I can´t really believe it myself, but yesterday was my second blog anniversary! I knew it was due sometime this summer but didn´t really kept an eye on the exact date and was thus taken by surprise when WordPress congratulated me.
Consequently I didn´t prepare anything fancy in advance – shame on me, really. But then I´m not even celebrating my birthdays very much, I wink at them as they silently pass by from a distance, not having any effect on how old I actually feel compared to that hideous date of birth in my passport (the one that reaches back into the Middle Ages). 😉
But there are things that I appreciate very much when it comes to blogging and that are actually worth celebrating.
It´s the fact that I have made so many wonderful friends here – a thing that I didn´t even anticipate when I started on this expedition!
It´s the fact that I actually managed to blog about all of my more or less art related projects for two years now, which truthfully I never would have guessed in the beginning, having started with a couple of paintings that I did back then and no idea what to blog about once they were all presented – which was approximately after two months. 😉
It´s the fact that by blogging about a thing I love – making art – I got even more creative than I ever thought possible.
It´s the fact that I learn almost daily new things by simply reading other people´s blogs.
I admit that at times I struggle with blogging. As you all know it´s a very time-consuming hobby 😉 But I never regretted doing it, not once and not in the slightest.
As you might or might not know – my art is something that´s not very known to or appreciated by my “real” friends in the analogue world. And by reading other people´s blogs, I´ve learned that I´m not alone in this.
I often wonder why though, why the sides of us that we all here on WordPress consider important enough to blog about, are (willingly?) ignored by people who know us personally. So far I failed to come up with a convincing explanation for this phenomenon.
But what I know is that I´m very, very grateful for all the support and encouragement I receive by my friends here!
If it were not for you, I might not even have pursued my art expedition after the first couple of months of blogging.
But there´s at least one person in the real world outside WP who I have to thank most for inspiring to make art, and that is my mom. Being an artist herself, she always encourages me to just follow my heart.
And it´s her that has created this lovely little portrait of the famous Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí with his striking moustache which is now lying on my desk, next to my laptop, inspiring me to create art every day, even if it´s only a little doodle.