Yesterday, I finally got to see my girl Dawn after a few weeks of busy busy time for both of us. We always chat for hours about art, life, and trying to make it in this business. Our thoughts usually align, and it was so nice to be able to just vent about all the things that have happened to me this year, as well as the behaviors and blog posts of our friends and inspirations online.
I have to admit -- my blog reading has steadily declined over the past month; if I don't see your update as part of my Facebook feed, I usually don't read things. I've all but disappeared from Twitter. And while I love blogging, I've decided to switch it up a bit so I can focus on getting amazing new things ready for you all this summer.
I'm loving my photo posts/newsletter/vlog system I have going here. The newsletter has to be, by far, my favorite resurrected piece of old-school social media, and now that I'm on MailChimp, people can -- and have! -- reply directly from the message and let me know their thoughts. I LOVE THAT!
It isn't that I don't have time, it's just that I'd rather be doing other things. I've been bitten by the inspiration bug that has this fibro girl spending hours and hours creating -- I've gone down to about 6-7 hours of sleep a night, have something for my hands to work on when I'm watching TV (which, now that the season's over for most shows, isn't very often anymore!), and have been churning out journal and class documents like no tomorrow!
I'm hoping to have my first art installation this month, sell new prints, pull out the Yudu, and re-stock my Etsy shop with fun new things floating through my head. I meet up with other artists and friends all the time, attend social events (First Friday tomorrow, anyone in Phoenix?), and read poetry. I'm also going to be in Art Journaling (my name's on the cover!) & Cloth, Paper, Scissors, and have more work waiting in the wings.
All in all, amazement.
If you read Dawn's blog, you surely saw this post from yesterday. It's something we discussed and decided to try, if only for a bit. While I adore your comments, I just don't have the time between everything else going on to answer every one of them. So, for now, comments are going off. You can always click the link on the sidebar there to send me an email or even a snail-mail letter! My vlogs, posted on YouTube, will still have comments on, and I check Facebook about twice a day, if you'd like to leave a note on my page. I'll be sending out a newsletter every Wednesday, as well as a reminder note when the weekend feed goes up.
I'm just feeling so digitally fragmented -- updating FB, the blog, twitter, flickr, etc -- that I really need to pull back. Blogs used to be posted without comment features, and if I've learned one thing from my vlog series, it's that even having comments turned on, people will write you a note.
Hopefully, this means more meaningful responses from me, enjoyment for you, and a more focused Kira.