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. 🙂