It’s been ages since I have done a heading in my blog, but I didn’t really have an image I wanted to put with this. Considering it is getting dangerously close to August and I have had a few people ask me… I will not be hosting some large Blaugust event this year. For three and a half years I did my blog every day thing, and it was interesting. In that process I learned a lot about myself and a lot about my readers. However I am no longer the bastion of regular blogging that I once was, and similarly I don’t really feel like I can carry the banner of “blog every day” quite so highly. Now the truth is Blaugust was never really “my” thing… firstly because there was another group that had independently been using that hashtag for ages apparently. Secondly the “festival” for lack of a better terms was more about the community than it ever was about me. So if you find yourself really wanting to do Blaugust, then go for it. This has been the year that the institutions have failed in the blogosphere. We had no Newbie Blogger Initiative and would not have had Developer Appreciate Week were it not for Rav picking up the torch and carrying it onwards. I hate that I am adding Blaugust to the pile but I am just not feeling it right now, and in truth wasn’t last year because I did a fairly halfassed job of trying to make it happen without requiring a lot of support.
If someone is interested in picking up the mantle and making it theirs… I welcome you with open arms. That said what is happening this year that is not exactly Blaugust but similarly themed is “Daily Creative Thing”. My good friend Grace felt like she was not taking the time to do creative stuff anymore, and had let some of her hobbies fall by the wayside. As such in the spirit of Blaugust she decided to start trying to force herself to do at least one creative thing every single day. What classifies as a “Creative Thing” is pretty open to interpretation, but as a side effect of this process she spawned a secondary blog where you can see a bit of her daily process. Some days it has been a drawing, others working on some crocheting, and one day some origami. The purpose being just to keep doing something interesting and fun and creative every single day… and then posting the product. I myself am contemplating doing this throughout the month of August, because there are a lot of creative things that I just stopped doing for some reason along the way. Namely I just don’t sketch like I used to, and I am not entirely sure why I stopped. I used to be one of those kids that was rabidly sketching in every single class… and then at some point I just stopped. Its like going to art school some how tarnished the fun… because instead of going and drawing goofy things… everything was deadly serious and representative. I would love to unblock myself and let the creativity flow once more, so maybe this is the time to do it.