After 12 months of operating, we look back at how the blog’s expectations have changed over the year.
This post will look at how the blog has developed from what it was expected to be in the beginning, to how it can help you now, and into the future.
This blog also looks at what’s been delivered in the 12-month period since publishing the first post, and how the website may have helped you.
While building up to launch a blog, the website’s shell stayed dormant for a few weeks. But on a prompt by Darren Rowse of Problogger.com in launching his ‘International Start a Blog Day’ in 2019, the first three blog posts were published on 6 February 2019.
Initially, the blog was expected to be a vehicle to share my art and craft journey with you. But after a few weeks, I quickly realised that my art and craft journey only reflects a small area of art and craft mediums available. My Pinterest page only reflects some of the wide range of arts and craft mediums available.
I realised I could only share my journey, and clearly, as I was learning these skills (or relearning them after many years break), that this wouldn’t be very exciting for you to read.
Changing blog expectations
So I had a started a blog with an idea in mind only to find after a few weeks that it couldn’t continue as intended.
What did I do? I engaged a blog coach and changed my blog expectations. I learnt that my blog is not about me – it’s about you.
So, I had to think hard about what I can share that will benefit you?
Clearly, I was stumped.
Here I am – someone who loves to do art and craft, but because I have been in the workforce for almost 40 years and only touching art and craft over that period – what can I share with you that you don’t already know – or that somebody hasn’t already told you?
I am not qualified to teach you technical aspects of art and craft. There are many others better qualified than me to show you the techniques of your art and craft niches. I can just share the experience on my journey.
I had just started a blog, and I needed to find my voice. How could I blog with nothing to say?
Working with what I’ve got
I was recently retired from the paid workforce, with time on my hands, and a lot of art and craft supplies purchased over the years – just in anticipation of being able to have the time to use it.
But now I’m here. I’ve done some art and craft projects. But with limitations, how can I fully do my arts and crafts and share these experiences with you? How can you benefit?
So, I’ve delved into my memory bank to see how I can help you.
Building on previous work skills
Being of a certain generation, I started work in the 1970’s as a stenographer secretary using manual typewriters, hard copy ledgers, index cards as databases. Everything was manual.
I walked around the office and streets to get jobs done and deliver messages.
I did this for 12 years before I even saw a computer at my desk.
But once a computer was on the desk – it was the start of a new era.
But after a while, we found it hard to do work with data sitting in index cards. This information needed to be shared with others who didn’t have access to the index card drawer.
Well – guess what? The information that sat in physical hard copy had to be made available in digital format for others to use. Sharing that information helped stop data duplication and meant that we could all go on using the data to do our jobs better.
But getting that physical hard copy information into a structure and format that was available for digital use was a hard and labourious task.
We take it for granted that we have information available online now – but it wasn’t always that way. It took many hours of work by many clerks to physically type data into electronic databases.
That’s where we learnt so much about RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury. An office workers’ hazard in the 1990’s – and more so a typing pool hazard. Yes – that was a thing – a typing pool!
This data transfer seemed to go on for a decade – but not really. There’s still data being generated that needs to be put online.
As technology improves, this includes images and non-traditional text data. Yes – we’re still digitising data! Just a different sort.
I realised I could use my past experience of moving data from manual to digital systems. This is how the blog could change in this way to meet my, and your, expectations.
The blog could change to help you streamline your processes so you can pursue your art and craft dream and find your niche.
Changing blog expectations to help solve problems
This is what we’ve moved to do. For example, with this in mind, are you like me, and do you love coloured pencils? Yet there’s information you need to help you use them. You need to know how the colour looks on paper. You need to know how they perform. Which ones are lightfast? Which are not lightfast? What colour families do they belong to? Which is better – oil or wax? Is there even a difference?
This is the type of information that the blog can present to you.
Applying Learning and experience
This is how I can help you. I can help you to pursue your art and craft dream and find your niche by helping you to choose, organise, and use your art and craft supplies efficiently and effectively. I can show you how to do this with my learnt skills, applied experience and resources.
My resources being my organisational and management skills, my stash of art and craft supplies, a limited budget, and my time.
What we’ve delivered
We’ve looked at the initial expectations of when the blog started, and found that what was to be written about initially either wasn’t sustainable, interesting, or helpful to you.
While starting this blog, I wanted to show you my art and craft journey alone. That changed to sharing some of my art and craft journey experiences (drawing, painting, knitting and dyeing fabric and sewing) in a way that would benefit you. I also delved into my art and craft supplies, organised them, and then sorted them to use them quickly and easily.
I also showed you how you can organise yourself and your art and craft supplies, so that you can start to pursue your art and craft dream and find your niche.
Then I looked within each range of coloured pencils in my stash, so that you know that irrespective of which coloured pencil brand you buy; you can sort them to use them efficiently and effectively. By this, a series of ‘closer looks’ posts about the colours available in a variety of pencil types and brands was provided.
Then I thought about how to help you with my knowledge gained over the years. This being with putting physical data in a format that will be helpful to you. To support this, I digitised colour pencil information and colour swatches, and arranged them so that you can sort and search the colour charts online from wherever you are.
It will help you use your time in a more productive manner.
So, over the year, the Artnitso & Co blog has changed from being about me – to being about you.
What we’ll deliver in the next 12 months
My original blog expectations have pivoted over the year. It has developed into one that can help you to “pursue your art and craft dream by choosing, organising, and using your resources efficiently and effectively”. I hope I can build on my existing skills and experience to deliver this to you, and further help you on your art and craft journey.
We’ll keep building on this. Join me by filling in the form below, and let’s see where we are in the next 12 months.
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