I’ve been pondering what I do as a blogger and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m an artisan blogger.
What is artisan blogging? It’s blogging with pure passion and creativity.
When I blog I’m totally 110 per cent immersed in what I’m doing … expressing, connecting, writing, crafting. Academic and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would describe this as flow – ‘a state of joy, creativity and total involvement, which problems seem to disappear and there is an exhilarating feeling of transcendence’.
I believe we are all artisan creators in our own unique way. Each blogger (author) I have come across has lovingly designed and developed their own style through image, art and expression to tell the story of who they are.
The original artisan
In France, the artisan is revered. A New York Times article by beautiful blogger and travel/food writer Ann Mah describes the artisans of France as ‘Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, or Best Craftsmen of France’. The title is about ensuring the survival of a tradition – it’s about grassroots perfection of creativity. I don’t think there is yet a blogging tradition, at least in the traditional sense, it’s too young, but I’d like to think that our authenticity of publication as authors and creators warrants a link to tradition.
In France of course it’s about the chocolatier, the baker, the florist and the corset maker. Here in little ol’ humble cyber Sydney it’s about a mother, woman, writer and creator who works to perfect her self expression in the same way as any artisan does simply as a way of deriving and giving pleasure to make life better.
Do you have a blogging style? How do you see yourself as a creator?
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