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Cocoa Talk: Why I Blog

Let’s have an honest moment.  Drawing, painting, and any kind of imagery come way more easily to me than blogging.  I have probably been staring at this computer screen for an hour now.

The thing is, inspiration for drawing just comes.  If I don’t know what to draw then all I have to do is put in some headphones, watch a cartoon or movie, read something, or have a good conversation, then, BAM, I have a working imagination again.  If I’m really stuck I just draw a whole bunch of stuff on a scrap of paper and see what kind of crazy, scribbled mess comes out of my mind.  For some reason that doesn’t quite happen with blogging.

It could be that I’m just “gifted” in art.  It could be that I just don’t like writing as much.  It could be that I’m just visual, or that I’m too lazy.  I don’t think it’s any of that though.  I think that the reality is that I get plenty of ideas, but I put constraints on my mind because I think this has to be a perfect blog with perfect content.

I read a lot of blogs about blogging and get overwhelmed because they have a giant list of things you have to do to run a professional, polished website that you can make a million bucks on.  There isn’t anything wrong with these blogs (How many times am I going to use the word blog in this post?), they are super helpful.  The problem is that I get distracted by the numbers and statistics and the rules that promise that you guys will read what I have to say, and buy things from me (And I don’t even sell any thing!).

Then I sit there and think,”Niche specific topics, Haley. Niche specific topics. NICHE SPECIFIC TOPICS!”  Wait a minute.  What is my blog called?  Oh, yeah it’s called Hint Of Haley.  Not Art Posts Only.  Not The Perfect Example.  It’s Hint Of Haley.

I don’t blog because I want tons of publicity, or because I want to be rich.  I blog so I can share myself.  I blog so that all those little things that inspire me, all the things that make me jump up and down with excitement, all the things that I wish I knew before I was half-way through a project, I can tell you.  Art is part of me, but it’s not all of me.

Before I conclude today’s brain explosion post I have one last thing to say: I really appreciate all of you who take the time to come and read all of this stuff.  It means more to me than I can put into words (at least without making things all cheesy and weird), so thank you all so much.

Categories: Art, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Personal

2 comments

  • Doug Irvin

    I suggest you read the blog of author/artist/photographer and personal friend, Cedar Sanderson – http://www.cedarwrites.com/. Another multi-talented individual. Her blog is subtitled, The Eclectic Mind of an Author. And it is. You may gain inspiration, maybe develop a friendship (warning: she has kids your age), and definitely see how wide a scope of possibilities are allowed in a blog. Plus, she’s a fun read.

    And if you like cooking? Well, that’s another blog of hers!