I've started this blog in order to post interesting things that appeal to my crafty nature. In the process of researching how to start a blog, I read a lot of articles from others who have taken this path before me. I hope that my observations will help other newbies like me take the plunge into blogging. I promise that future posts will be on the craftier side of life!
I think rules are a good thing in general. They provide boundaries and guidelines that help us succeed in unfamiliar situations. I don't think they are always helpful though. Before I set up this blog I did a ton of research in an attempt to learn as must as I could. I wanted to "get it right". Or as right as I am able. There is so much information out there. Some of it is incredibly helpful. Some of it isn't. The steps (aka. rules) I read about most often usually went like this:
This advice is good, but it bothered me too. What I found particularly annoying was the inference that anything less than these steps is considered just plain wrong. The very idea of setting up a blog on a free platform such as the one I am using, Weebly, would indicate that the person with that sort of blog isn't professional at best, and cheap at worst. In a perfect world I would agree that every effort should be made to make sure that whatever you put out there be as professional looking as possible. But, unfortunately, I live in the real world with real issues such as having to spend my money on necessities first and luxuries last. I am responsible for paying the mortgage, insurance, buying food, filling up my car with gas, etc. Just because my blog has an address with .weebly.com at the end of it, that doesn't make me unprofessional. If someone else thinks it does, that is their issue, not mine. When it is financially possible, I will "follow the rules". But for now, I'm ok with my decision to break them.
So, for what it is worth, my advice to anyone out there who is interested in starting a blog but may not have the financial means to pay for the "must haves in starting a blog" is to do what you can. It's ok to be a rule breaker. As a person much wiser than me once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel because people who mind don't matter and people who matter don't mind."
I often feel as if I belong on the Island of Misfit Toys because I'm not a creative with just one area of expertise. I enjoy making digital creations in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I love knit and crochet. I love glass art. The creative process is very therapeutic for me and, mostly, keeps me somewhat sane in an insane world.