This wonderful e-course I am taking along with over 500 other creative minds is on the one hand mindblowingly satisfactory. On the other hand it is so damn frustrating I could scream.
Why is it so great?
The lessons are so chuck-o-block loaded with information.
It is such a generous amount of knowledge coming our way. About blogging, websites, social media, marketing, pricing your work, promoting your work and more, much more, so much more is still to come. And did I mention the encouragement Kelly Rae is giving? Invaluable. Priceless!
And us girls support each other with positive criticism, telling what is great about what we all create and accomplish. Giving information you didn't know. Sharing experiences. The inspiration you get from them from the beautiful things they all create (wetter it be in visual art or the written word) and the energy they're oozing out makes you want to dump whatever your doing and create create create. The community is like a warm coat on a wet chilly day. Gloves, hat and scarf included. You cannot do this without them. Seriously, I mean that.
Why then do I want to pull my hair out?
Again; The lessons are chuck-o-block loaded with information.
You want to jump and blog. About the things you create. About the things you experience. Any roadblock that might be in your way. And you want to do it regularly, not once in a blue moon. And decisions have to be made. Do I add a widget that allows people to follow me. What if I only get 2 or 3 followers. How pathetic is that. And you want to attract traffic to your blog. So you have to go to other blogs and comment on them. I have always visited other blogs, getting inspired and seeing and reading wonderful posts from like minded creative people. But I rarely comment. So I better start doing that and hoping that a few of those bloggers might want to come to your blog and comment on your posts. What if no one will. Oh the horror.
Doing all this you still have to be creative. You want to create, you need to make art. And that's another thing...Art. I need to remind myself that I AM an artist. Not just a girl with a wonderful hobby. The idea's that are in my head need to come out, need to be put into action. I need to paint on a canvas, burn wood with a pen, create pages in my art journals. Sketch my ideas, at the very least write them down so they are not lost. Because you say to yourself "I don't need to write this down. I will remember this". Ha! That is a big fat lie.
Doing all the previous mentioned you also have to go to work. Because without that you have no money for rent, food and art supplies. Gotta give that your full 100% as well or the boss will not be amused.
And then there is your real life social life. Your family, your friends. They want a piece of you too. You call them instead of meeting them, and the phone calls get reduced in length because frankly you don't have the time. My best friend is the only one I see now, the others just have to wait.
Ha! Maybe that is not a big fat lie, just a promise that will be fulfilled months or even years from now.
Enough of the moaning and the self pity.
I make it sound awful, like bloody hard work. It is not.
It is a tremendously fun journey. With some curves and bumps in the road. A learning curve. Over time you evolve. And every moment is precious. I am very glad I am taking this journey. And happy to see where this road is taking me and what wonderful people I will meet along the way.
But I have to be careful not to do too much at the same time. You do not want to drop a ball while juggling.
Everyone have a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy whatever it is you are doing.
hugs (( ))