Due to a request I have removed my post from sunday. I felt I was highlighting an important exhibition in the Scottish calender but it has been suggested to me that by linking to it from my blog I could be seen to be making light of serious businesses.
I can’t say I wasn’t somewhat surprised by this comment as I feel I do my utmost to be as professional as possible within my business. I was as I say simply bringing peoples attention to an exhibition which if they were in the area they may wish to visit being as most visitors to this blog have an interest and appreciation of the visual and applied arts.
My blog is about pottery, my work and the things I make. I am not a machine so as a result the things that happen around me have a huge part to play in how I work and what I create. I felt that people who are interested in my pots might be interested in what it takes to get them to that finished state and by that I do not mean just the throwing, decorating and firing but the things that I see and experience that influence the forms and decoration and the way that I think that has an impact on the manner in which I work.
Apparently this sort of website is used by young girls who just want to chat. Now I do believe there are blogs out there like that but I must say I don’t know any and I haven’t read any. For me a blog is simply a tool which for me works as a straight forward, easy to update way for me to communicate what it is that is happening in my pottery. Again I don’t keep up with them regularly but I know that a certain Mr Barrack Obama, The Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Mark Mardell the BBC’s Europe Correspondent keep on-line blogs do they then fall into that category of unprofessional and just wanting to chat?
My style of writing is chatty and again the gist of the conversation was that this also makes it unprofessional. Yes, I agree whole heartedly it is chatty, it’s me that is writing it and that is the way I am. I want people to be able to understand what it is I am trying to communicate. It’s not that I am uneducated or dim, I don’t use dozens of big serious words in my everyday conversations either, not because I don’t know any but just because it’s not me and I don’t think I have to speak or write in multi-syllable words to be professional. I agree there are styles of writing for different occasions and hopefully the one I use here fits well with the purpose of my blog. I want what I do to be accessible to everyone. I don’t want to upset or put people off with my use of language because I am too chatty or indeed because I am too unapproachable by what I write.
As a person I try to be patient and understanding, to give everyone and everything the attention and consideration that they deserve. I try not to disregard anyone else’s practise though of course not every other art form appeals directly to me but I do try to consider the process, inspiration and reason behind other work. So as a result I am sorry to no longer advertise on this blog a particular event that I am very pleased and proud to have been selected for. I have chosen to remove the post because as I say I don’t want to upset anyone or make anyone feel that I am in some way undermining the work of any person or group of people. That was not my intention and I am still unsure as to how I have managed to do that but there you have it.
As a friend just said, surely it’s the content of the blog and not the format that is important.