It is indeed the eve of New Year’s Eve and I find myself art-making. I have much to reflect upon regarding the events of 2010 and I hope to be writing in my journal tomorrow with my friend Kristen to do some deep reflections. Do you do “a year in review” type reflection at the end of every year? I find it cleansing somehow, like I am cleaning out my closet (wait: I’ve recently done that, too!).
One bit of reflection I want to share now is an awareness I am having about blogging. I recently began to question why is it that I have been blogging less lately. Years ago blogging was “my thing” (it was many people’s “thing”). I recently visited my old blog haunts and saw entries last dated in 2008 and 2009. I think Facebook and other social networking sites have changed the face of blogging. I know this is the case for me. I use my Facebook page to document (albeit in sound bites) what is going in my life and my Rising Bird Healing Arts page on Facebook has become my daily way of sharing my thoughts and resources.
While they take a little more time and energy, I do miss writing longer posts like this. Perhaps 2011 will bring a more steady blogging process for me — or perhaps blogging will look or feel like something different. Perhaps my Facebook page will become more like my blog. Or perhaps this blog will come alive again in ways I never would have expected.
What are your thoughts on blogging and social media? Where do you visit to connect with others on the internet? Where do you go to get your metaphorical “soul food” for your mind, body, and spirit? Perhaps we will all reflect on this together in the next couple of days.
In the meantime, I present to you a little art piece in honor of the new year — a time of renewal and celebration. I have turned my little family into an art piece this year — my partner Walter and my cats Selkie and Mountie — as a way to celebrate and thank them for being grounding, comforting, loving, and delightful in their oddly sweet idiosyncratic ways.