|2/20/15 Private Reserve Velvet Black ink, Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook
On March 18 last year and the year before, I commemorated my blogging anniversary with a few (OK, more than a few) retrospective words about what blogging has meant to me. This year I’m going to skip March 18 and instead make my pithy comments today, because Blogger informs me that this is my 1,000th blog post!
On this milestone, I decided to look through my all-time Blogger stats, which confirmed my general hunch that my most popular blog posts (as measured by number of pageviews) are the product reviews. These are the top 10 posts of the blog’s three years:
Not surprisingly, the “page” with the most pageviews is Current Favorite Art Materials.
When I started Fueled by Clouds and Coffee, my intention was to use the blog, first and foremost, as documentation of my own creative process and growth as a sketcher. I knew even before I began the blog that experimenting with various art materials was a significant part of my process, so writing product reviews was a natural outcome. I didn’t know whether the product talk would be of interest to others, but I had a feeling it might, because whenever I’m interested in learning about a certain product, I tend to seek out other bloggers’ reviews. I’m happy to see that my blog stats confirm that interest. (If sharing my sketches as part of my creative-growth documentation is the self-interest part of my blog, then I’ll consider my product reviews as the public service part.)
In addition to the retrospective view of my own progress (which is sometimes happily evident and other times disappointingly slow), documentation includes recording all the places I’ve sketched. As an urban sketcher, I delight in looking back through my blog to see the places I’ve captured as well as recall my thoughts and impressions of the day.
I keep hearing rumors that blogging is dead. With the explosion of social media, blogs have apparently become passé. It’s a one-directional medium, trend watchers say, with an interface that doesn’t facilitate meaningful dialog and discussion. (You mean the way Facebook does?) Many bloggers have moved to Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, saying that feedback and dialog are more current and immediate.
While I do post sketches on social media, and I do appreciate the feedback I receive there, blogging still meets my need for documentation in a way that social media never will. And that makes me appreciate you, my readers, even more, for sticking with me on this journey made on an apparently passé medium. Thank you!
(See the next post to find out how my left hand served as both the model and the sketcher!)