1 year and 100 posts later – who’d have guessed

Who would have guessed?  Certainly not me.  This is my 100th post and it’s hard to believe that I am coming up on 1 year of blogging on October 21st.  When I took the social media class for artists at the community college extension, I thought it would be the least of the things I did. Instead, it has turned out to be the most fun and rewarding of all. I have tried to post on Wednesdays and Sundays because I need to have some sort of schedule in order to get anything done and I felt that twice a week was something I could keep up with while maintaining a reasonable studio and online store schedule.

When I started, I feared I would have nothing interesting to say or show and that no one would care to visit.  There in an inherent trauma in going to your blog and seeing spam for your comments and little or no views.  No one who doesn’t blog can understand the joy of the first comment made by someone you don’t know and the appearance of the first subscriber.  Heady stuff you know.   At least for me.

Flowers to all of you

I have met so many wonderful people who encouraged me along the way this year, not the least of whom are Leslie and Linda, who were among my first visitors.  They kindly made wonderfully positive comments, so special thanks to them.  In the course of this year, I have seen some beautiful works of art created by this community as well as laughed myself silly over some FP blog.  I have enjoyed sharing not only my artwork, but stories of the wildlife that surrounds me (especially the coyote puppies on the porch  and the the deer stalking the heron) and the beautiful countryside where I live.  It is a journey I plan to continue and I hope you come along.  A bouquet of flowers to you all – past, present and future.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy Lewis
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 12:09:19

    You do a great job on your blog, enjoy reading it and really enjoy watching your sketches advance to the finished product. I can’t even draw a stick person, so am in awe of your talent


  2. ruthsartwork
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 12:15:09

    Thanks Sandy. It has turned out to be a lot more fun than I ever could have imagined a year ago.


  3. Sonya Johnson
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 12:28:31

    Congratulations on your first “blogiversary”, Ruth! I recently passed my second year blogging, and as you say, starting an art blog has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. Not only to document my art and musings over time, but also to connect with other artists out there, which has been tremendous. And, like you, I’m grateful for all those that follow, visit and leave comments.

    I love reading other artist’s blogs. There’s so much talent, great content and inspiration out there, and it will always be my #1 form of social media.

    Keep up the good work here!


  4. ruthsartwork
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 13:28:49

    I totally agree Sonya. I have met so many wonderful people doing this and I never would have predicted how much fun it has been. I love all of the art blogs. They have been so inspirational to me on so many levels. I love to see all all of your paintings’ progressions and the wonderful photos you take, too.


  5. Joy
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 14:05:34

    Congrats Ruth on your first year Anniversary…. You are my inspiration and Blog Idol !!!!


  6. ruthsartwork
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 14:43:25

    Thanks, Joy. I love your fused glass. If you ever start to blog, I be happy to share what little I know. LOL


  7. Cindy D
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:36:00

    This is terrific! You really do have a great looking blog, and your artwork is great. I only stumbled in here recently but you have done one of my favorite kinds of posts – showing the progression of a piece of art. (And really great art, too!) My blog is five months old and I can’t believe that much time has passed. I wonder where I’ll be when I hit one year!


    • ruthsartwork
      Oct 09, 2011 @ 21:34:15

      Thanks Cindy. It was hard to image where I’d be after a year. I could never have imagined it would be so much fun and so rewarding, so keep it up. I’m glad you like seeing the progressions. It does make a good record of a drawing too. Thanks for visiting and commenting. As a fellow blogger, you know how much fun it is to get comments.


  8. midnightcoiler (lynn)
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 17:32:33

    Congrats on your 100th blog post! You do a great job– I love the way you mix it up. 🙂


  9. midnightcoiler (lynn)
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 17:47:16

    You do a great job with your blog! Congrats on your 100th blog post. 🙂


  10. Michele (Pixe's Treasure Chest)
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 20:04:57

    Ruth, Congrats on 100 posts! I do so enjoy reading your blog, especially about the wildlife, and the art too! You have different critters than I do, so that’s what makes it interesting! BLOG ON!!!


    • ruthsartwork
      Oct 09, 2011 @ 21:46:36

      Thanks Michele. Sometimes there isn’t as much going on in the studio as I would like, so it is fun sharing what is going on around me. I enjoy describing the wildlife and scenery from around here so I’m glad you do too. We moved into our house about 3 1/2 years ago and this place has a such a multitude and variety of wildlife, it is hard to imagine. Some of the things I’ve seen are so truly awe inspiring that they almost seem made up. Who would have believed the coyote pups on my doorstep, to bald eagles, and the doe chasing the great blue heron just to mention a few things that have come my way, all just in rural Indiana.


  11. Jaci
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 19:35:21

    Wow! 100 in a year! I totally understand how you felt, I haven’t started a blog for the same reasons, LOL! I’m glad you have enjoyed your year, and that you plan to continue 🙂


  12. ruthsartwork
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 19:48:46

    Thanks, Jaci. It is just manageable for me to post twice a week. I am envious of those who post more often.


  13. jcstrong
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 11:08:46

    Time goes swiftly and then you are celebrating a1 year anniversary. I enjoy the warm conversation and beautiful art on your site…. Congratulations!


  14. lesliepaints
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 13:32:04

    Congratulations on a year of blogging, Ruth. I can remember the first time I viewed you architecture work and my chin hitting the table top. 🙂 Then your spirit to jump in and try new things really grabbed my attention. You have developed an well rounded and interesting blog to follow….and I thank you for that. Paint on!


  15. ruthsartwork
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 20:19:32

    Thanks, Leslie. I feel the same way about you and your artwork. You were one of my first commentors and I will always be grateful. It has been a wonderful year.


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