Friday, May 19, 2006

happy first birthday

One year ago today I made my first blog post. I was still new to the blogging world, having only discovered it a couple of months earlier, but ignorance is bliss and I thought I'd give it a test drive. Who knew that I would enjoy it so much that I'd still be doing it a year later, with no end in sight?

This blog was originally called art from the basement and it took me a few months to figure out how the whole blog community thing worked and to discover some blogs I wanted to visit regularly. I struggled with my 'voice' for awhile: what to write about, what to share 'in public', how much time I wanted to spend, etc. My knowledge of blog customizing came even later. It's been a great learning process, and an always-evolving exercise in creativity.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I've spent the past two days in organizational mode. I am often accused of being anal due to my need to organize my space, but it doesn't come naturally; absent-mindedness is my natural environment, but I had to learn early that if I was going to survive with my keys and deadlines intact I'd need to do everything in my power to counteract my tendency towards tunnel vision/distractedness. Space organization became my prime defense. And since I have these OCD tendencies and a perfectionist bent, I managed to overdo it. Of course. But I do have relapses, and last week's missed deadline made me realise that my record-keeping was way behind, so that's what I've been doing. I also revamped/streamlined my website and have probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome as a result.

Here's to another year ... as long as I don't lose my crayons, that is.


Blogger carla said...

Well, then...Happy Anniversary! You were one of the first people to visit my blog when I started it last July, and I have always been encouraged by your support. Isn't it interesting to look back and see the evolution of a blog? I think most people start out somewhat undure of the voice and presence they want, but eventually they find their comfort zone. I know you've been busy, but is there any new small art coming our way?

19/5/06 11:35 a.m.  
Blogger angel said...

hey- happy birthday- you're only one day younger than mois!
love your work!

19/5/06 11:39 a.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! This year has seemed to go by so quickly.

19/5/06 12:03 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Dear Andrea,
You have, since I've been on Blogger, been someone I've looked to for inspiration and a good start to the day. I don't use sitemeter, so I check your blog about 758 times every day, just to find nuggets of gold. I'm never disappointed with what I find. I'm glad you are out there, and that you see no end in sight. Happy Birthday.

19/5/06 12:11 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Carla: I've seen you learn to use your blogging as a supplement to your life and not let it control you, which shows a great deal of maturity and perspective! If there was an award for Most Supportive and Engaged Blogger, you'd win hands down! You are our community role model. As for Small Art, I seem to have put it on the backburner temporarily, but it's a long weekend, and I have a painting to do...

Angel: Happy Birthday to you, too!

Janet: You have no idea... :)

Brian: You have been a bit like a litmus test for me, so thank you. I have wanted this blog to be more than Just An Art Blog, with a desire to connect with like minds as opposed to just artists, and the fact that you keep coming back assures me that I'm on the right track ... I hope ... Thanks for always being there.

19/5/06 12:37 p.m.  
Blogger Sally said...

Happy Blogiversary! You've gained a fairly new fan in me because I *LOVE* your paintings.

19/5/06 12:49 p.m.  
Blogger frank h said...

very 'mucho' happy B-day, andrea!

from here a big candle to your wonderful blog

and you "Sorry" is simple GREAT! - rough, alive, full of energy - Ilike it!

19/5/06 1:05 p.m.  
Blogger Joyce said...

wow! just one year, and you've become quite famous! (at least in our eyes)
thanks for the comment about the old house I too am sh---ing myself in anticipation- we've not been there before.

19/5/06 1:26 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I'm not shaving myself like Joyce is...but it does sound fun, doesn't it?

19/5/06 3:47 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks Sally and Frank!

Brijoy: And I thought Joyce was shining herself! (Shampooing maybe? ~ sounds like a grooming exercise no matter how you look at it.) I could so hang out with you guys. :)

19/5/06 3:51 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

well Happy Aniversary!! How wonderful. Mine will be this summer. This has been great meeting (and talking) to some fantastic people. you have been a real joy to communicate with Andrea. you are always supportive.
I tip my hat to you.

19/5/06 7:15 p.m.  
Blogger andy said...

Looks like I'm late to join the party, but anyway - happy bloggiversary, Andrea! I know I may not comment much these days, but rest assured I read and enjoy every post. You've come such a long way in a year; who knows what heights of blogging stardom you may reach in the next 12 months? ;-) As Brian says, I'm glad you're out there :-)

20/5/06 12:33 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Happy brithday to your blog!

You've done a brilliant job of creating a blog that really isn't like most people's - that must be why it took time to work it out - no instant model to follow.

I'm really glad to have got to know you and I wouldn't if you hadn't been a blogging!

20/5/06 4:36 a.m.  
Blogger HildaRose said...

Happy first birthday!! Keep truckin'

20/5/06 4:41 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday sweetie! I am so glad there is no end in sight. I would miss you terribly!

20/5/06 5:46 a.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Happy Birthday. I am really glad that I 'met' you. xx

20/5/06 1:12 p.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

Congrats! You ARE an awesome artist!

20/5/06 9:43 p.m.  
Blogger camera shy said...

happy first birthday
and talking
so soon

well done
the art coming

21/5/06 8:19 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thnaks to everyone for being so supportive *sniff*. It's been so great to discover the interactive nature of this world. I love that!

21/5/06 8:53 a.m.  
Blogger susan said...

happy birthday andrea! so glad you are here...
and we would miss you so if you were not!

21/5/06 4:45 p.m.  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Happy Anniversary, ANdrea. Here's to many nore!

22/5/06 1:04 a.m.  
Blogger The Tart said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Luv that U R in bloggyville, natch.
The Tart
; )

22/5/06 8:22 p.m.  
Anonymous albina said...

Happy Birthday to outside the lines! Blogoverse is better because of you, and are we ever happy to know that there is no end in sight. Best wishes as always! albina.

24/5/06 9:45 a.m.  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

You small art blog looks great too!

25/5/06 12:55 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Happy belated Blog Birthday!!! It takes a lot of dedication and I hope you have many years to come!!!

27/5/06 10:18 a.m.  
Blogger Mike said...

Happy belated anniversary. I have just stumbled upon your blog and this entry in particular stuck out to me because I am just starting to try to blog a little myself. As you experienced, it has been a bit challenging determining what to blog about....and for me finding the time\inspiration to blog regularly is still a struggle. Regardless, my entry into this little interactive world has been entertaining and I will definitely have to spend some more time checking out your space. Cheers.

28/5/06 11:10 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Andrea. I've really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. You reming me my first ever blog post was on June 30, 2005...what shall I do to celebrate?!

5/6/06 4:03 p.m.  

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