Making Art, Blogging and the Economy


by Laura of Lulu’s Sandbar

cowgirl-collageIs there a difference to blogging before the recession and now, during it?  Could we call it blogacessioning, in a nod to making a verb out of every noun?

I originally started my blog as a way to jump into mixed media art, to promote my Etsy store and to find other artists and crafters.  But I’ve grown to like blogging for the sake of the writing process and for the act of trying to find just the right topic or story that will resonate with other blogsters.

So (with a nod to Carrie Bradshaw) I have to wonder – is it ok to blog about non-recession topics or should I be a blogacessioner?

Blogging is by definition, a bit selfish.  We all put our bits of information, stories, and thoughts out with the hope that someone, somewhere, will like us and will want to follow us.   And I know only too well how the recession has negatively impacted so many people, so logically, if I want to drive traffic to my blog, I should be blogacessioning.

Unfortunately, some days it is all I can do to get through the news and the talk shows, even those with positive, grit-your-teeth, coupon-clip, saving-not-spending stories. But I’m trying to follow all the advice…. I cheered on this week’s Wall Street rally, I’m hoping with all the hope that is in me that the country guts this out and turns it around and that our politicians and leaders actually work together.  I’m remaining upbeat at work, giving my team pep talks and working hard to make my boss look good.  I’m updating my resume, reaching out to my professional networks to find new contacts and putting money aside for a plan B and plan C in the event that cuts are made.

In short, paying my dues to the economy karma police.

I do appreciate the difficulties that everyone is experiencing and will cheerfully, willingly read and comment where others do blogacession.

So I’ve decided that my blog is my escape.  Just fun, bacony, treadmilling, reality TV, crafty, arty, silly topics.  That’s my promise.  Hopefully you’ll send some peeps my way.tulips

You can see–and buy!–these and other works by Laura at her Etsy shop


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