Back for a brief visit -- still giving myself permission to take a break, but I do miss the blogging community. Everyone is so supportive, I feel like I've jumped ship or something.
However, I do feel the need to set some new guidelines, to build new parameters for myself so that I do not fall into old habits. For one, I have dumped the visitor counter device. Bad move to add that -- I found myself checking to see if my "stats" were going up, did anyone stop by yesterday, etc. . . .
Blogging isn't about popularity; it is not a contest. I truly want this blog to be a personal journal that I keep in order to keep my creative sanity and to share with other kindred folk.
I will only blog when I feel it is pertinent, not just to ensure that Goggle or Yahoo pick up my blog in searches and such. Yes, it can be a marketing tool, but I already have a website for that purpose. I already belong to two online galleries for that purpose.
This is a personal space. This is the "fun" part. This is where I want to share ideas and thoughts -- or maybe just talk to myself and putter around in cyberspace.
So today I gave myself some time to play with my photography and learn more about certain techniques. It was fun; it was frustrating but I persevered and the end result is above. BTW, the border around the image I hand-drew mainly because the other recommended ways just didn't seem to work for me. I'm sure I'll find an easier method at some point.
In the meantime, I am going for a long walk in the sunshine and enjoy the afternoon, perhaps stop by the store and pick up a bottle of chardonnay, read some poetry and write some haiku . . . I guess that's the beauty of a creative sabbatical -- loving it!