I have at least a couple more posts planned as follow-up to my Portugal trip (including a report on how my sketch materials fared and symposium swag), but before I get to those, I have an announcement to make: According to Blogger, this is my 2,000th blog post!
A writer my entire professional life and a journal keeper even longer than that, I have always used the written word to develop and retain ideas, record experiences, process feelings and thoughts and, indeed, to think. It’s been said before by other writers, but sometimes I don’t know what I’m thinking until I write it. It’s a natural part of how I learn to understand my experiences.
It was only natural, then, that when I began learning to draw, I wanted to use writing to document this very new experience – a process that undoubtedly would be endless if I kept it up. And it struck me that I had a rare opportunity to document my own creative and learning processes from the beginning. That’s when I decided that a blog might be an interesting medium for that documentation.
When I published my first post on March 18, 2012, about six months after I had started drawing, I didn’t know how long I would keep the blog up or how often I would post. Even back then, trendsetters had long ago moved on to social media, and blogging had already been declared dead. Knowing this, I gave myself permission to try blogging for as long as I felt like it, but if it no longer interested me, I’d stop.
Six-and-a-half years and 2,000 posts later, I’m still blogging, nearly every day. Although I also share my sketches on social media, this blog gives me a permanent place where I can write about the sketch subject, how I made the sketch, the materials I used, or a story about the circumstances. While others may have let their blogs go because posting on Facebook or Instagram is so much easier and faster, I still have a need for more space and time to develop a thought. Indeed, I want to think a little longer than the 30 seconds it takes to post and hashtag a sketch.While I always intended for this blog to be mainly for myself, it’s been a genuine joy to “meet” readers along the way – the ones who occasionally or regularly leave comments; the ones who email me privately about their own sketching experiences; and the ones who find me among hundreds of symposium attendees to tell me they are readers. Many thanks to all of you – even if you’re silent! – for sharing my journey. (I especially appreciate your readership because, despite much troubleshooting and frustration, I have never been able to get the email subscription tool to work on my blog, and yet you keep returning.) And the journey continues. . . for the next however-many-thousands of posts.
I hit my 1,000th post on March 27, 2015. You can read about that milestone here.
(What do the sketches shown here today have to do with my 2,000th post? Not much. I have a folder on my computer containing hundreds of sketches I haven’t shown on the blog, usually because I had nothing to say about them at the time. I still don’t, but this post is a rare excuse to show them. I picked one randomly from each year that I’ve been sketching.)