Happy Birthday Daily Art Muse!
2 YEARS OLD AND GROWING UP FAST
In early August 2006 my father suggested that I start a blog. A systems analyst for almost fifty years, in his retirement he spent hours on a laptop each day creating programs, cruising the internet and learning…always learning. As we talked about blogs ideas I thought – why not share my notes regarding polymer clay process, techniques, inspiration and tools? “Do it,” he said. So I bought a domain name and found a hosting site. Now what? He started to help me tweak the blog template and for the first time I was speaking his language (HTML). Like all good fathers, he delighted in my baby steps…I might have been forty-something, but they were still baby steps.
My father died before we finished the template. Our last conversation was about a problem I was having with it. When he died the next day I put the blog aside. Couldn’t touch it. Grieving deeply, I decided to start a different blog – just for me – one that wouldn’t remind me of my father. Without telling anyone, I posted quietly on The Empty Vessel until Cynthia Tinapple (PCD) linked to one of my posts. Although I didn’t know Cynthia, I enjoyed her blog and often forwarded links to polymer clay art that I discovered through my research. When I saw that she had linked to The Empty Vessel I immediately wrote to her and revealed that I was the author. I also told her about the blog that I really wanted to write…and why I couldn’t. “Do it” she said. Two words. First from one of my strongest supporters, then from a stranger who was a successful blogger and fellow polymer clay artist. “Do it.” And so I did.
On October 3, 2006, six weeks after my father died, I launched this blog (formerly known as Polymer Clay Notes). It evolves as I evolve. Like its author, the blog has gone through many changes and worn a few different looks over the last two years. Together we’ve survived technical crashes and emotional tidal waves. Writing this blog has opened my mind and healed my heart. I have no doubt that I channel my father as I learn the technical side of blogging. Many days while I labor behind the scenes looking for the comma or semi colon that blew up the template (again…) I can feel his smile, just to the right of my ear, and I swear I can hear him chuckling softly.
In two years I’ve written 1,833 posts, sharing art and artists that inspire me. In those posts I’ve used the words ‘beautiful’ (117 times) and ‘lovely’ (53 times) too often, but the art has made you gasp, made you laugh, made you think, made you smile. And you, my dear readers, have contributed more than 2,200 comments and dozens of link suggestions. My first post was a picture of a frog. A frog because of the color, the repeating pattern, the texture. Not surprisingly, I continue to be inspired by the same things today.
I’ve peppered this post with pictures of a few of my favorite posts from the blog’s first month. Click on the images to take a trip down memory lane. Thanks to all of you for making the ride meaningful and worthwhile – I look forward to another year. And Pop, thanks for everything. I did it. I’m doing it. I miss you madly and love you always.