On Blogging and Netflix

Posted on January 02, 2018 by Bari Ackerman | 7 Comments

Lost Dog Wash Scottsdale ArizonaBack in the early days of blogs I wrote a post nearly daily over here. But since the advent of Instagram, and maybe even earlier... when I started using Twitter... I stopped. People could reach me elsewhere. 

Since then, I haven't been sure what this platform should be. I've been stuck. Which is why I'm happy to have started the quilt along with Melanie of Southern Charm Quilts... hopefully it provides value to you.

I've been wracking my brain on what else I can offer here. I go through the same old reasons why not to blog... The main is, what do I have to offer that isn't already out there?

The only thing I can come up with is ME. I'm what I have to offer. Maybe someone else has written about it or done it, but I haven't. Therefore it hasn't been done my way, has it? 

What if we start thinking like that and stop comparing ourselves to all the noise on the internet and in social media? On that note... and I'm just thinking out loud here... what if I do what I used to do? Write about what happened in my day... the projects I'm doing, what I got up to all day. What I did on my winter vacation.

Truth? What I did on my winter vacation was watch a crap ton of Netflix. I binged The Crown, Happy Valley, and Broadchurch. There could be others but I don't remember. I was on a bender sans alcohol but including screens. It wasn't pretty, folks. But I HIGHLY recommend all three of those shows none the less.

If you are a big fan of historical drama, The Crown is where it's at. And if you like crime and murder mystery then Happy Valley and Broadchurch. All three of these are British, it's just occurred to me. I guess I'm having a little romance with England right now.

Aside from Netflix binging, I did do a little bit of painting so I'll give myself credit there. And I did go on one hike. Yesterday. New Year's day at dusk. I threw in a little bit of exercise for a curve ball. I also did two cycle classes. Go me.

Bari J. watercolor art

All that said, let's see what happens if I commit myself to writing a bit here a couple times a week. ( I almost said daily and then I laughed out loud... because, for real, Bari?)

Additionally, I have a couple questions for you. First off, do you blog? If not, did you used to blog? If you did, what made you stop? And if you DO blog... what do you blog about and how do you keep yourself motivated? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

 


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Julie Spear
Julie Spear

January 05, 2018

p.s.thanks for the Netflix recommendations – watched Happy Valley while I was home sick w/flu, and loved it! I love the British tv series too… plus there were some of my favorite actors from Downton Abbey in Happy Valley- so fun to see them in current day roles!!! Broadchurch is next up!!!

Lesley Storts
Lesley Storts

January 04, 2018

I blog – but not often. I also wonder about whether or not people want to read it – or read what I write. I might change up the way I do things. It is interesting that other social media platforms can capture your thoughts and pictures, but I’m not sure any of them do it quite like a blog. Keep Blogging! There are readers and I do think it is valuable.

Julie
Julie

January 04, 2018

Happy New Year. I blog, probably 6-9 times a month, my life is definitely not interesting enough for every day. I blog about sewing, quilting, the garden, hiking cooking and book. Sometimes the odd trip too. I have only just recently joined IG, I like seeing the photos, but you don’t always get the thoughts or details behind them. I like to think of blogs as almost like reading a magazine article – pretty pictures,and interesting information and some personality with them. I love your use of colour in your home, your curated maximalism, your love of flowers, would be very much interested in extra details on these.

Bari
Bari

January 03, 2018

Thanks you all! I’m going to give it a good go! XOXO
Bari

Julie Spear
Julie Spear

January 03, 2018

I personally hope you will continue to blog!! YOU do have a ton to offer inspiration as a creative!!! your artistic style shines thru in all of your projects!! Have you ever done painting tutorials? I would LOVE that – and judging by how everyone goes crazy when you show things you’ve painted, I think everyone would LOVE THAT!!!!!! and I love seeing any of your gorgeous colorful projects decor, sewing, fabric, painting- ALL OF IT!!!!!

Jill Catrinel
Jill Catrinel

January 03, 2018

You have so much to offer! You have an incredible style and the unique perspective of being a painter, quilter, and fabric designer. I would love to continue seeing more. I’ve only recently started a blog about art and home design, combining the two when possible. It’s still in the early stage, so I don’t think I have enough posts not to confuse people, but it’ll get there!

Linda
Linda

January 03, 2018

Hi Bari! Happy New Year! I’m glad you are getting back to blogging. I had stopped for a year or two and now I started back at it too. I absolutely love reading blogs because it usually gives you a peek into the real life of someone else. I started blogging again because I miss because I miss sharing my creative thoughts and projects with others. I’m pretty new to Instagram, but thanks to your quilt along I’m getting into it.

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