I went to the Type-A Parent Conference this weekend to learn about blogging. I came away with lessons on art and creativity.
You say, what?
Amidst sessions on web design, statistics, and social media, there were a couple of magical hours by a new-to-me author, Patti Digh. She talked about writing, creativity, and claiming our own voices. About celebrating the arc of our own lives and about living and writing out of intention rather than circumstance.
Patti said, "The story of your life is what you create everyday." I love that. Love the idea of creating not only in the realm of paints and canvas, crayons and paper, but also in the realm of everyday life.
I learned a lot about blogging, don't get me wrong. This was my first blog conference and I learned an incredible amount, both from the classes and from the other bloggers. I've been writing The Artful Parent for almost four years now, but I guess I've been blogging with my head in the sand. SEO? Brand campaigns? Videoblogging? I came away inspired and motivated to make some changes with my blog (don't worry -- nothing drastic).
But mostly? I came away wishing I could get Patti Digh to move into our non-existent spare bedroom. To share her wisdom and approach to life and creativity with me every day. And since I didn't think she'd go for that, I bought her book, Creative is a Verb. She has other books, and I'm sure I'll read them, too, but I thought I'd start with the one that makes my heart sing.
I'm off to read; I'll keep you posted.