I used to read a lot more blogs before Facebook came around and made everything faster, more immediate, more real time. And as I said in my last post, I really miss that slower conversation. Sometimes having to stop and think about what you’re going to say before you say it is a good thing.
It can be difficult because I haven’t got internet at my house – and I’m almost never at the coffeeshop long enough to read All The Things, almost never anywhere long enough where I can disappear into blogland for a good soak. But I think I’m going to be making more of an effort. I miss Google Reader but Feedly has been a reasonably decent replacement so far and it helps to have something that aggregates all the blog feeds into one space.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs – the ones I reach for every time I open Feedly, the ones I open up and take home to peruse at leisure. What works for me in a blog is that there is a good balance between work and the conversation – many of the folks I read have indie businesses like mine. We’re artists, we are (most of us) also selling our art or our work, and that’s good – but what keeps me coming back is what happens when people are just sharing what excites them about their lives AND their art.
I really enjoy Terri Windling’s blog, Myth and Moor. She hits me right where I live, with musings on art, music, fairy tales, myth, just living in general. Her blog is a rich and wonderful thing to delve into.
I read a lot of jewelry blogs. They’re great for inspiration, to learn new skills, for networking and for finding out about new bead designers or resources for nifty supplies.
Love My Art Jewelry is all about the world of art jewelry. They have a great “boot camp” that I’ve found really helpful in terms of widening my own repertoire of skills.
Earrings Everyday – pretty much just what it sounds like. Earring porn.
Art Jewelry Elements – neato things for making art jewelry.
One of my favorite art jewelry events is just about to start, in fact, and it is entirely blog based. The 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party is almost here – signups are this weekend, in fact.
Bead swapping and a blog hop? It’s a ton of fun and how I discovered a lot of my favorite art jewelry designers.
I read a lot of art blogs too. Again, for inspiration, to see what people are up to, to find out about new goodies or just get good and excited about color. Daisy Yellow Art is one of my favorites – all about art journaling, and more! I love her take on making art. She’s a fellow mandala maker too, so that definitely is a plus.
Speaking of colorful blogs, Creative Kismet is another one I really like. All of these really feed something in me. A desire for color, for beauty, for line and balance. They hit the sweet spot between art and conversation.
I like Notes from the Voodoo Cafe. I’m not really into sewing but I like her take on the world a whole bunch.
Blogs are a good way to keep up with friends.
There’s my friend Marilyn’s tea blog, Delights of the Heart.
My friend Kelly has a great blog, The Traveling Sideshow, about her adventures with metal and art beads.
Just a few out of literally several hundred in my reader – but these do seem to be the ones I reach for over and over.
It’s a tricky balance to find. When you’re an artist and you have a little indie biz, everyone tells you that your blog is your biggest marketing tool. But who wants to be marketed to all the time? I’d rather not worry about some “magic blog formula” that will guarantee me more readers and/or sales. I think I’d rather just have a good conversation and talk about what’s going on around Spacious Nuthouse Estates and what’s fun in the studio. Selling gets old. But feeling really excited about something fun that I’m doing in the studio, and sharing that excitement? That never gets old.
So what are some of your favorite blogs? Leave me one or two in comments! And check out one or two of the blogs I linked to – you might be glad ya did!