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Monday, November 23, 2015

To Blog or Not to Blog...




That is the question...

recently my fellow artist and blogger,
Seth Apter
of the







posed a question to his followers on 
Facebook...

which social media format 
they preferred...?

and ...
blogs lost..
in fact they were rarely mentioned..








Facebook, Instagram
and Pinterest were mentioned...







So I thought
I would ask my dear readers for your
comments..
do you read blogs?









what do you think about the blogging format?
do you regularly read blogs?
which social media platforms are your favorites?







If you are a blogger then you know how much work it takes
to write blogs, keep them updated and consistently come up
with new information..
if you are an artist, you must balance this with actual studio time..
so please comment and let me know what you think...


I am off for a little 
Thanksgiving Holiday...









It is hard to believe that my day lilies are still blooming
after all it is late November...

but that is what Autumn is like in Florida..

I am wishing you all a beautiful
Thanksgiving...
a day to remember that
Life is Good..

how blessed we all are..

ciao, ciao!




59 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and family. Yes I still like to read blogs, there is so much impersonal info on facebook, although I do participate there I often wonder why? I post to instagram but find I can never keep up. And Pinterest, well just eye candy. Call me old fashioned but I like to see what people write and what seems important to them to talk about, show and tell. which doesn't show up on any of the others. xox

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I began my blog as a way to share and meet other artist...to set up a dialogue of ongoing creative journey (not so much about materials, or designs or promotion but rather vision, content and mind/heart connections. In the beginning I felt I had started just what I had set out to create but as time wore on it seemed things changed. Facebook Instagram arrived and the short little written posts took over. One word comments almost the feel of a quick 'like' . I have decided for now to continue my blog and go full out as a personal expressive journal and not expecting feedback or comments or I may even cut comments altogether. I'll keep my Facebook for regular postings and lots of short reads. Not sure yet about the others, especially Pinterest where I began but lost interest. I think change is good but I also think it is important to choose the games that best suit you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks Corrine! I agree with you, I am a blog lover too.. Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.. and all those darling hounds of yours.. wishing you all the best! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, am so glad you will continue to blog, but I find the no comments thing so frustrating... I hope you choose to keep them I love seeing your work up closer than the Facebook photos and I always head out to your blog after I see the pics on FB... Have a beautiful Holiday!!

ELFI said...

malgré mon peu de temps ...j'aime lire les blogs..toujours intéressants et parfois touchants ... j'aime les blogs avec une approche artistique par des professionnels et des amateurs.. les personnes diverses , ceux qui racontent une histoire, les simples et sophistiqués... les photos m'inspirent aussi... mais il ne m'est pas toujours possible de me manifester et de laisser un commentaire ...j'ai rencontré plusieurs bloggeuses , elle ne sont plus virtuelles pour moi :))
je n'aime pas facebook , mais pinterest et flickr ...de temps en temps...
amitiés

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi cat

I love the blog world. I find the ability to have a deeper conversation suits me better. I find FB alls bout scrolling and quickly liking - almost letting people know you saw it, not much more often. Comments are limited. Instagram is just pictures for me and Pinterest I can't go there, I'd never get around to doing anything else!. I think we all have to work out what platforms we want to use for what - my website is the formal presentation of my art to the world; the blog is the insight to my workings and record of my studio time; FB is for alerting folk and sharing a few things. I often think blogs are like a sit down meal - FB like drive thru takeaway. Not sure that helps, but I do love the blog connections -and sorry for not commenting more!

Gail Pierce said...

took me a long time to FB. Instagram doesn't do much for me nor does Pinterest.
I read blogs and when I can i post on my blog. Blogs seem more personal to me. Plus, my dear I've met so many incredible people who have found me through your blog, I think Mary Ann is one of those.
Happy Thanksgiving!
xo

janet said...

I really enjoy your blog and Seth's as well but I find most of my interaction takes place on Instagram. I am not as fond of Facbook but use it when taking an online class and there is a class group to communicate with. I had a blog for my job (school librarian) and I know how much time and energy goes into maintaining one. I started a blog for my art when I retired recently but found I wanted that studio time more--plus it reminded me of work!

Your blog is so beautifully written and designed. I always feel calm and refreshed and inspired after reading it. Thank you for that.
🌿❤️🌿

Julie said...

I have just come back to the world of blogs after a long time away. I am liking the intimate nature of the blogging world. You gain an insight into the author that cannot be captured on the sites. A good blog is like visiting a friend, having a catchup and gossip over a cup of tea. Maybe pick up a tip or two?

Pamela Gerard said...

Cat -- We are thinking alike -- I read Seth's post on FB and was going to poll my blog readers too. I can post a link to this post of yours too -- let's get some feedback! I was thinking that Seth asked the question on faceBook about the preferred platform so that actually skews the bias toward FB because the people are on it and responding. I now for a fact, many of my own blog readers are not on FB so if I only posted there they wouldn't see my work any longer. Also, I get mail from quite a lot of folks who never post a comment on my blog but read it and then rite to me...I am always frustrated by the lack of blog comments though. It is a lot of work to produce a blog and all I really ask is that people comment and let me know they are out there reading. As for your blog, I love it and certainly hope you continue. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours--Pamela

Carol said...

I love reading blogs, looking at the pictures. I know they are a lot of work and I do try to comment when possible. I skim thru FB and Instagram but really take my time reading blogs.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. I'm a BLOGGER. I am not on any other social media site because I don't have time for them. I interact with bloggers. I read bloggers' blogs. I love the photos and the interaction I get with that blogger.

Yes, it takes time to get the blog post posted and written. It takes time to make sure spelling and punctuation are correct. But because I limit my computer time to blogging, I can get it right, at least most of the time.

I've heard so many bad things about Facebook, and I have no idea what Instagram is. I know Pinterest and Flickr all require photos, but not content. I guess I look for content, too.

Thanks for asking, Cat, because this question is close to my heart.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Miss Iowa said...

I prefer blogs but they do seem to be going the way of the dinosaur. It's so disappointing. I don't do instagram, I hate the way Pinterest is organized, and the format of Facebook just isn't conducive to sharing art. I know I'm in the minority, though.

Sweetpea said...

These are good questions to ask!

I quoted a bit for you on f'book what I wrote to Seth, but here is the full comment as you are addressing the whole ball of wax, it seems: "Such a great question, Seth! I dearly love me blog ... is a journal of discovery, really, and of time passing - and I am committed to her for the long term ... has much more to do with my own history than with what is "popular" in said moments and at the end of the day it matters not who reads there - a journal, as I said. As for other media; I'm having a fantabulous time on Instagram but don't know if this is because at heart I'm primarily a photo floozie. Have a love/hate relationship with F'book and consider it a sort of 'necessary evil' in the social interaction end of things.....but twitter and pinterest be damned [pinterest still being on my shite-list for abuse of photographer's rights]."

As for reading others' blogs, I still do .... fervently. I have some blog friends that I've been following since the very beginning when I first started out. Watching each other's history unfold has turned out to be a quite special genealogy indeed & is a lovely bond to share. We all ebb & flow with the times, with life challenges, etc. being present ... and not ... but writing a blog is a lot like writing a true story. The good ones keep you coming back for more.

Thanks for asking,
Christi

cecile graven said...

I love blogs and do follow many. Artists mainly and photographers.
I am on facebook but that is mostly to play the game Garden of Time ( I am an addict). And I like Pinterest to see works of many artists, learn about (mixed media) materials and to show my own work as well. And I have two blogs , obe for daily life, one to show my work and often how I have made a work. Yes, it is a pity if no one comment, but well, I like to write them anyway,

Lisa Wright said...

I do miss blogging and I keep trying to start it up again but fail. I used to manage to do it all - do the day job, spend time with family, make art, blog but now it seems I can't! Although I do spend a great deal of time taking various online classes. I say keep blogging. FB isn't the same and you just don't get the interaction. Maybe these things go in cycles and although blogs are 'out of favour' a bit now, they will return again stronger... maybe!!

this is Lisa Wright (WrightStuff). I've got another google account on at the moment.

Mostly Turquoise said...

Hi Cat,

You know I have only recently restarted blogging and I am happy I did. FB is general chitchat, a quick way of letting know what is happening and rather superficial. Pinterest I love for eyecandy and inspiration, but I must say that it also makes me feel restless at times, too many quick imput and so little time to make. So for me it is and will remain blogging, since that medium gives the opportunity to go a little deeper and at the same time has the journal function which enables you to look back at what has been accomplished over time, to look back at the travels made and countries lived in..! The small amount of comments did disturb me once, but I now blog mainly for myself (documenting) and I am always very pleased with the few well meant, thoughtful comments I receive. Thank you for your ongoing support, I do hope that lots of inspiring people will stick to blogging and reading blogs!
Sincerely,
Regina

Caterina Giglio said...

Elfi...bonne journée, comme vous, je suis attristé de voir que beaucoup ont cessé de blogs .. Je l'aime trop un grand blog et si heureux d'avoir trouvé le vôtre! Merci!

Caterina Giglio said...

Gosh Fiona, it is a challenge to find studio time and blog consistently, I started out online with a website and a friend talked me into blogging, I finally gave up on the website in favor of consolidating it all here. I so agree with you about the sit down dinner vs. the take out meal!! So funny, but it is an accurate description, hoping that people want a real dinner more frequently!! Thanks for the comment... I appreciate it..

Caterina Giglio said...

Gail, Happy Thanksgiving to you dear heart, and so happy you are still making friends out in the blogosphere! and so happy that you are still blogging!! I love stopping by your place to see what you are up to! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Janet, thank you so much for your comment and your kind remarks... I know what you mean about the work, it is a lot of reno and work on both image and content as well as idea... so nice to know that it has meaning for others, thank you so very much...

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Julie, welcome to the blog family! I will gladly give you any tips you would like... I will check out your blog soon and thank you so much for your kind comment... :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Pamela, I do understand about the lack of comments, I keep reminding myself that my blog is just my art journal ... albeit a PUBLIC one... LOL, I have several readers that are so old school that they have not figured out how to comment on my blog... LOL, and was delighted to find that several family members follow it religiously... I love your blog too and by the way, since your blog is about MAIL ART, it seems only natural that you need lots of comments!! ciao, bella!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Carol, thank you, that is so nice to know and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, I know it is not always easy... :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi E! well we can thank our friend Seth for prompting me to chew on it and then ask my readers. I expect that the results are skewed toward the format on which they are asked, but I am heartened to hear such a lively response to blogs. When I began blogging, I wrote out very long heartfelt posts, but what I found was that people would ask me questions about things that I had answered in the body of the post... so I realized that many were not reading it but quickly scrolling. In response to that, I have shortened what I write and as I am sure you have noticed, I have added a lot more photos.
I knew when I wrote this post what your response would be.. and so happy to know that you are a blogger through and through! Always happy to stop by your place... thanks for the consistent feedback all through the years! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet kitties... x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Miss Iowa, well, I wouldn't count on the petrol too soon, I think that the dinosaur just may resurface... I think perhaps the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction, I expect that there will always be people who thrive on content and others who like a quick fix... happy to hang out with both. :)

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Christi, I agree, the good ones keep you coming back don't they, thanks for your comment and for reiterating what you wrote to Seth. I appreciate the feedback. I am on everything except Instagram and I am slowly warming up to that. I do understand about the photos.. LOL. I also agree about the bonds that we share when blogging and the deep connections that we form when we are truly writing from the heart. Much harder to do that on other social media sites. I agree about Pinterest. I jumped in when I realized that my work was being pinned there and decided to join, rather than fight it.. now all my social media sites refer directly to my blog which functions as my website. Thanks for your comment and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Regina, So nice to hear from you! I do understand about Facebook... it can be quite superficial. I use it to keep up with family and friends and I am in several closed art groups which create a wonderful community. I also use it to direct readers to my blog. I have been a fan of your blog since the beginning, I love your eye and it has been great to follow you from the island to Spain and watch your travels around the states! So fun to keep up... thanks for stopping by and being a follower of the sweet life! x

Irene Rafael said...

Hello Caterina, You pose a thought provoking question which I have discussed with Seth over the past few months. My social media experience started with a blog after I found art and painting. It was a time of an exciting learning curve... new techniques, new supplies, finding my way through the wonderful word of art. I discovered blogs and started my own as a way to record my path. Never did I expect to discover and develop such wonderful relationships, mostly with fellow artists from all over the world. For that I am grateful. Then along came Instagram which melded my love of photography, technology and art. I felt like I have been having an addictive visual affair and my blog and FB suffered. But, alas, with my feet back on the ground, I too am weighing in on the various aspects of social media. In my conversations with Seth, he pointed out that blogs offer opportunities to sink deep, develop and nurture relationships which you don't get in other forms of media. I agree but struggled with how to balance the time involved and studio time since I was not interested in giving any up. I have found that readers may not cross the lines between social media nor do they necessarily leave comments. I have run into a number of people who mention that have read a post but I had no idea because they did not comment. Since I treasure the friendships that have developed I have decided for now to dedicate more consistent time to blogging and will reevaluate in 6 months or so. Thank you for your sharing your lovely voice and art offerings through your blog.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Cecile, I will be out to check up on your blogs... and seek you out on Pinterest. Thanks so much for your comment and nice to meet up with you here!

Caterina Giglio said...

Lisa, I do miss your blog and tried to comment as often as I could, I do understand how difficult it is to find the time and sometimes we just have to pick and choose what is important in the moment. I am so glad that I get to catch up with you on Facebook though and I appreciate FB for that reason alone!!

Kathleen said...

I love my blog and I have enjoyed writing and sharing art on it since 2008....and then the last couple of years I completely fell off the beam. Some of the things I like to share are about my family as I started the blog so that my children may know me as a "person" and not just as a mom. I was extremely sad when I realized the depth of my non-knowledge of my parents lives and what made them tic when they passed at a relatively early age of mid- sixties. But I am having a hard time jumping back in. Some of the reason I stopped was because I wanted to be more focused in life in general and put my full attention on my family and our relationships before they all flew the coop. This has now happened and I am planning on getting started again soon. I do read blogs but find I must limit my time online or nothing gets accomplished creatively or home keeping! And don't get me started on Pinterest! That may be my biggest downfall and creative energy sapper! I Love it!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Irene, I agree with Seth, blogs do offer an opportunity to sink deep. I have formed wonderful connections with people I have never met in person and I find that I often go back to a post to reread it or luxuriate in the beauty. While I am on Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, I find they are all fairly superficial and I use them more as a way of channeling attention back to my blog. I understand about the drain of social media and the struggle to find time to create. What works for me is a regular blogging schedule. I only blog once a week and that gives me lots of studio time. I find that it also gives people time to visit my blog as well. We each must find a balance in what we do. I have enjoyed your blog and watching your art evolve... a very heartfelt journey. Here's to more blogs and greater content!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Kathleen... I just love what you wrote about wanting your children to know you as a person and not just as a parent. Some time ago, I created an art piece titled, The Letter which centered around this very topic. Good for you for taking time off to really BE with your children and family, it goes in the blink of an eye when we are chopping wood and carrying water... I would love to see you return to blogging when you are ready and do pop over and let me know and I will put you up on my side bar. You can always reach me on Facebook too... I love catching up with you there, we are such kindred spirits.. heart, heart, heart!

Dorthe said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and family dear Cat.
Your question have often been mine to myself..... as I can see so many are leaving blogging to only be on fb, and others!
I use much time on fb too, but still love blogging and reading my friends blogs. I feel they say so much more than what we can both write and show on fb,-and it gives a total other experience visiting a blog.
That said, it is also so much more easy to use fb, and to show you have been reading, if liking , even you have no time for actually commenting,--- and there are so many seing you there, also persons, whom would never visit your blog!!
Well as I wrote you on fb, I hope you continue and I will not give up, my blog , eighter ,as it is giving much joy !!
Hugs ,Dorthe

Lynda Fish said...

I Love your blog... just the right balance of photos, words and inspiration. I follow several blogs and blog myself. I much prefer it to Facebook, but I do like Pinterest as a way to save inspiring visuals and quotes.

Caterina Giglio said...

No, Dorthe, my blog is my website and online presence... Social media is for me only a way of connecting with others. Facebook is especially good to visit with family... we have a closed group and we can post family photos and share things that we would not share with others. So they all have their place. I am hoping that many will return to blogging but if not, we have each other!! xoxo

Bonnie Schulte said...

Altho I am on Facebook (very little) and I enjoy Pinterest very much, it is a person's blog that connects those of us who have the same interests, and I think I would be lost without that connection. When I read a blog for the first time, one that I really enjoy, I want to sign up to receive the posts in my e-mail. Always feel so let down, when there is no sign up for that. Just signed up for yours, thanks for taking the time to share with all of us. Have a nice day.

Caterina Giglio said...

Lynda, I will check out your blog... thanks for the kind remark and for taking the time to post a comment. For me, Pinterest is a wonderful way to curate the things that I love, but blogging is a way to truly connect with others... thanks for stopping by!

Linda said...

Fascinating question. Love reading the responses. As for me, blogging is perfect. It is more in-depth, gives me a view into worlds I would never know without the personal aspect between the blogger and reader.

FB is with "friends," yet can be so impersonal or trite. Pinterest is flipping through a digital magazine. Blogging expands the mind. I keep a blog that doesn't get read a lot. That is fine by me. I keep it almost as a diary for myself.

The beauty your work brings to me as a reader enriches my life. I hope you continue your blog. Thank you for all you have shared!

Linda

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Linda, Thank you for sharing, I agree with you, especially about FB and Pinterest. Blogging is so much more in depth and brings us closer, I think. Thank you for your kind words about my work and my blog, of course I will continue to blog. I will pop over and visit your blog too!

bobbie said...

I read ONLY blogs. I'm not on FB, or Twitter, or Instagram, or any of that sort of thing. Blogs are so much more personal ~ I feel like I'm getting to know the person writing on them.

Gayle Price said...

Hey Cat, a blog will always be my personal preference. Yes, I visit blogs. I love blogs. A blog is like going into someones "home", where the blogger has taken time and made an effort to make you welcome and to make their "space" personal and interesting and more often than not, beautiful with carefully chosen words and images. Face Book is like being "on the street" with everyone else catching the chit chat.......my least favourite place. Pinterest is like "window shopping", I like it. Instagram is like a "personal slide show" and you choose only the people you are interested in, I love it. I have always believed that FB has destroyed the art of blogging, but I still believe that a blog is the most personal, creative, intelligent and dignified way of recording and sharing what is most important to you. Even if there is never a comment left on my blog, I am proud of every post I put up and it's content, and that's all that matters. Your blog is beautiful. What you share on it is beautiful. It deserves it's own special space. I feel, as individuals, that if we really believe in what we do and what we have to say, then, whatever that is, it's worthy of it's "own platform"..... not just a tiny space filled with a million others , all vying for attention and "likes".

Suzanne Wohlfeld said...

Cat: I have been following you for the last few months. I found you thru Pinterest and came to your blog to learn about how you made your journal, which I love! I have not left comment only because I am new to this. Now I follow you regularly, and look forward to your beautiful post and photos. This is a work of art as well. Thank you for sharing your self, and your work. I have you saved to my page so I can get to your blog easily! Hope you keep this up! Sue

jude said...

i asked the same question a few months back. blogs are different than social media. i read them i continue mine.

Pallas said...

I really enjoy reading blogs, because it seems that the blog author puts more thoughtful expression into a blog post than they do other social media. (I am quite new to Facebook, but I already dislike the political posts that appear all to frequently on Facebook.)

I keep some of my favorite blogs on my blog's sidebar, and I can tell at a glance who has posted something new. It makes it easy for me to read new content.

Pleased don't give up your blog - you'll be missed.

Deb said...

I certainly read and love blogs. I agree with many others who miss the personal touch on Instagram and FB - lots of pictures, but not much on content. I follow several art blogs and love the thought process and inspiration offered by bloggers.

I blog and am also finding the decline in comments discouraging, but I press on! I hope we don't come to a time when we can only digest pictures or at most, a few words. Give me pictures and tell me a story! Hope you don't abandon your lovely blog.

Caterina Giglio said...

Bobbie, I so agree, I have met a lot of fine friends on blogs! Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment! much appreciated!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Gayle, yes, I understand .. it is not about comments is it? It really is about keeping an online journal. Of course the connection to others is so far above other social media formats and I love reading posts and appreciating beauty in so many many different ways. Thanks for your very kind comments and as you know, I have long been a fan of your blog and your work! Muah!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sue! Well ... I am glad I jumped into Pinterest, I have made quite a few friends there and I love to play there! Thanks for tuning into the Sweet Life, I so appreciate your comment and it is nice to know that people are stopping by even when there is no comment. Nice to meet up with you! Please come by anytime!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Jude, thanks for stopping by and commenting, I agree, and I have no intention of discontinuing my blog... thank you...

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Deb! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment, I will be sure to stop by your blog! I agree with you, the endless scrolling of pictures can be interesting by lacking in substance... Thank you!!

Jenny Petricek said...

I love blogs, and have missed mine since having to take a break from it a couple years ago. I also miss reading the blogs of my artist friends! I think that you get a much more personal feel of who an artist is and what their work means by reading blogs. Social media is also nice, but we mostly post only 1-2 photos, and include only a brief, limited description, which is all anyone seems to have attention for, unfortunately! ;-)

I have a new blog now, and it's at startingoverstudio.com. Feel free to come on over and visit sometime! ;-)

Pallas said...

I like your Sisterhood of Sewers article that is published in the current issue of Sew Somerset. Your artwork using paper could almost make me change from using fabric to paper in my artwork.

Gaby Bee said...

Yes, I am on FB, but I'm not really into it.
I prefer blogs. I love the blogging world and I enjoy reading blogs. Facebook isn't the same for me ~ only a flood of pictures, without much content, that's all! Blogs are so much more personal. I wish that I had more time to view them.
Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and so forth ... no, thanks, too time consuming. There are only so many hours in the day. Because of that, I have to pick between create or computer. I pick create!

Please don't give up your blog, Cat!

Jorin said...

I don't want to have a fb-account and I love blogs! Sometimes, I take a look at instagram or pinterest, but I found these twos overwhelming.
Jorin

sheila 77 said...

Oh yes, I love blogs, they are so much more friendly.
Yes, commenting takes time, but it is rewarding to give and receive comments, and to communicate with bloggers.
We also get so much more depth with information about techniques and how pieces were made.
Long live blogging.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Cat
As you can see I am days behind! I recently joined fb as a way of promoting my on-line class which it has done to some extent but my heart really is with blogging. Fb has taken away a lot of the time I would have spent visiting more blogs and I think I will always try to visit my blogging friends here because I can see how many hundreds of visitors come to my blog daily as well as the fact that there are many who don't use fb.

I find fb a quick easy option but we can't share any in depth viewing and commenting on each other's art which is much more important to me. You never know there may be a swing back to blogging if we continue here.
I don't have time for Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram so I will keep my heart open to blogging for a long time to come! I don't believe there's a lot of balance in our lives if we feel forced into visiting all the different medias.
Warm hugs,
Suzy

Heather Harker said...

I have visited your blog via Seth's blog list, working my way through when I have a little time.
Today Christmas day, I send greetings to you and thank you for continuing to blog.