An Imperfect Number of Websites

Part of me feels a little regretful at the number of websites that I’ve created in my time.

But only part of me.

Part of me knows that blogging, writing, sharing, teaching, taking photographs, getting creative, getting expressive, all of that means heading into a territory unknown, where there is no path to be followed, just a trail to be blazed.  Which will inevitably mean that the trail you leave behind goes in a less than *totally* straight line.

Part of me is reassured by what you have told me when I have shared these confessions before: that new sites are a way of exploring ideas and possibilities, that the way I work includes building beautiful websites, that there’s not too much point limiting what I do into one container, or even many ;-)

Part of me is proud of the material I’ve created and shared, even if it’s in lots of different places, some of which I no longer actively tend.  The content I’ve shared has value, and worth, and some of it spreads, like seeds, long after the time of its sowing.

Part of me is cheered and comforted by these words from Paulo Coellho, found on Twitter the other day:

Don’t blame yourself. An intense life is not complete without a touch of madness.

Oh but part of me still would love to have one site, one home, one way of bringing the different strands of writing, and poetry, and photography together, a way of showcasing my own creative work at the same time as letting others know about the teaching I do.

And even as I know I’m chasing nirvana once again… the illusion of the perfect site! still, once again, I try.

And I hope I’ve got a long way there.

The new site is called The Art of Everyday Wonder.

It’s a home for the work I do to capture the wonder of the everyday through writing, poetry, and photography. It has room for both my own work, and the teaching I do, including resources I’ve made (and am making).

It includes a blog dimension, because I love blogging (and indeed I see social media as a key tool in spreading the word about everyday wondering.)  [The blog will be published in small bite sizes most days, with an option to sign up for a weekly digest by email if that suits.  Please do sign up for either / both when you're over for a visit!]

Getting the site ready and then out there has prompted quite a few thoughts about perfectionism, procrastination, fear, courage, and all that jazz, including the inevitable conclusion that however much we fear sharing the work that is dearest to our hearts…

it’s pretty hard not to.

I hope you get a chance to pop over and delve into the site - there are lots of lovely photos there anyway, if I say so myself ;-)

I’m not doing a grand launch, just a quiet opening, but I needed to include telling you as part of that, as you’ve come with me so far, twists and bends and turns in the road, multiple websites and all.

Thanks, everyone, for your company and good cheer on the journey so far.

Joanna Paterson

Journal and writing coach, teaching ways to notice and capture the wonder of the everyday, through writing, poetry, and photography.

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5 Responses to “An Imperfect Number of Websites”

  1. On May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm Conor Ebbs
    Twitter: ebbstachio
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    Hey Joanna,

    Congratulations on the site. :)

    The photos really are stunning. It’s nice to have an online home, I think, where it all comes together. As if the others are streams, feeding rivers, leading to the sea.

    Welcome home.

    Conor Ebbs´s last [type] ..‘Drifters’Leave my sideFollow the storylineYou

  2. On May 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm Leah Pauls responded with... #

    Very nice, Joanna!

    After years of thinking about launching a website, and considering what I wanted in/from it, I’ve finally begun construction. Right now it’s mostly a skeletal structure, with the foundation set, and some walls SLOWLY being erected. Eventually, it will be a one stop retreat center, showcasing all of my creative endeavors.

    I’ve always enjoyed your photos! They portray the perfect environment for Pauls’ inspiration. Are they for sale? Can they be used on others’ websites?

  3. On May 25, 2011 at 11:15 am Alina Popescu
    Twitter: alina_popescu
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    Joanna, I only browsed the new site for a few minutes and I believe it is awesome! Whether you keep it going for a longer or shorter while, it will still be fun and inspiring to keep an eye on it. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. On May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm L Finch
    Twitter: novelistliz
    responded with... #

    Honey, I have the same “problem”! I have so many blogs/twitter/websites it’s crazy!!! I LOVED how you put it - “new beginnings”, “new chances”, etc. I’ll deff follow your newest endeavor, so keep on keepin us updated!!!
    L Finch´s last [type] ..Fitting In

  5. On June 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Conor Ebbs,

    Thanks Conor - I love the river / sea analogy. That’s a lovely way of thinking about it.

    Leah Pauls, working out the structure is worth spending time on. I love that you’re inviting us in even as you’re building it! That’s a very good question about making photos available for sale for use in sites… I need to think about this, but I’ll get back to you.

    Alina Popescu, thank you my friend x

    L Finch, thanks for understanding!

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