Some Drawings…Blog Changes and Why (Most of the Time) I’m Turning Post Comments Off

Still life with pear
I used: charcoal, paint, oil pastel, smudge tools; in the “Art Set Pro” app.

*I draw and paint with my finger on the iPad screen, rather than use a stylus.

Blog Changes

I have just changed from my “Adelle” WordPress theme, to another responsive theme called, “Sketch”. It allows me to show pics at a larger size and gives a nice clean look around them. I changed my header too and added my name to the blog title. When I built my blog (on my iPad) I had lots of fun looking through heaps of themes and trying out a few. Quite pleased with how this one has turned out.

Also, I plan to mention more about my art on, “Print on Demand” sites and I wanted a theme, that displays images more effectively.

Below are a few links to fellow bloggers, whose art I love – who also sell their work online. I plan to add more links to other artists and their shops – given time. I’ll post more on this “Print on Demand” area, soon.

Sand Salt Moon – and Society6 shop

Portfoliolongo – and RedBubble shop

An experiment – and Pixels.com

I’m glad that I’ve had time in these past 10 months of posting, to lay down some foundational posts – generally following my aims on my “About” page. I still have these aims, though now with a little high powered marketing thrown in – said with tongue in cheek, and a 😉

Why I’m Turning Post Comments Off  (At least, most of the time.)

Like other bloggers have mentioned, finding time to do posts, can be difficult; and cut into time doing the creative work you want to do and share! A dilemma – especially if you enjoy blogging; which I do.

I’ll continue to share my art and words here – roughly once a month and more often if time permits. But to allow more time to do this, after some pondering and prayer, I’ve decided to not have comments on for most of my posts.  *A week or so after publishing this post I realized comments were still on for my pages, and I have decided to keep comments on for a couple of my pages way – at least for now. Also, most of my posts won’t be as long, as previous posts.

I have appreciated and enjoyed exchanging comments with many friendly fellow bloggers. So thank you for all your lovely words, and kind comments. They have been quite positive, and often helpful and insightful. I didn’t really reckon on having so many comments, so it’s been kinda nice. For anyone starting a blog I would recommend having comments. It’s a rewarding experience and it may well suit the type of blog you want to have – and indeed is the usual practice for a blog!

Ferns in a vase
This is a lovely paper surface in the “Art Set Pro” app. Used: charcoal, conte crayon, smudge tools.

However, I don’t think my blog posts require comments for me to share my art and words, in a meaningful way. Also apart from time-wise, I find it sometimes emotionally difficult to keep up with so much social interaction..wanting to say the suitable response and try to be helpful and all that;
I do try not to be anxious about this.

“In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 WEB

Until I began drawing and painting on my iPad I rarely ventured into the online world; it’s certainly a busy place! Apart from family and the occasional cup of tea with a friend, I really don’t like to socialise much at all.

Primarily, looking after family and my home, are how I spend my days… My art and words fit in around all of this – with a little more time for them in recent years. And this is just how I like it!

I hope you’ll still drop by and “like” some of my posts. Though I may not have time to leave a comment on your posts, I’ll still be looking at them – I love to do that. You’ll know I’ve been there, because my “daisies” gravatar will be there when I “like” your post.

You can also find me via my facebook page Janette Leeds Artist.  Although I’m not that keen on some aspects of facebook; it is another place to share my art and words. My blog posts are sent to facebook, by using the very handy “publicise” option on WordPress. I usually just don’t have time to do a separate post for there!

Woman's face
I used: paint, charcoal, smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app.

Is a blog without comments, really a blog… I saw a sentence like that on the internet, while I was pondering on these matters. I think it is…hmm, but perhaps, leaning towards being more like a website.

I have gathered, some people think it’s imperative to have comments. But I’ve never been much perturbed or deterred by what other people think – particularly as I get older.

I wonder how I’ll go with writing shorter posts, this one is pretty long! However, I did want to explain a few things instead of abruptly flicking the off switch!

In a couple of days after publishing this post, I’ll turn the post comments off.  Whether, I’ll ever turn that option on again, as a regular thing, not sure.. it’s mostly is a time issue, so I’ll see how it goes. I feel a tinge of sadness about this, but opportunity for some contact is still there – on my facebook page, and as mentioned, comments are on for a couple of my pages. I do hope this will free up more time, so I can continue to share, my art and words here, in the blogosphere.

All the best and happy: drawing, painting, writing, blogging…gardening.. I quite enjoy gardening, when I get time for it! Have a great day. 🙂

17 thoughts on “Some Drawings…Blog Changes and Why (Most of the Time) I’m Turning Post Comments Off

  1. Hey Janette – Congrats on your new blog and new venture into marketing your art! We have to shed skin in order to grow and growing you are! Will be following your journey. Wishing you much success! – Tom

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    1. Thank you..was going to send you a note about the link…hadn’t quite got there… I did have to search a bit for the link; hope you get a chance to put it in your menu, deserves a prime location! Your art work is wonderful! As always, I look forward to seeing your future posts. – Janette 🙂

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  2. Your new theme works well to emphasize what’s important: your work. Congratulations–turning off your comments does have a ring of bravery and dedication to your mission to the creative process and its results. I must tell you that for me there is benefit to having other eyes and minds respond to my work. I view it as part of my education. It fascinates and intrigues how what others can see that I may not.I wish you well and success, and, mostly, to fulfill your creative energies.

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    1. Thank you! I do also think that comments can be quite valuable in giving and receiving insights into each others work. I’ll miss some of this interaction. However, to some extent I hope a little of this will happen on my facebook artist page; and when time permits, when I comment on someones blog. Actually your comment, gave me a bit of an insight, to add another couple of lines to my post – which I have done. Just to say a bit more about family life – that even though, I hope to free up some more time for my creative projects – my time really is primarily filled with family life…which suits me fine. 🙂
      I do so much enjoy your work and really appreciate you stopping by to comment – I’m sure you have a busy life too! You have a great blog; I enjoy your posts and amazing photos. Look forward to seeing your future posts. All the best, Janette

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  3. Janette, thanks for adding a link to my “illustroblog,” as I call it, and to that Redbubble site that I’m playing around with, in large part because of you.
    I look forward to continued contact as you transition, a development that is already evidently infused with limitless grace.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the “Art Set Pro” app, is just about my favourite art app. Though, there are a few more that also have lovely naturalistic media and, importantly, are easy to use. Which makes it all the more fun.
      I enjoy sharing about them on my blog and hope to encourage others to give them a go. I look forward to seeing your future posts…perhaps I’ll see one of your works painted in this app. 🙂 Love your work; looks great on that lovely WordPress theme that you are using! All the best, Janette

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  4. Hi Janet tell
    Good luck with future sales and the blog in general. Fully understand your reasons for turning the comments off and that’s not a problem. Better to spend some more time with your art. You’ll see us with the likes☺. All the best .

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    1. Thank you so much Leonie. It’ll be nice to see your gravatar on my posts! I do hope to get more art projects completed; though family life is always my main focus! Hope to stop by for a hello on your blog – when I can. You are welcome to visit me at my facebook artist page…if you have the time.. though no doubt your life gets busy too! I’m certain to “like” your future posts and I look forward to them. Lovely to know a fellow Aussie blogger. 🙂 Have a great day. ~ Janette

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