Just over three and a half years have passed since I pressed the publish button for ArtSpiritVillage.com for the very first time. In May of 2011, I was a youthful 50 year old man who was deliberately turning the page to a new chapter, coming out of the closet to announce to the world “I Am An Artist”. At that time (youth is so innocent), I likely had visions of Virality Dancing In My Head. Perhaps the Blogosphere would quickly embrace me, thus paving the road to success with cobbles of gold. When I rewind my memory to that time I can almost see myself clicking on publish, then glancing at the second hands on my watch to see if I got noticed yet. I can still remember the anticipation. When would things begin to change? I remember feeling vulnerable as a person who gravitates toward introversion. “How would I cope with all of the fame”? We all know where this story is going, “The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry” (Robert Burns). To Date my blog boast a mere 208 followers and at times it amazes me that I have that many. Do the math and you’ll see that 66 posts in 3.5 years equals roughly 1.65 posts per month, I haven’t exactly been relentless in my output.
Today, I’m much more realistic about my blogging ambitions. I now realize that a blog is not an end but the means to an end. A blog is not a destination, it’s a journey. A blog is about reaching-out and making contact with other people who are also striving for personal improvement but it is also very much about reaching-in and discovering what it is that excites me and makes me want to create. A blog is as much about listening and learning as it is about showing and telling. For me, Art Spirit Village is what keeps me from being isolated on my own little island of ambition and somehow it keeps me connected to the power of the universe. If you have your own blog, what have you learned and how have you benefitted from it.
To my 208 followers and to all who visit I say Namaste (I bow to the divine in you). Have a Joyous Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.