assimilation as·sim·i·la·tion n.
the process of taking into the mind;
to thoroughly comprehend
Today marks the publication of my 100th post. A milestone, indeed, in the life of a blog.
What have I assimilated in the past 10 months? About myself and my art? What do I now “thoroughly comprehend”?
I no longer fear the blank white screen, the patiently blinking cursor. After all, I have one hundred examples – proof the words will eventually come. When I began blogging, I wrote my entries in advance, panicking when a deadline approached without a publish-ready post in hand. The writing process still frustrates, still challenges, still baffles. But inside, there is the tiny spark that knows: I can do this.
Writing is best done with a copy of the “Oxford Mini-reference Thesaurus” within easy reach.
I have found my voice. When I began, I wasn’t sure I even had a “voice”. Who was the “me” that would come to this online party? As it turns out, I’m rather fond of this virtual me. Here I am not plagued with shyness and a general awkwardness with social interaction. I have time to contemplate my feelings and reactions; time to compose my thoughts, into a semblance of coherence. And while I understand there is something personal missing from a virtual connection, this form of sharing still feels authentic to me.
I understand that my art need only please myself. That I recognize myself in its reflection. If it is meaningful to me, then it is meaningful. It is art, simply because I created it. Like the image above – of soap bubbles in the soap dispenser. Beauty in the small, the ordinary.
I learned that all art is subjective. The hard part is learning as much from my negative or ambivalent feelings toward art that I don’t like as from the art which makes my heart sing.
This process is about community. Obvious, it’s true. We blog to be heard; to share; to engage. While I would most likely continue even if only read by my family, it is the interaction with my readers that has been the greatest gift. Thank you to each and everyone of you.
Thanks to Kat and my “Find Your Eye” classmates – a significant percentage of my 100 posts were written in response to class prompts. Those exercises expanded my knowledge of myself as an artist and photographer; challenged my assumptions; helped me define my creative eye. Through our work together, my online neighborhood has been greatly widened to encompass a group of fellow artists who inspire me daily with their own artistic journeys.
What do you say? Shall we go for 100 more?
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