Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Why Blogging for Scrapbookers?

First up, many, many thanks for all the kind wishes you left for me yesterday :-) I am starting to feel a little better (I won't bore you with my symptoms!) but today will be another day spent mostly wrapped up warm and lying on the sofa, watching trashy TV... Please forgive me if I don't get round to replying to yesterday's comments individually, I'm feeling pretty washed out still and am rather behind computer-wise. And I'm not feeling at all sparkly today, so apologies if this turns into rather a 'flat' post! The words aren't coming so easily today... RachelB posted yesterday about 'bloggers' block' and I'm starting to relate to that!!

Blogging for Scrapbookers started yesterday. Shimelle spoiled us by sending two prompts! The first was some technical info, much of which I already knew about but interesting to read through :-) The second was to get us blogging - it was a prompt designed to get us thinking about what we wanted to get out of the class, our 'intentions'. Lovely Shimelle has provided three options (and will be doing so each time) - options for if you don't have much time to spare, or if you have a little more time, or if you have a lot. So there'll be opportunities to do some scrapbooking alongside our posts if we have the time and inclination. Sadly, today I do have the time, but the inclination has been sucked out of me by this nasty virus :-(

(The ability to type and/or spell also appears to have been sucked out of me!! I've corrected loads of typos already - sorry for any I've missed!!)

OK then, so what are my intentions - aims - hopes - goals - reasons for signing up for this class?

Well, firstly, it feeds my Shimelle classes addiction ;-) It neatly fits into the gap between Blogtoberfest and Journal Your Christmas (and Blogtoberfest was in some ways plugging the gap left by Learn Something New Every Day, though I'm so glad to have discovered it - thanks Clair - and I'm already looking forward to next year!)

Secondly, while I don't usually have much trouble finding something to talk about, I like the idea of having a few prompts to think about, especially if they relate to crafting. One of the things I most enjoyed about LSNED was that I was creating every day. I've tried to keep the level up since but it has slipped, so I hope this will give me reason to keep creating.

Thirdly, I was particularly drawn in by the mention of a workbook filled with a year's worth of ideas, so that in the future if I do get bloggers' block I've got something I can turn to for help, ideas and inspiration.

Fourthly, I'm new to blogging, and while I've worked out a lot of the technical side of things I'd love to know what else I can do. One of the things I want to work on is my header bar. I've been putting it off till Shimelle covers it as a topic, even though I could probably do it OK - I've changed it once, after all - but there may be an easier way and if so I want Shimelle to tell me about it!

This is also an opportunity to just think again about the purpose of this blog. I talked about it here when I first set the blog up. It has changed slightly - I really hope that I won't be the only one reading it now! It's so lovely to get feedback from people, and to discover other people's blogs in return :-) But this is mainly a place for sharing my craft. In fact, this is becoming PART of my craft. Shimelle talked about this in yesterday's prompt, but I was already thinking it myself. In a scrapbook page you might share pictures and a story. Well, you can do that on a blog, too! Where I want to be careful is that I don't want it to become too personal, partly for the sake of my friends and family who, after all, haven't chosen to be featured here.

I think that kind of summarises why I'm taking this class, and what I want from it. I expect also to gain from it in ways I haven't even thought of!

(Hmmm, I seem to have overcome bloggers' block...)

I prefer posts to have pictures, and I stumbled across the perfect illustration for this one! It was an ad in the weekend paper. I wish all my classmates, all my scrap-minded visitors, and myself:


Sharyn said...

LOL - love the ad :)

Barbara said...

Brilliant picture. Hope you feel better soon.

Claire said...

Just dropped by from Shimelles Class... nice to see you again.

scrappyjacky said...

Love the ad....just perfect.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Shimelle's classes are addictive aren't they?

Ruth said...

Hope this makes you feel better ... you were the winner of my Pink Saturday GiveAway! Perhaps you'd be kind enough to email your details to: roo1968@yahoo.co.uk and I'll try and get in the post soon as.

Clair said...

Ha! Just read that last comment - I cannot believe that you've won something again! Get rid of the lurgy. I want to see you Thursday x

valerie said...

great picture love the look of your blog great clean lines

Cheryl said...

Love the add Mel x

JO SOWERBY said...

cool ad.....get better,
luv jo xxx

Anonymous said...

That ad was quite the find! Hope you're feeling better.

Tammy said...

I'm a fellow classmate and I just wanted to tell you that I like your list of reasons to take this class. It is exciting to see what kind of inspiration we will receive.