Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Little portraits

I've just noticed I’ve been blogging for over four years – blimey!

Pencil in sketchbook


Blogger annie said...

That's something to be proud of, Julie, blogging 4 years. And each of us that finds you here is so glad . Thanks for all these years, and a BIG CONGRATS!

5/13/2009 11:59 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

Congrats Julie. I've been blogging since 2003 but with nowhere near the consistency, made too many changes, lost momentum and readership too many times over. I really wish I'd just stayed put like you have.

If you can identify it what would you say has been the most rewarding or most beneficial aspect of blogging?

5/14/2009 12:41 AM  
Blogger raena said...

Wow! Four years is terrific! You've made so much progress too.

And these little portraits are great tonal studies!

5/14/2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you Annie and it's great that you're so appreciative.

I agree Owen, that staying put and posting at predictable intervals is a good way to develop a relationship with readers. Walt Taylor (crackskull bob) who posts just about every day has always inspired me. Commenting on other people's blogs is also a really good idea, but personally I've had to choose to create rather than comment most of the time - because I just don't have the time for both. If I had the time I'd work on that. The most rewarding bit is that it has made me so much more productive. I know that I will never run out of things to do if the work dries up. And in the absence of any other legacy I hope my children will enjoy my sketchbooks and blogposts when I'm gone.

Thanks very much Raena (note to self - must remember what a great medium pencil is)

5/15/2009 8:50 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

Julie, thanks for the thoughtful answer. I am trying to strike that blogging balance. It's also important to choose carefully which blogs one follows and in terms of posting a blog roll it really matters who we have there - we just can't have everyone, those we do have should be folks we honestly follow and have or hope to develop connection with otherwise it can be a bit of a cheap linkage scenario.

I've been through a decade which has been for me like no other, major upheaval and a spiritual and career change that I'm still processing. All that showed up in my skittish presence including on the internet. I'm hoping that I am settling down some inside these days though in truth my world is still as much upside down as not.

Thanks for taking the time. {thrive!}

5/15/2009 9:22 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

P.S. Checked out crackskull bob...should I blame or thank you? ;-)

5/15/2009 9:23 PM  

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