Why Blog

It seems like ages since I last wrote. This year has felt so different. Time has moved so rapidly. I am now visiting my 91 year old mother on the East Coast, so I am away from my computer, looms and images. I did bring 15 cashmere sweaters with me (actually I shipped them ahead), so I would have a lovely project to work on with mom.

On the plane (besides sleeping) I thought a lot about Weaving Spirit, where it has taken me and in what direction I want to go. Stepping away from my studio allows me time to reflect. Why did I begin blogging 3 incredibly short years ago? The answer was simple. A woman emailed me and said, “I read about you on Sara Lamb’s blog, and I would like to buy a horoscope weaving.” Well, I was instantly hooked. 1. Blogging is a selling tool.
For years I had been urging myself to write. 2. Blogging is a good way to flex and strengthen the writing “muscle”.
What I discovered, much to my delight is 3. Blogging creates “the spiral of creativity”. Rather than taking time away from my loom, blogging seemed to urge me on. I take a picture of what is on the loom, put it up on the blog, and then I would have to race back to the loom to complete the project so that I could take a picture of it and put it on the blog (or at least that is how it was for the first couple years).
Another exciting discovery is that I have been able to not only connect with weavers from around the world, but 4. to act as a source of inspiration to weavers who do not have the luxury of a weaving guild and other weavers close by.
This is as far as I have gotten in my reflecting on “Why Blog?” If I have missed anything, please don’t hesitate to remind me.
Oh, I almost forgot! 5. My readers have been a source of inspiration to me, for which I am deeply grateful. (toothy grin)
This entry was posted in About me, On the Road, Weaving Philosophy.

8 Comments

  1. Trixie Mayhem March 27, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    Have you ever read about morning pages from The Artist's Way? I think you'd find some of what you're describing in there too.

    I agree with you, though: connection, recording, resulting clarity. It's such a multiply useful thing.

  2. Connie Rose March 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Keep at it Bonnie. Everything you said, I second. Blogging is the best way I know of to share ourselves and our art with the world.
    Have a good trip!

  3. Peg in South Carolina March 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Reflection is a good thing. Thank you. Now, if only my body would let me get back to work so that I have something weaving-related to blog about! I have 1300 more heddles to thread. Can't do it till shoulder is full healed and carpal tunnel syndrome is fully healed. Sigh………..

  4. UniquelymeNana March 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I am so inspired by reading both of your blogs Bonnie. I am a disabled veteran ( I suffered a TBI/tramatic brain injury while serving. I can no longer work but had to keep busy. I started knitting again, then branched out and took to spinning like a duck to water. I've been spinning almost 3 yrs. and will teach my first 2 classes this fall. I purchased a used 4- harness Gilmore loom in May 2009 and warped it. I had my 2- actual learning how to weave lesson on 3/25/10. I love it!!!!!!! On 3/26/10 I went to fabric store and purchased some Sulky “Holoshimmer in a multi color and Sulky Sliver Metallic in Opalescent”. Because I love to experiment with different things. Needless to say I am loving the results I am getting on my sample piece. I am weaving a twill with straight 1,2,3,4 heddle threading and love it!! One o my next projects will be to try your horoscope shawl. But I think I would like to try it using a thicker bamboo yarn. Your work is awesome and I am truly inspirec when I see all the beautiful colors that you combine. Thanks so much for sharingyour talents and tips you are truly blessed!

  5. Connie Peterson March 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    You blog to inspire the rest of us!!!

  6. tommye March 28, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I found your blog through a link at Alice Schelin's — glad I came here!
    I share most of your reasons for blogging noted. I've learned a lot about myself and my work through writing and sharing through it. I'm at http://tapestry13.blogspot.com

  7. Dorothy March 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi Bonnie, I enjoy your blog.

    I like seeing the many different approaches to weaving on many different blogs I read, and I like to write my own blog and be part of some kind of an international weaving community.

  8. Meg in Nelson March 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    We do!