As of July 2 I will have been officially blogging at The Métis Raconteur for one year! What a year of learning.
When I started I had this grand vision that I would post every couple of days and be able to keep up with that ideal schedule. Yah, that would have worked if I was getting paid to blog or if everything in my life was running smoothly. It’s been a very interesting year and things were going along pretty smoothly until the end of September. And then….
October/November-I planned, organized and hosted a national medical conference and a workshop in October while planning and organizing an annual awards event for 3 weeks later.
November-I started working full time. It’s amazing how much extra time and extra energy you have for things like a blog when you are only working 4 days a week.
Novemer/December-We helped our daughter move into her first apartment & get set up. It was so much fun to help with painting, scouring thrift stores for furniture, the last thing I wanted to do was be on a computer.
January-After our daughter moved out I set up an art studio in her old bedroom and started painting in ernest. It was a dream come true.
January-May-The only thing I can say to describe a big feature of these months is Hip pain. In January I did something, still not quite sure what it was, that inflamed my hip and at times I’ve been in constant pain despite anti-inflammatories and pain medication. SinceJanuary it was easier to sleep after a day at work than sit at a computer and blog.
April-I took the leap and joined the New West Artists group and started painting and planning for the first public showing of my art. Which, by the way, will be held on June 7, 8, 9 at the Network Hub at New Westminster Quay. For more info please click here. It also meant that I needed to set up a new fine art website at: www.susanlgreigfineart.com - all things that take time away from blogging but exciting for nonetheless.
I have learned over the year that a blog is a great way to connect with people. It was through this blog that I met and made a new friend, Mechtild Morin, when my Dad and I were on our trip to Saskatchewan last year and it was through her I have learned traditional Métis finger and loom weaving.
I have learned that I cannot feel guilt or beat myself up if I don’t post.
I’ve learned that during the winter there are not a lot of cultural events to share. People tend to cuddle under blankets and hibernate. I’ve had a few people write and wonder why I have not posted about the “idle no more” campaign or commented on some of the issues raised for Métis with regard to the MNBC and the BC Métis Federation. They argue that this is our culture, that these political fights are necessary to save our culture and therefore I should be writing about them. I have been and will continue to remain politically neutral so you will never see this type of information on my blog or notification of fundraising events for particular organizations. There arelinks to other websites, federations and Métis bloggers if you are looking for that kind of information. What you will see posted here is things I’ve I learned about our culture as related to the arts – traditional art such as beadwork, embroidery, fiddle music and also how Métis living today have translated those arts into the modern world we live in. You’ll also find postings about arts such as painting, writing and cooking traditional foods. Now that spring is fully upon us I’ve noticed things are picking up and there are a number of Métis cultural events going on so I’ll have postings more often.
I’ve learned through the other blogs I write that having a posting schedule is a good idea and that sometimes a posting of photos is enough. This learning means there will be opportunity for me to share some of the great photos of bead work and traditional crafts and information that I’ve found on the internet. Some of those photos have only been saved on my personal pinterest account but since I’ve got over 100 boards it has become hard to find them. I’ve decided to start a new Métis Raconteur Pinterest to make it easier for people to find my collection and I’ll share that transition here.
Thank you so much for following, visiting and support The Métis Raconteur. I’m looking forward to another year of blogging and connecting with you.