Blogging has always been a weird activity for me. I mean, first of all, I’m quite a private human (my daughter calls me a cat). Sharing my thoughts and feelings on a public forum normally feels terrifying. I’m that person who can’t even chime in on a Facebook post about Indian food, despite having so many strong opinions on the topic. Also, do I actually, really, have anything important to add to the Blogosphere? How very self important of me to think that other people would be interested in my random brain dumps. And who exactly is reading my posts? Are there kindred weirdos out there that are connecting to my words? That last one kind of reminds me of the anxious voicemails that my son used to leave me when he was smaller “Where are you Mom? If you’re out there, let me know”.
Are you out there?
Being a maker can sometimes be lonely work. It often needs to be lonely work. I spend a lot of time in a flow state, unaware of time passing. However makers, like all other entrepreneurs, do still need to connect with their markets and tell their stories. True, that is harder than it sounds for many creatives. However, it is also true that we need feedback in order to flourish and grow.
I was recently telling a stockist that, despite taking part in many in-person events, and posting almost every day on Instagram about my work, I still find it really hard to drive people to my webshop and people who I have known for years don’t seem to know what I do for a living.
“You should start blogging again” she said. “Tell people about yourself”.
Hmmm. I feel like I have done that before, but it has been a long time since I last wrote anything here. So this is my reentry into blogging. Take note, I am a ONE WOMAN BUSINESS. That is a tough and solitary thing to be, especially if you are an immigrant who has inserted herself into a new community. This means: talk to me, leave me comments, give me feedback. Let me know that I’m not speaking into a vacuum (do this for other makers too, okay?). Secondly, I am a parent. The posts will be sporadic. No apologies.
Thank you for reading this. There will be other, more substantial posts soon. Until then, hey, you can read more posts on my site!