July 2015 – For the Sake of My Sanity & Passion

I’ve recently decided to scale back my weekly blogging and instead produce a monthly post which coincides with my newsletter. Though a lack of time is the primary reason, there is a more important underlying reason… and that being… I’m trading quantity for content.

20150728 My Umi Says - Dropped Shadow

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I did some research this month on the effectiveness of blog posts in today’s social media society. I came across a quote by political blogger “Andrew Sullivan” which really seemed to sum up my latest feelings towards blogging.

“I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.”
– Andrew Sulivan

Sullivan’s comment sums up exactly how I’ve been feeling. Social media and daily/weekly blogging has a way of giving people instant gratification for information but often times the content and deep thought is lacking… so what do we do… keep surfing for the next fix… it’s addictive (at least that’s how it seems to my generation)… and I can’t keep up anymore. I don’t wish to keep up anymore.

I certainly understand it has a place and from a marketing perspective it has a place for many… but for me it’s not ideal. Perhaps it’s the artistic side of me looking for the deeper meaning and experience behind everything…together with life’s increasing responsibilities to family and work.

Nevertheless you will see that my blog has now been restructured and my blog will feature a monthly post which coincides with my monthly newsletter. Let’s have some thought provoking, moving, inspiring conversations. No quick social media fixes here… this dealer’s supply has been cut… for the sake of my sanity, and passion, and the need for substantive meaningful interaction.

20150729 Had I Known - Dropped Shadow

© 2015 Vanessa Turner
charcoal on artspectrum colourfix
12 x 9 inches
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