To My Loyal Artist2Artist Followers:
First of all I wanted to say thank you for supporting Artist2Artist. I truly value each person that has subscribed, read the various posts, and taken the time to respond, comment, and give feedback. Thank you for caring.
You may have noticed that there has been a lapse in posts these past few months. This is due to the whirlwind of changes I have been dealing with in my life. In a very short time I’ve dealt with health issues, job changes, 2 moves, financial hardships, and the reality that I have lost a lot of myself in the past few years. It has been very difficult for me to keep up with my own day to day life, let alone maintain a website. I say all this not to make excuses but to simply fill in the gaps of the last few months.
All of these changes and challenges have caused me to take a good, long, hard look at my life and the direction it’s going in. The pain of facing reality is difficult but also the first step toward changing things for the better. That being said, my attitude toward Artist2Artist has changed as well.
A New Perspective on an Old Calling
I’ve always felt called to encourage artists and I loved the idea of sharing inspirational quotes and stories. I am technologically challenged so the thought of doing any kind of website was something I was very against. I wanted to write a book. I wanted to do all the writing and wait until I had everything packaged neatly with a bow on top before sharing it with the world. However, after being increasingly disheartened by the negativity artists were being fed in the media and in their day to day lives, I felt compelled to provide something positive now. It wasn’t about what I wanted or how I wanted to do it, it was about getting a positive message out to as many people as possible in the way that most people get information-via the internet. So I started artist2artist.org. It was out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad that I did it, I think it was the right move at the time, and I am thankful for everyone who has been supportive. That being said, this year I have really been debating the question of “do you give people what they want or what they need?” and “What is it that I want?”
We all want things to be instantaneous, we want to get “likes” and ‘followers” and friends, we want instant gratification, knowledge, and validation but often this is superficial and leaves something to be desired. I know there’s a lot of things I want but not a lot I can actually keep up with. I would love a successful blog but now the big thing is memes, videos, and Instagram pictures. There’s nothing wrong with that and there are many successful blogs and youtube channels and people who are great at Instagram and social media but I am not one of those people. I cannot keep up with all the changes and quite frankly I’m not sure I want to because it’s not me. I can’t expect people to read what I post when I can’t keep up with half the blogs I’m subscribed to. I don’t want to follow someone on social media with the hopes that they will follow me back. My inbox has 10,000 unread e-mails and Facebook is something that I occasionally scroll through without responding to anything because there’s just too much there so I get complacent. I don’t want to add to the noise, I want to be the quiet, the refreshing, the real deal. I think deep down we all want to make a real connection with someone or something but real connections, quality conversations, and true uplifting friendships are a rarity these days and most people don’t even know where to find them so we continue liking our “friends” posts on facebook, staring at our phones instead of the people around us, and not actually ever experiencing anything that’s real. While this may sound preachy-please know that I’m guilty of most of these things as well and I simply want something different.
That being said, after much deliberation I have decided not to renew my website. The majority of people who are following are close friends and I want my time, energy, and resources to go toward living Artist2Artist-inspiring those around me, building real relationships, and actually having quality time and conversations with others. This is who I am, this is who I want to be, and this is how I want to continue to live out my mission of encouraging artists.
Questions You May Be Asking Yourself
Do I think the internet, blogs, and social media are bad and why does it seem like I’m insulting anyone who uses those mediums?
No I don’t think any of these things are bad- this he direction the world is going in and that’s ok. If you want to have a successful blog or business these outlets are essential. If you have a gift for web design, photography, marketing, or social media upkeep more power to you-I wish I had you to handle all of that for me. I just think it’s important for people to know that the internet and social media aren’t and shouldn’t be the only outlets for connecting. I would like to be someone that aids in providing an alternative, particularly since I’m not a tech savvy person and I have to be honest with myself, my skill set, and my convictions.
Was artist2artist a waste of time?
No. Writing your thoughts is never a waste of time and I have no idea how I will use my posts in the future but I know that I will use them to continue to encourage people just in a different way. This has been a journey and a learning experience that I’m thankful for.
Do I care about my followers?
Yes, when I went through the e-mails and saw all the different people who have subscribed I felt a twinge of sadness because I didn’t want to let anyone down and each person is someone that I want to still be encouraging. However, right now I’ve had a very hard time even getting together or chatting on the phone with the close friends I have in my life and I truly feel that I need to be able to be an encouragement for those around me before I can reach the masses.
Being that I do care about my followers, I would still like to have the option to continue to send out posts as I can to those who may be intersted. If you would like to receive encouraging e-mails from time to time, I will be setting up an e-mail chain. Please e-mail my personal e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving future encouraging or inspirational musings from one artist to another.