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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Perspectives on Tulips and Blogging

Different patterns, different colours. I never realized that the inside of tulips differed so much. I can thank blogging for teaching me this fact. Blogging - when I stand back and examine the whole blogging phenomena with a dispassionate eye, it seems a little strange. And I can understand why some of my family and friends kind of roll their eyes at me when I talk about this blogger or that artist or this friend I met in....Florida, or Belgium, England, France, the east coast of the USA or a hundred other places when all the time I've been sitting up here in my little office/studio on an island off the west coast of Canada.

And while blogging can absorb - in a flash - exorbitant amounts of time, I've learned to be careful and to exert a little self-discipline in my blogging. But, just like looking at a tulip through the eyes of a camera lens, blogging has given me a different perspective on the world. Sometimes I feel quite alone. I have few "real" "in-my-life" people who share my passion for decorating, for creating, for just playing with paint, paper and glue. I used to have more of those kinds of friends when I lived overseas, but here in the city where I now live, everyone is too busy, or worries about doing everything perfectly the first time rather than just experimenting and having fun. Perfectionism kills creativity. I'm thankful for my daughters who share my love of "making things" just for the joy of creating.

But I was beginning to wonder if I was really weird, and I started feeling like I should suppress all that. Then I discovered blogs. And a whole new world of inspiration and creativity opened up to me. A world filled with colour and form and play! I drank it in like a greedy patch of dusty ground. I've been inspired to take risks, to create, to dare to experiment. And I've become more sure of my own creative abilities in doing so.

And when I stand back and look at the big picture, I see an enormous bouquet of fellow bloggers who are just like me, only different. Just like a bouquet of tulips - the same, but different. Blogging, for me, has become a way to meet people who are generous, loving, encouraging and inspiring. It's a way of connecting in our disconnected world. And I wonder sometimes what the anthropologists of the future will say about blogging. For me, for now, it's a very good thing.

One wonderful blogger, Joy of Cupids Charm, is hosting a gathering with the theme of "Why I Love Blogging." I'm looking forward to reading other blogger's thoughts on this topic. And if you are interested, please visit Joy's blog on Friday, May 1, 2009. There's about 80 bloggers who will be sharing their reasons for loving blogging.
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24 comments:

  1. So beautiful piktures . Thanks .

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  2. Wow, are you creative! I've just been visited your blog for the first time and I love it.
    Cindy from Marseille, France

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  3. That's a ovey tribute to blogging. I share your passion.

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  4. Hi Lorrie,

    What a fitting second blog post for me to read as I am making the rounds (haven't posted to mine yet) of all my favorite blogs and doing a little catching up since my art shows. You have such a way with word pictures, and a bouquet is about the best way I can think of to characterize how I feel about you and my other blog friends. A bouquet of flowers is just about one of my favorite things, and so it is with all of my special blog friends. Each "blooming" blogger is in her own way beautiful, colorful, rare, unique, special. Thanks for this post.

    Blessings,
    Christi

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  5. HI Lorrie,

    What a beautifully written post.

    Good luck with the exams and enjoy your trip. You certainly deserve it.

    hugs to you,
    Barb

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  6. Just found you, so glad I did. Love your blog. Hope you don't mind me following along. :-)

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  7. Thank you.....like the quote bloom where you are planted......I too feel like a tulip....what a wonderful way of expressing the love of blogging. I share many of your feelings.

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  8. Hi Lorrie,
    Enjoyed reading your post! Tulips are my favorite flower, love them.
    Happy to have met you throught the blog party.
    Debby

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  9. Hello,

    These photos are amazing!
    Are you going to paint them? I really hope you turn this beauty into something.

    Blogging is so wonderful!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  10. Amazing photos. I enjoyed my visit here. Happy Blogging!!
    Sonia

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  11. I am glad I have found your blog through Joy because I just adore those tulips pictures. I love taking flower close-ups!
    c (of leafdays.com)

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  12. Hi! So happy to have found your blog...I am new to this world of blogging and am thrilled to have found others who understand me.... Your blog is wonderful and I will be back again to read more...
    Be well, Laura

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  13. Hello Lorrie, I enjoyed my visit to your blog today. The photos of the tulips are amazing. Your reason for blogging is the way I think too. Blogging is a good thing.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  14. People who don't blog just don't understand, and they don't know what they're missing. I'm glad you joined the party today.
    Charlotte

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  15. Lorrie, I really enjoyed my visit to your blog!

    Trisha Evans
    a vintage white

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  16. Enjoyed my visit to your blog. What a nice blogging party. Hope to visit again;)~Theresa

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  17. Hi Lorrie ~ I really enjoyed visiting your blog today and getting to know you. I see you live on Vancouver Island! Yeah! I am from Utah, but I'm Canadian and was born in Kelowna. A native "B.C." gal...that's me! Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and say hello! ~Stacy~

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  18. You have a beautiful, inspiring blog! So much to see! I am into scrapbooking, photography, altered art and other paper creations. I also LOVE photography, reading and cooking. Your blog suits me just fine! I'm glad I stopped by!

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  19. Hi Lorrie, I'm new here. What a great post! I like how you used the comparrison of a tulip. Very well done. I have enjoyed visitng here. Thank you for that wonderful post ♥

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  20. Lorrie,
    I certainly understand what you meant when you wrote about feeling weird. My own combination of interests and passions are eccentric - fashion, art, history, and books - but blogging has given me a path to others that share my interests. Blogging is a beautiful thing, as are your tulips!!!

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  21. Hi Lorrie. I'm am so happy I joined the party at the last minute yesterday thanks to a visit to Geralyn's blog. This post really resonated in my heart. My oldest son asked me to explain blogging to him a few minutes ago and after I make my rounds (more than fashionably late), I will allow him to read your post. I do not have any "in real life" friends who share my passions or even truly "get" me. I have felt lonely in that way most of my life until I feel through the rabbit's hole into blogland. I am so happy to have been guided to your blog and have bookmarked it. I am having surgery on Monday and will be living in the blogosphere as I am recovering. Happy May Day. Have a great weekend.

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  22. I stopped by to say hi. I like your blog and now I want some apple muffins but it getting late. I will have to bake some real soon. The blog party was fun.
    Enjoy,
    Debra

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  23. This is so true. I know exactly what you mean!

    Just found your blog today. It's very charming. I love your paper flowers.

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  24. Hello Lorrie! I love your post and understand your feelings! I wanted to stop by and thank you for participating in the Beautiful Blogging Party. I hope you enjoyed the event and also enjoyed meetings lots of new bloggers. Have a beautiful week ~ Joy

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