updated with the post.  These type of page updates get the least amount of interaction whilst posting images and inspirational quotes seem to get the most.  I found this quite interesting and I guess my Facebook fans will be glad when I get back to posting pictures of my WIPs and finished paintings instead of daily blog posts!

So those are the main things I noticed whilst participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  Taking part has achieved what I wanted it to and I’m glad I did it.

So how was your experience?  Post links to your blog in the comments below if you’d like me to pop over and read!

The Creativesque Blog in Review – year 2010

WordPress sent me these stats and because they were presented in such an interesting way, I thought it might be a good idea to share them:

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 136 posts. There were 108 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 96mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 18th with 54 views. The most popular post that day was UK Handmade Altered Book Round Robin – Kella’s Book.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, creativesque.co.uk, networkedblogs.com, fuelforbodyandsoul.wordpress.com, and groups.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jamaican red peas soup, jamaican soup, red peas soup, creativesque blog, and creativesqueblog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

UK Handmade Altered Book Round Robin – Kella’s Book July 2010
3 comments

2

Sketchbook Peek – Pencil Drawing of a Face September 2010
10 comments

3

New Direction for Creativesque? October 2010
9 comments

4

Mini Recyled Notecards and Gift Tags Giveaway! April 2010
8 comments

5

First Art Series December 2010
13 comments

Let’s see how I do this year!

My First Blog Award!

Hi!

I’m very pleased to let you all know that I’ve received my first ever blog award from the lovely Shirley from Mamasakio.

The award is called The Versatile Blogger Award and these are the rules for accepting it:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this blog award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass on to 15 other Versatile bloggers
  4. Contact those bloggers and let them know about the award.

So first of all, thanks so much Shirley!  You are definitely deserving of the blog award too!

Now don’t laugh as I struggle to list 7 things about myself that are even remotely interesting:

  1. I was born and raised in Jamaica.
  2. I used to be a corporate secretary
  3. I have two lovely, gorgeous children but I don’t consider myself to be a natural motherly type and have never been broody.
  4. I tried card making for the first time about 6 years ago, when my son was a baby and I was at home.  I was terrible at it.
  5. I have very short hair
  6. I’m already thinking about what products and cards to make for Christmas but haven’t started making yet.
  7. I have 6 brothers and 3 sisters

Hopefully you haven’t fallen off your seat with boredom after that!

Here is the list of 15 other bloggers who I’d like to pass the award onto because I really enjoy reading their blogs and find them inspiring.  And like Shirley stated in her post, I’ve also chosen them based on the variety of topics they blog about or how multi-talented they are (or both!):

Good Measure

Kootyoo

Jen and Jake

SwirlyArts

Giddystuff

WrappedUpWithString

TheCreativeMama

MoonMum

MrsEliotBooks

TheCreativePlace

ThreeRedApples

GoingHomeToRoost

LouLouLovesBooks

MaximumRabbitDesigns

Milomade

Please have a look at these great blogs as I’m quite sure you’ll find them as enjoyable as I do.

Thanks for reading!

Stacey-Ann