Blogging – a life-changer? That sounds like a rather strong verdict. Can something that happens in virtuality have an impact on *life*, i.e. reality? For me it has. Coming back to yesterday’s post on my favourite aspect of blogging, the inspiration that blogging has proven to be for me, has left a visible mark on my life.
I have always been a creative person. As a little girl I crocheted dresses for my dolls and devised “musicals” for my array of Playmobil figurines, I wrote poetry as a teenager and compiled scrapbooks full of collages. I started photographing when I was a student and loved crafting of any kind. When I later started my degree in photography, I thought I was in it for art photography – only to become thoroughly frustrated with my lofty idea of “art” and the high standards I had set for myself. I settled for documentary and commercial photography, convinced there was no artistic originality in me, only solid craftsmanship. Apart from dabbling in the occasional craft project, creativity was confined to deciding which f-stop to set. I reproduced rather than produced.
The unblocking of my creative block may have been an act of reproduction, too – after all it was Mr Guylty’s portable shrine that laid the foundations for my sudden creative explosion. But the initial impulse for what I perceive as the life-changing impact of blogging, was the feedback I received when I presented my little creative treasure chests. In that sense, blogging has been life-changing for me. Because it reignited a creative urge that had been buried. I am currently more creative (long-term) than I have ever been, with a constant output of creative projects. I seem to have found my own personal way of expressing myself creatively. This still does not comply with my Kunstbegriff – idea of art, but it satisfies my need for creative expression. It makes me happy, even when times are sad. And that is life-affirming, if not life-changing. Ok, I admit I am a drama queen, a bit too excitable and rather passionate about almost anything. I may be prone to overstating things. But hey, it doesn’t hurt anyone, and I certainly feel my life has changed for the better. And that is the best possible influence anything could ever have.
Has the world moved because *you* started blogging? And is commenting a life-changing experience for you, readers? Let me know, I am curious! ❤