First blog – notes from a cave dwelling Dorset artist.

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!

Please wish me luck, but for now I must go and forage the hedgerows for berries as I do have a family to feed…. Robin linocut

7 Responses to First blog – notes from a cave dwelling Dorset artist.

  1. Julia November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Fantastic website (lovely photos!), and a wonderful first blog. I look forward to reading many more. Must dash for now as I have a fire to tend in my own cave!

    Good luck.

  2. John November 10, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    A great website and love the blog, and good to know that you are looking out from your cave into the wider world and venturing forth!

    All the very best on this latest development.


  3. David Robinson November 16, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Love it! I look forward to seeing more of your cave paintings and reading all about your new 21st century existence!

  4. Sara V November 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    You’ve taken the plunge and it looks great! The beginning of a whole new adventure. Well done and good luck Sarah!

  5. moira ladd November 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    lovely website, and a good start to the blog, dont worry you will get the hang of it. go and take a look at mine. it gets interesting when you get a few comments and if you have the fascility to see how many hits and where they are from it can get a bit addictive. its the best way to get seen though and helps sales. well done welcome to the web!

  6. Sarah Bransby-Zachary January 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Congratulations on your tentative foray into the world of the World Wide Web! We are in the same boat new web site getting to grips with social networking juggling family with art and business..exciting times lay ahead … Good luck and happy new year!

    • Sarah January 16, 2013 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks for the comment on my blog and apologies for my delayed reply. This is due to the steep learning curve that I find myself on and the fact that your note sat in my spam folder for a couple of weeks before I discovered it last night. I hope your journey into a new business proves a smooth and successful one…goood luck, and I’ll look out for you on Twitter!

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