Well, here it is at last, my website and a whole new world to me. I’m more used to my passive role as viewer of websites and noser around in other people’s creative output. I generally don’t interact with social media. I view, I don’t comment or contribute in the virtual world as, frankly, the technology terrifies me.
I am assured that I can’t break my website but I have a feeling that there’s a first time for everything and that I might be the person with the unique talent to do so, completely unwittingly.
I have never been on Facebook or tweeted or blogged before. Aren’t I a rare and fascinating 21st century specimen? How have I survived thus far I wonder? I own a phone that was created in the murky mists of time (yes, one that doesn’t actually take photographs) and I have texted twice in my life and each time a carrier pigeon could have delivered the message faster.
I think I must be some genetic throwback to cave dwellers. I would feel more comfortable leaving a message smeared in charcoal on a wall for a passer by to chance upon, but I am aware enough to know that the world needs to function at a faster pace and even I would tire of waiting for a response to my twiggy calligraphy.
So, I am taking a giant leap in the world of Sarah. I am not immune to the pleasures and practicalities of the modern world; I love making and designing things and I love sharing those things with others, hence I now have a beautiful website painstakingly produced by Jules and I am going to embrace the whole experience albeit with strong technical back up in case I do manage to break the internet.
Secondly, alongside the scary technology bit, is that leap of faith that it takes to blog. I’m generally an introverted type and so it goes against my natural inclinations to share my thoughts with strangers. As an artist I do that to an extent every time I put out a new piece of work – it can be quite an act of bravery to show a new design. What if it’s rubbish, what if nobody likes it, nobody buys it?Perhaps I’m wasting my time. All thoughts shared by many creative types I’m sure. This blogging experience is a further peeling away of protective layers and also involves an invitation to comment.
My hope is that people’s good manners and list of more important things to do will inhibit negative feedback and I will be spurred on to send my musings into the wider world. I will take some tentative footsteps out of my cave, drop the charcoal and embrace the mouse!