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Friday, July 08, 2011

Do People Still Read Blogs?


I feel like I've been to the moon; out of touch with you here. Do you still come? Are people not reading blogs as much as they used to? Should I get everyone on an e-mail list and just send out newsletters once a month? I'm thinking about it. The newsletter that is. 


I've never done a newsletter before because they sort of felt like junk mail to me but maybe that is a more convenient way (for you, not for me) to keep in touch. Do you have an opinion?


The journal. How I love my hour of meditation each morning in my journal; a time for me to calm my thoughts, write slowly and enjoy my coffee while I transition from sleep to full awareness. While I organize my thoughts and plan my day.


Cy passed this week. He was a shy man from all accounts; he never realized we were good friends. Good-bye beloved friend. I will miss you. You have taught me how to live inside my brush strokes. Like you I am exhausted after a large, successful painting and have to rest to recover. Thank you for that.


We have so many mentors. People who show us what it looks like to be brave, to keep your own counsel above all the opinions and pressures to conform that come from others. How good it is to feel that strength grow within and to join the legion of artists who went their own way.


Violetta is making a spectacle of herself again.


She is buzzing with honeybees. She knows how to attract attention.


My morning stroll. Portland is exquisite today. Not too hot. Good for the flowers.


It's poppy time.


Spider Mum time.


And EncaustiCamp time!!! I'll be teaching a hot palette class next Thursday in Salem, Oregon along with several other teachers and you can still sign up for day classes there. All the information is here; now I have to return to my packing. And flower smelling. And life appreciating. xo


120 comments:

Carin said...

Hmm I don't think newsletters are junk mail but they aren't as much fun as blogs for me to read. The summer months tend to be busy so people may not be coming by as often but I think they still show up.

Blog blog blog.

Corky in Milwaukee said...

I still read your blog....checking it from a list every day to see if you have made a new posting. My sister and I share your blog between us, discussing your comments, beautiful pictures, hopes, dreams. We love it! Please don't stop. I need it.

Judy Wise said...

No sweat, I couldn't quit if I tried. It makes me feel alive.

Helen Suzanne said...

Hi Judy,
I've only just recently found your blog and love the posts. Someone else was asking this recently. Maybe there is a lull in responding generally? I certainly notice less on my own blog.

Please keep posting though. News letters have to be signed up to and aren't as "open" somehow.

Kate I said...

Hi Judy, I've been reading your blog for ages but for some reason I've never left a comment...until now! I want you to know that your art and YOU, inspire me. Thanks for showing up here so consistantly!

just me said...

i check my favorite blogs daily, don't always comment but still love to read what people are doing, teaching, creating, etc. I find blogs so much more personal and friendly like having friends all over the world. Plus blogger has made it hard to comment on some blogs, don't know why but I have had trouble.

Desert Mermaid said...

Judy, Judy, Judy ...

definitely still here for you, M'lady! But my blog-read list is down to 5.

Toni

Rita A. said...

I have a long list of blogs I scan every day...but often don't comment. I'm trying to change that. I've been having problems with blogger and for a long time I (and many friends) couldn't comment. Hopefully that is fixed. Also, I agree that summer cuts down on a lot of computer activity...except here in Arizona. My vote is to staw with a blog.

Angie in AZ said...

I have a TON of blogs in my google reader so I do still read them. The only drawback to having things in reader is having to then go directly to the blog to comment. An extra step for us lazies. But, with a reader, I am sure to never miss anything! Don't stop blogging!!!!

lynda Howells said...

I LOVE READING BLOGS..l have a lot l read each dayx. I would really miss your blog if you didn't write one. A news letter is not as much fuch!!!!!!! You give so much of yourself ,so much information and knowledge in your blogs..thank youx
Lyndax

lyle baxter said...

I do! remember you are in charge of smiles out west me in the east so I read yours when it comes up on my list to be sure you are making them smile! I'm sure lotsa people are smiling cause you are teaching them to wax! not wane! keep on!

Pat said...

I visit every time you post something new. You may not know it, but I'm here...quietly loving every word and picture you share.

somepinkflowers said...

well
missy...
i STIll read blogs
when i am not quite
so busy
~~Playing With Plaster~~
if
you get my drift...

:-)



and
then
there will be
Hot Wax.


always
something...



{{ here is hoping &
and
Thank Goddess! }}

Nikki said...

I read blogs every day and yours is one of my favorites! I don't comment much but know that you give me tons of inspiration and encouragement.

patti said...

I've noticed less traffic in the blogosphere, but I'm still here reading... Wouldn't miss your posts!

Deb's Artful Journey said...

Blog!!! I read it EVERY single time I see your name lit up in my g-reader!

Lianne said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. :(

And in answer to your question, yes, I read. But not sure about newsletters. I never ever read those. I think with many online activities you simply need to keep refreshing your presence online- followers come and go more frequently then the blogger themselves and if your readership becomes stale, no fresh blood, you can be fooled into thinking that because you have/had lots of followers that you still do. When I was active on a certain art website I would go through and check who out of my followers remained active after a few months and most accounts were unused! Which meant even though I had followers no one was really there. I've given up now as it's too much hard work. My mantra is 'people will come if you let them know where you are'. That's all you can do. I hope things pick up for you. Don't leave us though!!

Sharon said...

Yes we still read blogs and yes you can do a newsletter but that wouldn't be like reading a blog and I would miss you so much if you stopped posting to your blog.
I always enjoy everything you share.

plantingalongtheverge said...

I'm here! I admit to quick scanning in my reader most days and not commenting enough, but I do love blogs and I do love your work and perspective so...
yea.
still here!

Melisa said...

I read blogs almost daily and you are on my google reader list so I keep up with yours. I don't always have time to comment but I come and read and enjoy. Newsletter, not so much. They seem more promotional where blogs usually seem more personal. Plus, I get too much email to keep up with as it is. Google reader will keep my blog list handy for me until I have time. I like that.

Susan Jonsson said...

Love your blog and the art, garden and insights....Please keep posting. I am guilty of not commenting my appreciation...Will try to do better on that score. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Susan

Cindy Swan-Eagan said...

I read blogs daily. I would terribly miss your blog. Yes, we all learn from so many who influence us, and you influence me so I hope you will consider continuing to blog - I get inspired each time I read yours.
Cindy

Tita Mama said...

I still read blogs! And wait patiently to read your posts.

Ro Bruhn said...

I visit every new post you add. I don't comment on everyone, but I sure hope you keep blogging, it's our connection to you from the other side of the world. Facebook and a newsletter just doesn't have the same appeal.

Teddi said...

yes lots of people still read blogs! i love peeking into the snapshots you share. a newsletter may be less work for you, but newsletters don't seem to show as much art as a blog does.

paperpest said...

I agree with Carin.
blog blog blog

Liette alias Pixelle said...

I have ask me the same question about my blog...and I have discover you recently and I like to come and read and observe your creativity...I am shy to write a comment to you...you impress me and you didn't know me and I have tought I can bother you...I like to come every time your post something, I always read and I promise you, if you want, to write a comment more often...don't stop Judy...I love you...xx

Karen Minton, Studio Blog said...

I have your blog in my blogger "follow" list and so I read it now, I know what you mean though, I wonder about my blog, I can almost hear an echo in there ;) it's such a wonderful tool as a journal though, my sketchbooks tend to be rather less organized
K

guy said...

I love your blog and visit everyday whether you do or not. Your news letter would be wonderful I am sure but maybe more that one would want to go through at one sitting. The blog content and photos are very good. Smaller bits more often seems right for me at least. We get to have a glimpse of your many wondrous sides.

SOEWNEARTH said...

I visit whenever blogger tells me you have left a little something.
I love the mix of garden and art esp as at the moment I have no garden or chickens.
x te

marta traughber said...

I read your blog every time you post and I love it and it is an inspiration to me. I may not comment but I would be sad if you weren't on my blog list anymore. Thank you for what you do.

Dorylyn Thomas said...

I read your blog every time you post. I would be so sad if I wasn't able to share in your journaling, the growth of your apples, vegetables and beautiful flowers. Oh yes and all the inspiring art you share. You are my mentor, too, so keep blogging, please!

Melanie said...

I love your blog. No once a month wouldn't be enough!

wanda miller said...

well now, it does look like ya' got an answer or two here, judy.
i too love blogging for many reasons...one being the real and true friendships it can bring, all the encouraging words and so fun sharing our art work and lives! annnnd....i am having sooo much FUN learning in your's and stephanies class! xoxo

femminismo said...

Well, I read all the way through your blog and love the photos. You can't reproduce that stuff as well in a newsletter. I don't get to read as often as I used to (or post on my own) but I guess that's my decision and hopefully I'm doing something nearly as exciting. Cheers to you, Judy. Glad to hear about the encaustic camp. Wish my vacation had coincided.

Amanda said...

I've also been questioning how and why I blog. But in answer to your question, from a reader's perspective, blogs are different from newsletters. I think the more frequent posting serves a very specific purpose. I may not read every word, every time, but sometimes I do, when it's what I need (like today) and I don't think a monthly newsletter would do that.

Bren said...

I'm a blog fan myself. Newsletters, well they serve a purpose but I far prefer the unexpectedness of dropping in on my blogging friends. Terrific post and beautiful photos as usual.

Dusty said...

I love your blog! I follow it on Google Reader. It is there when I am ready. A newsletter would just drift down to the bottom of my inbox before I had the chance to give it my full attention.

I'm sorry about your friend Cy.

jill nalette said...

i read blogs and very much enjoy yours. sorry to hear about your friend. i know what you mean about mentors...you're mine.
i didn't know poppies came in different colors.
love ya + safe travels!
hugs and smiles~ jill

Kathy said...

I can only add my voice to the hue and cry. Don't stop. You inspire me every day. I'll be signing up for the encaustic class - something I never would have known about without your blog. Even my garden is inspired by your wonderful garden. I inch closer to the idea of a personal blog and yours will be an example to emulate. It is a spot of wonder after my very long (and rarely beautiful) work days. Thank you!

Helen said...

I love your Blog and read it regularly - just don't always comment. I hope you continue Blogging.

Helen said...

I love your Blog Judy but I don't always comment, please keep on Blogging :)

Adrianne in Portland said...

I use Google Reader and love to see which blogs are updated. Some, like yours, are read as soon as they pop up. Others may wait around, then I'll look at several entries at once.

Yours is top tier for sure!

Thank you, and have fun at the conference!

milkcan said...

Your blog is one of my favorites! I love reading it!

Lisa said...

Judy, I read your blog. It is lovely and personal...and I don't think that a newsletter would have the same level of informality. Thank you for the time you take to share with us.

Julie Fillo said...

I read every post and enjoy them beyond measure, I'm just horrible about commenting. Newsletters suck. Don't stop blogging, dear Judy, we love you...

Kim Henkel said...

I love reading blogs, it is my connection to creativity... I visit your blog often, but haven't left a comment before today (a little shy I guess). I am afraid I am not a newsletter reading type of girl, so I hope your blog continues. PS thanks for the wonderful plaster course - I am loving it!

~Barb~ said...

Every time you post, I read...I soak it all in and enjoy every single thing you share.
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Bianca said...

I love reading blogs. Newsletters...they're more for getting info about classes etc. Your blog is beautiful and I try to stop by regularly.

Lynn said...

I am still reading others blogs, including yours...but was away for two weeks home a week then gone another five days so because of that I did not visit blogs.
I also wonder as I sit here typing if I should/could be drawing or sewing on something...am I putting off being creative? Or is my blog part of my being creative? I sure know it is a huge part of why I became creative in the first place; and how I stay inspired and motivated.And not least of all how I love the feedback I get on mine about what I am creating or just doing. So I don't want a news letter please; I want to SEE your art, your journal pages, your flowers and foods, and even your personal life pieces you choose to share from time to time. It's like catching up with a good friend.
Am I kidding myself about that? Maybe, but in this mielu it is a friendship that has grown because we share this way.

Perhaps I'll do it less often as every day to make sure I have time to actually create. But I won't stop all together. And I hope you don't either.

donnaj said...

personally i still read blogs-including yours. I get a few newsletters online but they tend to go by the wayside. I'm a blog junkie! :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

I read all the posts on my long blog list everyday. It's what I do in the morning with my coffee to wake up and be inspired for the day and it's what I do every night before I go to bed to unwind and catch up with my blog friends. I don't read newsletters much. I kinda scan them or most often they are sent to my junk folder. Please keep the blog and show more art, less flowers :) lol.

kluless said...

Well I can't speak for anyone else but I certainly read blogs and yours is one of my favorites!!!

Aqua Junko Artworks said...

I am here reading daily. Please do not give up your blog. I look for inspiration and advice daily. It keeps me going. I love your work and hope to meet you someday and/or take a class from you. I am a bit fearful of wax but may be able to over come it soon. Here in NC it's in the upper 90's and could melt wax in this heat. Any hoooo please know I am reading you!!!!Lori B.

Ms. Lahtidah said...

I still read and love blogs! I prefer the blog to an email. I have a ton of emails.
Wow - that Violetta is one show off.
Awesome you are able to walk outside. Here in Houston we are dreaming of October.

Melissa said...

I love your Blog. And yes I do believe people still read blogs...maybe its a summer lull, or some of us taking a break from our technologically cramped world.
What ever it is, I still find it so lovely to read your beautiful posts! I enjoy the inspiration you leave.
Thank you.

Marit said...

I'm comment #57 so you see... people still read blogs! I read yours, every post, but I don't always leave a comment. I'm not much of a 'newsletter' reader... I send newsletters myself (for my website) but only to inform the readers that there's a new workshop or event coming up... I don't feel it's spam 'cause people can submit and unsubmit themselves.

Jacky said...

Yes, we're still here and still reading. I love to pop by and see what you have been doing in your journals, see what you are up to.....

Jacky xox

PaperPumpkin said...

I for one would miss your Blog Posts TERRIBLY!!! Your gardening and artful blogging being gone...is unimaginable. Even my husband looks forward to your posts. You are so humble, you may not have realized how loved you are...for many, many reasons. ~kath

Seth said...

Hey Judy. Looks like the people have spoken and I agree. Your blog posts are always so rich with inspiring content, beautiful images, 'wise' journal pages, and wonderful stories. Keep on keeping on!

huntla1 said...

I am here! I am reading. Every post. I think what is different is that I "scan" several blogs everyday and (bad me) I don't comment as often as I used to. I use Google Reader to collect my blogs for my review and it is a couple extra steps to get to where I can leave a comment. To save time I review. I respond if asked to respond to something (like this) or if something really moves me in some way, I respond.

Joanne S said...

I read you each and every day.

I don't comment unless I have something to say. My own blog shows many readers but few comments. That's just the way it is. I guess.

It's summer and there is less time for gazing at the computer screen. I enjoy reading while sipping morning coffee. It's my meditation.

Star said...

Judy, please DO KEEP on with the blog! I have so many that I love, including yours, that I don't always have time to comment during my blog hopping but I do come by fairly often. I'm not much on news letters at all. Blogs are much more fun!

Lindart said...

I love reading blogs! I have over 669 blogs on my Google reader, and yours is one of the ones I read every post! Some I go through once a month or so to catch up, but I have about 25 or so that I read whenever there is a new post. Please don't give up blogging!!!

Stephani Gorman said...

Love coming to visit your blog Judy! Love your garden and art! Everything about your blog is so comforting.
Don't stop.

rebecca said...

oh this life. this ebb and flow. this breathing in and breathing out. the intimacy of waking from dreams to the living once more... and the voice, like flowers of summer crowning our hearts by threading us so neatly together in wild brazen bunches of joy. like gathering heaven. like looking up at the vast endless sky and believing there will always be enough to share from our singular and magnificent hearts. because from generosity one cannot tell where one heart ends and the other begins.

yes, yes...a thousand times yes, we are tucked into the details of your radiant heart.

never stop....

xoxoxoxox

Janine said...

66 now 67 comments should tell you...yes, people still read blogs! I have/had you on my blog list for quite some time and so I look for new post or old everyday! So I thank you for still having a blog! If you have a newsletter will it still be like blogging where we can view your garden and art?

Carol said...

Yes we still read blogs...in the summer I don't respond as much ....there is just o much to do with so little time to do it all. But I still read everyday!

kathyd said...

i love your blog and have it listed on mine. i always look forward to your post .
i have had a great time in your class and i am still soaking it all in . no photo's yet ... but soon.
xxoo

Roberta said...

Hey Judy! It must be in the air or something because I just posted on this subject: http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/07/overwhelmed-with-blogging.html

My advise...stick to blogging and skip the newsletter...it's alot more work than it is worth and you won't get any more responses or comments. I've been blogging for 4 years and don't plan on quitting any time soon. I read your blog and every post through my google reader. I try to comment when I have time but mainly I leave comments on those blogs of the bloggers who visit and comment on my blog first. It's just how I was raised...lol...ya know with good manners. Something that technology has eliminated these days. My kids have more gadgts at their disposal and I hear from them even less...sign of the times I'm sure. Hope this helps, fondly, Roberta

Michele said...

I love the blog, and would prefer that much more versus a newsletter. My preference, but do whatever you think best. I'll be there, one way or the other!

Adrian said...

Judy, don't stop blogging!!! I have you in my list on my Blogger Dashboard and when I have time I always stop by to see what you are up to. It's always good. Thank you for that.

Kim Rae Nugent said...

I'm still reading your blog :)

My sympathy on the loss of your friend. My Paternal Grandpa never liked us to say goodbye, just so long.

I like the format of having one place to go to see Judy WISEdom. I suppose newsletters are a way to say "Hi, I'm here" but I don't know what to do with them, They stay in my inbox adding up, along with everything else. I also enjoy occasionally looking at older posts, revisiting them.

Gigi said...

I read your blog every single day. I love hearing your thoughts and seeing your artwork. And I love that you share beautiful photos of your garden, food and more. I vote yes for the blog and no for a newsletter.

Ruth Armitage said...

So Great to see you yesterday and thank you so much for the Garden tour!! I love reading blogs & yours is always an especially good treat. Yum! Looking forward to the Hot Wax class :)
xo Hugs.

Minnie said...

75 comments when I came. Does that tell you how we love your blog. I am so happy people got on to tell you how much they live your blog. What I really can't stand is facebbok, mindless chatter, and who cares who's friends with who. I only ck face book to see of links to blogs and events. So I wish Facebook would go away and blogs would resurface as the hot thing. Miss you

A New Creation said...

I love reading your blog and looking at your beautiful pictures!

Debbie said...

I enjoy coming to your blog, but I confess I don't always leave a comment. I did buy your book recently, "Plaster Studio" and can't wait to start working with joint compound! :-) I love seeing your art so I hope you don't stop posting here!

Jill said...

Hi Judy, I think you have your answer.

La Dolce Vita said...

obviously people are still reading your blog.... : )

Anonymous said...

I still read your blog, and love it. When you started to blog less frequently, I just started checking on Saturdays, or soon after if I "missed". Works for me. I like the spontaneity of the blog; a newsletter can be a bit stilted.
MF

Ami said...

People do indeed read blogs and yours is among my favorites. I would read a newsletter but prefer to read a blog.

Jan said...

I believe your question was well answered. Personally I have not been visiting or commenting as much as I used to except for a few special ones, mostly the ones I link to on my blog which includes yours. I also have not been posting as much. I have noticed that trend in the blogging community lately. Maybe it is a summer thing? I very much enjoy the mix on your blog of garden and art.

Susie said...

I love to read my favorite blogs, I love my mornings catching up with the daily and or weekly goings on in the worlds of others, the sharing of artwork, information, delights from home and studio, from travels far and not so far, from failures and successes, from knowing others have struggles and triumphs. This all matters to me, the world is a smaller place with blogs, I'd never meet all of you out there if it depended on my budget or the ability to travel which is out of the question. I can be where I need to be, where I have to be and still find kindred spirits out there, see and be excited by the words and photos of others. I STILL LOVE to read blogs and newsletters I get those too but they don't thrill me as much. IT's kind of like the family letter at Christmas, blogs feel personal at least to me, newsletters feel like it's me and a 'thousand' others and even tho those same thousand others might be looking at the same page at the same time but it's different. Keep bloggin cuz I'll sure keep visiting.

pfstuff said...

Judy, when my lilacs, peonies and poppies have all bloomed and expired until the next year, I always know that I can find a gorgeous morsel to smile at on your blog. Not to mention keeping up with all the rest that you do to inspire so many people. I know how important that is to you and you know you CANNOT QUIT US. Newsletter? Nice try, but no cigar. Now, I will go play with plaster.

lilasvb said...

for sure i read your blog and some others and i can see. i am not the only one

Marilyn Rock said...

I, for one, love Blogs! I am a frequent visitor of yours, but do not always comment. Sometimes my time is tight so I do what I consider "drive by blogging". When I really can take my time, relax, and fully concentrate, I will comment.

I will hope you decide to continue your Blog. I am just starting to take in your fabulous book that you and Stephanie put together. It's fantastic!

Best to you always!

Marilyn

B.S. said...

Hi Judy! I still read your blog, I've just never commented before. Your posts help to quell my insatiable beauty addiction. Do keep blogging.

Laura Twiford said...

Oh Judy, please don't end your blog! yes, I read it faithfully, love your words of wisdom, journal sharing and pictures of your fabulous garden! It is because of your blog that i am branching out artistically and got back into my love of gardening and good food and tring to simplify and appreciate life everyday! Thank you and I sincerely hope you stay here!

she who rides her steed by moonlight said...

newsletters. ugh. no like. i almost always unsubscribe immediately. they seem intrusive. and dare i say slightly narcissistic. but then i'm strange. you knew that about me already.
your blog is one of 20 i keep in my google reader. if i add a new one i must remove an old one. i'll never remove yours. you're special judy. your wit, your candor, your quiet reflections on living. your john. your gardens. YOU. most of all you.

iHanna said...

One should only blog if one wants to, but if you ask me yours is one of my favorites because I love peeking into your journal, your life and your studio! A newsletter to me is more business - for classes, paintings and things you want to sell, so I can do without that but as an artist you might want to cultivate a newsletter/mailinglist and collect addresses for it. But
I'll find that on favorite blogs from time to time and will search it out when I need it.

Clare Wassermann said...

Hopefully the 92 comments will have convinced you that we love you and want you to keep it going. Please do!

Linda said...

I love reading your blog! It's such a lovely place to visit, I don't often leave a comment, shame on me, but I do appreciate the time you put into posting your lovely pictures and text. Thank you Judy for sharing.

Caity said...

Judy, I read blogs - but I read them in a feed reader (google reader linked to Feedly) so I don;t often actually *go* to people's blogs anymore. But I do read every word you write!

pulverschwein said...

Blog ON!

Anonymous said...

Judy, I love your blog. I check it everyday. Sorry I haven't commented more.I wish you were closer to where I live so I could go to your encaustic class. Sorry about losing your friend. Jane S.

Cathy Graves said...

I read my favorite blogs, including yours almost every day. I'm not much of a commenter but you can thank Kelly Kilmer for keeping me up-to-date on what's going on in your world because I basically work off her blog list. When I have the time, I branch off those blogs to discover new blogs. I also work off of Mary Ann Moss's blog list as well so I feel pretty caught up with what's going on in the world of mixed media/collage/art journal artists.

Y'all keep writing and I'll keep lurking.

Cat

P.S. I love your journals and your gorgeous encaustic work!!

Carol Sloan said...

Well, you already have a bunch of posts but I thought I'd add mine to bump it on towards 100! I love reading your blog, looking at the photos you post and seeing your awesome journal pages. I usually read maybe two-three times a week - not every single day. I'd be online all day if I did...

apaperbear said...

How did you do two posts and I missed them! Yes, I do read blogs! They ARE my favorite passtime!

BJ Lantz said...

Sistah Judy ~ I don't know about others and their blog reading habits but I could spend all day long, every day, exploring the thousands upon thousands of fascinating art lives that exist out there. But, in doing so, I would miss my own fascinating art life :-)

So, for me blog reading has become a when-I-need-a-little-break activity. And even then, I limit how much time I can spend, mostly visiting my favorites (like you :-) ~ so little time to keep up with it all and ourselves as well. I know my own poor blog has suffered.

As for newsletters, I've signed up for them, then unsubscribed...they pileup in my inbox, waiting for me to find or make the time to spend with them and just their being there is a little bit of a stress ~ like an unfinished to-do. Much easier to just visit when I have the time and am in the right frame of mind.

I don't always comment unless I feel I have something to say ~ as is the case here. So perhaps others are like myself and just because we're not commenting doesn't mean we're not here :-)

So the answer is yes, yes I read still read blogs. Oh, and I am with you on the morning journaling. I have been a sporadic journaler my whole life, but for the past year I have kept up this morning practice and look forward to it each day and am a little bent out of shape if something interferes :-)

XO , Sistah ~ how I wish ~ oh how I wish I were coming to Encausticamp!!!!!!! I've been playing with beeswax lately and I am hooked.

Shelly said...

From Horton Hears a Who (one of my three year old's favorite movies): WE ARE HERE! WE ARE HERE! Enjoy your blog posts and your wonderful journal pages. :) -Shelly

Irene Rafael said...

Judy, Judy, Judy, I am so glad that you expressed your sentiments. I LOVE your blog and even more so since I met you in Malibu and can put a real person to your inspiring blog. I rarely leave a comments when I read a blog. The shoe is on the other foot since I have ventured out into the blog world myself. I see how much they mean to you. Please continue. I promise to be a diligent blog reader now that I understand the protocol. xxo

Paula McNamee said...

Judy, I love your blog and read it regularly. It's inspiring to see your journals, art and projects- how you grow, learn and appreciate. The garden photos are some of my favorites. Tell John thanks. I'm not on Facebook so your blog keeps me posted on your activities. xxox

And so it goes... said...

Even though I'm busy, busy, busy, I take time to read a few blogs, always ALWAYS yours first. It's the bright spot of my day! Don't give it up...I might have to resort to therapy! You're my hero...my inspiration...my "if I could be anyone...". I love it all, from the art to the journal pages to the garden to the flowers...especially your soulful musings. Please keep it up! Newsletters seem more like a business deal than a peek into a creative life...

Dusty said...

Did you know Cy Twombly or did you mean that you felt connected to him?

I need orange said...

I love reading your blog. I love oogling your flowers, admiring your art, and coveting your vegetables. :-)

Please don't stop blogging.

Jamie said...

Yes, I still read blogs :) Maybe not as often as I used to or as often as I like.
Blessings!

KarenKayHanson said...

You obviously are a great mentor to many of us- don't go away. A newsletter is so much like an advertisement, but your blog feels like a personal peek into the life of a friend. I've neglected to thank you for some time now, but it's not for lack of appreciation- I just assume you know how much you are loved. And I should know better (the mother of four)...You are a most unique voice in this blog chorus; a song of inspiration that would be sorely missed. Whatever you decide to do, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your sweet soul.

Jakk said...

I'm late to weigh in, but I really do love your blog. Seems I'm in very good company!

Rose K said...

I love your blog, and read it every few days... please don't leave :-(

Pattio said...

I will add my name to the huge list. I love to read your blog but don't often comment. You have such a great blog voice with lots of rich imagery, news, inspiration and fun ideas to keep us coming back for more. :))

Keep on blogging!!!

from Victoria BC Canada

Bridget B. said...

My guess is . . . yes. And I prefer blogs to newsletters, for what it's worth.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, you silly.
This touched my heart.

I will read anything you post in whatever venue.

bye.

Sherry said...

I still read blogs but now there are so many I like that I find myself sometimes falling very far behind.

Sometimes I don't think anyone is reading my blog but I check my stats and find out they are - they just don't talk back much.

And that reminds me to comment when I do read.

I love your blog and I'm hoping to take your class this fall

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William Duncan said...

Good to know that people still read blogs.I thought Twitter and facebook had taken over!!!

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