“I am, first and foremost, an artist not a writer. I have a tendency to ramble and gush ad nauseam without control. I love what I love and when I love, self restraint goes out the window.”
This is why I adore blogs so much. I read the above in the Shimmer Like Gold blog and instantly felt a kinship with the writer because I am that statement — although I do feel a strong affinity with the written word. Words are so powerful that they can begin an enduring, lifelong friendship — without ever having met the person. There’s that moment when you read something someone wrote and they strike you in a deep way or you simply feel that they view the world exactly as you do. That, if you met, you’d never stop talking and laughing in the way true friends do. Soulmates, in a sense.
Why am I being introspective?
Because June is a very special month here at Fauxology.
First, Fauxology is four years old (yesterday, officially) and second, although I have written steadily during those four years, I have officially been writing daily for one year. I’m not sure which I’m most proud of.
In those four years, I’ve also seen the faux finishing industry change. The word “faux finish” is now a bit of a bad word, something that can be seen as passé. In its stead, we use terms such as decorative painting, wall treatments, patinas, large scale graphics and ornamentation, to name a few. I think the beauty is that we have learned to adapt — and artists across the country have risen up to showcase ever more innovative and elegant finishes to chip away at changing the perceptions. These artists, their sophistication and the savviness of the industry as a whole is what has helped make this blog so incredible for me to write — in spite of it being named Fauxology.
What can I say? Some things, I would have done differently.
When I started, I could count on my hand the number of artisans blogging. Since then, many blogs have come up and they have made my life that much better. I think writing a blog is a personal thing — either you will find it cathartic and it becomes a part of you or you realize it’s not your cup of tea and leave its ghost online. Writing Fauxology and the readership it’s drawn (pun intended) has been a complete blessing in my life. I thank you — and I hope to be here next year, nostalgic at Five.
P.S. Wanna read my first post? It’s riveting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Plus, it helps explain the title of this post. I hope reading that first one inspires those of you who say “I’m waiting for the perfect idea to begin writing my blog!”. Trust me, I’ve heard every variation of that line the last few years. My advice? Just start writing — and who you are will shape the beautiful blog you create. Cheers!