ETA: The give-away is now closed. The winner will be announced on my blog soon.
The smart-beyond-her-years Abi recently posted this about what to expect from her blog in 2013. It really got me thinking about what I have been doing with my blog in the past and what I want to do with it in the future. I'm interested in your feed back, so read to the end and comment for a chance to win a nice little give-away.
The big conclusions I came up with are that there are three things on which I really want to focus (these are the three things that bring me the most enjoyment and fulfillment): art journaling (including collage, painting and sketching); photography; and writing. The first two come as no surprise, but the third . . . hmmmm . . . it was a bit of a revelation how much I have been drawn recently to those memes which push me to write. I'm also a little sad that scrapbooking and card making have run their course a bit for me right now. I expect to get back to them some day, but for now, they really aren't paramount.
I also realized that a lot of my blog is structured around certain recurring memes. I don't do all of these every single time, but I do them enough that they've become part of my blog plan. Here's how they break down:
Hello Monday/Peek Inside My Life (usually accompanied by a photograph or art journal page). These may not interest everybody, but I have several lurkers who have told me they read these to keep up with what's going on in my life. So, they'll stay for now.
Wordless Wednesday. I'm pretty sporadic with this meme, and it always feels a little lazy. It also draws the fewest visitors and comments. But it's easy and a nice way to feature some of my photography.
Paint Party Friday I love this weekly reminder to take out my paints and paint brushes. Definitely a keeper.
Storytelling Sunday and A Simple Moment. I love how both of these encourage me to dig deep and spend some time writing.
Photo Heart Connection. This also encourages me to write. Describing the connection is as important as the photo for this meme.
Sketchbook Challenge. Like Paint Party Friday, this keeps me on track with my drawing. I enjoy the fact that there's a monthly prompt to give me ideas.
Monthly Make and Ten on the Tenth. I've enjoyed the first as it ensures that I do something outside my typical photography-art journal-sketchbook box, so I'll probably keep up with it. The second is kind of hit and miss, but I expect I'll participate occasionally.
Semi-regular Post Topics
Class Reviews. I always get great feedback on these so will definitely continue with them.
Class Projects. A lot of my blog fodder comes from the classes in which I enroll. I made a list of my current/future classes, and I'll be posting that later this week.
Let's Talk. I love this feature where I ask people to comment in some detail about topics of interest to me. I don't do it very often, but always enjoy it when I do. I've got a Let's Talk post ready for tomorrow (geared a bit to camera geeks, I'm afraid).
Music and Book Reviews. I do these pretty sporadically. Not sure how often they'll show up in 2013.
I love hosting the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt and will definitely do it again in 2013.
So, now it's your turn . . . I'd love some feedback from you on what you like about my blog and whether there's anything that doesn't really appeal to you. To encourage you a bit, I'll put together a little prize package of assorted scrapbooking, photography and art journaling bits and bobs to go out to one commenter chosen at random. I'll do the draw Sunday night.