|Trying to look deep into my computer towards a parallel universe.|
The internet is such an amazing thing. I can be in touch with friends and family instantly, even though they live far away and in different time zones. I can visit people's blogs and websites to get a view on what they are doing creatively. The internet allows for the great democratization of the creative process, as long as you have access to a computer and a scanner. (I see that is a huge barrier for some but even in places where people have less money, access to internet cafes is often possible.) Creative souls are madly posting images of every form of expression: painting, drawing, quilting, photography, music... The list is only limited by the imagination. People are more able than ever to get their creative ideas out to the great un-juried show of the ether world.
And I am learning that the internet takes it many steps further. I can see how many people look at this blog and from which counties and from which referring URLs ( if I cared about that.) I set this blog up so that I could share my interest in illustrated journalling with my mom, sister and a few close friends. It has been so satisfying to have an easy way to do show and tell across the miles.
Now, thanks to the "stats" on blog spot, I can see I've had page views from Canada, Russia, the US and UK, Germany, France, South Korea, China, Ireland and Japan. I find that just incredible. But here is the rub. Who are you? All you people from around the world? Did you stumble on my blog page by accident as you hit the "next blog" button? Or did you find it some other way? And are you an illustrated journal keeper? Would you consider leaving a comment so I have some idea who you are? Do you have a blog or a website? Do you speak English?
Oh, and keep the creative juices flowing.