I was thinking the other day about this whole blogging thing and how it is, for the most part, a positive experience. I know it’s changed me a bit and also, as I’ve blogged more, my own blog has changed too. Instead of reading other peoples inspiring blogs and feeling like I need to catch up, and be productive and be just as clever as they are, I can now see it more clearly. Some people really are so terribly creative and clever and some are just wannabe’s following the trend. I’ve become more discerning. At the same time, I’m still inspired and am more inclined to give in to my creative side and realize its who I am and to give it the time and space that it is due.
I am also constantly surprised by the generosity of bloggers out there. When I owned a shop in California, people where not so generous. My mom and I went into the business together totally unprepared and naive having never owned a shop before. We would go into other women’s shops and ask questions–even about small things like, "where do you get your tissue paper?" or "how late do you stay open?" and we would be met by a wall of silence. Other shop owners were, for the most part, snotty and close-mouthed. Then we would get customers who would come in and deconstruct our beautiful hand made products as much as they could and whisper, "$50 for that? I could do that myself…". It became easy for us to be close-mouthed about our business and our crafts, too. After all, no one had helped us to start out and these women coming in to ask where we bought our fabric or how we made our lampshades weren’t buying anything!
So, when I see how generous people in the blogging community are with their tips and tutorials and praise and suggestions I am truly amazed. It all comes from a good place in their hearts and encourages others to open up and do the same. I thank you all.